• Hands on History - Object Handling @ the Museum of London (Part 3)

    St Paul's Tube Station (outside the station via exit 1)

    Come along on Saturday 27th April to do some object handling at the Museum of London! About the event We will be going behind the scenes into the Museum of London's archives to do some object handing. This will be a monthly event in February, March and April, handling objects from different periods of history at each session. Sat 27th Apr - 20th century objects This is an opportunity to get your hands on history! Cost is £10 per person (payable on the day). It lasts just over 1 hour. We are limited to numbers we can take to the object handling. Afterwards we will head to the 'Lord Raglan pub' 61 St Martins-le-Grand, a short walk from the museum 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 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] (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/

  • 'Fascinating Fitzrovia' Guided Walk

    Warren Street Tube Station (outside the station)

    Come along on Saturday 27th April for a Blue Badge Guided Walk around Fitzrovia! We have 2 guides and we will be starting the walk in 15 minute gaps, so please indicate which time/guide you wish to go with when you RSVP. If you've never attended before, both the guides are extremely good and qualified Blue Badge Guides, so just choose a random time (when you RSVP it might default to 2:00pm for the time to attend, but just ignore that and just come along at your chosen time). About the walk and the area Fitzrovia is probably named after the Fitzroy Tavern, a public house situated on the corner of Charlotte Street and Windmill Street within the district. Discover the area which was once dubbed “London’s Latin Quarter” and learn how this Georgian development became the place to be for London’s literary and artistic set. We will hear the stories of Fitzrovians past and present including a notorious brothel keeper, artists, writers, an explorer, a jazz musician, architects and a pioneer of birth control. See two of London’s trendiest hotels, hear the story of one of the most renowned hoaxes ever played, walk down the alleyway where a fictional photographer preyed on his victims and find out about the area’s past as a centre of the furniture trade. We finish in one of London’s most striking Victorian church interiors (subject to access on the day). The walk is a private walk for the group, we will split into 2 groups and we will be guided by Val Chris (2:00pm) & Diane Burstein (2:15pm). It will last about 2 hours. Cost for the guided walk is £8 per person for Full Members of the group and £10 per person for everyone else (payable on the day). To become a Full Member, go to: www.meetup.com/london_cultureseekers/dues Afterwards we will head to the Champion pub, 12-13 Wells Street (nearest tube: Oxford Circus), for a chat over a drink. Please try and make it to the pub after, as this is where real friendships are made! Please note, we will only wait at the station for 10 minutes after the advertised meeting time so please be early or on time. Look out for the red & blue 'London Cultureseekers' group sign outside the station. 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/

  • Cultureseekers Monthly Meal

    Ethos Restaurant

    Come along on Saturday 27th April at 6:00pm for a meal! Once a month in the evenings after the guided walks, we will be having a meal in a local restaurant in the area the walk was in. It's a chance to chat and get to know people in the group in a quiet relaxed setting in an area of London you may or may not know. Each month's restaurant will be in a different part of London and a different type of cuisine. The meals are open to all, whether you came on the walk or not. When you get to the restaurant, ask for the 'Cultureseekers Group' table The food is Vegetarian and you can view the menu here - http://www.ethosfoods.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Ethos-Lunch-Dinner-Dessert-2019.pdf Lookout for the group signs when you get to the restaurant. 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/

  • Visit Bevis Marks Synagogue

    Tower Hill Tube Station (outside the station)

    Come along on Sunday 28th April for a visit to Bevis Marks Synagogue in the City of London! About the building Bevis Marks Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in the United Kingdom. It was built in 1701 and is affiliated to London's historic Spanish and Portuguese Jewish community. It is a Grade I listed building. It is the only synagogue in Europe which has held regular services continuously for more than 300 years. The interior decor and furnishing and layout of the synagogue reflect the influence of the great Portuguese Synagogue of Amsterdam of 1675. The roof was destroyed by fire in 1738 and repaired in 1749. Although it received some damage during the Blitz in WW2 and IRA bombs in 1992 and 1993, the essential original structure of the building thus remains today. The visit should last about 2 hours. We have a guided tour. Entry cost & the tour is £7 per person for Full Members and £8 per person for everyone else (payable on the day). For National Trust members its £2.50. To become a Full Member, go to: www.meetup.com/london_cultureseekers/dues Afterwards we will head to the 'The Crosse Keys pub', 9 Gracechurch St for a chat over a drink (the only pub that's open nearby). 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 & 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/

  • Day trip to the pretty villages in north Essex (NOW FULL)

    St James's Park Tube Station (outside the station)

