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July 2019

Jinah Shim at St Martin’s

July 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square
London, WC2N 4JH United Kingdom
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Free

Lunchtime concert at St Martin in the Fields Representing the Concordia Foundation Jinah Shim – piano British-Korean pianist Jinah Shim studies with Sergio de Simone and Peter Tuite at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, as a Jacqueline Williams Scholar. In 2011, she won ‘Chandos Young Musician of the Year’ and was consequently invited performed Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the Chandos Symphony Orchestra a year later. She was also the first Guildhall winner of the 2011 Enescu Scholarship offered by the Romanian Cultural…

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August 2019

Prudential Ride London 2019

August 3 - August 4
Free

Prudential RideLondon is a world-class festival of cycling, which takes place over the weekend of 3rd-4th August 2019. There is no other closed-road event like it that combines the fun and accessible element of a free family ride in central London with the excitement of watching the world’s best professional cyclists in a variety of exciting races. Prudential RideLondon Freecycle on Saturday 3rd August offers the chance for all the family to enjoy a traffic-free circuit on closed roads through central London…

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Open Day at Croydon Airport

August 4 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Airport House, Purley Way
Croydon, CR0 0XZ United Kingdom
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Don’t miss this chance to explore the early days of passenger air travel at London Croydon Airport, which traces its history back to World War I. It was established in response to Zeppelin bombing raids on London, and developed into  the first major international airport in the UK. It eventually closed in 1959, when it was replaced by Northolt Aerodrome, Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport. The former terminal building and gate lodge at Airport House were granted Grade II listed…

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Alice Earll at St James’s Piccadilly

August 7 @ 1:10 pm - 2:00 pm
St James’s Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9LL United Kingdom
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Free lunchtime recital A programme exploring the origins and development of virtuoso violin playing from 1620-1720. Alice Earll – baroque violin Alice Earll is a young and engaging British violinist specialising in period instrument performance. Alice studied under Pavlo Beznosiuk at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 2016 with a first-class degree and the Bickerdike Allen Prize for achievement. She has since gone on to perform with the Academy of Ancient Music at the BBC Proms and as part…

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Searching for the lost Tombs of Egypt

August 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Daunt Books Hampstead, 51 South End Road, Hampstead
London, NW3 2QB United Kingdom
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£5

Lecture by Dr Chris Naunton at Daunt Books, Hampstead Where are the tombs of Alexander the Great or Cleopatra? Both rulers were buried in Egypt, but their tombs have never been found despite years of intensive research and excavation. Author Chris Naunton describes the quest for these and other great ‘missing’ tombs – those we know existed, but which have not yet been identified – and discusses key moments of discovery that have yielded astonishing finds. Dr Chris Naunton is…

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The Great Barn at Harmondsworth

August 11 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Great Barn, Manor Court, High Street
Harmondsworth, Middlesex UB7 0AQ United Kingdom
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Visit this jewel of medieval architecture, before the picturesque village of Harmondsworth is flattened by Heathrow’s Third Runway! Rescued by English Heritage after years of neglect, this Grade I listed barn ranks alongside the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey for its exceptional architectural and historic interest. It was dubbed the “Cathedral of Middlesex” by Sir John Betjeman. Built in 1426 by Winchester College as part of its manor farm at Harmondsworth, the oak-framed barn is an outstanding example of…

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August 2019 Pub Night

August 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Liberty Bounds Public House, 15 Trinity Square
London, London EC3N 4AA United Kingdom
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From August we are moving back to the Liberty Bounds! You are cordially invited to our monthly pub night, which is due to take place at the Liberty Bounds Public House, 15 Trinity Square, Tower Hill, London EC3N 4AA. The venue has had a major face-lift, with the result that there is now space for an extra 40 tables. This event is open to everyone, and there is no need to book. Just come along on the night – we’ll be…

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Chavez Twins at St James’s Piccadilly

August 16 @ 1:10 pm - 2:00 pm
St James’s Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9LL United Kingdom
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Free lunchtime recital Trinity Laban series Fabiana Chavez – piano Paula Chavez – piano PROGRAMME Ravel - Ma Mère L’Oye Debussy - Six épigraphes antiques Rachmaninov - Romance (from Six Morceaux, Op.11) Brahms - Hungarian Dances Nos.7 & 11 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…

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The Legacy of Secrecy

August 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The National Archives, Bessant Drive
Richmond Surrey, TW9 4AD United Kingdom
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£5

