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January 2020

Mayfair Antiques and Fine Art Fair

January 9 - January 12
London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, Duke Street
London, W1K 6JP United Kingdom
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£10

The fair features some forty distinguished specialist exhibitors. The aim is to present a varied selection of high quality art and antiques, giving visitors the opportunity to browse and acquire the finest period furniture, enamels and boxes, traditional and contemporary sculpture, oil paintings and watercolours, antique and modernist jewellery, ceramics, glass, lighting, clocks, vintage watches, 20th century design pieces, designer handbags and many other decorative and rare objects spanning the centuries. Opening times: Thursday - 12.00–21.00 Friday - 11.00–18.00 Saturday…

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Alberto Portugheis Birthday Concert

January 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St James’s Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9LL United Kingdom
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Free

Opus Musica series Pianist and pedagogue Alberto Portugheis was born in La Plata, Argentina, to parents of Russian and Romanian descent. His international career began after winning First Prize at the Geneva Concours de Virtuosité. He performs in recitals, chamber-music concerts and as soloist with major orchestras, including: Royal Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra, and many more. His annual Steinway Masterclasses are legendary. Alberto Portugheis’ repertoire includes music from the baroque to contemporary, with…

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Britain by Numbers

January 12 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square
London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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£8

A visual exploration of people and places How much more do we drink than we should? Why do immigrants come here? How have house prices changed in the past decade? What do we spend our money on? Stuart Newman’s book Britain by Numbers answers all these questions and more, vividly bringing our nation to life in new and unexpected ways by showing who lives here, where we work, whom we marry, what crimes we commit, and much else besides. Beautifully…

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Battersea Power Station Light Festival 2020

January 14 - February 16
Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station
London, SW118EZ United Kingdom
Free

Brighten up the dark, winter evenings with a visit to Battersea Power Station's first Light Festival! It is the perfect antidote for the winter blues. Four spectacular installations have been commissioned by Light Art Collection, the experts behind the Amsterdam Light Festival. Free - No need to book Further information on the Battersea Power Station website

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January 2020 Pub Night

January 14 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Liberty Bounds Public House, 15 Trinity Square
London, London EC3N 4AA United Kingdom
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Free

We look forward to welcoming you at our first pub night of 2020, which takes place at our usual venue, the Liberty Bounds Public House, 15 Trinity Square, Tower Hill, London EC3N 4AA. This event is open to everyone, and there is no need to book. Just come along on the night – we’ll be there till late. To find us, look out for the Luxembourg national flag on our table! Tuesday is Steak Night at the Liberty Bounds, so you can order a…

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Streets of Inspiration

January 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square
London, NW1 9XB United Kingdom
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Charles Dickens and Holborn, Hampstead and St Pancras Lecture by Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre archivist Tudor Allen This illustrated historical talk touches on the various connections between the writer Charles Dickens and the area nowadays known as Camden. Admission free - everyone is welcome. At the Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, London NW1 9XB

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Winter Lights 2020 at Canary Wharf

January 16 - January 25
Canary Wharf Estate London, E14 5AB United Kingdom
Free

Spectacular  light installations and interactive art Winter Lights returns for a sixth year, bringing spectacular experiences throughout Canary Wharf. The sculptures, structures and installations are the creations of some of the most innovative artists and designers around today, presenting work in different forms of light technology. Appealing to art lovers, families, the young and the old, there is something for everyone, all for free. All the installations are engineered to be as energy efficient as possible, using LED technology. From January, you are…

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Preserving the Library of Bishop Porteus

January 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Fulham Palace, Bishop's Avenue, Fulham
London, SW6 6EA United Kingdom
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What does it take to preserve a historic room? Fulham Palace's curatorial team takes you on a behind the scenes tour of the museum, giving you insights into the Palace's approach to conservation, what it takes to interpret a historic room and the future of Bishop Porteus’s library. Bishop of London Beilby Porteus (1731-1809) was a Church of England reformer and a leading abolitionist in England. He was the first Anglican in a position of authority to seriously challenge the…

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Can Machines Be Conscious?

