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May 2019

Covent Garden May Fayre 2019

May 12 @ 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Covent Garden Market London, WC2E 8RF United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival This annual fair brings together Punch and Judy professors from all over the world in the garden of St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden. St Paul’s Church is unofficially known as the Actors’ Church, owing to the numerous theatres in the area. The festival celebrates the first sighting of a Punch and Judy show by Samuel Pepys in the year 1662. You’ll find a commemorative inscription to this effect in the Piazza. Mr Punch takes pride…

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Digital Listening

May 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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Free

The Future of Music in the Age of Digital Fragmentation A Gresham College lecture by Professor Tom Service It’s a tough time to be a listener. Our present-day cultures of listening are radically fragmented, as our time and attention are fractalised into bits of information. What’s the future of listening? What will happen to the ways we give attention to music in the future? Our conclusion might be that an expanded definition of listening - an active, participative, engaged listening…

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May 2019 Pub Night

May 14 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Penderel’s Oak, 283-288 High Holborn
London, WC1V 7HP United Kingdom
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Free

Please note a temporary change of venue! Our usual watering hole, the Liberty Bounds, is closed for a short period, because of refurbishment works. You are cordially invited to our May pub night, which takes place at the Penderel’s Oak Public House, 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. 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. The Penderel’s Oak is a large venue,…

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Photo London

May 16 - May 19
Somerset House, The Strand
London, WC2R 1LA United Kingdom
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Photo London was created to give London an international photography event befitting the city’s status as a global cultural capital. Now in its fifth edition, Photo London has established itself as a catalyst for London’s dynamic photography community. From the capital’s major museums, to its auction houses, galleries large and small, right into the burgeoning creative communities in the East End and South London, Photo London harnesses the city’s outstanding creative talent and brings together the world’s leading photographers, curators,…

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The Word on the Street

May 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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£25

Graffiti, Typography and Art Where rebellion meets beauty and transgression meets art Explore the zone where rebellion meets beauty and transgression meets art. With a star panel including New York photojournalist Martha Cooper, graffiti bomber turned international musician Goldie, and artists eL Seed and JAKe. Includes entry to Late at the Library: Word Up. At the Knowledge Centre of the British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB Tickets £25 / concessions This event is inspired by the British Library…

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Photofair – Special Edition

May 18 - May 19
King’s College London, Strand Campus
London, WC2R 2LS United Kingdom
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A Photo London satellite event The Special Edition of The London Photograph Fair – an annual edited, boutique event – takes place at King's College London on the Strand, adjacent to Somerset House, on Saturday & Sunday  18th & 19th May 2019. This boutique event allows established international dealers specialising in vintage photographs and photo-books to present displays of their best vintage material. On view and for sale are unique and original works from the entire history of photography from the…

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Life in early modern Southwark

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge
London, SE1 9DA United Kingdom
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£10

A day of talks about Edward Alleyn, Philip Henslowe and their world Southwark Cathedral celebrates some of the history associated with St Saviours, as the cathedral used to be known. Discover the lives of Philip Henslowe, manager of the Rose Theatre, and Edward Alleyn, famous actor and founder of Dulwich College which celebrates its 400th anniversary this year. The school set up by parisioners of St Saviours church is also being examined.   The Southwark Grammar Schools of St. Saviour…

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Papyrology

May 20 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
The British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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£12

Papyrology and the ancient world What is papyrology? What do papyrologists do? What does writing on papyri tell us about the ancient world? Join expert Jean-Luc Fournet for an insight into the world of papyri. Jean-Luc Fournet is an eminent French papyrologist. He was appointed professor at the Collège de France (Paris) in 2015. Prior to this Jean-Luc was a member of the Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale in Cairo, a researcher at the CNRS in Strasbourg, and professor at the…

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The Wisdom of Fonts

May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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£12

Designing Typefaces From the centuries-old Garamond to the 20th-century classic Helvetica We encounter hundreds of typefaces every day, from the centuries-old Garamond to the 20th-century classic Helvetica, and new designs are consistently introduced, reflecting changing tastes and needs. Leading designers Jonathan Barnbrook, Lara Captan and Jeremy Tankard talk to Catherine Dixon about their processes in a celebration of fonts. In association with Graphic Communication Design, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London At the Knowledge Centre of the British…

