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September 2017

Notes from Trump’s America

September 7 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, Lincoln's Inn Fields
London, WC2A 2AE United Kingdom
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Free

Lecture at the LSE by Jon Sopel, BBC North America Editor Hosted by the Department of Government – Chair: Professor Tony Travers Jon Sopel will be talking about his new book If Only They Didn’t Speak English – Notes from Trump’s America in which he sets out to analyse how a country that he says once stood for the grandest of aspirations is now mired in a storm of political extremism, racial division, and increasingly perverse beliefs. Jon Sopel has…

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The Great River Race 2017

September 9 @ 11:45 am - 7:00 pm
Free

London’s Great River Race is a spectacular rowing challenge up the River Thames. It attracts over 300 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 10.45am, the race covers a 22 mile course. The leading boat is expected to cross the finish line, below Ham House in Richmond, at around 1.40pm. All Thames bridges,…

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Spencer House

September 10 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Spencer House, 27 St James's Place
London, SW1A 1NR United Kingdom
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£12

Spencer House is one of the most sumptuous private residences ever built in London and a building of unique importance in the history of English architecture. Designed by John Vardy and James ‘Athenian’ Stuart, and constructed between 1756 and 1766 for John, first Earl Spencer, an ancestor of Princess Diana, it is London’s finest surviving eighteenth-century town house, and one of the last of the many private palaces which once adorned the city. The State Rooms are amongst the first neo-classical interiors…

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September 2017 Pub Night

September 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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Do join us at our September pub night, which takes place at our usual venue, the Liberty Bounds Public House, 15 Trinity Square, Tower Hill, London EC3N 4AA. We look forward to welcoming you. 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…

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The River Thames and its Architecture

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

From Royal Highway to Common Sewer A Gresham College lecture by Professor Simon Thurley CBE The Thames is the reason that London is where it is and the river has had a decisive influence on the growth of the city since Roman Times. For 500 years it was the only reliable way to move about but in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries changes came that were to alter the face of London and transform our relationship with the river. This…

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Ben Franklin and the Opticians

September 13 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Benjamin Franklin House, 36 Craven Street
London, WC2N 5NF United Kingdom
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£8

Talk by Neil Handley of the College of Optometrists Benjamin Franklin is often credited with the invention of ‘double spectacles’, which we know today as bifocal glasses.     When not looking at the world through his spectacles, he was corresponding with their makers. He claimed they helped him to understand foreign languages and attract the opposite sex. Neil Handley, of the museum at the College of Optometrists, opens our eyes to this contradictory and controversial facet of Franklin’s many scientific and business interests,…

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Open House London 2017

September 16 - September 17
Free

Open House London, the capital’s greatest festival of architecture and design, takes place again on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September 2017. This annual event is a truly city-wide celebration of the buildings, places and neighbourhoods where Londoners live and work. Everyone is invited to experience, explore and understand the value of a well-designed built environment. It is a unique opportunity to get out and under the skin of the capital’s amazing architecture with over 750 buildings of all kinds opening their…

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The History of Roman London

September 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury
London, EC2V 7HH United Kingdom
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£5

The History of Roman London to the end of the 2nd century AD Join Roman London expert Simon Elliott to hear about the early history of the settlement. Learn how it was founded, its destruction during the Boudiccan Revolt and subsequent recovery, and how it matured to become a key commercial and administrative centre. Simon also discusses Londinium’s role in the governance of Britannia, and how it facilitated the flow of wealth to the Imperial centre. Cost: £5 (plus booking…

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18 Stafford Terrace

September 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sambourne Family Home, 18 Stafford Terrace
London, W8 7BH United Kingdom
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£10

Guided tour of the Sambourne family home From 1875, 18 Stafford Terrace was the home of Punch cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne, his wife Marion, their two children and their live-in servants. The house gives an insight into the personal lives of the Sambourne family, and also provides a rare example of what was known as an 'Aesthetic style'. The Aesthetic Movement of the late nineteenth century advocated the use of foreign influences in the decoration of the home. This can be seen by the…

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Magic Circle

September 25 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
The Magic Circle, 12 Stephenson Way
London, NW1 2HD United Kingdom
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£19.50

By joining a tour around the Magic Circle's HQ, you can find out where the world's greatest magicians meet to share their secrets, and put on shows for the public. The building houses priceless treasures, apparatus and posters. In the clubroom, you will learn about the history of the organisation, and get a chance to observe some close-up magic. Don't worry – they promise not to steal your watch, saw you in half, or make you disappear. Please note that children…

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Democracy and its crisis

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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£12

A British Library lecture by A C Grayling Philosopher A C Grayling examines what has gone wrong with representative democracy and how it should be fixed. What space should it occupy in order for civilised society to flourish? Grayling has recently published a book with the same title. In each of five short chapters, he explores a moment in history (including Periclean Athens, the English Civil War, the American Revolution, the French Revolution and the Weimar Republic) in which the…

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Discovering the Port of Roman London

September 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Museum of London, 150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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Free

A Gresham College lecture by Dr Gustav Milne Roman London was founded on the banks of the Thames to take advantage of the tidal river for traffic trade and communications. But precisely where were the bridge and the harbour, and what did they look like? The remains of Roman vessels had been found at County Hall, in Southwark and at Blackfriars, but no sign of the port itself. Then, from 1973 onwards, in a long series of major archaeological excavations…

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St Paul’s Cathedral Triforium tour

September 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
St Paul’s Cathedral, London, EC4M 8AD United Kingdom + Google Map
£8

