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 12 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.

The group doesn't charge any Meetup fees for turning up, we do though have an optional annual membership fee (details below).

Membership Fee
The group charges an optional annual membership fee of £12 per person.

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

• Discounted entry at 13 museums & art galleries around London (view them at http://www.meetup.com/London_Cultureseekers/sponsors )

• 10% discount off any books bought at Foyles bookshops or on their website ( http://www.foyles.co.uk )

• 15% discount on joining English Heritage ( http://www.english-heritage.org.uk )

• All treasure hunts the group does will be FREE (normally £6 each)

• The 'Wren City Churches', 'Charlie Chaplin', 'Roman Wall', 'Have I Got Mews For You' and 'Shakespeare's London' Guided Walks will all be FREE (normally £6 per walk)

• All talks the group does will be FREE (normally £6 each),

• All the Blue Badge guided walks we do will be discounted by £2 a walk

• All Thames Foreshore visits will be discounted by £1 per visit

• FREE guided highlights tour around the Museum of London & Museum of London Docklands

• All Coach day trips out of London will be discounted by £6 per trip

• Entry to 30-40 museums, art galleries, historical buildings and exhibitions 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 ( http://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

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 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 Twitter: @Culture_Seekers (https://twitter.com/culture_seekers) or the group blog: www.cultureseekers.blog

Upcoming events (5+)

Cultureseekers Midweek Coffee Evening

Starbucks Coffee Shop

Come along on Wednesday 22nd 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 inside the coffee shop, so keep a lookout. 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/

Talk - 'Understanding English: Language'

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 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 1 hour, with questions afterwards. About the second talk: English Language The second talk will be about how the English language has evolved from its origins with the Anglo Saxons, French influences, to Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare and upto the 20th century. On the talk we will learn about: - Old English, what the Anglo-Saxons spoke - The influence the Normans had on the language - The use of Latin - Middle English and the writers and poets who influenced it and made it fashionable again - Early Modern English & the first dictionaries 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/

Day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon - home of William Shakespeare (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 25th May for a day trip by coach to historic Stratford Upon Avon, home of William Shakespeare! About Stratford & William Shakespeare Stratford-upon-Avon lies is a pretty Tudor town on the River Avon, 22 miles south east of Birmingham. 'Strat' is an Old English word meaning 'street' and 'ford' means where a road forded a river (in order for people and animals to cross). Stratford is a very pretty town, full of medieval houses and is known as where William Shakespeare was born, raised, married and died. He was born on 23rd April 1564 in Henley Street, christened in Holy Trinity Church and lived in the town until at least 1585, when he was 21 years old. He left between[masked] and made his name in London, he retired back to Stratford in 1613, aged 49 and died on 23rd April 1616 on his 52nd birthday. We are planning to visit: - Anne Hathaway's cottage (his wife, where she grew up) - Shakespeare's House (where he was born and grew up) - Nash House (his daughter's house as an adult when she married) - New Place remains (his house as an adult) - Holy Trinity Church (where he was baptised, worshiped and is buried) I know Stratford pretty well, so will give a mini guided tour as we pass some of the other old buildings in the town, as we walk between the houses. Total cost of entry to all the houses and the church is £22 per person for Full Members and £24 for everyone else (payable on the day). 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 Coach 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, there are plenty of places to eat in Stratford. 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/

'The Roman Wall - then & now' Guided Walk (Sun 26th)

Tower Hill Tube Station (outside the station)

Come along on Sunday 26th May 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/

Past events (1,378)

Women on the March! - Theatrical Guided Walk on the Suffragettes

Charing Cross Railway Station (outside the station - main entrance)

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