    £26.00

    THE TRIP IS NOW FULL, IF YOU WISH TO GO ON THE WAITING LIST, PLEASE EMAIL ME AT: [masked]. Come along on Saturday 4th May for a day trip visiting the prettiest villages of north Essex. About the day We will be visiting the villages of Clavering, Saffron Walden, Thaxted and Finchingfield. We will spend about 1h 30mins in each village and I will give a mini tour of all of them telling you about the history. They are all very pretty with 15th and 16th timber-framed and thatched houses, churches, windmills and village greens with streams running through the villages. Clavering - means the 'place where clover grows' is a small village which has the remains of a Norman castle. The TV chef Jamie Oliver grew up here and his father runs one of the two village pubs, The Cricketers. Saffron Walden - has the remains of a 12th century castle. The village was built on wool, so became rich and this is reflected in the many spectacular churches. In the 17th century, the area was influenced by a local missonary who along with many families, migrated to Massachusetts in the New World. Thaxted - If ever a town deserved the description 'picturesque', it is Thaxted, one of the prettiest towns in Essex. It is built around 4 historic medieval timber-framed buildings, a Guildhall and church. It also has a spectacular 18th century windmill. Finchingfield - It is often in the running as the most beautiful village in England, a "picture-postcard" village and one of the most photographed, with a duck pond and village green surrounded by Georgian and 16th century cottages. It has appeared in many television programmes, films, and commercials. The village was the home and is the burial place of Dodie Smith, whose books include 'The Hundred and One Dalmatians', written in 1956. At 5:30pm, we will head back to London, dropping off back near St James' Park Tube Station by about 7:30pm (depending on traffic). We are going by executive coach (we have changed coach companies from last year) and all coaches now have a toilet on board. Coach seating - If you wish to reserve a seat on the coach in advance, after you pay please look at the seating plan in the photos and then email me ([masked]) with the seat number/s you wish to reserve. Its first come first served. - The seat you sit on when you board the coach is yours for the day. If you wish to change seats on the coach during the day, you will need to get permission from the individual who is seated there. Cost Cost is £20 per person for Full Members and £26 per person for everyone else (payable in advance when you RSVP - Full Members, just amend the amount before paying). Please note: you won't be able to pay via the app, only the full site. You also don't need a Paypal account to pay, just a credit card. Go here to become a Full Member - www.meetup.com/London_Cultureseekers/dues/ Its up to you whether you bring food & drink for the day, all the villages have cafes and pubs. 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 - Cannon Street

    Cannon Street Tube Station (outside the station)

    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 5th May to explore 10,000 years of London’s dynamic history... About the foreshore Guided by Elliott Wragg, an archaeologist from the Museum of London's Thames Discovery Programme, 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. Elliott will tell us more about the Foreshore, the industry in the area and will be on hand to identify and date objects. Most objects you can spot sitting on the foreshore after being washed in on the tide or by kicking back a few stones with your feet (we can't scrape or dig - you need a licence to do that). 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 (examples of some items found below). Everyone will find lots of items, but due to new rules, we are limited on how many we can take away. The foreshore is very stoney, so please wear sensible shoes (preferably walking boots/shoes or wellington boots). Cost is £9 per person for Full Members, everyone else £10 per person (payable on the day). Plastic gloves and bags to put your items in will be provided. We will be finished by about 11:00am. Afterwards we will head to a local pub or 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 outside the station, please text. Look out for the red and blue 'London Cultureseekers' Group flag. 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/

  • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: Henry IV Part 1'

    Starbucks Coffee Shop (opposite the Globe entrance)

    Come along on Tuesday 7th May to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre to see William Shakespeare's play 'Henry IV Part 1'. About the play ‘Doomsday is near: die all, die merrily.’ Act IV, scene 1 Two Harrys: Harry Hotspur and Prince Hal. Sons to enemy fathers: Henry Percy and King Henry IV. Hotspur is preparing to lead an army against the King – incensed at the King’s dismissal of the Percy family’s demands. But Hal is occupied in the pubs and streets of Eastcheap with his companion Sir John Falstaff, uninterested in his inheritance and in the fate of his country. In a polarised England, each person must choose which truth to believe, and which cause to call their own. The play was written in 1597. Tickets are £5 each for standing and from £23 for seating. Book your own ticket here - https://basket.shakespearesglobe.com/8577/8596 If tickets sell out online, you can get one on the day by queuing outside the main entrance for returns at 6:00pm. The Globe has no roof to protect the standing tickets in the yard, if it rains you will get wet. The play starts at 7:30pm and lasts about 2h 15mins, with a 15 minute interval. Lookout for 'Cultureseekers' signs in the coffee shop, if you can't see us, send me a text. We will walk over to the Globe at about 7:10pm. 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/

