- CLH Pub Night - great conversation, drinks & food with like-minded people 🍔🍺😀The Somers Town Coffee House, London
Our monthly pub evenings are always a great opportunity to meet interesting people, chat, do a little networking, and enjoy a fun evening out.
Whether you’re new to Humanism or already a member, this is a fantastic space for anyone who is non-religious, questioning their beliefs, or open-minded and looking to mingle.
Date: Wednesday 1 November 2023
Time: From 6pm
Feel free to join us whenever you’re able to – we’re often there until closing time.
Venue: Somers Town Coffee House
A lovely pub, close to Euston & Kings Cross stations.
You’ll find us towards the back of the pub, on the left of the bar – look out for the Humanist signs on the tables.
What we talk about:
The conversations are different every time – from current events to humanism and secularism, with plenty of good laughs in between!
If there’s something specific you’d like to talk about, we’d love to hear about it.
We kindly request a contribution of £3 for our events to help cover various admin costs - but first-timers are welcome to give us a free trial. If you prefer you can also pay online by clicking here: https://checkout.square.site/merchant/ML71XMH66FX5E/checkout/ALWCDLQ3S7AVPLFZ62PZGXLU
We encourage dialogue, debate, and sharing of information at our events but ask people to keep their interactions cordial. Any views expressed are those of the individual sharing them and may not reflect those of CLH.
More about the venue:
All indoor facilities are wheelchair-friendly/accessible.
Free Wi-fi is available.
It’s easy to reach – close to Euston and Kings Cross stations, and on 18 different bus routes!
View a map here
More about Humanism:
We look forward to seeing you!
- Xmas party: standup comedy night — fundraising for MacMillan Cancer SupportOld Diorama Arts Centre, London£10.00
Celebrate our shared human values with a night of compassion, community, and comedy. Let's raise our glasses and our spirits for a better world! 🥂✨
🎭 Central London Humanists present: Xmas Party Comedy Night! 🎭
🍷 Sip with purpose at our Charity Wine Bar – each glass supports MacMillan Cancer Support!
🎤 Laugh out loud with our lineup of guest standup comedians delivering punchlines with a punch!
🎄 Embrace the Xmas party vibe—wear your festive best and bask in the joy of the season!
❤️ Fundraise for a fantastic cause—every chuckle contributes to MacMillan's mission!
🌟 Get ready for a holiday extravaganza with heart and humour! 🌟
📌 Venue: Old Diorama Arts Centre (map)
📆 Date: Wednesday 13 December 2023
🎫 Tickets : £10 per person - Spaces are limited
💝 All profits from this event will be donated to MacMillan Cancer Support
Doors & Charity bar open: 6:30pm
Show Starts: 7:00pm
Interval & (Charity Bar Open): 7:45 - 8:15pm
2nd Half: 8:15-9:00pm
Drinks and Music: 9:00pm
Before the show we'll be there to mingle and enjoy refreshments from our bar. Drinks will also be available during social time, at our usual low prices.
Special guests acts will include:
Siôn James (MC)
Siôn is originally from North Wales Now living in South London. Sion is a warm, jovial and welcoming MC & Compere and is Resident Compere of Clapham Comedy Club , Collywobblers Comedy Clubs and legendary Happy Mondays Comedy Club
"Utterly charming ... Lovable giant" - Time Out London
"Lovably bumbling Welshman......" - Amused Moose Comedy London
"Brilliant and risqué…" - Xfm / Capital Radio Creation Podcasts
“..truly a great compere!” - Henrik Schyffert, Swedish National TV
"Sion bases his set around interaction with the audience and reminds us what stand-up should be as he riffs expertly" - ThreeWeeks
Lisa May is a standup comedian (and humanist!) based in London. Some say "she's hilarious", some say "she's ok", she says "I ran out of f***s to give". After working 15 years in business, growing and selling a company, having kids, getting married - and divorced, Lisa had enough of being serious and I signed up to a stand up comedy course. Now she performed more that 100 gigs including at Big Belly and The Comedy Store and she runs and MCs her own night called @standuplols
Dave Jones is a comedian, stand-up comedy coach and scientist based in London.
