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Meet up with others to enjoy the arts and culture of London.

We visit galleries, concerts, museums, theatre, (fringe and mainstream) live music gigs and places of historical interest. Our members are interested in various forms of culture, including history, photography, painting, drawing, architecture, film, theatre, live music and dance.

Enjoy walks, talks, meals, etc. with interesting company. Discover unusual London venues, and areas that are off the beaten tourist track.

Try out new activities/events/restaurants, widen your circle of friends, and enjoy what this great city has to offer!

Come along on your own, or with a partner or friend. Suggestions for new events are always welcome.

If you have time to spare during the day, why not join our sister group - Carpe Diem - daytime in London? Members can enjoy visiting places at quieter times!


We look forward to meeting you.

Upcoming events (5)

Black sea coast- vacation with yoga, mindfulness and art in May

Highlights: - Ancient Sozopol, with its charming old town of meandering cobbled streets and pretty wooden houses - The Castle In Love with the Wind – a fairy tale near the sea - Plovdiv, European capital of culture 2019 - Daily yoga, meditation and art activities Six days of yoga, art and general creativity plus some great sightseeing, walking and good company. All materials supplied...including inspiration! The aim of this holiday is for you to be able to immerse yourself in the adventure of learning, to discover a unique and beautiful part of the Black sea coast and to make new friends. Marina is a certified Hatha Vinyasa Yoga teacher. She has been practicing yoga and meditation for the last 10 years. Have lived and practiced in different countries, including Bulgaria, Romania, Poland and India, her interest and knowledge have deepened, as she met her yoga master in the Bhakti yoga tradition. Marina will guide us through the daily yoga practices to gently energise and rejuvenate the body and mind, offering various clues about breathing, meditation and mindfulness. Dessi is a graduated Art therapist. She facilitates personal development programs, as well as individual and group therapy for 10 years. Her vocation is to create a supportive and inspiring environment for people to relax, trust and let the soul BE.Dessi is striving to do and promote conscious art: art dedicated to healing, self-discovery, higher purpose, social awareness and change. Her sessions help us unlock playfulness, strengthen communication and togetherness. She will walk us through: expressive art, art games, art for playfulness, meditations and open air activities. Come to sunny Bulgarian seaside and enjoy an invigorating May vacation with yoga, mindfulness and art sessions. Six days to unplug yourself at the beautiful beaches in Bulgaria. Refresh your body, clear your mind and elevate your spirit with the daily yoga class by Marina. Unlock your creativity and playfulness with the art and self-discovery practices guided by Dessi. Location of our private villa: Chernomorets is situated in a beautiful bay between Bourgas and Sozopol (9km) offers convenient access to either town for entertainment and sightseeing. A Short drive from our accommodation is Sozopol an ancient seaside town located 35 km south of Burgas on the southern Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. We will visit The Castle in Love with the Wind (https://www.europeanbestdestinations.com/top/best-castles-in-europe/), in 2016 the castle won the first prize of the international competition "A’ Design Awards 2016”. Itinerary: Day 1 Arrival in Plovdiv Day 2 Breakfast Guided walking tour in Plovdiv, European capital of culture[masked]:00 Transfer to Black sea coast 17:00 - 19:00 Mindfulness through Art & Play Day 3- Day[masked] - 09.00 - Morning Yoga to Wake-up and Energise 09:30 - Breakfast 10:30 - 17:00 Free Time and/or Daily walks and sightseeing 17:00 - 19:00 Mindfulness through Art & Play Day[masked] - 09.00 - Morning Yoga to Wake-up and Energise Transfer to Plovdiv Your investment for a week £[masked] for a shared room and £ 585 for a double room single use (Deposit of £100 secures your reservation) Included in the package price: 1 night in Plovdiv, European capital of culture[masked] nights accommodation in fully equipped double room en suite with a balcony (sea view) and kitchenette Airport transfers both ways ( from/to Plovdiv airport) 2 yoga classes and art sessions a day Breakfast supplies provided and in the fridges on your arrival 2 lunches 1 picnic on the beach Admission fee to Ravadinovo castle Welcome goody bag Optional daily excursions or walks What is not included: Return flight London- Plovdiv airport around £ 100 Dinners Some lunches Personal expenses Travel insurance This trip is limited to 12 people maximum so book early to avoid disappointment. To secure your space please email: [masked] or[masked]