  Did you know that there is a hidden world behind the scenes of St Paul’s Cathedral, on the first floor Triforium level? This one-hour tour includes the Library, Geometric Staircase and Great Model, as well as a spectacular view down the nave from above the Great West Doors.     Cost of Triforium tour: £8 (on top of general ticket price, which is £18.00 for an adult) To book, please contact the Admissions Department on 020 7246 8357 or…

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London Transport art and poster tour

September 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
LTM Acton Depot, 118-120 Gunnersbury Lane
London, W3 9BQ
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£10

Once a month, the London Transport Museum opens the doors to its art and poster stores in Acton for an exciting tour. The stores are a permanent home to one of the world’s finest and most comprehensive collections of transport posters and artworks. Visitors can immerse themselves in the rich design heritage of London’s transport, explore some of the 7,000 posters that London Transport commissioned and get close to original artworks that are rarely seen by the public. Over 100…

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October 2017

Violin Masterclass with Maxim Vengerov

October 1 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road
London, SW7 2BS United Kingdom
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£5

A Royal College of Music event Maxim Vengerov, the RCM’s Polonsky Visiting Professor of Violin, has appeared with the world’s finest orchestras and conductors and given solo recitals at major concert halls and festivals around the globe. In this masterclass he works with RCM violinists and the RCM Chamber Orchestra on Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. The Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall is a performance space of the highest international standard, which can accommodate large orchestral and choral concerts. Newly-installed lighting and sound equipment replicate…

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Chinese Moon Festival 2017

October 4
Free

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Harvest Festival, or Moon Festival, is one of the most important annual celebrations in China, Korea, and Vietnam. It takes place on the 15th day of the 8th Chinese lunar month every year, so its exact date by the Western calendar is different every time. In 2017, it falls on Wednesday 4th October. It is a day for family reunion. Friends and family come together to celebrate a time when the moon is at its…

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BFI London Film Festival 2017

October 4 - October 15

The BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express, takes place at venues across London from 4th to 15th October 2017. This annual festival is held in cooperation with the British Film Institute, screening more than 300 films, documentaries and shorts from around 50 countries. Press announcement Official website

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Moniker Art Fair 2017

October 5 - October 8
The Old Truman Brewery, 85 Brick Lane
London, E1 6QL United Kingdom
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Taking place at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch between 5th and 8th October, the eighth edition of the Moniker Art Fair coincides with the more established Frieze Art Fair. It attracts some of the most talked-about artists, galleries and collectors from the street art movement, and its related subcultures. The private view takes place on Thursday 5th, and the fair is open to the public from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th October. Further information

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London Piano Festival 2017

October 5 - October 8
King’s Place, 90 York Way
London, N1 9AG United Kingdom
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This year’s London Piano Festival promises to build on the excitement of the inaugural festival of 2016, with even more superb artists, all of whom will perform music with which they feel a special affinity. Many of the programmes feature an underlying Russian theme, with works by Rachmaninov, Borodin, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. A brand-new commission for this year’s Two-Piano Marathon is written especially by captivating Russian composer Elena Langer. A sequence of solo recitals will run throughout with concerts by…

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October 2017 Pub Night

October 10 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 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 October pub night, 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 steak and…

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The Guitar in Tudor London

October 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St Sepulchre’s Church, Holborn Viaduct
London, EC1A 2DQ United Kingdom
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Free

A Gresham College lecture by Professor Christopher Page At St Sepulchre's Church, Holborn Viaduct Few people now remember that the guitar was popular in England during the age of Queen Elizabeth and Shakespeare, and yet it was played everywhere from the royal court to the common tavern. in 1559 Queen Elizabeth herself received a case of three guitars as a New-Year's day present. This opening lecture of a series, with musical illustrations, will use documents, poetry and images to bring…

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The End of Roman London

October 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury
London, EC2V 7HH United Kingdom
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£5

Later Roman London and the End of Roman Britain Londinium, the capital of Britannia, governed the relatively integrated Southern and Eastern areas, as well as the militarised border regions of the North and West. This far-flung territory of Rome changed over time, and eventually slipped out of Imperial control. In this talk Simon Elliott tells the tale of Roman London from the 'Crisis of the 3rd Century' until its final demise in the early 5th century. Cost: £5 (plus booking…

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The Knights Templar

October 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
St Pancras Old Church, Pancras Road, Camden Town
London, NW1 1UL United Kingdom
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£10

The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God’s Holy Warriors Talk by historian Dan Jones at St Pancras Old Church Dan Jones, the bestselling author of The Plantagenets, tells the true story of the Templars for the first time in a generation, drawing on extensive original sources to build a gripping account of these Christian holy warriors whose heroism and depravity have so often been shrouded in myth. The Templars were protected by the pope and sworn to strict vows of celibacy.…

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Diwali 2017 in London

October 15 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Trafalgar Square, London, SW1Y 5AY United Kingdom + Google Map
Free

Diwali in London is currently in its 16th year, attracting over 35,000 spectators to Trafalgar Square, on Sunday 15th October 2017. Everybody is welcome. A packed programme includes traditional and contemporary stage performances, lively music, family-friendly activities, and delicious food from India and beyond. Diwali, known as the Festival of Lights, is celebrated by the Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities around the world, around the new moon in October or November. Diwali traditionally symbolises joy, love, reflection, resolution, forgiveness and knowledge, and…

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Society of Antiquaries of London

October 17 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly
London, W1J 0BE United Kingdom
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£10

Public tour of the collections at Burlington House This is a unique opportunity to visit the historic apartments of the Society of Antiquaries of London at Burlington House, and to learn about the history of one of Britain's oldest learned societies. The tour takes in the meeting rooms and the library, and some of the remarkable artefacts contained in the Society's collections, such as rare examples of Tudor portraiture, including a famous portrait of Mary I by Hans Eworth and…

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