  • Cultureseekers Midweek Coffee Evening

    Lido Cafe and Bar - in Hyde Park

    Come along on Wednesday 8th May at 6:30pm for a Midweek Coffee Evening! These will be regular social events on Wednesday evenings at coffee shops all over London. That way people can join us after work or if they live nearby. It's a chance to chat and get to know people in the group in a quiet relaxed setting over a coffee. We can also talk about things people want to see in London with the group. These evenings are also good for 1st timers to attend to find out more about the group. We will have signs up at the café where we are sitting (it's in Hyde Park, near the Serpentine - it's not the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen). If it is warm, we will be sitting outside, if it's cold or raining, we will be inside so keep a lookout. 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/

  • 'Along the River Thames: the Southbank' Treasure Hunt

    London Bridge Tube Station (outside the station - via the Tooley St exit)

    Come along on Saturday 11th May for a treasure hunt along the River Thames on the south side of the river, from London Bridge to Waterloo. The treasure hunts are a good way to get to know an area whilst meeting new people. About the treasure hunt The treasure hunt will be set along the River Thames, from London Bridge to Waterloo. With all the answers being found along the Thames path. How it works We will be meeting up at 1:45pm, then you will be randomly divided into teams of 4 people (you can pick your own team if you wish). We will then give each team 16-18 written clues which you have to find the answers for. It's up to your team to work together to find the answers. You can answer them in any order and we will provide a map of the area to help you. It's not a race, so you can take your time getting to know the area. The team to get the most correct answers and then return to base (a local pub) will win prizes to the value of £10 per person. If more than one team gets the top score, there will be a tie break question back at the pub. Prizes to the value of £5 per person will be given to each member of the team coming in second place and prizes will be given to each member of the team with the best team name. We will be charging £6 per person to take part, apart from Full Members where it is free! (payable on the day). Go to http://www.meetup.com/london_cultureseekers/dues to become a Full Member. We will be marking the scores back at the pub at 4:45pm, so it should all be over by 5:00pm. If you can't see us at London Bridge Tube Station (meeting opposite the station, next to the London Bridge Experience on Tooley Street), please text. Please note, we only wait for 10 minutes after the advertised meeting time, so please be early or on time. Look out for the red/blue 'London Cultureseekers' group sign. Look forward to seeing 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/

  • Day trip to Bletchley Park - home of the Enigma Code-breakers!

    Euston Railway Station (near the ticket office)

    Come along on Sunday 12th May to the fantastic Bletchley Park! About Bletchley Park Bletchley Park Mansion, built in 1883 sits in 55 acres of the park just outside Milton Keynes. The park is best known as the home of the WWII Enigma code-breakers. The house and huts in the grounds had a £25m refurbishment in 2012 and reopened in June 2014. The mansion and park was bought by the government in 1938 to house the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS). The park was conveniently located within easy walking distance of Bletchley station, where the "Varsity Line" between the cities of Oxford and Cambridge – whose universities supplied many of the code-breakers. The intelligence produced from decrypts at Bletchley was code-named "Ultra". It contributed greatly to Allied success in defeating the U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic. Prior to the Normandy landings on D-Day in June 1944, the Allies knew the locations of all but two of the 58 German divisions on the Western front. The staff at Bletchley Park continued to break the German Enigma codes right up to the end of the war.At it's height of codebreaking in January 1945, some 9,000 people worked at Bletchley Park; in the mansion and the huts built within the grounds. Among the famous mathematicians and cryptanalysts working there, the most influential and the best-known in later years was Alan Turing (recently voted the 20th Century's Greatest Icon) who is widely credited with being "The Father of Computer Science". At the end of the war, much of the equipment used and its blueprints were ordered to be destroyed. Although thousands of people were involved in the deciphering efforts, the participants remained silent for decades about what they had done during the war, and it was only in the 1970s that the work at Bletchley Park was revealed to the general public. The world's first computer; The Colossus was built at Bletchley in 1943 to decipher teleprinter messages that were encrypted. There is a working replica of the Colossus at Bletchley that we can see. The train company (West Midland Trains) offers 2 for 1 entry to Bletchley Park, when you show your train ticket + voucher, this works out at £9.75 per person to get into Bletchley Park (payable on the day). We will pickup the vouchers on the day at the station. Your ticket for Bletchley Park also enables you to return as many times as you wish for the next year. There is quite a lot to see in the park, so the day will be a mixture of using audio guides, tour guides and self guiding. Aprox Itinerary 9:54am - catch the train to Bletchley 10:41am - arrive and walk to park (10 mins) 11:00am - collect audio guides and start audio tour of park and get a free ticket for a guided tour 1:30pm - lunch in the park (please bring a packed lunch or buy at the station beforehand, there is a café in the park, but it's expensive) 2:00pm - freetime in the park for self guiding 4:20pm - meet outside the house to catch train back (trains going back at: 4:16pm, 4:47pm and the same times past each hour) We will be able to get Groupsave train tickets, which will work out at £10.00 per person (we will get these on the day in groups of 3 when you arrive). We will be back in London at about 6:00pm. Look out for the red and blue 'London Cultureseekers' Group sign at the station. 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/