Our events are 18+ unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. We encourage dialogue, debate, and sharing of information, but ask people to keep their comments cordial. Any individual's views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the group at large.
- External Event: A Humanist HannukahHpod, London
Hannukah is a festival of light! Lighting the Hannukah candles is an opportunity to find light within ourselves, and find the strength within ourselves to move beyond darkness in our lives.
Humanistic Judaism is a secular approach to Judaism that enables everyone to experience and enjoy spirituality and celebration without “belief” or organised religion being a necessity. It’s a beautiful way to connect and share our own philosophies and inspiration.
You don’t have to be Jewish or have a Jewish background to attend and this event is open to all who are interested and want to celebrate. We ask that political discussions be left at home for this event – there are many important discussions to be had, but this is not the time or the place for it.
We will be lighting the chanukiah candles, and discussing Hannukah, the concept of light and all it can bring to our lives.
We’ll also be enjoying some food and drink, and you’re welcome to bring traditional Hannukah foods if you’d like to share. Fried foods like doughnuts and latkes are always popular on Hannukah.
This event is led by Martin Di Maggio from the Society for Humanistic Judaism
Date: Friday 15 December
Venue: Hpod, 1000 Cumberland Market, London NW1 3RH
Will the event be recorded?
Yes, the ceremony will be. And photos will be taken of the whole gathering. Please let the organisers know upon arriving - no problem if you don't want to appear in any photo or recording.
Is there a cost to attend?
We ask for £5 per attendee to help cover the cost of putting on events like this for our members (we do not have a membership fee). Contactless card payment will be available at the meeting.
- Portobello Walk: Music, Movies, But Mostly Mayhem - with Robert HallPret A Manger, London
Portobello – music, movies, but mostly mayhem
A guided walk of +- 2 hours / 2 kilometres / 1.3 miles
Portobello Road and Notting Hill Carnival; riots and Rachmanism; an explosion of music and an electrifying cinema; the bookshop that featured in the film “Notting Hill”.
Date: Saturday 13 January 2024
Time: 2:00 PM, with a prompt departure at 2:15 PM
Place: Pret, 140 Ladbroke Grove (more details below)
Finishes: About 4.15 pm at the Earl of Lonsdale, 277-281 Westbourne Grove W11 2QA for optional refreshments
Maximum: 30 people
Meet under the Westway near Pret, 140 Ladbroke Grove W10 5NE
Almost opposite Ladbroke Grove underground station (Hammersmith and City or Circle Lines).
You can also find us with what3words.com using ///poster.elaborate.event
Toilets available at various hostelries including Pret (may have to request access at counter).
Walk is led by Robert – 07981963681
He can be contacted for further information but please note he won’t be able to respond to messages or calls after the walk has started.
The formal bit:
You are responsible for your own actions and safety; there is no liability on the walk leader or CLH for anything that may happen on the walk. You must be able to walk at 2.5 mph and able to walk for 2.5 miles. It is participants responsibility to keep up with the walk leader. To safely cross roads, when appropriate, pedestrian controlled lights will be used and obeyed unless it is obvious that the whole group can cross safely. When stopped at a point of interest please be mindful of not blocking pavements so that members of the public can pass by safely.
These walks are not suitable for dogs.
Don’t forget this is UK and it may rain at any time! Walk will go ahead whatever the weather unless deep snow so please bring clothing for all seasons.
The majority of Central London Humanists events are free, but we kindly ask for a £3 contribution per head. This helps towards the running and organising of events, as well as various admin expenses. If you can't attend and would still like to contribute, or would prefer to pay online, please click here.
Maximum group size is 30 people. If you have signed up but find you can't attend, please change your RSVP as soon as possible so others can join.
CLH events are 18+ unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. We encourage dialogue, debate, and sharing of information, but ask people to keep their comments cordial. Any individual's views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the group at large.