Experiences from the Stasi Records Archive A National Archives lecture by Dagmar Hovestädt The East German Stasi have earned the reputation of one of the most effective and repressive intelligence and secret police agencies ever to have existed, forcing their methods for collecting information on their citizens. 30 years after German citizens regained control from the Stasi in 1990, Dagmar Hovestädt – Head of Press at the Stasi Records Archive – explores this controversial corner of history and just how…

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Little Italy

August 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Finsbury Library, 245 St John Street
London, EC1V 4NB United Kingdom
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The Story of London’s Italian Quarter During the 19th century the Italian population in London grew in one part of the capital, so much so, that the area became known as ‘Little Italy’. Discover the amazing stories behind the people, places and events that once made up this neighbourhood. Back due to popular demand, Tudor Allen returns to Finsbury Library to tell the fascinating story of the Italian Quarter in Holborn and Clerkenwell from the time of the first Italian…

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Zoe Gilby Quartet at St Martin’s

August 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square
London, WC2N 4JH United Kingdom
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£15

Jazz and Live Music in the Crypt Zoe Gilby is a vocalist and songwriter who writes compelling original compositions with double bassist husband Andy Champion. Her repertoire reaches a wide range of contemporary material from composers such as Pink Floyd and Kate Bush, with influences from Sheila Jordan and Joni Mitchell. Touring the UK and internationally, she continues to perform at prominent jazz festivals and venues. At the Café in the Crypt, St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, London…

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Notting Hill Carnival 2019

August 25 - August 26
Notting Hill, Notting Hill Gate
London, W11 3HT United Kingdom
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Free

This celebration of Caribbean culture is Europe’s biggest street festival. It has been taking place on the August bank holiday since 1964, showcasing London’s rich multicultural heritage. The festivities take place in the London W10 postcode area, around Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park. The tube stations at Notting Hill Gate, Royal Oak and Westbourne Park will be very busy, and exit-only at certain periods. You are advised to use High Street Kensington, Queen’s Park, Shepherd’s Bush, Holland Park,…

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Open Days at the Supreme Court

August 27 - August 28
The Supreme Court, Parliament Square
London, SW1P 3BD United Kingdom
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Free

Come and explore the highest court in the land! The Supreme Court hosts several Open Days throughout the summer months. These events are completely free. Tuesday 27th August and Wednesday 28th August 9.30am - 4.30pm. Programme highlights on these special days: • Visit three beautiful courtrooms and explore the building's extensive artwork collection. • Explore rarely seen parts of the building which are not normally on show, including the magnificent triple-height Library, which is a hidden gem not usually open…

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September 2019

Kingston Carnival 2019

September 1
Kingston Market Place, Kingston upon Thames
London, KT1 1JH United Kingdom
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On Sunday 1st September the sounds and colours from across the world fill the beautiful Ancient Market Place as Kingston welcomes Carnival for a celebration of the borough’s cultural diversity. The procession features spectacular costumes and wonderful groups showcasing local communities, music, culture and food. Further information at Kingston First Photographs © William Cheung

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Angel Canal Festival 2019

September 1 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
City Road Lock, Graham Street
London, N1 8JX United Kingdom
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The Angel Canal Festival has been taking place for over thirty years on the Regent’s Canal in Islington, on the first Sunday of September. Based around the City Road Lock, Basin and Towpath, it features boat trips, kayaking, pedalos, craft stalls, refreshments, live music, Punch and July performances and street theatre. Free of charge – No need to book, just turn up on the day! City Road Lock, Graham Street, London N1 8JX Further information at the Canal and River…

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Illuminated River Boat Tours

September 5 @ 9:15 pm - 10:00 pm
London Bridge City Pier, South Bank
London, SE12QE United Kingdom
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£6

The first four bridges of Illuminated River, the public art commission to light up the bridges of the Thames at night, are now lit. Join official City Guides and experts from Historic England, as they take you on a journey under London, Cannon Street, Southwark and Millennium bridges. Illuminated River is an ambitious, new public art commission which will transform the capital at night, lighting up to 15 bridges on the River Thames. Once complete, it will be the longest…

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Waxing lyrical

September 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The National Archives, Bessant Drive
Richmond Surrey, TW9 4AD United Kingdom
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£7.50

