What we're about

Welcome to London Social Detours this group is dedicated to enjoying London to the full! The Meet-ups will be themed and cover things like:

• Concerts - so far we have done the Royal Academy of Music and the London Symphony Orchestra.

• Walks - we have done a St. Valentine Day themed walk which was featured in the Islington Gazette. That's Entertainment.

• Strolls along the Regent's canal.

• Museum Lates - have done the V&A - National Portrait Gallery & even Christie's!

• Slap-up Suppers - we did Vapiano but more on the horizon.

• Comedy nights & Nights at the Flicks - we recently went to Angel Comedy, brilliant night!

• Trips to the Theatre - The Globe is amazing.

• Vistas - We've been to Skyline & The monument too.

• Mystery street games - we had a whodunnit in and around Temple - so good I am going to do more!

To top it all off, the organiser is a Qualified London Tour guide and will treat you to some themed walks with a bit of socialising thrown in. This promises to be lots of fun and it will be a great opportunity to make lots of new friends.

Upcoming events (5)

Part Five - Gimson's Kings and Queens - online event - reading & social chat!

Hi Guys! I hope that you are all safe and well. I have raided my book shelf again and this time have come up with Gimson's Kings and Queens! I am inviting you to a reading (myself narrating) followed with a group chat. They say: Gimson's Kings and Queens is the most entertaining and instructive book on the English monarchy you will ever read. For lovers of history, the experienced and the novice, the serious and the silly... Gimson's Kings and Queens whirls us through the lives of our monarchs - from 1066 and William the Conqueror right up to Queen Elizabeth II and the present-day - to tell a tale of bastardy, courage, conquest, brutality, vanity, vulgarity, corruption, anarchy, absenteeism, piety, nobility, divorce, execution, civil war, madness, magnificence, profligacy, frugality, philately, abdication, dutifulness, family breakdown and family recovery. Written in Andrew Gimson's inimitable style. Kings and Queens is both a primer and a refresher for anyone who can't quite remember which were the good and bad Edwards or Henrys, or why so-and-so succeeded to the throne rather than his second cousin. Today we will cover: Edward Vl - Mary l - Elizabeth l & James l For added interest I will add a slide show of these Goodies & Baddies! To attend in the first instance RSVP. You do not need a Zoom account. But to stop Zoom bombers (persons hijacking the event - doing weird things). All you have to do is click on the location link and enter the meeting password:[masked] - Please log in around 5 minutes before it starts. We have a form of etiquette, for example when you first enter the 'meeting room' you will be muted, I will unmute you as we start. However, when you are not speaking it is recommended that you mute yourself - this is so that others do not get a lot of background noise. So that we can have unlimited time I pay to use Zoom. In order to cover my cost including Meetup subscriptions, may I request a small donation say £1 - however this is not expected as such. If you can please paypal me (no fees) by clicking the link: https://paypal.me/DeniseG711?locale.x=en_GB Why not have a virtual drink together too - glass of wine or beer - Coffee 'n' Cake ;) Stay safe :)

Angela Burdett Coutts & Duke of Wellington: Two online talks from the NPG!

Let's have another virtual night out at the National Portrait Gallery! My colleague and friend Jean and I are collaborating again this time to deliver two talks that we gave @ the NPG! We now know that the National Portrait Gallery will not be re-opening until 2023. But fear not we are going keep it virtually open - just for you ;) Today we are going to talk about two (very famous in the day) persons - one some of you may not heard and the other I am sure you have. Part one: Angela Burdett - Coutts Philanthropist; daughter of Sir Francis Burdett and heiress of the fortune of her grandfather Thomas Coutts, whose surname she adopted. Close friend of many leading writers, actors, politicians and scientists. Highly influenced by Charles Dickens, she spent much of her inherited fortune on projects for the education and housing of the poor. This is a fascinating tale - so much so that I am amazed that a film has not been made about her! Part two: Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington [masked]), Field Marshal and Prime Minister The most famous soldier and statesman of his day, Wellington's early victories were in India and the Spanish Peninsula. In 1815, he was hailed as the man who achieved peace in Europe when he led the campaign to defeat Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. He later became leader of the Tory party and, as Prime Minister, from[masked], he carried an important, if controversial, act that allowed Catholic emancipation in Britain. However, he was vigorously opposed to the recasting of electoral boroughs that led to the reform of the House of Commons and the slow spread of democracy. This resistance ended in the fall of the Tories and made way for Earl Grey's Whig government that eventually passed the Reform Bill in 1832. These two characters have an interesting connection ;) All will be revealed on the day! You will view the portraits via a slideshow and the event is being staged through Zoom. To attend in the first instance RSVP. You do not need a Zoom account. But to stop Zoom bombers (persons hijacking the event - doing weird things). All you have to do is click on the location link and enter the meeting password:[masked] - Please log in around 5 minutes before it starts. We have a form of etiquette, for example when you first enter the 'meeting room' you will be muted, I will unmute you as we start. However, when you are not speaking it is recommended that you mute yourself - this is so that others do not get a lot of background noise. Whilst you're waiting you might fancy taking a tour of the BP exhibition, here's the link: https://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/bp-portrait-award-2020/virtual-exhibition As usual afterwards we'll have a social chit-chat, feel free to have coffee'n'cake or a glass of Vino! Hope to see lots of you there :)

