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December 2019

Developing the EU for the Future

December 4, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
London School of Economics, Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Professor Kevin Featherstone in discussion with Xavier Bettel At the London School of Economics and Political Science Hosted by the European Institute and the Dahrendorf Forum, a project of LSE IDEAS This discussion with Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg, focuses on strengthening the European Union internally and towards the wider world. The EU has faced different kinds of euro-scepticism and this year’s European Parliament elections suggested citizens wanted it to set a new course. At the same time, the wider international…

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Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 2019

December 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Trafalgar Square London, SW1Y 5AY United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

Lighting the Trafalgar Square Tree Each year since 1947, 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 beginning of the festive season, and mark the first of a series of Christmas activities held on Trafalgar Square. Free of charge – No ticket required. Make sure to arrive early! Information on…

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Dominic Alldis Trio at St James’s Piccadilly

December 6, 2019 @ 1:10 pm - 2:00 pm
St James’s Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9LL United Kingdom
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Free lunchtime recital at St James’s Piccadilly PERFORMERS Dominic Alldis - piano Andrew Cleyndert - double bass Martin France - drums The Dominic Alldis Trio return to St James’s for their 6th annual concert, featuring jazz arrangements of popular themes by Bach, Handel, Fauré, Borodin, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Satie, Chopin and Bartok. The trio explores the meeting point of two worlds: classical music and jazz. Taking inspiration from the Jacques Loussier Trio, Bill Evans Trio, Dave Brubeck Quartet and the Modern…

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London Christmas Book Fair 2019

December 7, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, Coram Street
London, WC1N 1HT United Kingdom
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£2

Organised by the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association The marvellous PBFA Christmas Book Fair is a must for book lovers, collectors and gift buyers alike! Thousands of books and ephemera will be on offer from some of the best independent sellers across the country. Find gems across a myriad of subjects and genres – secondhand, rare and unusual – priced to suit every pocket. Everyone is welcome - General admission £2.00 Cafes, bars and restaurants on site. At the Holiday Inn,…

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Ambassador’s Christmas Reception 2019

December 10, 2019

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 Tuesday 10th December. Please note that this is a ticketed event, and that only invited guests will be admitted on the day. Invitations are being emailed to our subscribers. This  reception replaces the December pub night. Our next pub night is scheduled for Tuesday 14th January 2020.

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Butterflies and Biodiversity

December 11, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Linnean Society of London, Burlington House
London, W1J 0BF United Kingdom
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The Challenges and Opportunities A Linnean Society lunchtime lecture by Dr Blanca Huertas FLS Butterflies are charismatic insects that engage public interest, hence they are used as a flagship for conservation in many developed nations. However, even in butterfly species-rich areas their full potential has not been quantified due to scarce information and resources available. Whilst most funding programmes prioritise innovative research to mitigate threats for humans and the planet, research to fill knowledge gaps in core disciplines remains undervalued…

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Linnean Society Treasures Tour

December 11, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Linnean Society of London, Burlington House
London, W1J 0BF United Kingdom
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£5

This tour follows the luchtime lecture Butterflies and Biodiversity It covers the history of the Society with particular emphasis on Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, as well as the collections and legacy of Carl Linnaeus. Led by the knowledgeable and dedicated Library staff, tours include visits to the Meeting Room and the grand Reading Room of the Library. The Meeting Room: A warm welcome to the Linnean Society awaits you! Admire the President's crocodile-skin chair, see the portraits of…

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Music and Birds

December 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Linnean Society of London, Burlington House
London, W1J 0BF United Kingdom
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A Violinist’s View The Linnean Society Christmas Lecture 2019 by classical violinist Paul Barritt Classical violinist and Permanent Guest Leader of the Hallé Orchestra Paul Barritt considers the connections between great composers of both the human and avian worlds: from Mozart’s beloved pet starling to Vaughan Williams’ ascending lark. Do female birds sing or was Darwin accurate in portraying them as far too coy compared to their ardent males? This lecture explores the use of birds, their image, calls and…

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Danilo Mascetti at St James’s Piccadilly

