• Visit the Horniman Museum

    London Bridge Railway Station (on the concourse)

    Come along on Sunday 16th June to visit the Horniman Museum! About the museum The museum was setup in 1901 by John Horniman, the tea merchant, to show off the interesting things that he had collected from around the world. There are over 350,000 exhibits in the museum from natural history, musical instruments, fossils, tribal artifacts and of course tea making. The museum also has an aquarium, Butterfly house and a miniature zoo. It's set in 16 acres of landscaped gardens which you can also wander around. The visit should last about 1h 30mins. The visit is self guiding. Entry cost is free! the group doesn't charge Meetup fees. The museum is near to Forest Hill Train Station (in Zone 3), a 15min train journey, so make sure you have money on your Oystercard. We will aim to get the 1:38pm train. Trains going back at: 4:01, 4:16, 4:31, 4:46pm and the same times past each hour. Afterwards we will head to the 'The Signal pub' 7 Devonshire Row a short walk from the museum from 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 museum visit. If you can't see us at 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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  • Fringe Theatre: 'Pygmalion'

    Tower Theatre

    Come along on Saturday 15th June for an evening at the Tower theatre to see the play 'Pygmalion'. About the play Witness the transformation of Elisa Doolittle from flower girl to duchess in this timeless comedy about social divide, women's rights and the "education" of the working class. Pygmalion both delighted and scandalized its first audiences in 1914. Over one hundred years after it was written, its universally familiar characters, the egomaniac professor, the sassy flower girl and the drunkard philosopher, continue to stir roars of bitter-sweet laughter from audiences across the world. It remains Bernard Shaw's most popular play. About the Tower Theatre The Tower Theatre company, which we have seen many plays by at the Bridewell, now have a permanent home in Stoke Newington. The play lasts about 2 hours. It starts at 7:30pm, but we are meeting beforehand from 6:45pm in the bar of the theatre. Tickets for the group are £10 each online in advance, on the day they will be £12. Online booking closes at 5:30pm on Friday 14th June. You can book online by going to: https://www.towertheatre.co/boxo/ticketsb.htm Then: - Click on the 'Saturday June 15th, evening at 7:30pm' option - Click Yes to the question, 'Are you a Tower Theatre member or do you have a discount code?' - Enter the discount code - 18537 - Enter how many tickets you require in the 'How many tickets at the members/discount code rate?' - Enter your details and pay You will receive an email confirmation, which you can either print or have on your phone to show when you collect your ticket on the evening of the show (don't worry if you don't, as the theatre will have your details). When you get to the theatre, pick up your ticket at the box office and then head to the seating area in the bar where we will be. Lookout for the group signs in the bar of the theatre. If you can't see us, 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/

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  • 'Secrets of Somers Town & Euston' Guided Walk

    Mornington Crescent Tube Station (outside the station)

    Come along on Saturday 15th June for a Blue Badge Guided Walk around Somers Town and Euston! 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 Explore the area behind Euston station a wonderful Art Deco former factory building, a new medical research laboratory and some washing line poles designed by a famous artist. We’ll learn of local figures such as housing reformer Basil Jellicoe, African Independence activist George Padmore, writer and director Mike Leigh, feminist writer and teacher Mary Wollstonecraft. This is truly an area of undiscovered London which has undergone several transformations over the years and is about to be transformed once again with the arrival of HS2. Unlock the secrets of Somers Town before it all changes once again! The walk is a private walk for the group, we will split into 2 groups and we will be guided by Rachel Kolsky (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 Somers Town Coffee House pub, 60 Chalton Street (nearest tube: Euston) 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/

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  • Talk - 'Understanding English: Architecture'

    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 remaining talks will be on: 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 1 hour, with questions afterwards. About the third talk: English Architecture The third talk will be about English architecture, how it has changed from the Celtic tribes to the 20th century. On the talk we will learn about: - Styles of buildings and how to date them - Evolution of church, castle and stately homes architecture - Influences on English architecture - Building techniques over the last 2000 years - Style revivals 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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  • Thames Foreshore Visit - Greenwich

    Cutty Sark DLR (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 9th June 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 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. 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 2pm. Afterwards we will head to a local pub 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 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 to three secrets of West Sussex (NOW FULL)

    Bus Stop at Bressenden Place (nearest tube: Victoria)

