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December 2018

The Vickers-Bovey Guitar Duo

December 19 @ 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 @ 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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Stuart Architecture and Image-Making

December 30 @ 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 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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January 2019

New Year’s Day Parade 2019

January 1, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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 is provisionally due to take 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 Wetherspoons, so you can order a steak and chips, including…

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Sir Thomas Gresham, London and Europe

January 9, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 - January 26, 2019
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, 2019 - January 20, 2019
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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
British Museum, Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3DG United Kingdom
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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, 2019 @ 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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Evolution since Sir Thomas Gresham

January 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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Free

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, 2019 @ 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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February 2019

Shakespeare’s Portraits

February 5, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury
London, EC2V 7HH United Kingdom
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A Guildhall Library lecture by Principal Librarian Peter Ross There are just two representations of Shakespeare that are unambiguously identified as him, both of which may be posthumous. And yet in the first 40 years of its existence the National Portrait Gallery was offered 60 portraits purporting to be of the Bard. So how can we really know what he looked like? Peter Ross, Principal Librarian at Guildhall Library, reviews the evidence in the hunt for a true likeness of…

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Gresham’s World

February 6, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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Global Traffic, Trade, and the Metamorphosis of England A Gresham Lecture by Professor Nandini Das Global trade and traffic, many of Gresham’s contemporaries would say, had altered sixteenth-century England beyond recognition, from its food, fashion, and language, to the look and feel of its cities and neighbourhoods. How did its subjects respond to this transformation? Using contemporary print and theatre, this lecture will discuss how England and Englishness was defined, even as the boundaries between the home and the world became increasingly diffuse. Nandini Das is Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool. She is an expert on Renaissance literature and cultural history, with a special emphasis on travel and…

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February 2019 Pub Night

February 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Free

You are cordially invited to our February pub night, which takes place on Tuesday 12th February. 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 a drink, for under ten pounds. Other dishes are available. For more information…

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March 2019

March 2019 Pub Night

March 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Free

Join us for our March pub night, which takes place on Tuesday 12th March. 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 a drink, for under ten pounds. Other dishes are available. For more information about the…

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