December 13, 2019 @ 1:10 pm - 2:00 pm
St James’s Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9LL United Kingdom
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Free lunchtime recital at St James’s Piccadilly PERFORMER Danilo Mascetti - piano PROGRAMME Beethoven - Piano Sonata No.2 in A major, Op.2 No.2 Tchaikovsky - Marche Funèbre and Scherzo (from 6 Pieces, Op.21) Dutilleux - Chorale et variations Danilo Mascetti is an Italian pianist, the Carne Trust Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music. He regularly performs as soloist all over the world. St James’s Piccadilly presents free lunchtime recitals every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1.10pm (except Bank Holidays,…

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St George Quintet at St Martin’s

December 17, 2019 @ 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 Part of the Embassy and Cultural Institute Series, representing the Government of Flanders in the United Kingdom PERFORMERS St George Quintet Two violins (Liesbeth Baelus and Kaja Nowak), viola (Diede Verpoest), cello (Wouter Vercruysse) and double bass (Bram Decroix) is an unconventional setting and thus a very versatile repertoire. The St George Quintet has toured extensively throughout Flanders and performed in festivals and venues such as Midis/Minimes (Brussels), Iedereen Klassiek (Concertgebouw…

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The Stones of the Temple

December 17, 2019 @ 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Camden Local Studies Centre, Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road
London, WC1X 8PA United Kingdom
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Camden’s Historic Churches Paul Shaw, archivist of St Mary’s Convent, Brentford, gives an illustrated talk on the subject of Camden’s historic places of worship. Admission free. Doors open at 6.45pm. Organised by the Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre Featured image by kind permission of the Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre.

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Festive Tour of Benjamin Franklin House

December 19, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Benjamin Franklin House, 36 Craven Street
London, WC2N 5NF United Kingdom
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£10

For nearly sixteen years between 1757 and 1775, Dr Benjamin Franklin – scientist, diplomat, philosopher, inventor and founding father of the United States lived behind the doors of No 36 Craven Street, London WC2. Built circa 1730, it is today a dynamic museum and educational facility. On this candle-lit tour you can step back in time and experience the house in true eighteenth-century style. Enjoy mulled wine and mince pies in the parlour before exploring the building and its unique…

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Christmas Lights and Sights Tour

December 22, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza
London, WC2E 7BB United Kingdom
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£17

Enjoy the Christmas lights on a vintage London Transport bus Climb aboard a cosy original Routemaster Heritage bus and experience the wonder and excitement of London at Christmastime. Wind past spectacular displays and illuminated landmarks, to the sound of classic festive songs. The tour starts at the London Transport Museum before heading off through the sparkling West End seeing some of the stunning lights, passing Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, Shaftesbury Avenue and the Strand. Please note…

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Midnight Mass at St Etheldreda’s

December 24, 2019 - December 25, 2019
St Etheldreda’s Roman Catholic Church, 14 Ely Place
London, EC1N 6RY United Kingdom
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Christmas Eucharist preceded by carols St Etheldreda’s Church is just a stone’s throw from the noise and bustle of modern day London. This hidden gem, a spiritual sanctuary dating from the Middle Ages, remains a haven of peace and tranquillity. It used to be the town chapel of the Bishops of Ely from about 1250 to 1570. Ely Place was once one of the most influential places in town, with a palace and vast grounds. Its chapel took its name…

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Alessandro Conti at St Martin’s

December 27, 2019 @ 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 PERFORMER Alessandro Conti – Piano PROGRAMME Dupont – La Maison dans les dunes Schumann – Fantasie in C After completing his education at St. Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, Alessandro Conti continued abroad, perfecting his craft in Vienna, Helsinki and Tallinn. He was a pupil of Paul Barnes, Krassimira Jordan and Wolfang Watzinger for piano, Ivan Vandor for composition, Piero Bellugi, Jorma Panula, Arkady Leytush and Paavo Järvi for conducting. Active in Italy and abroad…