The joy of medieval and early modern seals A National Archives talk by Dr Paul Dryburgh The National Archives hold thousands of wax seals dating from the 11th to 20th centuries. Before the signature became the most commonly accepted method of validating and authenticating a record, the seal – produced by the making of a personal, often artistic, mark in a soft material by the use of a hard, engraved negative – held sway. Even as the signature began to…

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Open Day at the Upminster Tithe Barn

September 7 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Upminster Title Barn, Hall Lane
Upminster, RM14 1AU United Kingdom
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The Upminster Tithe Barn is a small museum located in Hall Lane, Upminster RM14 1AU, in the London Borough of Havering. The thatched barn, which dates from 1450, was part of an estate associated with Waltham Abbey. The Abbott’s hunting lodge next door was later converted to a private house, and is now home to Upminster Golf Club. It wasn’t until 1976 that the barn was refurbished and then opened as an agricultural museum. The Museum of Nostagia Today it is…

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Crusaders

September 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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£15

A British Library lecture by Dan Jones Listen as Dan Jones tells the three-hundred-year story of the Crusades – the sequence of religious wars fought across the high medieval period. Drawing on his new book Crusaders, Dan Jones tells a tale soaked in Islamic, Christian and Jewish blood, peopled by extraordinary characters, characterised by both low ambition and high principle. These are events that have left an enduring imprint on relations between the Muslim world and the West. Dan Jones…

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September 2019 Pub Night

September 10 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Liberty Bounds Public House, 15 Trinity Square
London, London EC3N 4AA United Kingdom
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Please note that we have moved back to the Liberty Bounds You are cordially invited to our monthly pub night, which is due to take place at the Liberty Bounds Public House, 15 Trinity Square, Tower Hill, London EC3N 4AA. The Liberty Bounds has been refurbished, and now boasts an additional 40 tables. 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,…

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The Thames and its Mysteries

September 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury
London, EC2V 7HH United Kingdom
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A Guildhall Library lecture by City Guide Robert Stephenson This illustrated presentation delves into the unique and curious history of the Thames from the past to the present. London’s river has been a focus for sacred rites and popular superstition since ancient times. Items covered will include the ritual deposition of artefacts, legends, ghosts, Cleopatra's Needle, Deadman's Hole, the execution of pirates and modern murders, plus river ceremonial and customs. Part of Totally Thames 2019 that runs from 1-30 September…

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Ensemble Molière at St James’s Piccadilly

September 13 @ 1:10 pm - 1:30 pm
St James’s Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9LL United Kingdom
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The Wind of Change Free lunchtime recital Named after the great French playwright Molière, Ensemble Molière is an early music ensemble based in London, focusing on French baroque music. Its young members hope to capture the theatre of French baroque music in their performances and bring often-neglected works to new audiences. PERFORMERS Alice Earll – baroque violin Kate Conway – viola da gamba Satoko Doi-Luck – harpsichord with Lauren Lodge-Campbell – soprano PROGRAMME Jacques Duphly - Ouverture (from Troisième livre…

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St Alfege Church gallery tours

September 14 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
St Alfege Church, Greenwich Church Street
London, SE10 9BJ United Kingdom
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Visit the atmospheric Hawksmoor church of St Alfege in Greenwich and get a chance to visit the galleries which are not always open to the public. St Alfege, Archbishop of Canterbury, was taken hostage by the Danes after they burnt down his cathedral during a raid on the city. They took him to Greenwich, hoping to ransom him for 3,000 gold marks, a huge sum of money. St Alfege refused to be ransomed, knowing it could mean starvation for many…

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The Great River Race 2019

September 14 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Free

London’s Great River Race is a spectacular rowing challenge up the River Thames. It attracts over 330 traditional boats from all over the world, including gigs, skiffs, cutters, currachs, jolly boats, naval whalers, Chinese dragon boats, Hawaiian war canoes, Viking longships, shallops, skerries, wherries and many, many more. Starting from Millwall Slipway at 11.20am, the race covers a 22 mile course. The leading boat is expected to cross the finish line, below Ham House in Richmond, at around 2.30pm. All Thames bridges,…

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Alberto Portugheis at St Martin’s

September 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square
London, WC2N 4JH United Kingdom
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Alberto Portugheis and the Orfeas String Quartet Lunchtime concert at St Martin in the Fields PERFORMERS Alberto Portugheis – piano Orfeas String Quartet Orpheus Leander – violin Ayako Yamazaki – violin Yohei Nakajima – viola Idlir Shyti – cello PROGRAMME César Franck – Piano Quintet in F minor 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.…

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