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- CLH Annual General Meeting 2024 + Madeleine Goodall, Humanist HeritageOld Diorama Arts Centre, London
The Central London Humanists (CLH) Committee is pleased to invite all members and supporters – past, current, and future - to our Annual General Meeting.
The AGM is always a thought-provoking occasion and a great time to connect or catch up with fellow Humanists. We’ll review the past year’s progress, select the 2024 Committee, and discuss the future of CLH and how we can make every event and interaction even better, in 2024 and beyond.
Following the AGM we will be joined by guest speaker, Madeleine Goodall, Humanist Heritage Coordinator at Humanists UK.
Date: Wednesday 17 January 2023
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Please join us from 6:30 to enjoy a glass of wine or soft drink - on us! We will begin promptly at 7pm
Venue: Old Diorama Arts Centre
We'll then move on to a nearby pub for drinks.
We look forward to seeing you there to kick off an exciting year.
We will share the finalised agenda and all relevant documents in the first week of January, including:
- Minutes of 2023 AGM
- Nominations for Committee Positions
- Membership Report
- International Report
- Annual Report (including Chair's Review and Treasurer's audited accounts)
- Online Analytics Report
- CLH Constitution
Anyone who is registered as a full member of CLH and is a paid-up member of Humanists UK (HUK) is automatically a voting member of CLH. You will be able to vote on resolutions and are eligible for election to the Committee. Please bring your HUK membership details with you to the meeting.
Non-voting members and supporters are also very welcome to join us for the AGM and participate in our discussions.
Nominations for Committee positions must be submitted to the Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least 14 days before the AGM (i.e. no later than 4th January 2024).
- Each nomination needs to be proposed and seconded by voting members of CLH.
- Brief candidacy statements can also be included along with the nominations.
Have Your Say
We encourage anyone who is interested in Humanism and CLH to consider becoming a voting member:
— If you are already a HUK member and wish to register as a full member of CLH (no membership fee) please register on our website: https://centrallondonhumanists.org.uk/signup
— If you wish to join HUK and support its work to promote humanism in British life, please go to: https://humanism.org.uk/join
We also welcome other contributions, particularly in helping to manage our events. The more hands and minds involved, the more we can do, so please do get in touch if you’d like to get involved in some way.
About Our Guest Speaker
Madeleine Goodall is the Humanist Heritage Coordinator for Humanists UK. Since 2019 she has been researching the history and influence of humanism, atheism, and freethought in the UK to mark 125 years of Humanists UK. The major output of this project has been the Humanist Heritage website.
Talk: Doers, Dreamers, Place Makers: Humanist Heritage and its relevance today
The Humanist Heritage project has been working since 2019 on excavating the often unsung history and influence of humanists in the UK, highlighting pioneering figures across politics, philosophy, science, and the arts. In 2023, the project was awarded £160,000 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to continue bringing this radical history to new audiences, with a special focus on how spaces and places have fostered humanist community, and facilitated collective action. Whether coining words like ‘agnosticism’ and ‘secularism’, fighting for human rights and freedoms, or helping to establish systems of welfare and care, the non-religious have played a profoundly significant role in ushering in reforms and shaping social attitudes.
Who were these people? Why have they (or their humanism) so often been overlooked or ignored? What relevance do they have to us as humanists today, and to the issues we’re still grappling with? Join us and Humanist Heritage Coordinator Madeleine Goodall to hear more about the rich and remarkable history of humanism in the UK, and to discuss what faces us now as inheritors of this tradition.
Events are advertised on multiple online portals and through email, so RSVP numbers on any one portal may not be fully indicative of the greater attendance on the day.
We encourage dialogue, debate, and sharing of information, but ask people to keep their comments cordial. Any individual's views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the group at large.
- CLH Book Group 📚 The Social Instinct by Nichola RaihaniRoyal Festival Hall, London
January's book: The Social Instinct: What Nature Can Teach Us About Working Together by Nichola Raihani
'A phenomenally important book' Lewis Dartnell, author of Origins
Why do we live in families?