    £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 8th June for a day trip exploring three secrets of West Sussex! About the day The day trip by coach will explore three secrets in the county of West Sussex, spending 1 to 2 hours in each one. The Priest House The house is a 15th century timber framed house. It was built for the Priory of St Pancras in Lewes as an estate office to manage the land they owned around West Hoathly but was seized by Henry VIII following the dissolution of the monasteries. Subsequently, it belonged to Anne of Cleves, Thomas Cromwell, Mary I and Elizabeth I although there is no evidence that any of them visited the property. The house also has very pretty gardens. Lancing College Chapel The chapel attached to to Lancing College is an example of Gothic Revival architecture. Building started in 1868 and although work stopped in 1977, the chapel remains unfinished. The chapel was dedicated to St Mary and St Nicolas in 1911 but the college had worshipped in the finished crypt from 1875. The chapel is built of Sussex sandstone, is a Grade I listed building and the largest school chapel in the world. Devil's Dyke Devil's Dyke is a 100m deep V-shaped valley on the South Downs Way. A viewing area gives fantastic views of the dyke and the surrounding countryside. It gets its name from local folklore that the valley was the work of the devil, although the dyke was likely created at the end of the last ice age as the ice receded. Entry and tour of the chapel is £5 per person and entry plus a tour around the house is £5 per person (payable on the day). At 5:30pm, we will head back to London, dropping off back on Bressenden Place 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 there aren't many places to eat where we are going. If you can't see us, 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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  • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'

    Starbucks Coffee Shop (opposite the Globe entrance)

    Come along on Friday 7th June to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre to see William Shakespeare's play 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'. About the play ‘Let’s go dress him like the witch of Brentford’ Act IV, scene 2 Double-meanings, disguises and dirty laundry abound as Sir John Falstaff sets about improving his financial situation by wooing Mistress Page and Mistress Ford. But the ‘Merry Wives’ quickly cotton on to his tricks and decide to have a bit of fun of their own at Falstaff’s expense… The story goes that Elizabeth I was so taken with the character of Falstaff in Henry IV that she asked Shakespeare to write a comedy about the disreputable knight falling in love. The resultant play is the only comedy that Shakespeare set in his native land, and with its dexterous mingling of verbal and physical humour, The Merry Wives of Windsor inaugurated a tradition that reaches right down to the contemporary English sitcom. The play was written between[masked]. Tickets are £5 each for standing and from £23 for seating. Book your own ticket here - https://basket.shakespearesglobe.com/8594/8796 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/

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  • Cultureseekers Midweek Coffee Evening

    Double Shot Coffee Shop

    Come along on Wednesday 5th June 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 on tables inside the coffee shop, 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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  • 'The Roman Wall - then & now' Guided Walk (Sun 2nd)

    Tower Hill Tube Station (outside the station)

    Come along on Sunday 2nd June at 1:30pm for a guided walk along the old Roman Wall! About the walk We will be walking the route of the old Roman Wall, starting at Tower Hill and finishing at Blackfriars. The wall was built between 190AD and 225AD and defined the shape of the City of London. As the City expanded in the 18th and 19th centuries a lot of the wall was knocked down, although there is a bit left which we can see. We will be following the wall using a 'Braun & Hogenberg' map which was drawn in 1572, it shows the wall intact and was one of the first maps to be drawn of London. Using the map, we will be able to see not only what the Roman's built, but also how the wall was adapted and what was built around it in the 16th century when the map was drawn. We can then compare this by what exists on and around the wall today, some 1800 years after it was built. The walk will be led by myself. Maps will be provided of the route. We will walk about 2 miles and so it will take about 2 hours 15mins. Full Members of the group will be free, everyone else the cost is £6 per person (payable on the day). To become a Full Member, go to: http://www.meetup.com/london_cultureseekers/dues Afterwards we will head to a local coffee shop for a chat over a drink. We finish opposite Blackfriars Tube Station. 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/

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  • Day trip to the Cotswolds - stunning views & picturesque villages! (NOW FULL)

    Bus Stop at Bressenden Place (nearest tube: Victoria)

    £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 1st June for a day trip to the stunning Cotswolds! About the day We will be going by coach to the Cotswolds and taking in its three most beautiful villages, plus a stunning view! We will visit the pretty villages of Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton-on-the-Water and the view from Broadway Tower. Spending about 1h 30mins in each. They are all reasonably close to each other, but too far to walk, so we will be using the coach to travel between them. The villages are typically romantic English with old timber framed and local stone houses, medieval churches, rivers running through them and stunning views looking out to the countryside in the distance. The Cotswolds are a range of rolling hills in south central England about 25 miles wide and 90 miles long. The area is a rural landscape containing stone-built villages, historical towns and stately homes and gardens. The Cotswolds were declared an area of outstanding natural beauty in 1966. At 5:30pm, we will head back to London, dropping off back at Bressenden Place 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, 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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