• Cultureseekers Midweek Coffee Evening

    Riverside Terrace Cafe - Level 2

    Come along on Wednesday 24th April 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 inside the cafe where we are sitting, 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/

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  • 'Shakespeare & his London' Guided Walk

    London Bridge Tube Station (come out via the Tooley Street exit & we will be across the road)

    Come along on Sunday 21st April at 1:00pm for a guided walk on William Shakespeare and the London he lived in! About the walk William Shakespeare (born 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon) came to London in around 1592 and stayed until 1613. He wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets and 2 long narrative poems before retiring back to Stratford. Today he is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. He is the most quoted writer in the history of the English speaking world and many of his quotations have passed into everyday usage. His plays have been translated into every major language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. But, we know so very little about him and his life. There is not a confirmed drawing or painting of him created during his lifetime or even a confirmed description of what he looked like. There are also quite a lot of mysteries and unanswered questions surrounding his life, which we are unlikely to ever find the answers to. Thanks to the Great Fire of 1666, World War II bombing and a clear out of the slums in London during the 1920’s and 30’s, there is very little that remains of Shakespeare’s London, but there are some things! During the walk I will tell you about him and how he changed the English language, his friends, contemporaries, his influences and what life in London was like in the late Elizabethan period. The guided walk will be led by myself. Full Members will be free! everyone else the walk will be £6 each (payable on the day). To become a Full Member, go to: www.meetup.com/london_cultureseekers/dues The walk takes about 2 hours and finishes near St Paul's. Afterwards we will head to the Lord Raglan pub, 61 St Martin's-le-Grand for a chat over a drink. Please note, we only wait 10 minutes after the advertised meeting time before starting the walk. Lookout for the red & blue 'London Cultureseekers' group sign across the road from London Bridge Tube 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/

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  • Day trip to the coast to walk the Seven Sisters (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 20th April for a day trip walking the Seven Sisters on the Sussex coast! About the day The Seven Sisters is a series of chalk cliffs on the south coast. They form part of the South Downs in East Sussex, between the towns of Seaford and Eastbourne. The Seven Sisters cliffs are occasionally used in filmmaking and television productions as a stand-in for the more famous White Cliffs of Dover, since they are relatively free of anachronistic modern development and are also allowed to erode naturally. As a result, the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head remain a bright white colour, whereas the White Cliffs of Dover are protected due to the important port and are therefore increasingly covered in vegetation and are greening as a result. We will walk around 9 miles, on grass, but the gradiant of the 'sisters' are up and down, so please wear appropriate footwear. Please also bring food and drink for the day. The walk is a social walk and we will be staying together. The pace will be slow and we will be stopping for breaks along the cliffs and at the cafes. The coach will be dropping us off at one end and picking us up later at the other end. At the end of the walk at Beachy Head, there is a pub/cafe. 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/ Please bring food & drink for the day, as we will be stopping for lunch on top of the cliffs. There won't be anywhere to puchase any food or drink until towards the end of the walk - at Belle Tout Lighthouse cafe. 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/

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  • Talk - 'Understanding English: History'

    Rugby Tavern Pub (in the function room on the 1st floor)

    One evening a month for the next 4 months, we will be having a series of talks aimed at people in the group who are from overseas, who are new to London and would like to learn more about the country they are in and it's people. They will be at a beginner to intermediate level and the talks will be given by myself using slides on the giant screen the pub has. The talks will be on: Wed 17th April - English History (from the Romans to the 20th century) Thu 23rd May - English Language (how it's evolved and who influenced it) Thu 13th June - English Architecture (different types and how to date it) Thu 11th July - English People (mannerisms, culture, what makes us?) Each talk will last about 1h 15mins, with questions afterwards. About the first talk: English History The first talk will be a potted history of English history, from the Roman invasion in AD 43 to the 20th century. On the talk we will learn about: - How the Romans created London - Who the Anglo-Saxons were and how the English language today evolved from them - Why the year 1066 is the most memorable date in English history - What the Normans did for us - The Magna Carta - Medieval Kings & Queens who created a nation - Famous English people who defined a nation The talk will be finished by 8:00pm Cost is Free for Full Members of the group and £6 per person for everyone else (payable on the day). To become a Full Member, go to: www.meetup.com/london_cultureseekers/dues Please note, we will be starting on time, so please be early or on time. The nearest tube to the pub is Russell Square. The pub also serves food until 8pm. We will have signs up upstairs, so you know it's the group. 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/

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  • Parliamentary Archives - behind the scenes archives tour

    Westminster Tube Station (outside the station - come out of exit 4)

