• Visit the Cinema Museum!

    Kennington Tube Station (outside the station)

    Come along on Saturday 22nd January to visit the amazing Cinema Museum!

    About the museum
    The museum opened in 1986 and is a collection of everything to do with cinema-going. The collection was started by cinema projectionist Ronald Grant (who co-runs the museum today) and the collection is what he has collected over the last 60 years to do with the cinema (when cinema's were independent).

    The collection grew far beyond its origins as an enthusiast's treasure trove to become an extensive archive of historical and social importance, and Ronald, along with Martin Humphries established the Cinema Museum to safeguard the collections future.

    The museum has posters, art deco cinema chairs, projectors, ushers' uniforms from the 1940's, tickets, ashtrays and popcorn cartons, as well as an archive boasting hundreds of books, photos and 17 million feet of film.

    The museum is housed in the admin block of the old Lambeth Workhouse (built in 1873 and one of the few remaining workhouses in London), which has it's own movie links. As a young boy, Charlie Chaplin along with his half brother Sydney and their mother spent one year living in the workhouse.

    About the visit
    Before we enter, I will give a 10 minute talk on the history of the Lambeth Workhouse. I will then show you a few things in the museum, before taking you upstairs to the former Workhouse chapel.

    Tea & coffee will then be available and Martin & Ronald will give a talk on the museum and show a short film. Feel free to ask them any questions. Then you will be able to look around the museum.

    The museum is only open for group visits. The visit should last about 1h 30mins/2 hours. The visit is being split into two time slots to avoid crowding in the museum, so please indicate when you RSVP, which time you wish to come along at: 12:30pm or 2:00pm.

    Cost
    Entry is £9 per person for Full Members and £10 for everyone else (payable by cash on the day).
    Go here to become a Full Member - https://www.meetup.com/London_Cultureseekers/dues/

    Afterwards
    After we will head to the 'The Dog House pub' a short walk from the museum at 293 Kennington Road for a chat over a drink.

    If you can make it, please come to the pub afterwards, as its a great way to meet and get to know others after the visit.

    Please note, we only wait outside the station for 10 minutes after the advertised meeting time, so please be early or on time.

    If you can't see us outside the station, please text.

    Look out for the red and blue 'London Cultureseekers' group sign.

    Hope to see you there!

    Robert[masked] (prefer text)

    Please make sure you are aware of the group rules here before RSVPing - https://www.meetup.com/London_Cultureseekers/pages/26449165/Group_Rules/

  • Thames Foreshore Visit - Custom House (NOW FULL)

    Tower Hill Tube Station (outside the station)

    £6.00

    THE VISIT IS NOW FULL, ALTHOUGH WE WILL BE VISITING THE FORESHORE ONCE A MONTH THIS YEAR AT VARIOUS POINTS IN LONDON.

    Running through the heart of London; the River Thames has played a central role in the history of the city, and when the tide is low, the capital’s longest archaeological site is revealed.

    Come along on Sunday 23rd January to explore its history!

    About the foreshore
    I will be your guide as we will be going down to the Thames foreshore at low tide, where we will have about 1h 30mins to have a look around for objects before the tide comes in.
    I will tell you more about foreshore, the industry in the area and will be on hand to identify and date objects you find. Most objects you can spot sitting on the foreshore after being washed in on the tide (we are not allowed to dig or scrape the foreshore surface).

    You will find everything from bits of pottery, clay pipes, bottles, animal bones to ship items. Most of the things we find are from the Medieval to the Victorian period or you might be lucky and find something Roman or older.

    The foreshore is very stoney, so please wear sensible shoes (preferably walking boots/shoes or wellington boots). Plastic gloves and bags to put your items in will be provided.

    Payment
    Full Members of the group will be free, everyone else the cost is £6 per person (payable in advance when you RSVP).

    To become a Full Member, go to: https://www.meetup.com/london_cultureseekers/dues/

    Full Members - If you are a current Full Member or have just become one, please email me ([masked]) and I will add you to the list of attendees.

    We will be finished by about 1:00pm.

    Afterwards
    After we will head to a local cafe for a chat over a drink.

    Please note, we only wait at the meeting point for 10 minutes after the advertised meeting time, so please be on time or early.

    If you can't see us outside the station, please text.

    Look out for the red & blue 'London Cultureseekers' group sign.

    Hope to see you there!

    Robert[masked] (prefer text)

    Please make sure you are aware of the group rules here before RSVPing - https://www.meetup.com/London_Cultureseekers/pages/26449165/Group_Rules/

  • [ONLINE] Cultureseekers Quiz - London, then & now!

    Online event

    Join us online on Tuesday 25th January at 5:00pm for a quiz called London, then and now!

    The quiz is a picture quiz showing photos of scenes in London from then [masked]'s) to now. All you have to do is guess correctly the location of the photos. For some slides, the photos will be side by side and for others they will be conjoined.

