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April 2018

Mela Guitar Quartet at St Margaret Pattens

April 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St Margaret Pattens, Rood Lane, Eastcheap
London, EC3M 1HS United Kingdom
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Discover some of the most extraordinary music written for guitar as St Margaret Pattens Church welcomes the Mela Guitar Quartet to present an eclectic evening of music! Mēla, an Indian word meaning festive gathering, embodies the ethos of the Mēla Guitar Quartet. Bringing the colours and textures of four classical guitars to life with a wonderfully inventive, eclectic mix of repertoire, Mēla explore the art of a classical quartet to the highest level, whilst still making their style accessible for…

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The first moving picture shows

April 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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What really happened at the first moving picture shows? A Gresham College lecture by Professor Ian Christie The reception of moving pictures in 1894–96 has been much mythologised. Were spectators really frightened of an approaching train? Did they imagine seeing their departed relatives reanimated on screen? How much attention was actually paid to this new phenomenon among so many contemporary novelties and wonders? Moving pictures may not have been the innovation once claimed, but within a decade few could doubt…

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May 2018

Events in May 2018

May 1 - May 31

The Tales of Robin Hood Lecture – 1st May http://www.luxembourgclub.co.uk/event/the-tales-of-robin-hood Karl Marx – 200 years on Lecture – 2nd May http://www.luxembourgclub.co.uk/event/karl-marx-200-years-on Guildhall Jazz Showcase 2018 Festival – 2nd - 4th May http://www.luxembourgclub.co.uk/event/guildhall-jazz-showcase-2018 Canalway Cavalcade Annual festival – 5th - 7th May http://www.luxembourgclub.co.uk/event/canalway-cavalcade-2018 May Pub Night Monthly event – 8th May http://www.luxembourgclub.co.uk/event/may-2018-pub-night You’re barred! Panel discussion – 9th May http://www.luxembourgclub.co.uk/event/youre-barred Beating the Bounds at All Hallows Annual event – 10th May http://www.luxembourgclub.co.uk/event/beating-the-bounds-at-all-hallows-2018 Covent Garden May Fayre 2018 Annual event – 13th…

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The Tales of Robin Hood

May 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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In Search of the Medieval Outlaw: The Tales of Robin Hood A Gresham College lecture by Professor Stephen Church The rulers of the medieval English kingdom discouraged resistance to authority. Yet medieval society also applauded such resistance. Encapsulated in the tales of Robin Hood, the good outlaw is loyal, courageous, and clever, while the authorities he outwits are disloyal, cowardly, and stupid, using the cover of the law to behave corruptly. Examination of the outlaw in medieval literature tells us much…

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Guildhall Jazz Showcase 2018

May 2 - May 4
Guildhall School of Music, Silk Street, Barbican
London, EC2Y 8DT United Kingdom
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Join students, alumni and professors of the jazz department as they present a diverse range of performances celebrating the very best of jazz today. During the day, students showcase their work in combos led by Guildhall professors in the Milton Court Studio Theatre, which is transformed in to a jazz club for this three-day showcase. The evenings bring performances from some of the most celebrated artists on the UK jazz scene. At the Milton Court Studio Theatre, Guildhall School of Music, Silk…

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Karl Marx – 200 years on

May 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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A Gresham College lecture by Professor Gareth Stedman Jones To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx (5 May 1818) and 150 years since Das Kapital was published in 1867, the lecture will explore the possible affinity between Marx’s work in human history and Darwin’s in natural history. Enthusiasm for Darwin was shared by successive generations of Communists, but Marx’s conception of a ‘natural human being’ was different. In the new political and intellectual climate, Marx viewed…

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Canalway Cavalcade 2018

May 5 - May 7
Little Venice, Warwick Avenue
London, W9 2JJ United Kingdom
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The Canalway Cavalcade, which takes place during the Early May Bank Holiday weekend, from Saturday 5th to Monday 7th May, is organised by the Inland Waterways Association. This is London's biggest, brightest and best waterways festival, based at Little Venice since 1983. There are activities for all the family with a pageant of boats, trade shows and stalls, live music, kids’ activities, competitions, Morris Dancers, a real ale bar, and a wide variety of food and drink. At Little Venice,…

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May 2018 Pub Night

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Liberty Bounds Public House, 15 Trinity Square
London, London EC3N 4AA United Kingdom
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You are cordially invited to our regular monthly pub night, which is 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 the Liberty Bounds, so you can order a steak and…

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You’re barred!