    Come along on Tuesday 16th April for a tour of the Parliamentary Archives! About the archives The Parliamentary Archives holds the historic records of the House of Commons and House of Lords, from 1497 to present day, stored in the Victoria Tower, Palace of Westminster. Over three million records are held on 5.5 miles of shelving. Some of the most important constitutional records of the United Kingdom are stored by the Archives, including the Petition of Right (1628), Death Warrant of Charles I (1649), the Habeas Corpus Act 1679, the draft and final Bill of Rights (1689), the Slave Trade Act (1807 and 1833), the Great Reform Act (1832), and successive Representation of the People Acts. Not only will we see the archives, but we will also visit the Well and the opportunity to see one of the strongrooms. The visit should last about 1 hour. Booking your place The tour is happening at both 10:00am and 2:00pm, please indicate which one you wish to go on when you RSVP. We are limited to 10 people per tour. To confirm your place, also make sure you rsvp on the Archives link on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/behind-the-scenes-archives-tour-london-culture-seekers-tickets-54926761422 - For security reasons all attendees must bring photographic ID (e.g. passport, driving licence) - Please also print off your confirmation email/ticket once rsvp'd on Eventbrite Tour and entry is free! The group doesn't charge Meetup fees. Afterwards we will head to the cafe in Westminster Hall or the cafe in Westminster Abbey 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] (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/

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  • Visit Fenton House in Hampstead

    Hampstead Tube Station (outside the station - turn right when you exit the station)

    Come along on Sunday 14th April for a visit to Fenton House in Hampstead! About the house Fenton House is a 17th-century merchant's house in Hampstead which belongs to the National Trust. It was bequeathed to them in 1952 by Lady Binning, its last owner and resident. It is a detached house with a walled garden, which is large by London standards, and features roses, an orchard and a working kitchen garden. The interior houses the Benton Fletcher collection of early keyboard instruments, some of which are often played for visitors during operational hours, and collections of paintings, porcelain, 17th-century needlework pictures and Georgian furniture. The 17th-century brick mansion has a 300-year-old orchard, where around 30 types of apple trees flourish. The visit should last about 1h 30mins. The visit is self guiding. Entry cost is £8 per person for Full Members and £9 per person for everyone else (payable on the day). If you are a member of the National Trust, its free. Go here to become a Full Member - http://www.meetup.com/London_Cultureseekers/dues/ Afterwards we will head to the 'Duke of Hamilton pub' 23 New End a short walk from the house at 3:30pm 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] (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/

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  • Day trip exploring the picturesque villages along the River Thames (NOW FULL)

    St James's Park Tube Station (outside the station - main entrance on Broadway)

    £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 13th April for a coach trip exploring some of the picturesque villages along the River Thames to the west of London! About the trip The River Thames runs for 215 miles from its source near Cirencester in Gloucestershire to the estuary into the North sea. Apart from going through London, the Thames also travels through Reading and Oxford. In between London and Oxford, there are lots of picturesque villages that sit on its banks. We will be visiting 4 of these villages! We will be following the River Thames and crossing the Chiltern Hills visiting the villages of Bray, Henley-on-Thames, Clifton Hampden and Abingdon-on-Thames. Aprox Itinerary 9:00am - leave London 10:30am - arrive at the village of Bray 12:00pm - leave 12:30pm - arrive at Henley-on-Thames 2:00pm - leave 2:30pm - arrive at Clifton Hampden 4:00pm - leave 4:30pm - arrive at Abingdon-on-Thames 5:30pm - meet coach 6:45pm - arrive back in London 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 - http://www.meetup.com/London_Cultureseekers/dues/ 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. Food & Drink You can either bring food & drink for yourself or there will be cafes and pubs in the villages. If you can't see us outside the station, please text. Please note, we only wait for 10 minutes after the advertised meeting time, so please be early or on time. The coach has to leave at a specific time. 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/

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  • Cultureseekers Midweek Coffee Evening

    Caffè Nero

    Come along on Wednesday 10th April 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 inside the coffee shop where we are sitting, so keep a lookout. We tend to stay in the coffee shop until about 8:30pm. 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/

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  • Thames Foreshore Visit - Rotherhithe

    Rotherhithe Overground 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 7th April to explore 10,000 years of London’s dynamic history... About the foreshore Guided by Eliott 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. Eliott will tell us more about the Foreshore, the industry in the area (in the 19th century Rotherhithe was known as a place where ships were dismantled) 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. You will find everything from bits of pottery, clay pipes, bottles, animal bones to ship items (lots of ships were dismantled at Rotherhithe). 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. Everyone will find at least 20 items each, or which due to new laws, you can keep about 3-5 items each. 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. Go here to become a Full Member - http://www.meetup.com/London_Cultureseekers/dues/ We will be finished by about 11:30am. 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 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/

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  • Cultureseekers Spring Party!

    The George Inn (in the Winchester Room)

    The group will be will be having a Spring Party on Saturday 6th April!. The evening is a chance to chat and get to know people, it's also a good opportunity to talk about things we would like to see and do on future trips with the group. Food is available until 10pm. The event is free! The group doesn't charge Meetup fees. Lookout for the group signs, the Winchester room is upstairs. 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/

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