    No teams, just answer the questions individually. Please have a pad and pen to write down your answers. There will be 25 questions.

    For future quizes, could everyone make sure to stay muted when questions or answers are being said. If you didn't hear a question, please unmute and ask, but make sure to mute again afterwards. If lots of people are unmuted, it creates lots of background noise and can make it harder for others to hear.

    Join Zoom Meeting:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86373890269?pwd=OFRzZFgzRVhRbGg5cHFsNHZ5OHBCQT09

    Meeting ID:[masked]
    Passcode:[masked]

    It's free to attend.

    Hope to see you there!

    Robert[masked] (prefer text)

    Please make sure you are aware of the group rules here before RSVPing - https://www.meetup.com/London_Cultureseekers/pages/26449165/Group_Rules/

  • [ONLINE] Cultureseekers Midweek Coffee Evening

    Online event

    On Wednesday 26th January at 6:30pm, we will be having an online Midweek Coffee Evening!

    It's a chance to keep in touch and chat with others in the group.

    So nearer the time, pour yourself a coffee (or tea) and click on the link below.

    Join Zoom Meeting, click on the link below:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86766852389?pwd=R01mQXhhTlJsd1BjUDF4WGRIeWRSZz09

    Meeting ID:[masked]
    Passcode:[masked]

    Hope to see you there!

    Robert[masked] (prefer text)

  • Visit Apsley House!

    Hyde Park Corner Tube Station (outside the station)

    Come along on Saturday 29th January to visit Apsley House!

    About the house
    Apsley House is known as 'Number 1 London' and stands right in the heart of Central London near Hyde Park. Built in 1778 it was the home of the first Duke of Wellington who famously defeated Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo in 1815. Wellington went on to become Prime Minister of Great Britain in 1828.

    The inside of the house is spectacular, consisting of the Duke's amazing European art collection of over 200 paintings including masterpieces by artists such as Edwin Lanseer, Aernout van der Neer and Peter Paul Rubens. It also includes Italian Old Masters such as Correggio and Giulio Romano and works by Spanish 'Golden Age' painters such as Velázquez and Murillo.

    Among the famous works of art on view are Velázquez's celebrated 'The Waterseller of Seville' and Goya's 'Equestrian portrait of the 1st Duke of Wellington'. The collection also shows the 1st Duke of Wellington's taste and provides a visual record of the Napoleonic period.

    Cost
    The visit should last about 1h 30 - 2h. The visit is self guiding.

    Entry cost is £12 per person for Full Members and £14 per person for everyone else (payable by cash on the day). English Heritage & ArtFund members have free entry.

    To become a Full Member, go to: https://www.meetup.com/london_cultureseekers/dues

    Afterwards
    After the visit we will head to 'Henry's Café Bar' 80 Piccadilly, a short walk from the house at 4pm for a chat over a drink.

    If you can, please come to the pub afterwards, as its a great way to meet others after the house visit.

    Please note, we only wait outside the station for 10 minutes after the advertised meeting time, so please be early or on time.

    If you can't see us outside the station, please text.

    Look out for the red & blue 'London Cultureseekers' group sign.

    Hope to see you there!

    Robert[masked] (prefer text)

    Please make sure you are aware of the group rules here before RSVPing - https://www.meetup.com/London_Cultureseekers/pages/26449165/Group_Rules/

  • Annual March in Commemoration of Charles I

    Green Park Tube Station (outside the station, exit via the 'Green Park/Buckingham Palace' exit)

    Come along on Sunday 30th January to see the Annual March in Commemoration of Charles I, who was executed on 30th January 1649.

    About the morning
    The annual commemoration takes place on the last Sunday in January. The English Civil War Society dress in authentic period costume of the day, with weaponry identical to that used during the English Civil War [masked]).

    They assemble on the Mall by St. James's Palace and march along the route the king was taken on Sunday 30th January 1649, across Horse Guards Parade to the Banqueting House in Whitehall where Charles was beheaded.

    We will be following the march to Horse Guards Parade Ground where a short ceremony will take place.

    About Charles I and his execution
    King Charles I [masked]) was king of England, Scotland and Ireland from 1625 until his execution in 1649. After he became king, he was constantly at loggerheads with parliament who wanted to curb his royal prerogative. Charles believed in the divine right of kings and thought he could govern according to his own conscience.

    Charles dissolved parliament three times in the four years after taking the throne and in 1629, he dismissed parliament and resolved to rule alone. This forced him to raise revenue by non-parliamentary means which made him increasingly unpopular.

    In November 1641, tensions came to a head with disagreements over who should command an army to suppress an uprising in Ireland. Charles marched into parliament and attempted to have five members of parliament arrested.

    In August 1642, Charles raised the royal standard at Nottingham and Civil war began between the Parliamentarians (led by Oliver Cromwell) and the Royalists (led by Charles I). The war divided the country and lasted until 1649, when Charles was captured and tried for treason. He was executed and Oliver Cromwell took on the role of Lord Protector, thus turning England into a republic.