May 9 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Century Club, 61-63 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, W1D 6LQ United Kingdom
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£12

The Life and Times of the Coach and Horses An evening with Norman Balon, Michael Heath & Celine Hispiche Join Norman Balon, the legendary landlord of Soho’s most infamous drinkery, and Michael Heath, the equally legendary satirical cartoonist, for an extremely rare and historic evening of conversation, stories, questions, answers and possible political incorrectness. The evening will be ‘refereed' by Soho denizen, actor and writer Celine Hispiche, ‘the only barmaid Norman ever bought a drink for'. Norman Balon – At 8pm…

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Beating the Bounds at All Hallows 2018

May 10 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
All Hallows by the Tower, Byward Street
London, EC3R 5BJ United Kingdom
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Beating the Bounds is an ancient custom still observed in many English parishes. Its roots go back to medieval times when parishioners reaffirmed their boundaries by processing around them at Rogationtide, stopping to beat each boundary mark with wands and to pray for protection and blessings for the land. At All Hallows the ceremony takes place on Ascension Day, which this year falls on Thursday 10th May, starting at 4.15pm. The Beating Party is made up of students from St Dunstan’s College, Catford,…

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Covent Garden May Fayre 2018

May 13 @ 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. It 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 of place in the pulpit during the special church service at noon, and from 12.30pm, the garden is filled…

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Were Dinosaurs too big?

May 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square
London, WC1R 4RL United Kingdom
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£5.85

Discussing Dinosaur Evolution Dinosaurs are among the most amazing animals that ever lived. A great burst of fossil discoveries and of new scientific analyses has shown that non-bird dinosaurs were diverse animals that occupied many niches and lived in many habitats. Brian J Ford argues that our accepted view of dinosaurs is misleading – they evolved in a watery environment which was very different from our current understanding. Vertebrate palaeontologist Darren Naish asks whether some non-bird dinosaurs were swimmers or waders.…

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Samuel Pepys the Guitarist

May 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St Sepulchre’s Church, Holborn Viaduct
London, EC1A 2DQ United Kingdom
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A Gresham College lecture by Professor Christopher Page At St Sepulchre’s Church, Holborn Viaduct At first, Samuel Pepys could see no virtue in the guitar at all and regarded it as a toy or ‘bauble’. Yet he soon changed his mind as he became more interested in Italian music. He arranged for an English merchant in Italy to send him an instrument, and during some of the most troubled periods of his life began to learn it. As a result,…

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Pierre-Joseph Redouté – Painter of Flowers

May 17 @ 6:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Luxembourg Embassy, 27 Wilton Crescent
London, SW1X 8SD United Kingdom
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An illustrated lecture by Eddie Bohnert This event is hosted by the Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Mr Jean Olinger and Mrs Véronique Olinger-Masquelin. Drawing on a wealth of historical and visual material, the lecture tells the story of Pierre-Joseph Redouté, the world’s most famous botanical illustrator. Born in Saint-Hubert in the Ardennes, then situated in the Duchy of Luxembourg, he spent most of his working life in Paris. Queen Marie-Antoinette made him her official court artist with the…

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Waterloo Classics May 2018

May 19 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Lower Marsh Market, Lower Marsh
London, SE1 7RG United Kingdom
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Waterloo Classics is a monthly classic car meet in central London, at Lower Marsh Market  just behind Waterloo Station. It 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. Further information

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A History of Soho through its Street Names

May 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road
London, EC1M 7BA United Kingdom
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£8

Soho tells its story through its street names: land ownership, historical events, architects and builders, residential and industrial glories. The names of the streets are part of this bohemian district’s history as it retains and displays its multicultural influences with pride. A one-hour talk with Rob Kayne. Cost: £8.00 At the Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London EC1M 7BA Further information

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Opening of Harmondsworth Great Barn

May 27 @ 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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June 2018

It’s Alive!

