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Tropical Yard
Saturday 18th August
9pm–2am
Servant Jazz Quarters, 10A Bradbury, London N16 8JN
Admission: Free

If vintage Latin sounds are your thing, Tropical Yard returns for another night of intense rhythms from Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa. This month, residents Lady Kamikaze, Liam Large and Duncan Brooker will be joined by very special guest Carlos René flying in all the way from Mexico city, where he has run the Bombo Y Maracas club for the past four years. With a passion for unearthing lost Mexican and Latin 1950s and 1960s 45s, Carlos will be sharing a heap of cumbia, porro, mambo, guaguancó and Latin R&B. 

Big Papa Mac's Bakerloo Breakdown
Thursday 23rd August
10pm–3am
Cahoots, 13 Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, London W1B 5PG
Admission: Free?

DJ night with Big Papa Mac playing music from the 1920s to the 1960s, in a basement venue decked out like a WWII-era underground station.


Keeping Up With the Courtaulds
Sunday 26th and Monday 27th August
11am–5pm
Eltham Palace, Court Yard, Eltham, London SE9 5NP
Admission: £15 (free to English Heritage members)

It’s 1937, the nation has been celebrating the Coronation of King George VI and gossiping about The Duke of Windsor and Mrs Simpson. Meanwhile at Eltham Palace, Stephen and Virginia Courtauld and their staff are getting ready to receive the new Queen for a dinner party in their recently finished house. For the staff, there are preparations to be made, tables to lay, cleaning to be done. The Royal Equerries will need to inspect the house before the Queen’s arrival. For the Courtaulds and their friends, there are dances to learn, cocktails to mix, perhaps a game of croquet on the lawn and musicians need to prepare. Join The Courtaulds (with Stephen played by NSC Member Callum Coates, depicted) and friends and staff for an Art Deco August Bank Holiday. Live music from Brandyn Shaw (as Al Bowlly), dancing, 1930s fashions, cocktail tasting (authentic period recipes). Who knows, you might even meet the Queen…
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/eltham-keeping-with-the-courtaulds-26-08-18

The Asylum Speakeasy
Friday 31st August
8pm–5am
The Kings Head, 257 Kingsland Road, London E2 8AS
Admission: £8.14–£16.76 from Eventbrite

Tiger Rag present a special party across three floors with an emphasis on boozing and socialising as much as dancing, featuring a host of DJz playing Lindy, Charleston Balboa, Shag, Cumbia, jump blues, Reggae, and vintage Dancehall.


sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 5th September
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

George Tudor-Hart will fill us in on, A history of English ballroom dancing, its influence on black American dance—and how to measure your own musicality.

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 7th September
Beginners’ class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £10 earlybird from Design My Night, £15 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or vintage

Dance progressive partnered dancing to a strict-tempo ten-piece orchestra and a selection of pre-war records of slow foxtrot, waltz, quickstep, tango, rumba, Jive and Charleston. Free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Candlelit tables and chairs for all guests, a balcony area with tables for those who don’t choose to dance, and four or five male and female taxi dancers available free of charge for those who do. The venue is dry, but free tea and coca cola is provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. Tickets are £10 online or £15 on the door. We have a large wooden dance floor and are located in beautiful Fitzroy Square, London W1. In the same building (the Indian YMCA) the excellent in-house canteen does a set vegetarian three course meal for just £8 from 7pm to 9 pm. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and we have sold out for the past four dances. Activities include a quickstep bus stop and ten most glamorously dressed women able to get around the floor doing a slow waltz competition. Any questions, please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490. For more details see the Facebook group.

Goodwood Revival
7th–9th September
Goodwood House, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PX
Admission: From £36 (see website)

One of the most famous vintage events in the country, the Goodwood Revival recreates the golden era of Goodwood Motor Circuit, between 1948 and 1966. This event, a theatrical and sporting drama, assembles the most significant racing cars and motorcycles along with legendary drivers and riders from the past and stars of today. There are also a host of eating and drinking options, a vintage market place and fashion shows.

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair
Sunday 9th September
11am–5.30pm (trade from 10.30am)
Freemasons Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ
Admission: £4

Winner of the 2015 Time Out Love London Awards, this perennial offers some 45 stalls offering vintage clothes, shoes, handbags, hats, gloves, textiles and jewellery from the 1800s to the 1980s. There is also a tea room, alterations booth plus sometimes live entertainment too. More details at www.clerkenwellvintagefashionfair.co.uk.


Candlelight ClubThe Candlelight Club's
First Bash of theSeason

Saturday 15th September
7pm–12am
A secret east London location
Admission: £25 in advance
Dress: Prohibition dandies, swells, gangsters and molls, degenerate aristos and decadent aesthetes, corrupt politicians and the Smart Set In the Know

A 1920s clandestine speakeasy party in a secret London venue lit by candles, with live jazz bands, cabaret and vintage vinylism.