Rose valley, Sofia and Plovdiv 2019

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NATURE GETAWAY IN OLD PLOVDIV AND THE VALLEY OF ROSES Perfect location for a painting holiday. Repeat trip! Explore the history- rich sites of the 6th oldest city in the world, Plovdiv, (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/galleries/The-worlds-20-oldest-cities/1old-plovdiv/) visit Bulgaria’s enticing valley of roses with its acclaimed Rose Festival and discover the secrets of the age-old tradition of rose oil production. OLD PLOVDIV – A JOURNEY TO ANTIQUITY Plovdiv is one of the most ancient cities in the world with signs of habitation dating as far back as the 6th millennium BC. The Old Town of Plovdiv is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s small, quiet and picturesque and a real gem for culture and history lovers! Fascinating highlights: The world’s most aromatic rose oil today comes from Bulgaria. ‣ The highest percentage of rose attar in the world is obtained from the Valley of Roses, Bulgaria ‣ The Bulgarian “attar” of roses is an important component in the perfume business throughout the world. ‣ Rosa Damascena is the name of the oil-yielding rose, which made Bulgaria famous for the production of the best rose oil in the world. Damascus, Rosa Damascena Mill was brought to Bulgarian lands during the 17th century. ‣ Plovdiv is the World’s 6th most ancient city and European cultural capital for 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtH_TAXUf80 The festival itself takes place every year on the first Sunday of June. It originates in the Rose Valley and runs across the near by towns of Karlovo, Kalofer, and Kazanlak. The area is breathtaking when the famous Bulgarian rose blossoms in May/June exuding its enticing fragrance. 3,5 tons of rose petals go into the making of one kilogram of rose oil, which costs as much as gold. Join this extraordinary experience in Bulgaria, take part in the authentic rose-picking ritual and gain insights into the rose-distillation process. In addition to the authentic rose gathering ritual, the festival offers a small beauty-pageant of a kind, where the most beautiful girl amongst the rose-pickers is crowned Queen Rose. But that’s not all! There are even more celebratory events taking place during the festival weekend, such as choir a cappella, folklore concerts, art shows, exhibitions, wine-tastings and much more! Dates 30th May- 3rd June 2019 Itinerary: Day 1 Thursday Arrival in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Guided walking tour in Sofia city center. Departure for Plovdiv and check-in at your hotel. Day 2 Friday Breakfast. Walking tour in the Old town of Plovdiv. Lunch near Plovdiv Roman stadium. Dinner and folklore program in an authentic Bulgarian restaurant Day 3 Saturday Breakfast. Optional excursion to Bachkovo Monastery or a spa day. Day 4 Sunday Breakfast. Departure to Rose festival - a day full of impressions. Transfer to Plovdiv in the evening Day 5 Monday Breakfast. Free time for shopping, sightseeing in Plovdiv. Flight: Plovdiv airport to London Stansted What is included: 4 nights in a 3-star or 4-star hotel in Plovdiv 4 breakfasts 2 Guided walking tours One day trip to Rose Valley Festival Rose picking ritual Degustation Wine tasting- selection of 5 wines Transfers from/to the airports in Bulgaria Social event with the group, before flying to Bulgaria Compliance with Travel Package Regulations and financial protection 1992 What is not included: Flights: London- Sofia/Plovdiv; Personal expenses; Travel insurance. The price for this trip: £360 in a twin/double room share. Single supplement: £ 60 In conjunction with other groups. To secure your place [masked] or[masked] for further details.