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road
London, SW7 2RL United Kingdom
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£15

The First Two Hundred Years of Frankenstein A Victoria and Albert Museum lecture by Christopher Frayling Mary Shelley's novel 'Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus' was first published 200 years ago; by 1826, no less than fifteen different versions had been performed on stages in England and France, and the F-word had become shorthand for assorted public anxieties about 'progress'. In conjunction with his new publication, 'Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years', join award-winning broadcaster and authority on gothic fiction Christopher…

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How to Lose a Referendum

June 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, Lincoln's Inn Fields
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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LSE lecture by Jason Farrell and Paul Goldsmith Hosted by the European Institute and Institute of Public Affairs In their book, How To Lose A Referendum, which they talk about at this event, Sky News senior political correspondent Jason Farrell and political blogger and economics and politics teacher Paul Goldsmith identify eighteen key reasons why the UK made its choice, from Britain’s absence at the birth of the European project to the inflammatory rhetoric of one Nigel Farage, and everything…

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Colour and the London Townhouse

June 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Benjamin Franklin House, 36 Craven Street
London, WC2N 5NF United Kingdom
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£6.00

A Benjamin Franklin House talk by Patrick Baty Patrick Baty, historian of architectural paint and colour, provides a brief description of what paint is; why it was used and when house-painting started in the UK. During the 18th century ready-mixed paint colours were sold by the colourmen and he will show how they were able to increase their output and lower their prices. He outlines the conventions behind the application of paint and show examples of correct usage in recently…

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London Map Fair 2018

June 9 - June 10
Royal Geographical Society, Exhibition Road
London, SW7 2AR United Kingdom
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Free

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June The largest antique map fair in Europe, established in 1980, takes place at the historic venue of the Royal Geographical Society on Saturday 9th, and Sunday 10th June 2018. 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…

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Antiques Roadshow at Eltham Palace

June 10
Eltham Palace, Court Yard, Eltham, Greenwich
London, United Kingdom
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BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow will be filming at the Art Deco marvel Eltham Palace and Gardens in Greenwich on Sunday 10 June. Fiona Bruce and the team of Antiques Roadshow experts will be waiting to welcome you, so dust off your family heirlooms and dig out those car boot bargains and bring them along for free advice and valuations to visitors. The moated medieval Eltham Palace was transformed into a marvel of Art Deco design back in in the 1930s…

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Computers and the Future

June 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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A Gresham College lecture by Professor Martyn Thomas CBE The invention of the computer in 1948 has changed our world radically, but we are only in the early years of this industrial revolution. What disruptions will quantum computing bring? What else can we foresee and what can we learn from the first seven decades of our cyber enabled world that will help us to design the best future for ourselves and our children? Professor Martyn Thomas is a world-renowned expert…

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June 2018 Pub Night

June 12 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Liberty Bounds Public House, 15 Trinity Square
London, London EC3N 4AA United Kingdom
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Free

You are cordially invited to our regular monthly pub night, which is 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 the Liberty Bounds, so you can order a steak and…

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BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

June 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
LSO St Luke’s, 161 Old Street
London, EC1V 9NG United Kingdom
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£14

The Academy of Ancient Music at LSO St Luke’s Enjoy energetic, vibrant Baroque and early Classical music in the finale instalment of the Academy of Ancient Music’s four-concert residency at LSO St Luke’s. Performing on historical instruments, they take a tour of Central Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries with chamber music from Germany, Italy and France. In this concert, they focus on Venetian composers, performing music by Kapsberger, Rossi and Castello. PROGRAMME CASTELLO Sonata No 10 a 3…

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