    It's free to attend! It finishes about 1pm.

    Afterwards, we will head to the Silver Cross pub, 33 Whitehall (towards the back of the pub) to chat over drinks.

    Please note, we only wait outside the station for 10 minutes after the advertised meeting time, so please be early or on time.

    If you can't see us outside the station, please text.

    Look out for the red and blue 'London Cultureseekers' group sign.

    Hope to see you there!

    Robert[masked] (prefer text)

    Please make sure you are aware of the group rules here before RSVPing - https://www.meetup.com/London_Cultureseekers/pages/26449165/Group_Rules/

  • [ONLINE] Cultureseekers Midweek Coffee Evening

    Online event

    On Wednesday 2nd February at 6:30pm, we will be having an online Midweek Coffee Evening!

    It's a chance to keep in touch and chat with others in the group.

    So nearer the time, pour yourself a coffee (or tea) and click on the link below.

    Join Zoom Meeting, click on the link below:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81015514419?pwd=T0FmNmdXSndVMG1scUl1YStJWmhyQT09

    Meeting ID:[masked]
    Passcode:[masked]

    Hope to see you there!

    Robert[masked] (prefer text)

  • ‘What’s in a Name? Street & Pub Name Origins’ Guided Walk

    Bank Tube Station (outside the station - come out of exit 3)

    Come along on Saturday 5th February at 1:30pm for a guided walk in the City of London on the origins of street names and pubs.

    About the walk
    Ever wondered why a street is called that name? or why a pub has an unusual name? We walk down streets and go to pubs like this everyday, but don't know why they are called what they are.

    We will walk around the City of London walking down some of the well known and obscure streets, passages and alleys. I will tell you the origin of their names, how the names have changed and evolved, plus the stories behind them. We will also see some historic pubs and I will tell you about why they are called what they are and events that have happened inside them in history.

    The walk will be led by myself.

    We finish the walk on Fleet Street, close to Blackfriars and Temple Tube Stations.

    Payment
    Full Members of the group will be free, everyone else the cost is £6 per person (payable by cash on the day).

    To become a Full Member, go to: https://www.meetup.com/london_cultureseekers/dues

    Afterwards
    After we will head to 'The Albion' pub, 2-3 New Bridge Street for a chat over a drink.

    Please note, we only wait outside the station for 10 minutes after the advertised meeting time, so please be early or on time.

    If you can't see us outside the station, please text.

    Look out for the red and blue 'London Cultureseekers Group' sign.

    Hope to see you there!

    Robert[masked] (text only)

    Please make sure you are aware of the group rules here before RSVPing - https://www.meetup.com/London_Cultureseekers/pages/26449165/Group_Rules/

  • London's Lost Rivers - Walk the River Fleet!

    Mornington Crescent Tube Station (outside the station)

    Come along on Sunday 6th February for a guided walk/hike walking the route of one of London's lost rivers - the River Fleet!

    On the first Sunday of every month over the next five months, we will be walking the routes of some of London's lost rivers, including the: Tyburn, Walbrook, Effra and Peck.

    About the walk
    We will pick up the River Fleet and walk the last 3 miles to where it enters the River Thames. The Fleet is unfortunately completely covered and is now part of sewer system.

    The walk is part hike/part guided, so on the way I will show you points of interest which would have been on the banks of the River Fleet and tell you more about them.

    The River Fleet
    The river's name is derived from the Anglo-Saxon 'flēot' meaning "tidal inlet". Its headwaters are two streams on Hampstead Heath and flows south about 6 miles into the River Thames.

    Over time, as London grew, the river became increasingly a sewer and when the London sewer system was built by Joseph Bazalgette in the 1860's, the Fleet was covered over and became part of the system.

    We will walk about 3 miles, so sensible shoes are advised. The terrain is pavements.

    Payment
    Full Members of the group will be free, everyone else the cost is £6 per person (payable by cash on the day).

    To become a Full Member, go to: https://www.meetup.com/london_cultureseekers/dues

    Afterwards
    After, we will head to a cafe near Blackfriars Station for a chat over a drink.

    If you can't see us outside the station, please text.

    Hope to see you there!

    Robert[masked] (prefer text)

    Please make sure you are aware of the group rules here before RSVPing - https://www.meetup.com/London_Cultureseekers/pages/26449165/Group_Rules/

  • [ONLINE] Cultureseekers Midweek Coffee Evening

    Online event

    On Wednesday 9th February at 6:30pm, we will be having an online Midweek Coffee Evening!

    It's a chance to keep in touch and chat with others in the group.

    So nearer the time, pour yourself a coffee (or tea) and click on the link below.

    Join Zoom Meeting, click on the link below:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83164566874?pwd=WGZodzkzY3EwQ213WGZKc1RqVWp6dz09

    Meeting ID:[masked]
    Passcode:[masked]

    Hope to see you there!

    Robert[masked] (prefer text)