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Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs
To 20th January
Tuesdays–Saturdays, 11am–6pm (Thursdays till 8pm), Sundays 11am–5pm
The Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF
Admission: £9.90 (£8.80 concs, £7 students)

Following the success of 2017’s 1920s Jazz Age: Fashion and Photographs, the museum are following up with this exhibition. As a decade of design, the Thirties saw off the excess of the Jazz Age and ushered in the utilitarianism of World War II. As the flapper grew up, so too did her fashions. The new silhouettes of the 1930s played with the hard edged chic seen in the Art Deco and Moderne styles, the unexpected as seen in the surrealists and the sensuality of silver screen sirens. The exhibition will explore the day and evening styles of the decade, complemented by photographs of the stars who championed them. With fashion as the lens, Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs will traverse the great period of social change that was the 1930s.

Candlelight ClubThe Candlelight Club's
Halloween Ball

Saturday 27th October
7pm–12am
A secret east London location
Admission: £30 in advance from www.thecandlelightclub.com
Dress: Prohibition dandies, swells, gangsters and molls, degenerate aristos and decadent aesthetes, corrupt politicians and the Smart Set In the Know—but this time with an optional Halloween twist

No one liked a fancy-dress party more than the Jazz Age smart set—and what better excuse than Halloween? Come and join this 1920s Halloween Ball in a long-forgotten east London hall, lit by candelabra and flickering jack-o-lanterns, where a host of ghostly flappers and gory gangsters, coquettish witches, black cat minxes and dapper devils, will frolic in two rooms of entertainment.

The Ballroom will be hosted by that impish impresario, Lord of Cabaret Misrule Champagne Charlie, introducing live music from swing band the Bubbly Boys, accompanied by Charleston dance troupe the Gatsby Girls showing you how it’s done. When the band aren’t playing DJs the Bee’s Knees will be spinning platters by long-dead artists for your shimmying pleasure. There will also be a three-course dining menu to preorder, or the option to reserve tables with Champagne.

Meanwhile in the Cabaret Lounge there will be another bar where drinkers will be wooed by the Creep Quartet, a string quartet playing classic horror movie themes, followed by two variety shows hosted by musical Weimar androgyne Victor Victoria, of the award-winning East End Cabaret, with burlesque from Ruby Deshabillé , hula action from Polly Hoops, and uncanny magic and mind-reading from Neil Kelso.

And if stepping back into the past is not enough for you, our foreboding fortune tellers Lucius and Foxglove will be on hand to predict your awful future…

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



Le Lion Rouge All Hallow's Special
Sunday 28th October
7.30–10pm
The Red Lion, 640 High Road, Leytonstone, London E11 3AA
Admission: £18 from DesignMyNight

Le Lion Rouge presents a fusion of provocative Parisian cabaret and classic East End music hall, hosted by Joe Morose and starring Ruby Deshabille, Sarah-Louise Young as La Poule Plombée, Bloody Bones and Andromeda Circus. See the Facebook event for more details.

Maison Gothique
Tuesday 31st October
6–11.55pm
Oriole Bar, East Poultry Ave, Spitalfields, London EC1A
Admission: £25 from DesignMyNight
Dress: Parisian Gothic/fin de siècle/faded glamour 

Oriole Bar & Grey Goose present an evening of Halloween enchantments. The dark underbelly of 19th-century Paris will be resurrected for one macabre night of revelry, featuring the talents of Frederic De Breton, Bistrotet, Missy Macabre, Victoir Victoria, Miss Betsy Rose. Tickets include a welcome drink, live performances and a takeaway serve. Live performance starts at 9pm.

