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 13 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 include:

• Discounted entry at 11 museums & art galleries around London (view them at https://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 ( 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

Also have a look at my latest video on YouTube on '15th Cen Graffiti and Murals' here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqnFCvJ8RDY

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:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LondonCultureseekers/

Twitter: @Culture_Seekers (https://twitter.com/culture_seekers)

YouTube: Cultureseekers channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnnip7xQzYaJ5u-Q4RRLj3w)

The group blog: www.cultureseekers.blog

Upcoming events (4+)

Guided Tour of the Charterhouse!

Barbican Tube Station (outside the station)

£12.00

Come along on Saturday 4th December for a guided tour around the 700 year old Charterhouse!

About the Charterhouse
The site where the Charterhouse stands was acquired in the 1350's as a burial ground for the victims of the Black Death.

A Carthusian Monastery was established here in 1371 with a prior and twenty-four monks accommodated in two-storey houses arranged round a characteristically large cloister. A church, built alongside the burial ground, became the priory church. In 1535, the monks refused to conform to Henry VIII’s 'Act of Supremacy' and some were executed at Tyburn. The monastery was suppressed and passed to the Crown and it was eventually turned into a Tudor mansion.

In 1611 Thomas Sutton bought the mansion and used it and his wealth to endow a charitable foundation to educate boys and care for elderly men, known as ‘Brothers’. Among it's pupils were John Wesley (founder of the Methodist Church) and the novelist William Makepeace Thackeray. The school moved to Godalming, Surrey, in 1872, but today, Charterhouse still houses elderly men in the almshouse's.

The visit should last about 2 hours. When we arrive, we will split into two groups, with half going on the tour and the other half looking around the museum. After 1 hour, we will change over.

Tour Cost
Full Members of the group will be £10, everyone else the cost is £12 per person (payable in advance when you RSVP).

To become a Full Member, go to: https://www.meetup.com/london_cultureseekers/dues

For Full Members - just amend the amount before it takes you to Paypal to £10 before paying.

Afterwards
After the tour we will head to the Hope pub, 94 Cowcross Street, a short walk from the building at 4pm for a chat over a drink.

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/

Thames Foreshore Visit - Rotherhithe (Free for Full Members!)

Rotherhithe Overground Station (outside the station)

£6.00

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 December to explore London’s dynamic history...

About the foreshore
I will be your guide as we will be going down to the Thames foreshore at low tide and walking west, where we will have about 1h 30mins to have a look around for objects before the tide comes in.
I will tell you more about foreshore, the industry in the area and will be on hand to identify and date objects you find. Most objects you can spot sitting on the foreshore after being washed in on the tide (we are not allowed to dig or scrape the foreshore surface).

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. The foreshore at Rotherhithe was where lots of ships were dismantled, so you will find lots of ships nails and items related to the people doing the dismantling.

The foreshore is very stoney, so please wear sensible shoes (preferably walking boots/shoes or wellington boots). Plastic gloves and bags to put your items in will be provided.

Payment
Full Members of the group will be free, everyone else the cost is £6 per person (payable in advance when you RSVP.
To become a Full Member, go to: https://www.meetup.com/london_cultureseekers/dues/

Full Members - If you are a current Full Member or have just become one, please email me ([masked]) and I will add you to the list of attendees.

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 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/

[ONLINE] Cultureseekers Midweek Coffee Evening

Online event

On Wednesday 8th December 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.

Join Zoom Meeting, click on the link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83387638079?pwd=V3B3WnFPZzdERSsvK0dLcnNVaVNIQT09

Meeting ID:[masked]
Passcode:[masked]

Hope to see you there!

Robert[masked] (prefer text)

Visit the Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising!

Ladbroke Grove Tube Station (outside the station)

Come along on Saturday 11th December for a visit to the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising!

About the museum
It’s all here... the brands and packs, posters and adverts, fads and fashions, toys and games. Evocative and inspiring, it’s a kaleidoscope of images and iconic brands.

Featuring over 12,000 original items, the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising moved to London from Bristol in 2005 and then relocated to larger premises.

The history of consumer culture is revealed though household products and shopping basket favourites in a ‘time tunnel’, which charts a nostalgic journey from Victorian times to the present day. Discover how well-loved brands evolved through their creative use of packaging and advertising, and how we evolved with them.

The visit should last about 2 hours. The visit is self guiding.

Cost
Entry cost is £9 per person for Full Members and £10 per person for everyone else (payable by cash on the day).

To become a Full Member, go to: https://www.meetup.com/london_cultureseekers/dues

Afterwards we will head to the 'Elgin pub', 96 Ladbroke Grove 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 & 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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[ONLINE] Cultureseekers Midweek Coffee Evening

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