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June 2019

The Treaty of Versailles

June 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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A Hundred Years Later A Greham lecture by Professor Margaret MacMillan A century has passed since the Treaty of Versailles was signed on 28 June 1919. After WWI the treaty imposed peace terms which have remained the subject of controversy ever since. It also attempted to set up a new international order to ensure that there would never again be such a destructive war as that of 1914-18. Professor MacMillan, a specialist in British imperial history and the international history…

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William Marshal and Simon de Montfort

June 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The National Archives, Bessant Drive
Richmond Surrey, TW9 4DU United Kingdom
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£15

A National Archives panel discussion and document display 2019 marks the 800th anniversary of the death of William Marshal, regent of England for the child-king Henry III and perhaps medieval Europe’s greatest knight. He famously led the successful campaign to preserve the throne of Henry III after King John’s barons rebelled. He lies buried in Temple Church in London. A panel of three top medieval historians examines Marshal’s legacy and looks more broadly at chivalric, noble and knightly culture in…

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Isokon and the Bauhaus

June 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Estonian Embassy in London, 44 Queen's Gate Terrace
London, SW7 5PJ United Kingdom
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Free

How Estonian plywood helped shape modern Britain London Festival of Architecture lecture at the Estoniam Embassy Authors Leyla Daybelge and Magnus Englund talk about their new book Isokon and the Bauhaus in Britain (Batsford, 2019). This illustrated lecture covers the story of the groundbreaking Isokon building, its artistic network and the legacy of Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and László Moholy-Nagy, the Bauhaus professors who lived there during the 1930s. Built in 1934, the Grade I listed Isokon building on Lawn…

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Gun salutes on HMS Belfast

June 6 @ 11:00 am - 11:10 am
HMS Belfast, The Queen's Walk
London, SE12JH United Kingdom
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Free

To mark the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, there will be gun salutes at HMS Belfast from the forward turret, at 11am on 6th June 2019. Free of charge to watch from Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2JH. Information about visiting HMS Belfast.

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London Rare Book Fair

June 7 - June 9
Battersea Evolution, Chelsea Bridge Entrance, Battersea Park
London, SW11 4NJ United Kingdom
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This is one of the largest and most prestigious antiquarian book fairs in the world. Showcasing rare, unique and unusual items from more than 150 leading UK and international dealers, Firsts - London is the jewel in the crown of Rare Books London, which celebrates old and rare books, with special events and behind-the-scenes activities for bibliophiles during May and June. In addition to regular and new exhibitors, there is a carefully selected series of live events run by specialist…

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June 2019 Opening of Lambeth Palace Garden

June 7 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Lambeth Palace, Lambeth Palace Road
London, SE1 7JU United Kingdom
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£5

The Garden of Lambeth Palace has been a private garden since the 12th century, and it is the oldest continuously cultivated garden in London. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is once again opening it on the first Friday afternoons of the summer months for anyone who wishes to visit, between 12pm and 3pm. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available to purchase, together with plants from the garden, Lambeth Palace honey and souvenirs. There is no need to book in…

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LSO Wind Ensemble – Czech Roots

June 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
LSO St Luke’s, 161 Old Street
London, EC1V 9NG United Kingdom
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£14

A BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert Recorded for future broadcast PROGRAMME JANÁČEK Mládí MYSLIVEČEK Allegro Maestoso from Octet No 1 in E-flat major DVOŘÁK Serenade in D minor Performed by the LSO Wind Ensemble Immerse yourself in the rhythms, sounds and folk roots of music by Czech composers in this concert, showcasing the wind players of the LSO. Running parallel to Sir Simon Rattle's exploration of Czech music, and the folk traditions behind it, with the London Symphony Orchestra at the…

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London Map Fair 2019

June 8 - June 9
Royal Geographical Society, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2AR United Kingdom
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Free