Why do we help complete strangers?
Why do we compare ourselves to others?
Why do we cooperate?
The science of cooperation tells us not only how we got here, but also where we might end up. In The Social Instinct Nichola Raihani introduces us to other species who, like us, live and work together. From the pied babblers of the Kalahari to the cleaner fish of the Great Barrier Reef, they happen to be some of the most fascinating and extraordinarily successful species on this planet. What do we have in common with these animals, and what can we learn from them? The Social Instinct is an exhilarating, far-reaching and thought-provoking journey through all life on Earth, with profound insights into what makes us human and how our societies work.
'A pleasing juxtaposition of insightful scientific theory with illuminating anecdotes' Richard Dawkins
'Surprising, thoughtful and, best of all, endlessly entertaining' Will Storr, author of The Science of Storytelling
'A superb book about how important cooperation is' Alice Roberts, author of Ancestors
The meeting starts at 7:15. At 7:30 pm we will break up into small groups. Those familiar with the CLH Book Group meeting know how this works: in each group we take turns introducing ourselves and giving our 1 minute thoughts on the book. It's important not to go over a minute and not to interrupt other people's minute so that everyone gets a chance to participate. After this first round, each group discusses for another 20 minutes or so.
We then shuffle the groups so as to talk to as many different people as possible and in the new groups repeat our introductions and 1 minute thoughts. We'll do this a couple of times before coming all together at the end in one last big group.
While we are very social and welcoming, the book group's primary focus is on discussing books. Feel free to turn up if you haven't managed to finish this month's book but note that the group works best when we have all read at least half of the book and are prepared to share our opinions.
£3 per person to attend. If it's your first time, come and try us out for free!
If you prefer, you can pay online, by clicking here.
We encourage dialogue, debate and sharing of information on our site but ask people to keep their comments cordial. Any views expressed here are those of the individual posting them and may not reflect those of CLH.
- External Event: CLH at Humanists UK Convention 2024 | CardiffCardiff Students' Union, Cardiff
Central London Humanists are taking a group booking at the 2024 Humanists UK Convention. Our members can receive 10% off all tickets.
To access the discount, click attend on this event and we will share details.
Full event info:
Humanists UK Convention 2024
Cardiff Students' Union, CF10 3QN
14–16 June 2024
We're delighted to be able to announce our Convention with a fantastic line-up, including:
- Dr Helen Czerski, physicist, oceanographer, and author
- Alom Shaha, teacher and author
- Professor Jim Al-Khalili, theoretical physicist, author, broadcaster, and Humanists UK Vice President
- Dr Jonathan Illiff, neuroscientist and doctor
- Madeleine Goodall, Humanist Heritage Coordinator
- Dr Adam Rutherford, geneticist, author, broadcaster – and Humanists UK President.
Over 30 scientists, campaigners, comedians, historians, and politicians appeared at our 2023 Convention, and so this opening line-up represents just a small fraction of what attendees can expect in Cardiff in June 2024. We've got great plans in store for the coming weeks and months, and we can't wait to share them with you.
The HUK Convention is always a highlight of the humanist calendar. While the Convention kicks off on Friday night with a fantastic evening of entertainment and welcome drinks in the bar, in 2024, our Humanists Professionals Conference, with sessions for humanists doing work in their community – celebrants, school speakers, pastoral support volunteers, SACRE reps, section leaders, and more – will take place from Friday morning.
From Saturday morning through to Sunday afternoon, we welcome scientists and campaigners, historians and artists, politicians and journalists, to fascinate, educate, and entertain.
More than 100 years on from the disestablishment of the Church in Wales, tolerance and pluralism have taken root in this modern and confident nation. Today, Wales benefits from a devolved Assembly instituted as a secular body; an open, flourishing, and enriched civic sphere; and strong support for equality and human rights across all demographics, including the right to freedom of religion or belief.
You can read some of the fantastic things previous attendees have had to say about our recent Conventions – in Liverpool, Belfast, and Leicester.