Summer's over—but the Prohibition fun is just beginning. Join us for some "back to school" mischief, where the first lesson is Double Mixology… Our venue is a long-forgotten ballroom in east London and, as a special treat, our live music will come from Brandyn Shaw and his Rhythm Makers, evoking the Golden Age of the great British dance bands. Keeping everyone in order will be the Lord of Cabaret Misrule Champagne Charlie with DJing from Holly of the Bee's Knees.

Guests receive an email a few days before the event revealing the secret location. More at www.thecandlelightclub.com

“The closest you’ll find to an authentic Jazz Age experience in central London. Its unique ambience, fuelled by hundreds of candles, is truly a scene to behold.” —Time Out


Reel Streets Tour
Sunday 23rd September
Meeting time 10am, tour at 11am or 2pm
Osterley House, Jersey Road, Isleworth, Hounslow, TW7 4RB
Admission: £45

A three-hour street tour, on an original Routemaster bus, of more than 50 locations from Ealing Studios films, from the 1930s to the present day. The ticket price includes an optional tour of Osterly House and gardens—those on the morning bus tour see the house in the afternoon and vice versa. More details at www.renownfilms.co.uk/routemaster-film-location-tour-c-47.


sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 3rd October
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

Dr Michael Wetherburn, a history lecturer at Imperial College, will open our eyes to Forgery, the Nazis and the British Royals: The Most Spectacular 1930s Story You’ve Never Heard Of, presenting the case that Charles E. Bedaux, flamboyant explorer, big game hunter and millionaire pioneer of labour measurement in business, who was friend to both the Windsors and members of the Nazi party, was in fact a spy.

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 5th October
Beginners’ class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £10 earlybird from Design My Night, £15 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or vintage

Dance progressive partnered dancing to a strict-tempo ten-piece orchestra and a selection of pre-war records of slow foxtrot, waltz, quickstep, tango, rumba, Jive and Charleston. Free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Candlelit tables and chairs for all guests, a balcony area with tables for those who don’t choose to dance, and four or five male and female taxi dancers available free of charge for those who do. The venue is dry, but free tea and coca cola is provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. Tickets are £10 online or £15 on the door. We have a large wooden dance floor and are located in beautiful Fitzroy Square, London W1. In the same building (the Indian YMCA) the excellent in-house canteen does a set vegetarian three course meal for just £8 from 7pm to 9 pm. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and we have sold out for the past four dances. Activities include a quickstep bus stop and ten most glamorously dressed women able to get around the floor doing a slow waltz competition. Any questions, please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490. For more details see the Facebook group.


sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 7th November
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

The Earl of Essex will chill our spines on the subject of Borley Rectory: "The most haunted house in England".

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 9th November
Beginners’ class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £10 earlybird from Design My Night, £15 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or vintage

Dance progressive partnered dancing to a strict-tempo ten-piece orchestra and a selection of pre-war records of slow foxtrot, waltz, quickstep, tango, rumba, Jive and Charleston. Free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Candlelit tables and chairs for all guests, a balcony area with tables for those who don’t choose to dance, and four or five male and female taxi dancers available free of charge for those who do. The venue is dry, but free tea and coca cola is provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. Tickets are £10 online or £15 on the door. We have a large wooden dance floor and are located in beautiful Fitzroy Square, London W1. In the same building (the Indian YMCA) the excellent in-house canteen does a set vegetarian three course meal for just £8 from 7pm to 9 pm. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and we have sold out for the past four dances. Activities include a quickstep bus stop and ten most glamorously dressed women able to get around the floor doing a slow waltz competition. Any questions, please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490. For more details see the Facebook group.

sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 5th December
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

Philip Hancock will offer us The Vindication of Christmas. "With its title taken from a 1652 pamphlet distributed as part of a campaign against the parliamentarian government of Oliver Cromwell, this talk considers the Puritan war on Christmas of the 17th century and beyond. Effectively banned in Scotland and the English Commonwealth between 1645 and 1660, the celebration of Christmas became a site of not only religious, but political and social struggle both here and in the fledgling USA. Something that, as we shall see, continues to have repercussions to this day."

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 14th December
Beginners’ class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £10 earlybird from Design My Night, £15 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or vintage

Dance progressive partnered dancing to a strict-tempo ten-piece orchestra and a selection of pre-war records of slow foxtrot, waltz, quickstep, tango, rumba, Jive and Charleston. Free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Candlelit tables and chairs for all guests, a balcony area with tables for those who don’t choose to dance, and four or five male and female taxi dancers available free of charge for those who do. The venue is dry, but free tea and coca cola is provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. Tickets are £10 online or £15 on the door. We have a large wooden dance floor and are located in beautiful Fitzroy Square, London W1. In the same building (the Indian YMCA) the excellent in-house canteen does a set vegetarian three course meal for just £8 from 7pm to 9 pm. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and we have sold out for the past four dances. Activities include a quickstep bus stop and ten most glamorously dressed women able to get around the floor doing a slow waltz competition. Any questions, please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490. For more details see the Facebook group.