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December 2018

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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Free

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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Free

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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Free

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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Free

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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Free

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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Free

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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Free

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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Winter Lights 2019 at Canary Wharf

January 15 - January 26
Canary Wharf Estate London, E14 5AB United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

Winter Lights returns for a fifth 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, 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. Please check the Winter Lights website nearer the time for full…

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London Model Engineering Exhibition

January 18 - January 20
Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way
London, N22 7AY United Kingdom
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£11.65

This is the South’s largest model engineering and modelling exhibition, attracting thousands of visitors. Come along and see the full spectrum of modelling from traditional model engineering, steam locomotives and traction engines through to modern gadgets including trucks, boats, aeroplanes and helicopters! Visitors can travel between the show’s different zones, trying the activities and watching fascinating and technical demonstrations. Over 50 clubs and societies will be displaying their members' work. In total, nearly 2,000 models will be on display. All…

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The Trial of Charles I

January 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The National Archives, Bessant Drive
Richmond Surrey, TW9 4DU United Kingdom
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£5

Talk and document display The execution of Charles I in 1649 is a defining moment in British history following a bitter and protracted Civil War that was fought across the three Stuart kingdoms. The trial acted as a final attempt to have the king acknowledge his military defeat by Parliament’s forces and was the precursor to the creation of the English republic. Dr Neil Johnston of The National Archives considers the charges laid against the king, his attitude and conduct,…

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Music for the New Year 2019

January 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
British Museum, Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3DG United Kingdom
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Free

Spem In Alium by Thomas Tallis The Choir of King's College London, led by Joe Fort, performs the 40-part Renaissance motet Spem in alium in the Great Court of the British Museum. Composed by Thomas Tallis around 1570, it is considered by many devotees to be the greatest piece of English early music. The Great Court, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG Free, just drop in. Limited seating.

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Roman Legionaries

January 24 @ 6:00 pm
Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury
London, EC2V 7HH United Kingdom
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£8.14

A Guilhall Library lecture By Dr Simon Elliott The might of Rome rested on the back of its legions; the superbly trained and equipped fighting force with which the Imperial Roman army conquered, subdued and ruled an empire for centuries. The legionary soldier served for 25 years, was rigorously trained, highly equipped, and motivated by pay, bonuses and a strong sense of identity and camaraderie. Principate legionaries wore full body-armour, carried a scutum shield which could be used defensively to…

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Nadia Koudasheva at St Martin’s

January 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square
London, WC2N 4JH United Kingdom
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Free

Part of the Pianists of the World series Russian-Australian pianist Nadia Koudasheva has performed in Australia, Russia, Canada, Germany, Estonia, Italy, Portugal, Belgium and in China. She graduated with First Class Honours from the Sydney Conservatorium in 2014, furthered her studies at the Moscow State Conservatory, and is currently undertaking a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Sydney Conservatorium. Her thesis focuses on analysing polyphonic texture through studying Russian/Soviet transcriptions of works of J.S. Bach. Programme Vivaldi arr. Bach arr.…

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Evolution since Sir Thomas Gresham

January 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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In celebrating 500 years since the birth of Sir Thomas Gresham, Professor Steve Jones examines how changes since the sixteenth century have affected the evolution of human beings and that of the animals and plants around us. Professor Jones deals with the accelerating shifts in plants, animals and humans as they cope with human activities, from gold-mining to global warming, and speculates about where life might be on Gresham’s six- hundredth anniversary. Professor Steve Jones is Emeritus Professor of Genetics…

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Atlas: A World of Maps

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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£12

Discover the unique map collection of the British Library Tom Harper, Lead Curator of Antiquarian Maps, leads you on a journey through some of the rarest and most significant maps found in our collection, based around his latest book, Atlas: A World of Maps from the British Library. From the publication in 1595 of the first ‘atlas’ by the Flemish cartographer Gerhard Mercator, the term has become a universally adopted title for books containing accurate, uniform and evenly spread maps of…

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Stuart Architecture and Image-Making

January 30 @ 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 Professor Simon Thurley The Stuart age saw a much more systematic approach to the elite patronage of art and architecture. Collectors and connoisseurs were more aware of the effect of their activities and the audiences for them. An integral part of the tumultuous political events of the century was the cultural ambition of the principal players who form the subject of this lecture. Professor Thurley is a leading architectural historian, a regular broadcaster and was, for thirteen…

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Folklore of Underground London

January 31 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Kensington Central Library, 12 Phillimore Walk
London, W8 7RX United Kingdom
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A Kensington Library lecture by Antony Clayton Author Antony Clayton presents an illustrated talk that uncovers some of the colourful folklore of underground London. Enjoy legends of secret tunnels and passages, buried trains, the secret street hidden beneath a major department store and subterranean ghosts in tube stations. Antony's books will be available on the night at reduced prices. Antony Clayton is the author of Decadent London, The Folklore of London, Secret Tunnels of England: Folklore & Fact and Netherwood:…

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February 2019

Grimaldi Memorial Service 2019

February 3 @ 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 Saint’s Haggerston in Livermere Road, wearing full slap (make-up). The service commemorates the Father of Clowning,  Joseph Grimaldi, and in his honour, clowns are known as Joeys up to this day. Although the service proper only starts at 3.00pm, it is advisable to…

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