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+)

Day trip by train - Hatfield House!

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Come along on Saturday 20th August for a day trip to historic Hatfield House in Hertfordshire!

About Hatfield House
The house was built in 1611 by Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury and Chief Minister to King James I and is a prime example of Jacobean architecture. It replaced Hatfield Palace, built in 1497.

Henry VIII's children, King Edward VI and the future Queen Elizabeth I, spent their youth at Hatfield Palace. His eldest daughter, who later reigned as Queen Mary I, lived there between 1533 and 1536.

The Queen Elizabeth Oak on the grounds of the estate is said to be the location where Elizabeth was told she was queen aged 25 in 1558 following Mary I's death.

Hatfield House has many objects associated with Queen Elizabeth I, including gloves and a pair of silk stockings that are believed to have been the first in England. The library displays a 22-foot (6.7 m) long illuminated parchment roll showing the pedigree of the queen with ancestors back to Adam and Eve. The Marble Hall holds the "Rainbow Portrait" of Elizabeth.

Hatfield House also has formal gardens and extensive grounds which you can walk around and contains many 500 year old oak trees.

The house and grounds have been used in countless films and T.V programmes, including: 'Sherlock Holmes' (2009), 'My Week with Marilyn' (2011), 'Paddington 2' (2017), 'Enola Holmes' (2020), the Netflix series 'Bridgerton' (2020) and 'The Crown' (2016).

Train tickets
GroupSave return tickets work out at £6.60 each (purchase on the day in groups of 3 when you turn up). We aim to get the 9:58am train, the journey only takes 23mins.

There is a train strike on this day, but this line is running fine.

Fast trains going back at: 4:26pm, 4:56pm and the same times past each hour. Stopping trains going to Moorgate at 4:10pm and 4:40pm and the same times past each hour.

Cost
Entry cost to the house and grounds is £19 per person, payable on the day in cash when you arrive to get the group entry discount. This includes an audio guide for the house.

The house is a 10min walk from the station and we will also look at Hatfield Old Town before we go in.

Food & Drink
Its up to you whether you bring your own food or drink for the day or eat in one of the cafes in the grounds.

Please note, we only wait at the station for 10 minutes after the advertised meeting time, so please be early or on time.

If you can't see us at 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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Visit William Hogarth's House in Chiswick!

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Come along on Sunday 21st August to visit William Hogarth's House!

About the House
The house which was built in around 1700 was where he lived from 1749 until his death in 1764. He bought the house to act as his family’s country refuge, a weekend and summer home which was away from his other home near Leicester Square.

The house tells the story of his life and works, he hated injustice, snobbery and deplored the degradation suffered by the poor. He was a benefactor of the Foundling Hospital, which was for orphaned and abandoned children. The house has been open to the public since 1904.

About Hogarth
Painter, satirist and social critic William Hogarth was born near Smithfield Market in London in 1697. He became an apprentice to a silver engraver as a teenager, which gave him the skills he later adapted to produce prints and to teach himself to paint.

Hogarth’s fame rests in particular on his series of pictures telling stories with contemporary real-life settings, his moral subjects such as ‘A Harlot’s Progress’ (original's destroyed in a fire in 1755), ‘A Rake’s Progress’ (can be seen in the Sir John Soanes Museum) and ‘Marriage-a-la-Mode’ (can be seen in the National Gallery). One of his best known images, ‘Gin Lane’, has come to represent the worst aspects of slum life in 18th century London.

The visit should last about 2 hours. The house is about a 20min walk from the station and on the way we will visit his statue and his grave.

Entry to the house is free!

Afterwards
After we will head to the 'George & Devonshire pub' 8 Burlington Lane, a short walk from the house at 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 visit.

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/

[ONLINE] Cultureseekers Midweek Coffee Evening

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On Wednesday 24th August 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 - North Wessex Downs Walk! (ONLY £22 EACH)

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£28.00

Come along on Saturday 27th August for a coach trip walking an 8 mile round trip on the North Wessex Downs!

About the trip
We will be starting from the Vale of Pewsey and following the Kennet & Avon canal westwards, before turning north and walking up the hill to pick up the White Horse trail. We will walk along the trail, before turning and coming down the hill and to return to where we started.

On the walk we will not only see a fantastic White Horse sculpted into the hill, but Anglo-Saxon earthworks from previous settlements, the picturesque canal and stunning countryside views!

Please wear sensible shoes, either hiking shoes/boots or trainers.

Food & Drink
Please bring food and drink with you to eat during the walk. There isn't really anywhere to buy food or drink once we start the walk.

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.

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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