January 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Barnard’s Inn Hall, Holborn
London, EC1N 2HH United Kingdom
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… and Would It Matter If They Were? A Gresham College lecture by Professor Yorick Wilks The question “Will AI artefacts ever be conscious?” was raised by Turing seventy years ago, and will not go away even though no one quite knows what it means, nor how we would know they were conscious if they were. This lecture explores what its role might be, and the ways in which AI scientists have explored and tried to simulate the possibility of…

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Chinese New Year Celebrations 2020

January 26
Chinatown, Gerrard Street
London, W1 D United Kingdom
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Celebrate the Year of the Rat! London’s annual Chinese New Year celebrations are the largest outside Asia, attracting hundreds of thousands of people. Expect large crowds descending on Gerrard Street, Wardour Street and Lisle Street, to watch the traditional dragon dance, and sample the delicious food on offer in a multitude of restaurants! The festivities kick off with a vibrant parade in and around Chinatown, followed by spectacular free stage performances in Trafalgar Square. Explore the surrounding area to enjoy…

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Tour of St Bride Foundation

January 28 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street
London, EC4Y 8EQ United Kingdom
£10

St Bride Foundation, located behind Fleet Street, preserves the history of printing, and the skills that made Fleet Street the undisputed home of publishing in London. Housed in a beautiful Victorian structure from 1891, the Foundation serves to maintain its extensive printing press library, while also using its resources to promote research, education, and the arts. The Foundation was originally set up to serve the trade of nearby Fleet Street, and now offers a wide range of workshops and design…

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The Regent’s Canal at 200

January 28 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Camden Local Studies Centre, Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road
London, WC1X 8PA United Kingdom
Free

Illustrated historical talk by Lester Hillman at the Camden Local Studies Centre The completed Regent’s Canal opened in 1820 and the colourful festivities set off from today’s York Way (Maiden Lane) Camden. George IV came to the throne on 29th January 1820. At the bicentenary of the King, (who put ‘Regent’ in the Canal and ‘King’ in King’s Cross), Lester Hillman explores Camden at a dramatic crossroads. At the Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre, Second Floor, Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds…

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Southwark Cathedral Winter Photography Evening

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge
London, SE1 9DA United Kingdom
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£10

Photograph the Cathedral by candle light! Southwark Cathedral invites all amateur and professional photographers to spend an evening taking photos of the interior lit by candlelight.  The glow of the candles, as they flicker in the peace and calmness, along with the fading light from outside, give all of those interested in photography a chance to test their skills and enjoy the Cathedral after hours. All photographs taken on the day must be for personal, non-commercial use only. Bring your…

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February 2020

Did the Trojan Horse really exist?

February 1 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
British Museum, Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3DG United Kingdom
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A British Museum lecture by Patrick Finglass The story of the Trojan Horse is well known. First mentioned in the Odyssey, it describes how Greek soldiers were able to take the city of Troy after a fruitless 10-year siege by hiding in a giant horse supposedly left as an offering to the goddess Athena. But did such a contraption really exist? In this special lecture Patrick Finglass, University of Bristol, examines evidence from ancient art, archaeology, and literature for its…

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Grimaldi Memorial Service 2020

February 2 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
All Saints Haggerston, Livermere Road
London, E8 4EZ United Kingdom
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Every year, the Grimaldi Memorial Service, also known as the Clowns’ Service, is taking place in East London on the first Sunday in February. Around 60 clowns from all over the world attend this ceremony at  All Saints Haggerston in Livermere Road, wearing full slap (make-up). The service commemorates the Father of Clowning,  Joseph Grimaldi (1778 – 1837) who was the most famous London actor and comedian of the Regency era. Clowns are known as Joeys in his memory. Although…

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What has Einstein ever done for you?

February 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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A Gresham College lecture by Professor Roberto Trotta Albert Einstein’s mind-boggling ideas revolutionized our view of the universe. From relativity to curved spacetime, from the Big Bang to black holes and gravitational waves, nothing could be further from our everyday experience than such esoteric concepts, right? Wrong! This lecture will offer a surprising exploration of the wide-ranging consequences of Einstein’s ideas, and how they shape our everyday lives. Roberto Trotta is Professor of Astrostatistics at Imperial College, London. No reservations…

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Battle of the Space Giants

February 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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Webb vs Hubble A Gresham College lecture by Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE The Hubble Space Telescope is rapidly approaching its 30th birthday, and we explore some of the amazing insights it has provided on the beauty of our universe and our place in it. But as it approaches retirement, its replacement, the James Webb Space Telescope is under construction. The speaker is a space scientist who has worked on the Webb’s instruments; she will take the audience on a tour…

