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+)

Day trip to Oxford (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 20th October for a day trip to the historic city of Oxford! About the day We will travelling by coach to the historic city of Oxford! Its name means 'ford of the Oxen' (where the river is low enough so Oxen can cross the river). It is know today as The City of Dreaming Spires and is famous the world over for its University and place in history. There is evidence of teaching in Oxford as far back as 1096, making it the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world's second-oldest surviving university. It grew rapidly from 1167 when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris. After disputes between students and Oxford townsfolk in 1209, some academics fled northeast to Cambridge where they established what became the University of Cambridge. The two "ancient universities" are frequently jointly referred to as "Oxbridge". The university has educated many famous writers and prime ministers and it's also been featured in many T.V shows and films, including Harry Potter. We will be having a guided walking tour of the city which includes a tour of Merton College. We will also be visiting the Ashmolean Museum, which after being founded in 1683 is the oldest museum in the UK. Aprox Itinerary 9:00am - leave London 10:30am - arrive at Oxford 10:45am - start guided walk of city, which includes entry to Merton college 1:00pm - stop for lunch 2:00pm - visit the Ashmolean Museum 3:30pm - museum visit finishes - meet outside main entrance 3:30pm - freetime to look around city, go punting on the river or visit another museum 5:30pm - meet the coach and return to London 7:00pm - arrive back in London At 5:30pm, we will head back to London, dropping off 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 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 in Paypal 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/ The guided tour of the town and entry to Merton college is £12 per person for Full Members and £14 per person for everyone else (payable on the day). The Ashmolean Museum is free. You can either bring food & drink for the day or purchase in a local pub or cafe. 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/

Visit Dennis Severs House

Liverpool Street Train Station (outside the station - Bishopsgate exit)

Come along on Sunday 20th October at either 11:30am, 12:30pm or 1:30pm to step back in time to visit Dennis Severs House! About the house Built in around 1724, Dennis Severs’ House which is also known as 18 Folgate Street is a Grade II listed Georgian terraced house in Spitalfields. From 1979 to 1999 it was lived in by Dennis Severs, who gradually recreated the rooms as a time capsule in the style of former centuries. The rooms are arranged as if they are in use and the occupants have only just left the room. There are therefore displays of items such as half-eaten bread, half drunken cups of tea, with background smells and sounds for each room. Severs called this “still life drama”. Woven through the house is the story of the fictive Jervis family, originally Huguenot silk weavers who lived at the house from 1725 to 1919. Each room evokes incidental moments in the lives of these imaginary inhabitants. There is one rule once inside the house; you aren't allow to speak! (this is to soak up the sounds, sights and smells of each room). The house has been used in countless films, T.V dramas and documentaries and is one of London's hidden gems. About Dennis Severs Dennis Severs (1948 – 1999) was born in the U.S and was drawn to London by what he called “English light”. Severs made his home in the dilapidated property in 1979 and started on a programme to refurbish the ten rooms of the house, each in a different historic style, from the 18th and 19th centuries. Before he died, Severs bequeathed the house to the Spitalfields Trust. The motto of the house is: Aut Visum Aut Non! (you either see it or you don’t!). A visit to the house takes about 1h 30mins, which starts with a brief introduction by the house curator. It's recommended to spend at least 10 minutes in each room soaking up the atmosphere. Entry to the house is £10 per person (payable on the day). Please indicate which timeslot you wish to attend when you rsvp, this is to avoid long queues outside the house. Afterwards, we will head to pub 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 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/

Cultureseekers Midweek Coffee Evening

Waterstones Bookshop Cafe (on the 5th Floor)

Come along on Wednesday 23rd October 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. The cafe is in Waterstones bookshop on the 5th floor. It is open until 10pm. We will have signs up in the cafe, 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/

Day trip to St Albans

Blackfriars Train Station (near the ticket office)

Come along on Saturday 26th October to visit historic St Albans! About St Albans St Albans sits 22 miles north of London along the old Roman road of Watling Street. The Romans called it Verulamium and it was the second-largest town in Roman Britain and one of the most important. In medieval times, the town grew up on the hill to the east of this around the Benedictine foundation of St Albans Abbey. This is the spot where tradition has it that St Alban, the first British Christian martyr, was beheaded sometime around AD 324. The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban is 84 metres (276 ft) long and its nave is the longest of any cathedral in England. With much of its present architecture dating from Norman times, it became a cathedral in 1877 and is the second longest cathedral in the United Kingdom (after Winchester). In AD 61, St Albans was burnt to the ground and the Roman population massacred by the leader of a tribe called the Iceni (from modern day Norfolk and Suffolk). The leader of the tribe was Queen Boudica who rebelled against Roman rule, she also burned Colchester and London, before engaging the Roman army in battle somewhere north of St Albans (no one knows where). She was defeated and was never seen again. Aprox Itinerary 9:57am - catch train 10:24am - arrive at St Albans and walk to meeting point for the guides 11:00am - guided tour of the town 12:30pm - stop for lunch - bring your own food, eat in a local café or 'Ye Olde Fighting Cocks' pub (very historic pub) 1:30pm - guided tour of the Cathedral 3:00pm - visit the Verulamium Roman Museum & the Roman Mosaic Hypocaust 4:30pm - freetime: head back to the station or explore the town more trains going back at: 4:13pm, 4:22pm, 4:27pm, 4:37pm, 4:43pm, 4:52pm, 4:57pm and the same times past each hour. GroupSave train tickets (3for2) which we will purchase on the day when you arrive in groups of 3 work out at £6.00 each. The guided tour of the town, entry and tour of the cathedral and entry to the Roman museum in total works out at £17 per person for Full Members and £18 per person for everyone else (payable on the day). Please note, we only wait at the station for 10 minutes after the advertised meeting time before boarding the train, so please be early or on time. 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] (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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