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November 2018

Victorian Maps of England

November 21, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Stanfords, 12-14 Long Acre
London, WC2E 9LP United Kingdom
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£4

The County and City Maps of Thomas Moule A Stanfords lecture by John Lee Thomas Moule was one of the finest Victorian mapmakers and is regarded as the true follower of John Speed in the cartographic history of Britain. Moule’s beautifully observed county and city maps, originally published in the 1830s, present a minutely detailed record of 19th-century England. Moule celebrated the history of each county by including pastoral or monument views within the maps, all framed by cartouches, festoons…

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Dining with a Georgian Country Parson

November 22, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury
London, EC2V 7HH United Kingdom
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£8.14

A Guilhall Library lecture by Dr Peter Ross The Norfolk clergyman, James Woodforde kept a diary between 1758 and 1802 in which he daily recorded his very ordinary, some might say dull, private life. But what makes Woodforde unique is his record of almost every dinner he ate, whether at home, with friends, at an inn or his Oxford college, or in the houses of the local gentry. Join Principal Librarian, Dr Peter Ross to learn about what the Georgians…

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Elgar’s Cello Concerto

November 22, 2018 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road
London, SW7 2BS United Kingdom
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£8

Part of the Orchestral Masterworks Series Martin André – conductor Indira Grier –cello RCM Philharmonic Orchestra PROGRAMME Brahms – Academic Festival Overture Lara Poe – Taivaanranta (world premiere) Elgar – Cello Concerto in E minor op 85 The RCM Philharmonic, under the direction of Martin André, opens this Orchestral Masterworks programme with a rousing rendition of Brahms' merry medley of student drinking songs: the ever-popular Academic Festival Overture. After the world premiere of Lara Poe's Taivaanranta, Indira Grier closes the programme with…

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Tele-Port! at Hackney Wick

November 22, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Grow Hackney, 98c Main Yard, Wallis Road
London, E9 5LN United Kingdom
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£12

Tele-Port! is a brand new project consisting of leading jazz voices from Luxembourg, bassist Pol Belardi, keyboardist Jérôme Klein and drummer Jeff Herr plus saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev. This is their first public performance, playing new especially composed original music. Also on this double bill, at the Hackney canalside bar Grow on Thursday 22nd November, are the UK's fastest rising drumming talent, Jamie Murray and his band Beat Replacement, featuring saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev. All the musicians have a wide range of…

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Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair 2018

November 24, 2018 - November 25, 2018
Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road
London, SW3 4HS United Kingdom
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£6

The Chelsea Physic Garden holds its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November. With over 100 stands selling gifts and produce from the finest British suppliers, you can discover a range of unique presents you won’t find anywhere else. There are present-wrapping masterclasses with Jane Means, and as well as stocking up on beautiful gifts, take time out to enjoy the Christmas season! From warming winter herbal lattes to generous helpings of reviving mulled wine, there are…

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Gabriella Jones at St Martins

November 26, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square
London, WC2N 4JH United Kingdom
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Free

Free lunchtime concert Gabriella Jones – Harp PROGRAMME Scarlatti – Sonata in A Caroline Lizotte – La Madone Britten – Suite for Harp in C minor Debussy – Images oubliées Liszt arr. Renié – Liebesträume No 3 Further information Representing the Park Lane Group Young Artists St Martin in the Fields is a vibrant, open and inclusive church at the heart of London, serving a diverse community, with a rich life of worship and prayer. Music and the arts are celebrated, with a rich and varied…

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King Richard III

November 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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£16

The resolution of a 500 year old cold case A Royal Institution lecture by Turi King The 500 year old skeleton of Richard III was uncovered in 2012 and identified a year later. In this year’s Genetics Society JBS Haldane Lecture, Turi King discusses leading the international research team involved in the DNA identification work of the remains of Richard III and the current project to sequence his entire genome. Turi King is a Reader in Genetics and Archaeology and…

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December 2018

Alexandra Palace Open Weekend

December 1, 2018 - December 2, 2018
Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way
London, N22 7AY United Kingdom
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Free