Let's explore the weird & wonderful world of Aubrey Beardsley @ Tate + Talk!

Let's do a virtual tour of the Aubrey Beardsley exhibition @ Tate Britain! To start we'll see a film with a talk from the Curators at Tate and have a tour of the exhibition... Aubrey Beardsley shocked and delighted late-Victorian London with his sinuous black and white drawings. He explored the erotic and the elegant, the humorous and grotesque, winning admirers around the world with his distinctive style. Spanning seven years, this exhibition covers Beardsley’s intense and prolific career as a draughtsman and illustrator, cut short by his untimely death from tuberculosis. Few artists have stamped their personality so indelibly on their era as Aubrey Beardsley. He died in 1898 at the age of just 25 but had already become one of the most discussed and celebrated artists in Europe. His extraordinary black-and-white drawings were instantly recognisable. Then, as now, he seemed the quintessential figure of 1890s decadence. I will also talk about his art and create a slideshow. You can see the exhibition for real later in July. We'll then see another film that explores the art of being the quintessential Dandy! To attend in the first instance RSVP. You do not need a Zoom account. But to stop Zoom bombers (persons hijacking the event - doing weird things). All you have to do is click on the location link and enter the meeting password:[masked] - Please log in around 5 minutes before it starts. We have a form of etiquette, for example when you first enter the 'meeting room' you will be muted, I will unmute you as we start. However, when you are not speaking it is recommended that you mute yourself - this is so that others do not get a lot of background noise. So that we can have unlimited time I pay to use Zoom. In order to cover my cost including Meetup subscriptions, may I request a small donation say £2 - however this is not expected as such. If you can please paypal me (no fees) by clicking the link: https://paypal.me/DeniseG711?locale.x=en_GB Why not have a virtual drink together too - glass of wine or beer - Coffee 'n' Cake ;)

Part Six - Gimson's Kings and Queens - online event - reading & social chat!

Hi Guys! I hope that you are all safe and well. I have raided my book shelf again and this time have come up with Gimson's Kings and Queens! I am inviting you to a reading (myself narrating) followed with a group chat. They say: Gimson's Kings and Queens is the most entertaining and instructive book on the English monarchy you will ever read. For lovers of history, the experienced and the novice, the serious and the silly... Gimson's Kings and Queens whirls us through the lives of our monarchs - from 1066 and William the Conqueror right up to Queen Elizabeth II and the present-day - to tell a tale of bastardy, courage, conquest, brutality, vanity, vulgarity, corruption, anarchy, absenteeism, piety, nobility, divorce, execution, civil war, madness, magnificence, profligacy, frugality, philately, abdication, dutifulness, family breakdown and family recovery. Written in Andrew Gimson's inimitable style. Kings and Queens is both a primer and a refresher for anyone who can't quite remember which were the good and bad Edwards or Henrys, or why so-and-so succeeded to the throne rather than his second cousin. Today we will cover: Charles l - The Interregnum (Oliver Cromwell) - Charles ll - James ll For added interest I will add a slide show of these Goodies & Baddies! To attend in the first instance RSVP. You do not need a Zoom account. But to stop Zoom bombers (persons hijacking the event - doing weird things). All you have to do is click on the location link and enter the meeting password:[masked] - Please log in around 5 minutes before it starts. We have a form of etiquette, for example when you first enter the 'meeting room' you will be muted, I will unmute you as we start. However, when you are not speaking it is recommended that you mute yourself - this is so that others do not get a lot of background noise. So that we can have unlimited time I pay to use Zoom. In order to cover my cost including Meetup subscriptions, may I request a small donation say £1 - however this is not expected as such. If you can please paypal me (no fees) by clicking the link: https://paypal.me/DeniseG711?locale.x=en_GB Why not have a virtual drink together too - glass of wine or beer - Coffee 'n' Cake ;) Stay safe :)

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