visit Dennis Severs House
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http://www.dennissevershouse.co.uk/ We could join a public tour on sunday afternoons, monday, wed eves, or if there are 20 of us book a private evening tour (£17.00)

Pls Support my kickstarter art project "The Poetry of Being Woman"

Dear Art lovers I am fund raising to complete a social commerce art portal for artists and launch niddoo.com. Requesting your support humbly to make my kickstarter campaign "The Poetry of Being Woman" successful. -------xxxx---------- Press release : Kickstarter the crowd funding site launched in UK on 31st Oct 2012. "The Poetry of Being Woman" is among the first kickstarter projects launched in UK by niddoo.com. Niddoo.com is a pre-beta stage startup - a social ecommerce portal where art-lovers can discover, buy, commission great art and art accessories from artists around the world. Niddoo is founded by artist Arifa who has successfully exhibited her paintings in London and received critical acclaim for her artistic endeavours. Faced with the pressures of an artist to financially break even while creating prolific art, she set out to solve the problem for artists around the world by creating a market-place for artists and art-lovers. The social ecommerce art -portal is set to change the lives of artists by providing them a dignified livelihood. Artists will be able to create a virtual gallery, communicate and forge relationships with buyers, and raise funds for art projects on the portal. International artists who have recently exhibited at The Nehru Centre London , Irene Lopez De Castro and Vidya Ranjith love the product and have endorsed it. The artist Arifa is raising funds on kickstarter by selling art accessories, and targets GBP20000 by Nov end. Funding is all or nothing. Funds will be used to organise art exhibitions in Europe to aid in the development and marketing of niddoo.com. Niddoo's founder Arifa says "Raising a successful round on kickstarter would not only provide proof of concept and early traction needed for a subsequent VC round, but also help build opt in lists of art-lovers who are voting with their wallets. A formidable marketing arsenal for a startup". You can choose from a range of Christmas gifts starting from GBP8. Rewards include designer accessories like calendar of paintings for GBP8, themed T-shirt and featuring in an ipad app for GBP20, designer scarf for GBP40, prints from GBP80, real oil paintings, custom-made haute couture and custom-portraits of backers hand-painted by Arifa! The artist appreciates support from fellow entrepreneurs. Go check out "The Poetry of Being Woman" and support her project! It takes just one click and less than a minute to back. ([url=http://t.co/9p5mEYBv]http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/arifakhan/the-poetry-of-being-woman-an-exhibition-of-paintin-0?ref=email[/url]). You can join Facebook page "The Poetry of Being Woman" to interact with other backers and see the progress on fund-raising. End of Press Release ---------xxxxxx--------- I am grateful for whatever support you can provide and humbly request you. 3 powerful ways you can help me: 1. Support my kickstarter project by making a personal pledge (any amount over GBP1, or over GBP8 to choose one of the rewards as an artistic Christmas gift to yourself or a loved one) 2. Tweet about it and promote on social media Tweet niddoo launches first UK art project on kickstarter. pls chk out & support "The Poetry of Being Woman" http://t.co/9p5mEYBv Like Fb page "The Poetry of Being Woman" -www.facebook.com/artexhibitionbeingwoman 3. Help me with Strategy / ideas to make this campaign successful. Any ideas to make it viral? I will be delighted to meet anyone who is gracious to pledge or help me with ideas & any form of support. We will have a backers party in a few weeks time. we also have a networking event on 21at Nov at Cass Business School "Leadership Legends" featuring entrepreneur success stories of Susan Payne , CEO Emvest (a usd500mn fund) and Sarah Curran, CEO my-wardrobe - if anyone wants to learn more about niddoo.com or my kickstarter project please come along. Tickets GBP 29. Registration athttp://leadershiplegends.eventbrite.com Complimentary tickets for kickstarter backers, and any art lovers who would like one on me!! Thank you ever so much for your gracious help to make my dream and thousands of artists dreams come true!

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