What we're about

Welcome to the London Cultureseekers Group!
If you're interested in exploring London's history & culture with other like minded people, then this is the only group you need to join! We are London's largest cultural and history group!

We meetup 2-3 times a week to explore museums, art galleries, historical buildings, go on guided walks and history talks. We also have historic treasure hunts, visit the theatre, have coffee evenings, social evenings, meals and attend classical music concerts. In the summer we also have day trips outside of the capital by train or coach to explore historical towns and walks in the countryside.

The group is very friendly, we have members from 20 to 80 years old, across all backgrounds. The group has been running for over 15 years and is a great way to meet and make new friends. Plus after events we generally head to a local pub or cafe to chat.

You can either pay as you go at events or we do have an optional annual membership fee (details below).

Membership Fee
The group charges an optional annual membership fee of £13 per person.

Benefits of paying the membership fee and becoming a Full Member are:

  • Discounted entry at 11 museums and galleries around London (You can view them here: www.meetup.com/london_cu­ltureseekers/sponsors)
  • 10% discount on any purchases at Foyles bookshops or from their website
  • All treasure hunts we do will be FREE (normally £6 each)
  • The 'Wren City Churches', 'Charlie Chaplin', 'Roman Wall', 'Have I Got Mews For You', ‘What’s in a Name’ and 'Shakespeare's London' Guided Walks will all be FREE (normally £6 each)
  • All talks the group does will be FREE (normally £6 each)
  • All Thames foreshore visits will be FREE (normally £6 each)
  • Guided highlights tour around the Museum of London & Museum of London Docklands will be FREE (normally £6 each)
  • All ‘London’s Lost Rivers’ hikes will be FREE (normally £6 each)
  • All day trips by train out of London will be FREE (normally £6)
  • All coach day trips out of London will be discounted by £6 per trip
  • All the Blue Badge guided walks we do will be discounted by £2 per walk
  • Entry to 20-30 paying museums & historical buildings that we visit across the year will be discounted by £2 each

Once you pay the membership fee, you will receive a membership card, go to (https://www.meetup.com/london_cultureseekers/dues) to pay online or you can pay cash at an event.

Events
Have a look at the page below to see what's coming up and where we have been. Cultureseekers is a brilliant place to make friends in London whilst experiencing some of the very best areas of culture and history which the city has to offer. We keep costs low and the quality high.
Our events always go ahead, regardless of the weather. Feel free to email or text me if you have any questions or would like to suggest somewhere we can visit.

Click on the video clips below to view our day trips to Bath and walking the Seven Sisters:
https://youtu.be/WAXipRxXtnc
https://youtu.be/06scGec8CcY

RSVP'ing
Click on the 'Join Us' button below, enter your details and then RSVP Yes to any events that you would like to attend, it's that simple! All new events get sent out on Friday evenings, so keep a lookout then.
When you turn up for an event, look out for the red & blue 'London Cultureseekers Group' flag and then come over and say hello.

Please be aware of the groups rules, which you can read here: https://www.meetup.com/London_Cultureseekers/pages/26449165/Group_Rules/

Hope to see you at an event soon!

Robert - 07905 901 834 (text only please) / general@cultureseekers.org

Follow us on:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LondonCultureseekers/
Twitter: @Culture_Seekers
YouTube: Cultureseekers channel
The group blog: www.cultureseekers.blog

Upcoming events (4+)

[ONLINE] Cultureseekers Midweek Coffee Evening

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On Wednesday 5th September 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.

To join the Zoom Meeting, click on the link that you will see when you RSVP.

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/

Day trip by coach - Hever Castle! (ONLY £22 EACH)

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£28.00

Come along on Saturday 8th October for day trip to Hever Castle in Kent!

About the castle
Hever Castle in Kent began as a country house, built in the 13th century. From 1462 to 1539 it was the seat of the Boleyn family with Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII, spending her early youth there after her father, Thomas Boleyn, inherited it in 1505.

It later came into the possession of Henry VIII's fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. Fast forward to the early 20th century, it was owned by American businessman; William Waldorf Astor.

Inside the castle & grounds
The castle offers three floors containing antique furniture, Anne Boleyn's prayer books, instruments of torture, and a large collection of Tudor paintings.

The castle also has an exhibition on at the moment called 'Becoming Anne: Connections, Culture, Court' where you can discover more about Anne Boleyn’s childhood, education and her time at court as you walk around the Castle.

In the grounds there is also a 'Miniature Model Houses Museum', a 'Kent Military Museum' and a chance to have a go at archery.

The huge grounds of the castle include a yew maze, planted in 1904, an Italianate garden, rose gardens, herb garden, and topiary.

Going in October, we should be able to see some early Autumn colours.

Food & Drink
Its upto you whether you wish to bring your own food & drink and purchase items in the three cafes on site.

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.

Coach Cost
Cost is £22 per person for Full Members and £28 per person for everyone else (payable in advance when you RSVP - Full Members, just amend the amount before paying).

Go here to become a Full Member - www.meetup.com/London_Cultureseekers/dues/

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 and then select to pay as a guest.

The trip is also being shared on another Meetup group.

Entry cost to the castle & grounds
Entry is £15 per person, payable on the day by cash when you turn up.

COVID Safety
Everyone will need to do a COVID self-test the day before/or on the morning of the event (the tests are are available from pharmacies), then email me the negative test result. This is to keep everyone safe on the coach.

If you can't see us on Tothill Street, 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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'Japan: Courts & Culture' exhibition @ the Queens Art Gallery

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Come along on Sunday 9th Otober to visit a new exhibition at the Queens Art Gallery on 'Japan: Courts & Culture'.

About the exhibition
The Queen's Art Gallery sits next to Buckingham Palace and puts on exhibitions of art from the Royal Collection.

The Royal Collection holds some of the most significant examples of Japanese art and design in the western world.

For the first time, highlights from this outstanding collection are brought together to tell the story of 300 years of diplomatic, artistic and cultural exchange between the British and Japanese royal and imperial families.

The exhibition includes rare pieces of porcelain and lacquer, samurai armour, embroidered screens and diplomatic gifts from the reigns of James I to Her Majesty The Queen. Together, they offer a unique insight into the worlds of ritual, honour and artistry linking the courts and cultures of Britain and Japan.

The visit should last about 2 hours. The visit is self guiding using the audio guides provided.

Tickets
If you attended the 'Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace' exhibition at the Queens Gallery when we visited it on 16th Jan, you can get in for this exhibition for free. To do that, you would need to call up their ticket office [masked]) in advance and book into the 2pm slot on Sun 9th Oct. On the day bring along your original ticket & the confirmation that they will send you for this exhibition and a document that show's your signature.

Otherwise, entry cost is £16.00 per person, book your own ticket at the link below and aim for the Sun 9th Oct, 2pm time slot - https://tickets.rct.uk/product/11/205?_ga=2.173332832.2114771119.1662731494-127003024.1662731487

If you paid for your ticket, get your ticket stamped on the day, which entitles you to attend their next exhibition in Spring 2023 for free.

Afterwards
After we will head to the 'The Sanctuary pub', 33 Tothill Street, a short walk from the gallery and near to St James's Park Tube Station at 4:00pm 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 and its where friendships are formed!

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/

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[ONLINE] Cultureseekers Midweek Coffee Evening

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On Wednesday 12th September 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.

To join the Zoom Meeting, click on the link that you will see when you RSVP.

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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