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+)

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

London Bridge Tube Station (outside the station - via the Tooley St exit)

£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 Saturday 10th December to explore its history!

About the foreshore
I will be your guide as we will be going down to the Thames foreshore at low tide, 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 is very stoney and in some areas muddy, 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
After we will head to a local 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 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 Dennis Severs House!

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

Come along on Sunday 11th December 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 a man called 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!).

The Visit & Tickets
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. The visit is self-guiding.

Entry to the house is £16 per person, which you need to book your own ticket by:
- Go to: https://dennissevershouse.co.uk/book/silent-visit
- Click on 'Book'
- Scroll down to the 'Sun 11th Dec' slot and click on the green arrow on the right
- On the 1:45pm - 2:30pm slot, click on the green arrow on the right
- Select the number of tickets you require next to your ticket type
- Click on 'Next' and on the next screen, enter your details and pay

If you the 1:45pm - 2:30pm slot has sold out, then book for the 2:00pm or 2:15pm slots.

Afterwards
After, we will meet back at 'All Bar One', 175 Bishopsgate 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/

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Christmas Carol Concert by Candlelight @ St. Stephen Walbrook Church

St Stephen Walbrook Church (meeting outside)

Come along on Wednesday 14th December for a Candlelight Christmas Carol Concert at the church of St. Stephen Walbrook in the City of London!

About the church
The church of St. Stephen Walbrook was Sir Christopher Wren's parish church, he lived about 100 metres away. Wren rebuilt the church after its medieval predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. It opened in 1687 with a dome, which was used as a prototype for the dome of St Paul's Cathedral, which he started building a few years later.

The church was also where The Samaritans charity was started in 1953 by vicar Chad Varah using just one phone (which you can see in the church today). It also has a centre altar sculpture designed by Henry Moore. Centre altars are very unusual in English churches.

The concert will last about 1 hour. It includes many well known carols and takes place around the centre altar.

Cost
The carol concert is free!

Afterwards
After the concert, they offer free mulled wine and minced pies in the church.

If you arrive later than 5:45pm, come into the church and find a seat and lookout for the group at the end. The concert starts at 6pm.

Lookout for the red & blue 'London Cultureseekers' group sign outside the church.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Robert[masked] (prefer text)

On the day, if you can’t make the visit, just change your RSVP to No or text me to say you can’t make it.
Please don’t post any messages in the comments that you can’t make it, as this generates spam for everyone else.

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 14th 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.

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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