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January 2020

New Year Steam Day

January 1 @ 10:30 am - 4:15 pm
Epping Ongar Railway, Ongar Station, Station Approach
Ongar, Essex CM5 9BN United Kingdom
£16

Epping Ongar Railway Steam into the forest this New Years Day with the Epping Ongar Railway steam-hauled services! The main services to Ongar are being worked by steam locomotives and connecting heritage buses are running between Epping Underground and North Weald stations. Former Great Western Railway Hall Class locomotive, 4953 Pitchford Hall returns to traffic at this event following a boiler overhaul. Timetable information can be found here. FARES Adult £16 / Child £8 / Family (up to 2 adults and…

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New Year’s Day Parade 2020

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. 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 in order to secure a good vantage point! Free, no need to…

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Twelfth Night Celebration 2020

January 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside
London, SE1 9DT United Kingdom
Free

The Twelfth Night traditionally marks the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas. A free annual celebration takes place on Sunday 5th January 2020 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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The Journey to the Mayflower

January 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge
London, SE1 9DA United Kingdom
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£3

A Southwark Cathedral lecture by Dr Stephen Tomkins 2020 sees the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower - the ship that took the Pilgrim Fathers to the New World. It's a foundational event in American history, but it began as an English story, which pioneered the idea of religious freedom. The illegal underground movement of Protestant separatists from Elizabeth I's Church of England is a story of subterfuge and danger, arrests and interrogations, prison and executions. It starts…

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An Arab Christmas

January 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square
London, WC2N 4JH United Kingdom
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£15

A concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields Experience the atmosphere of Christmas in the Arab world as St Martin-in-the-Fields resounds with Syriac, Coptic and Byzantine chants, harking back to the time of Queen Zanubia’s Palmyra in the second century CE. The sound world of these chants is rich with quarter tones and virtuosic ornamentation. Palestinian singer and broadcaster, Reem Kelani, leads the evening as compere. Arab Christmas is produced by Arts Canteen and supported using public funding by Arts Council England. PERFORMERS Najib…

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Mayfair Antiques and Fine Art Fair

January 9 - January 12
London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, Duke Street
London, W1K 6JP United Kingdom
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£10

The fair features some forty distinguished specialist exhibitors. The aim is to present a varied selection of high quality art and antiques, giving visitors the opportunity to browse and acquire the finest period furniture, enamels and boxes, traditional and contemporary sculpture, oil paintings and watercolours, antique and modernist jewellery, ceramics, glass, lighting, clocks, vintage watches, 20th century design pieces, designer handbags and many other decorative and rare objects spanning the centuries. Opening times: Thursday - 12.00–21.00 Friday - 11.00–18.00 Saturday…

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Alberto Portugheis Birthday Concert

January 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St James’s Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly
London, W1J 9LL United Kingdom
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Free

Opus Musica series 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. He performs in recitals, chamber-music concerts and as soloist with major orchestras, including: Royal Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra, and many more. His annual Steinway Masterclasses are legendary. Alberto Portugheis’ repertoire includes music from the baroque to contemporary, with…

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Britain by Numbers

January 12 @ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square
London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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£8

A visual exploration of people and places How much more do we drink than we should? Why do immigrants come here? How have house prices changed in the past decade? What do we spend our money on? Stuart Newman’s book Britain by Numbers answers all these questions and more, vividly bringing our nation to life in new and unexpected ways by showing who lives here, where we work, whom we marry, what crimes we commit, and much else besides. Beautifully…

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January 2020 Pub Night

January 14 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
The Liberty Bounds Public House, 15 Trinity Square
London, London EC3N 4AA United Kingdom
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We look forward to welcoming you at our first pub night of 2020, which takes place at our usual venue, 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 the Liberty Bounds, so you can order a…

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Streets of Inspiration

January 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square
London, NW1 9XB United Kingdom
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Charles Dickens and Holborn, Hampstead and St Pancras Lecture by Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre archivist Tudor Allen This illustrated historical talk touches on the various connections between the writer Charles Dickens and the area nowadays known as Camden. Admission free - everyone is welcome. At the Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, London NW1 9XB

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