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London is such a fantastic place with so many intriguing things to go do and see. I feel lucky to be able to live in this pretty amazing place. I keep meaning to explore lots more of London, it is much easier done with others so heading out together seems like a darn good idea.

I am looking to organise some of these: museum visits, going to see a film, a walk for taking photos and checking out places, exploring and discovering hidden corners and unusual things - taking advantage of one-off events that are better when you go with friends. And what I like a lot is to pop into a cafe or pub afterwards for a well-deserved drink and a grown-up conversation about the event (or anything under the sun). I enjoy comparing impressions, discussing what I liked best, hearing from others what they got out of it.

My specific interests are things like history, photography, fashion, design, architecture, writing, etc. And finding out about the people who shaped history or its social aspects. If you think of something that roughly fits in with this then please let me know, I welcome sugestions.

I propose to plan at least one to two meetings a month and more when interesting things are on. I also organise other groups so will sometimes cross-post events, like the recent fashion/film talk.

Looking forward to meeting you

Upcoming events (5+)

The Dior exhibition

Victoria and Albert Museum

This exhibition is unfortunately sold out for quite some time. I am going with a friend on this Friday evening and if you happen to have tickets, please join us. My other group is going to see this again later in the summer, date to be confirmed.

A theatre play with flamenco dancing: "Flamenco con Gusto-La Manada"

This sounds wonderful! I am going with friends and you are very welcome to join me. The ticket price is £12, and £8 Concessions. This is the description: https://www.wandsworthfringe.com/whats-on-2019/la-manada "Five lads, six bulls, one girl - all converge for fun and games on a hot July day in Pamplona... This true tale of high spirits and dark desires is told with power and vivacity in a unique combination of physical theatre and flamenco dance, music and song. In addition to the performances, two Flamenco dance workshops, open to the general public, will be taking place onstage on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May at 6.30pm - contact Flamenco Con Gusto to reserve your place! Audience feedback from last year's Preview performance (at The Chelsea Theatre): "Speechless!!!! Brutal, provocative, powerful and original storytelling." "Mesmerising. Flamenco with a twist. A moving story told from the very soul." "Wow! This made me cry! A memorable and evocative way of telling an important story" "Great concept. I really admired the ambition and multi-genre uniqueness". Suitable for 14+. Created with support from Wandsworth Arts Fringe through Wandsworth Arts Fund." http://www.flamencocongusto.co.uk/

Exhibition - Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution

Fashion and Textile Museum

Cross-posting from my other group: "Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution will present the fashion, design and art of the Chelsea Set; a group of radical young architects, designers, photographers and artists who were redefining the concept of youth and challenging the established order in 1950s London. At the forefront of this group of young revolutionaries were Mary Quant and Terence Conran. Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution will span the period from 1952 – 1977 and will present fashion, textiles, furniture, lighting, homewares, ceramics and ephemera in an exhibition that explores not only the style but the socioeconomic importance of this transformative period of time. Key pieces include rare and early examples of designs by Conran and Quant, plus the avant-garde artists, designers and intellectuals who worked alongside them, such as designers Bernard and Laura Ashley, sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi and artist and photographer Nigel Henderson." Tickets prices: £9.90, £8.80 concessions, £7 students We are going for the early slot and are thinking of going to lunch afterwards at probably Cote in Hayes Gallery at 1pm. If you would like to come along for lunch you need to let me know asap because I'll have to tell the organiser for the table booking, thanks.

Free exhibition: Secret Rivers

Museum of London Docklands

I am fascinated by secret or hidden rivers that run underneath the surface of London's street, and not many people know they are there. Many were built over long ago, to create living spaces or even to lock away the source of noxious smells from the open sewage that some had become. I know that the 18th Century saw sluices being built and the people in the area were charged for their cost (I researched Mary Squire, foundress of the Almshouses, and found her listed in the rate book in Walworth, very exciting!). I'm curious to see what the exhibition covers. This exhibition opens on 24 May, so we're very early in getting to see this! The full address is: West India Quay, No.1 Warehouse, Hertsmere Rd, Canary Wharf, London E14 4AL. Let's meet at Canary Wharf tube station and walk over together. Here is what the museum says about the exhibition: "For centuries Londoners have existed beside a series of waterways, which have shaped the city and people within it. The history of this relationship and the art that is has inspired are the focus of our next major exhibition, Secret Rivers. Secret Rivers uses archaeological artefacts, art, photography and film to reveal stories of life by London’s rivers, streams, and brooks, exploring why many of them were lost over time. Historic and contemporary artworks from artists, poets and authors will also show how London’s rivers have played an important role in the city’s imaginations. Previously unseen artefacts from excavations of the River Fleet and elsewhere hint at the diverse industrial, economic and religious roles these rivers have played over the centuries. The intriguing histories of the River Effra, Fleet, Neckinger, Lea, Wandle, Tyburn, Walbrook and Westbourne will all feature in the exhibition. Each river will highlight a broader theme such as poverty, industry, development, effluence, manipulation, activism, sacred association and restoration." https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london-docklands/whats-on/exhibitions/secret-rivers

Past events (84)

Photography: Diane Arbus - in the beginning

Hayward Gallery

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