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Alkyona Quartet at St Martin’s

February 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square
London, WC2N 4JH United Kingdom
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Lunchtime concert at St Martin in the Fields Representing the Royal College of Music PROGRAMME Bach – Contrapunctus I, V, VIII, XI from ‘The Art of the Fugue’ Bartók – String Quartet No 5 The Alkyona Quartet was formed in September 2018, as a collaboration between fellows, graduates and current students of the Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The members have studied with Richard Lester, Ben Hancox, Rafael Todes, Catherine Manson, James Boyd and…

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Fitzrovia Chapel Open Day

February 5 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fitzrovia Chapel, 2 Pearson Square, Fitzrovia London
London, W1T 3BF United Kingdom
Free

The former Middlesex Hospital chapel is open each Wednesday between 11.00am and 4.00pm for quiet contemplation and reflection. It is also an opportunity to view its beautiful design and architecture, and to find out about its history. Middlesex Hospital was a teaching hospital located in the Fitzrovia neighbourhood. First opened as the Middlesex Infirmary in 1745 in Windmill Street, it moved in 1757 to Mortimer Street, where it remained until its final closure in 2005. The former chapel, which was…

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Unfinished Music

February 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Barnard’s Inn Hall, Holborn
London, EC1N 2HH United Kingdom
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A Gresham College lecture by Jeremy Summerly Bach’s Art of Fugue, Mozart’s Requiem, Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, Alban Berg’s opera Lulu, and Elgar’s 3rd Symphony are all pieces that are famously incomplete. This lecture examines the fascination surrounding works that are left unfinished at their composers’ deaths. It also looks at the urge that certain of us have to complete these uncompleted works, however unwisely and however unbidden. ‘Don’t let anyone tinker with it’, said Elgar; but several have anyway,…

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February 2020 Pub Night

February 11 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Liberty Bounds Public House, 15 Trinity Square
London, London EC3N 4AA United Kingdom
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Join us at our monthly pub night, which takes place at the Liberty Bounds Public House, 15 Trinity Square, Tower Hill, London EC3N 4AA. This event is open to everyone, and there is no need to book. Just come along on the night – we’ll be there till late. To find us, look out for the Luxembourg national flag on our table! Tuesday is Steak Night at the Liberty Bounds, so you can order a steak and chips, including a drink, for around…

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The Many Faces of Tudor England

February 18 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Senate House, Malet Street
London, WD2E 7HU United Kingdom
Free

Diversity aboard the Mary Rose Lecture by Dr Alex Hildred of the Mary Rose Trust Sometime in the late afternoon of 19 July 1545, the Mary Rose, one of Henry VIII’s largest ships, sank in the Solent. As the king watched from his encampment, he could not have realised that this catastrophe would provide future generations with an unparalleled insight into his life and times. The ill-fated ship represents both a living community and a state-of-the-art fighting machine, fully manned and…

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The Cato Street Conspiracy 1820

February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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A Gresham College lecture by Vic Gatrell Two hundred years ago a group of conspirators assembled in a Cato Street stable in order to plan the massacre of the whole British cabinet at dinner, and bring about revolution. Had they succeeded they would have achieved modern Britain's first terrorist atrocity. They were, however, moved by hunger and by democratic and secular principles, so are comparisons with today's terrorists appropriate? The lecture discusses their identities, motives and impact, and the forgotten…

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Game Theory and Politics

February 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, Lincoln's Inn Fields
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
Free

LSE lecture by Professor Bernhard von Stengel Game theory is the 'science of interaction'. This talk explains some insights of game theory and applies them to current politics. Of course politicians play games. They offer cheap promises that they think they don't have to fulfil. Such as a 'simple' in-out referendum on EU membership. That game plan went wrong. Game theory could have helped, with tools for thinking ahead and concepts of strategy. Game theory can also help explain the…

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Helena Ricci at St Martin’s

February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square
London, WC2N 4JH United Kingdom
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Lunchtime concert at St Martin in The Fields Representing the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Helena Ricci – Harp Award-winning Swiss harpist and scholar holder from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Helena Ricci is rapidly gaining reputation as one of the leading and innovative harpists of her generation, pushing the limits of her instrument and pioneering new transcriptions to share with her audience. Recent solo appearances include venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Milton Court,…

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