Theatre and East Court Opening Celebrations Following the completion of the East Wing Restoration Project, Alexandra Palace in North London is throwing open the doors to its spectacular Theatre and East Court on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December. First opened in 1875, the Theatre was a marvel of Victorian engineering, with a stage allowing actors to disappear and to fly. Now, after 80 years of slumber, and after refurbishment work costing £27 million, the results are spectacular. You can…

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City Christmas Fair

December 3, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Drapers’ Hall, Throgmorton Avenue
London, EC2N 2DQ United Kingdom
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£10

In aid of Wellbeing of Women At Drapers’ Hall, Throgmorton Street Get into the holiday spirit by enjoying a festive shopping experience with presents for everyone, including yourself! Amongst some of the usual favourites, there will be many new and exciting stalls, so it’s perfect if you’re looking for exquisite jewellery, delicious goodies or unique gifts. After buying your gifts, you can unwind with a glass of fizz at the Champagne Bar. You can place a bid in the very popular silent…

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The Chavez Sisters at St Martin’s

December 4, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square
London, WC2N 4JH United Kingdom
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Free

Free lunchtime concert Fabiana Chavez – piano Paula Chavez – piano PROGRAMME Ravel – Ma mère l’Oye Debussy – Épigraphes antiques Identical twins Fabiana and Paula Chavez were born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At a young age, they gradually lost their eyesight due to a genetic condition that left them almost completely blind.  They studied music at the Santa Ana Institute under the guidance of Nélida Sánchez, a disciple of Maestro Antonio de Raco, and graduated with honours with a Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Arts…

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The Golden Section

December 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury
London, EC2V 7HH United Kingdom
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£8.14

Divine Proportion in Art and Architecture A Guildhall Library lecture by Alexandra Epps For thousands of years the mystery of the Golden Section has inspired thinkers from all disciplines - from artists to architects, from mathematicians to musicians and many more. Join Alexandra Epps to discover the secrets of its sacred geometry and perfect beauty within creations from the classical to the contemporary. Ticket £8.14 / includes wine reception. Further information Organised by the Guildhall Library. The Guildhall Library is…

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Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 2018

December 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Trafalgar Square London, SW1Y 5AY United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

Don’t miss the lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree! Since 1947, each year a Christmas tree has been given to the people of London from Norway in gratitude for Britain's support to Norway during World War II. For many Londoners the Christmas tree and carol singing in Trafalgar Square signal the countdown to Christmas. The tree will be lit by the Mayor of Westminster, Norwegian Ambassador and Governing Mayor of Oslo. There'll be carol singing by The Salvation…

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Medieval Camden

December 11, 2018 @ 7:15 am - 8:30 pm
Camden Local Studies Centre, Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road
London, WC1X 8PA United Kingdom
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Free

An illustrated talk by Dr Ellie Pridgeon (FSA) The talk concentrates on the medieval art and architecture of Camden, and reconstructs some of the key religious and secular buildings. Dr Pridgeon is an archive consultant who teaches art history and architecture at the Universities of Leicester, Oxford and Cambridge. She has published widely on medieval material culture in England. At the Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre, Second Floor, Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8PA. Admission free. Doors open at…

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Ambassador’s Christmas Reception 2018

December 12, 2018

The Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Mr Jean Olinger, and Mrs Véronique Olinger-Masquelin, are hosting a Christmas Reception, which takes place on Wednesday 12th December. Please note that this is a ticketed event, and that only invited guests will be admitted on the day. Invitations have been emailed to our subscribers. This  reception replaces the December pub night. Our next pub evening is scheduled for 8th January 2019.

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Dickens and Christmas

December 12, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury
London, EC2V 7HH United Kingdom
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Come and discover how the Dickens family celebrated Christmas! Lucinda Hawksley, a great great great granddaughter of Charles and Catherine Dickens, and the author of Dickens and Christmas, gives an entertaining talk on what it was really like to experience a proper Victorian Christmas. This talk also commemorates the 175th anniversary of the publication of A Christmas Carol. Free Further information

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A Celebration of Christmas

December 13, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
St Paul’s Cathedral London, EC4M 8AD United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

Celebrity readers join the Cathedral Choir and City of London Sinfonia for this popular annual celebration. Music conducted by Andrew Carwood. Tickets for this concert are free. However, to help offset the considerable costs involved, a collection takes place, and a donation of £10 is suggested. Tickets must be booked via Eventbrite They are being released at the following dates and times: Thursday 1 November at 9.30am; Saturday 10 November at 10am; Thursday 15 November at 9.30am; Monday 26 November…