The largest antique map fair in Europe, established in 1980, takes place at the historic venue of the Royal Geographical Society on Saturday 8th, and Sunday 9th June 2019. This event brings together around 40 of the leading national and international antiquarian map dealers as well as hundreds of visiting sellers, collectors, curators and map aficionados from all parts of the world. A very large selection of original antique maps are available for sale, ranging in age from the 15th to…

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Naked Bike Ride London 2019

June 8
Free

Either watch, avoid, or join in as hundreds of cyclists ditch their clothes and take a group ride around London. The ride demonstrates the vulnerability of cyclists and is a protest against car culture. There are various routes throughout London. Cost: Free of charge No need to book tickets – just turn up on the day. More information at World Naked Bike Ride London

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Open Garden Squares Weekend 2019

June 8 - June 9
£20

For one very special weekend in June, London's hidden green spaces open their gates for public enjoyment and discovery. With the purchase of a weekend ticket, you can explore a huge variety of gardens which are usually closed to the public – and enjoy a host of activities and experiences for all the family. Open Garden Squares Weekend highlights some of the best gardens and green spaces that make up the rich tapestry of London’s green infrastructure, but there are…

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Trade, Technology and the Future of Work

June 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Free

A London School of Economics panel discussion Hosted by the Centre for Economic Performance and the Department of Economics With innovation slowing down, are workers going to be stuck in precarious low-wage work? The panellists will propose their solutions to this and other issues facing the future of work. The Department of Economics at the LSE is one of the leading economics departments in the world. It is a large department, ensuring all mainstream areas of economics are strongly represented in research and teaching. Established…

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June 2019 Pub Night

June 11 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Penderel’s Oak, 283-288 High Holborn
London, WC1V 7HP United Kingdom
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Free

Please note a temporary change of venue! Our usual watering hole, the Liberty Bounds, is closed for a short period, because of refurbishment works. You are cordially invited to our June pub night, which takes place at the Penderel’s Oak Public House, 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. 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. The Penderel’s Oak is a large venue,…

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Tour of Drapers’ Hall

June 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Drapers’ Hall, Throgmorton Avenue
London, EC2N 2DQ United Kingdom
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Free

A London Festival of Architecture event On the site of the present Drapers’ Hall, once part of an Augustinian Priory, Thomas Cromwell built his palace in the 1530s. After his execution, the property was purchased by the Guild of Drapers in 1543 from Henry VIII. Destroyed by the Great Fire of 1666, Drapers’ Hall was rebuilt between 1667 and 1671 to designs by Edward Jarman. In 1772, it was again rebuilt after a fire which did considerable damage and, in…

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Maite Aguirre at St Martin’s

June 14 @ 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 at St Martin in the Fields Maite Aguirre is a Spanish pianist and conductor based in London. Praised by The Guardian for her quasi orchestral colour in her playing, her first solo album with music from Enrique Granados also received unanimous praise from the media. Maite has toured all over Spain, in France, Germany, Italy and Norway, and has played in some of the most prestigious London venues including King’s Place, Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square,…

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Catherine Leonard at St Alfege

June 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street
London, SE10 9BJ United Kingdom
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Free lunchtime concert at St Alfege Church Greenwich London-based pianist Catherine Leonard gave her first public performance at the age of six. She has studied music at King's College London and piano at the Royal Academy of Music. She was accepted on to the third-year Advanced Performance Studies course in association with the Royal Academy after being awarded a First in piano performance. She has had piano tuition with renowned teachers including Irina Zaritskaya, Alexandra Andrievsky, Aaron Shorr, Christopher Elton,…

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Summer Science Fête at UCL

June 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
University College London, Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT United Kingdom
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Free

The Summer Science Fête is a free fun day for all ages including hands-on activities, interactive demonstrations, games and talks by scientists. This is part of the Medical Research Council (MRC) Festival of Medical Research, which has the aim to inform, inspire and stimulate thinking about medical research. Participating units are: • MRC Clinical Trials Unit • MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology • MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL • MRC Prion Unit at UCL • UK Dementia…

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