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)

Four days after having celebrated his 50th birthday, Matthew "The Chairman" Howard will regale members of the Club with 50, Not Out: Reflections on a Long Life in the Chair, a variety of stories amassed during a life less ordinary (and yet oddly so), including his love of the sound of  leather on willow, his misspent youth, Lincolnshire life, his tenuous connections with both Shane Meadows and Bertie Wooster, what’s wrong with Yorkshire, why he isn’t allowed to get his hair cut at Trumper’s anymore and why his is no longer welcome at the Boat Race… As ever, expect a talk that is on the cusp of propriety, deviates substantially from its subject matter and with enough illustrations to fill the Picture Post


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.

Candlelight ClubThe Candlelight Club
Friday 16th & Saturday 17th November
7pm–12am
A secret central 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.

The November party will be hosted as ever by purveyor of saucy song Champagne Charlie, introducing live music from the Volstead Orchestra, who debuted so successfully at the May Ball, and vintage vinyl spun by Holly of the Bee’s Knees.

To celebrate the BFI Southbank’s limited run this month of a sparkling new 4K digital restoration of the comedy classic Some Like it Hot, there will be two lobby posters to give away, one on Friday, one on Saturday, to the best dressed guest! Set in 1929, the film starts in Prohibition Chicago with what is essentially the St Valentine's Day Massacre. Two hapless musicians (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) witness the killing and find themselves on the run from the mob. In desperation they take the only gig going—disguised as women they join an all-girl band, fronted by Marilyn Monroe. With hilarious consequences… Candlelight Club customers can get a 2-for-1 discount using the code 'Genius241' when booking tickets online at https://bit.ly/2NZDybs.

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



NSC Annual Pub Crawl
Saturday 24th November
Early evening onwards
Somewhere in Greater London
Admission: Free but bring beer money

Ian White brings us his annual, carefully curated, trawl of a number of the capital's choicer watering holes. Mr White is a member of the Campaigns for both Real Ale and Real Cider, so he knows what he is talking about and can be relied upon to introduce us to some architecturally and historically toothsome establishments. This year he will take us on a yeasty trip round the South Circular… The initial itinerary looks like this:

Catford Bridge Tavern. - Catford 2.00 2.45
Blythe Hill Tavern - Catford 3.00 4.00
Capitol - Forest Hill 4.30 5.30
Crown and Greyhound -Dulwich village 6.00 7.00
Half Moon. - Herne Hill 7.30 8.30

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair
Sunday 25th November
11am–5.30pm (trade from 10.30am)
Freemason's Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ
Admission: £5 (2-for-1 entry with pre-booked tickets)

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.


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."


The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra
Friday 14th December
7.30pm (dinner 8pm, show 9pm)
Astor Theatre, Stanhope Rd, Deal, Kent CT14 6AB
Admission: £80 from theastor.org or 01304 370220

Michael Law's Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, as part of their 30th anniversary tour, bring their 1920s and 1930s repertoire to Deal for a special Christmas gala dinner dance. Included in the ticket price is a three-course meal, plus a canapés and fizzy wine reception.

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.

The Coco Club
Saturday 15th December
7.30–11.30pm
Stage Theatre Plaza Suite, Sevenaoks, Kent TN13 1ZZ
Admission: £19 from stagsevenoaks.co.uk

Visit the Coco Club and drift back to the 1930s, the golden age of British Dance Band music. Take to the floor at the Art Deco style Stag Plaza and dance to the music of fabulous period orchestras such as Jack Hylton, Carroll Gibbons, Ambrose and Lew Stone, and singers like Al Bowlly.  The highlight of the night will be three performances by the fabulous Brandyn Shaw and his Radio Rhythm Makers. Glamour is a byword for the night, and so black/white-tie, evening or cocktail dress are encouraged, and this, combined with the music and dancing, provide the atmosphere for a truly memorable evening. This very friendly evening integrates people of all age groups, and the level of dancing is varied, so anyone can move around the floor just as it suits them. There also several very eventful novelty dances that have become firm favourites…

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

TBA


sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 6th February
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

Luca Jellinek will tweak our curiosities with The Many Meanings of Modernism and the Chappist Critique.


sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 6th March
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".