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Waterloo Classics December 2018

December 15, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lower Marsh Market, Lower Marsh
London, SE1 7RG United Kingdom
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Waterloo Classics is a monthly classic car meet in central London, at Lower Marsh Market  just behind Waterloo Station. It usually takes place between 12:00 and 16:00 on the third Saturday of every month. The food from the market stalls and the cafes on the street offers a big choice of eating options. Please note that there will be no Waterloo Classics meets in January and February 2019. Further information

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The Vickers-Bovey Guitar Duo

December 19, 2018 @ 1:10 pm - 2:00 pm
St James’s Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9LL United Kingdom
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Lunchtime concert at St James’s Piccadilly Julian Vickers and Daniel Bovey, guitars PROGRAMME Albéniz - Aragon (from Suite Española No.1 Op.47) Ravel - Alborada del Gracioso (from Miroirs) Janáček - In The Mists Joaquin Nin-Culmell - Tonadas (excerpts) Piazzolla - Tango Suite Further information

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Lord Mayor’s Carol Service

December 19, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
St Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall Yard
London, EC2V 5AA United Kingdom
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Free

Join a traditional carol service in the presence of the Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress, and enjoy a glass of wine and a mince pie at the reception following the service! Free admission St Lawrence Jewry is the official church of the Lord Mayor of London and the City of London Corporation and stands in the Yard of the Guildhall. It was re-built by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of 1666, but there has been a church…

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January 2019

New Year’s Day Parade 2019

January 1 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The Ritz, 150 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9BR United Kingdom
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Don’t miss the annual London New Year’s Day Parade, which attracts a crowd of over half a million spectators! Ten thousand performers from around the world take part, including cheerleaders, dancers, acrobats and marching bands. The 2018 event was additionally viewed by over 300 million television viewers. Starting at noon from the Ritz Hotel in Piccadilly, the route takes in Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall, arriving in Parliament Square around 3.30pm. Make sure to arrive early…

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Blessing of the River Thames 2019

January 6 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
London Bridge London, SE1 9RA United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

The annual blessing of the River Thames and those who live and work on it is celebrated by the clergy and the congregations of Southwark Cathedral and the Church of St Magnus the Martyr, on Sunday 6th February 2019, 12.30pm to 1.00pm. At London Bridge, London SE1 9RA Further information

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Twelfth Night Celebration 2019

January 6 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside
London, SE1 9DT United Kingdom
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The Twelfth Night traditionally marks the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas. A free annual celebration takes place on Sunday 6th January 2019 on Bankside in Southwark, near Shakespeare’s Globe.  The festivities, which have their origins in ancient mid-winter customs, start with the arrival of the Holly Man, who is dressed in a fantastic coat of green foliage. Together with a group of actors, known as the Bankside Mummers, and the London Beadle, he toasts the onlookers, the River…

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January 2019 Pub Night

January 8 @ 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 first pub night of 2019, which takes place on Tuesday 8th January, 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 Wetherspoons, so you can order a steak and chips, including…

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Sir Thomas Gresham, London and Europe

January 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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A Gresham lecture by Dr Ian Archer To celebrate the 500th anniversay of Sir Thomas Gresham, Gresham College is organising a series of talks about its founder and benefator, entitled Tudor Festival: Sir Thomas Gresham and his World. London was crucially dependent on continental Europe for its economic resilience in the mid-sixteenth century, and Sir Thomas Gresham’s fortune piggy-backed off the special relationship with Antwerp. But the Reformation put the relationship under real strain. This wasn’t a sixteenth-century Brexit (the…

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Jane Seymour, the Haunted Queen

January 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge
London, SE1 9DA United Kingdom
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£8

A Southwark Cathedral talk by historian Alison Weir It is just ten days since the death of the King’s previous wife: it is Jane’s wedding day, and she knows she must bear a son or face the consequences. She is haunted by the fate of her predecessor. Jane loves the old faith, but she lives in an England in the throes of a religious revolution, where those who speak out risk death. And now rebellion and plague have broken out.…

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