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For King and Country
Until Sunday 10th June
Variable start time
Secret Cabinet War Rooms, 84 Long Lane, London SE1 4AU
Admission: £29–35

Immersive theatre which imagines a version of the Second World War where Edward VIII is on the throne, Lord Halifax is Prime Minister and a Nazi invasion of Britain is about to become a reality. Customers play the roles of a small group of backbench MPs taken to a secret war room and given the task of saving the nation from jackbooted oblivion. More at www.forkingandcountry.london.

The Blitz Party
Saturday 9th June
8pm
A secret east London location
Admission: £35

Bourne & Hollingsworth's 1940s-themed party returns in a cavernous venue meant to evoke an air-raid shelter filled with Blitz spirit. Live big-band music and swing-dance instructors who will give a lesson beforehand at 7pm, then demonstrations later on. More at www.theblitzparty.com.

Victorian Summer Picnic
Sunday 10th June
12–5pm
Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL
Admission: £25
Dress: Victorian

Meet and picnic on the lawns at the V&A, with a photo shoot, followed by a private tour of part of the museum. Cost of admission includes a small gift and there is a prize for the best dressed. (Note that this is privately organised, not a V&A events as such.) To book email romana.art.uk@gmail.com. (I gather that numbers are limited and notice is short so they may be full already.)

Tea at Fontaine's
Sunday 10th June
2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm, 4pm, 4.30pm or 5pm
Fontaine's, 176 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 7UY
Admission: £30 or 35

Fontaine's, the diminutive Art Deco styled bar and cabaret venue run by burlesque veteran Emerald Fontaine, is starting a regular monthly afternoon tea, offering a selection of fine teas and speciality cocktails, as well as a choice of traditional and vegan afternoon tea menus (both £30 per person, or £35 with a glass of prosecco) with freshly made finger sandwiches, sumptuous cakes and classic scones served warm with clotted cream (or coconut butter) and jam. Email Ruby@Fontaines.Bar to reserve your table.

The Silver Ghosts at the Albert Hall
Sunday 24th June
12–3pm
The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP
Admission: £31.50 including two courses from https://goo.gl/ZfhWKq or telephone 020 7589 8212

The Silver Ghosts, 1920s–40s jazz age revivalists, whose upbeat swing performances have previously effected exhilarating Boardwalk Empire/Great Gatsby-style atmospheres at venues like Ronnie Scott's bar, The Savoy, and The 100 Club (and, of course, the Candlelight Club), are offering you the opportunity to savour the experience while eating a two-course brunch at the Verdi restaurant in The Royal Albert Hall. Ticket price includes the meal and a welcome drink.

Dandy Pub Crawl
Thursday 28th June
6–11pm
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, 145 Fleet Street, London EC4A 2BU
Admission: Free, but bring beer money
Dress: Male dandy attire from 17th to mid-20th century

Jonny Haart's Dandy Drinking Club announces its next spree. Starting at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, the crawl will take in the Cittie of Yorke and the Princess Louise, so that's three pretty good reasons to go for a start. More details of the route will be announced nearer the time. Those would like to attend are asked to RSVP through the website. The club is a celebration of male sartorial elegance and the art of drinking. Women are very welcome to attend but are still expected to dress in male dandy attire. The event is free but Jonny will be selling annual membership of the club on the night—I imagine he'll be able to explain what you get for your money.

Suffragette City
Saturday 30th June
2–4pm
Meet at the base of the Monument in London
Admission: £10 for NSC Members (discounted from regular price of £15)

Back by popular demand, Miss Minna will be repeating her Suffragette City walking tour of the Square Mile, looking at the important roles that women have played over the centuries is what might seem a male-dominated neck of the woods. It is particularly relevant in 2018—100 years after women first received partial suffrage—but women have always been in the City, making money, fighting their corner and facing challenges including fire, plague, war—and, of course, men. "You won't be able to miss me," she says. "I'll be wearing my 'Deeds not words!' banner. We'll be meeting aristocrats, merchants, maidservants, monarchs and, of course, Suffragettes. Representatives of the Patriarchy are welcome. We'll go to the pub afterwards. Book in advance by emailing laurathecitymole@gmail.com.

Candlelight ClubThe Candlelight Club's Summer Ball
Saturday 30th June
7pm–12am
A secret London location
Admission: £30 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.

This time it's a special Summer Ball: relive the romance of the Jazz Age in a long-forgotten, candlelit hall in east London where a host of flappers and Bright Young Things will frolic in two rooms of entertainment.

In Ballroom get ready to glide and shimmy to live music from cabareat cove Champagne Charlie and his band the Bubbly Boys. Dancing along to the band will be 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 vintage platters into the night.

There is also a three-course dinner menu to preorder, or the option to reserve tables with Champagne, plus a menu of bar snacks and sharing platters to order on the night.

Meanwhile in the Cabaret Lounge there will be another bar, and live music from Sara Spade and the Noisy Boys in the early evening, followed by two variety shows hosted by Amber Topaz, featuring Demi Noire, channelling scandalous 1920s dancer Josephine Baker, and hooping and feats of balance from pocket rocket Abi Collins.

Want to know what the future holds for you? Our fortune tellers Foxglove and Lucius will be on hand to advise.

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

sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 4th July
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

Our guest speaker will be Kathryn Best, who will give us some in-the-field insight into ancient Thebes, now Luxor, the 3000 Egyptologists and archaeologists digging here, former residents Agatha Christie and Florence Nightingale and the importance of Thebes as part of any respectable gentleman or gentlewoman's classical education and Grand Tour.


Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 6th July
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.

Chap OlympicsThe Chap Olympics
Saturday 14th July
From midday
Bedford Square Gardens, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3JA
Admission: £25 in advance
Dress: Chappist finery, vintage sportswear, etc

The Chap magazine's annual celebration of the Chappist ethos, with games that reward languid elegance and foppish, workshy guile. Effort or competitive spirit are frowned upon while creative cheating is positively encouraged. The programme will include familiar acts of buffoonery such as Tea Pursuit, Umbrella Jousting, Butler Baiting and Aunt Avoidance, as well as new challenges, to ensure there is no chance of contestants preparing for the event. Any form of training is frowned upon by the judges—the only preparations contestants should consider are within the confines of their tailor’s fitting room. Picnics can be brought although food will be for sale and ready-made picnics can also be pre-ordered. Bourne & Hollingsworth will be running bars within the arena, and their stormtroopers will be confiscating alcohol at the gates, although New Sheridan Club Members will as usual regard it as a matter of honour to find imaginative ways to smuggle booze in.

Candlelight ClubThe Candlelight Club's
Last Bash of Summer

Friday 21st July
7pm–12am
A secret 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. This will be the last Candlelight Club party until September, so come and swing your pearls to the raucous tones of the Jazzberries and DJ Auntie Maureen and puff cigars in our leafy courtyard garden.

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

RA Lates: Summer Pleasure Garden
Saturday 21st July
7pm–midnight
The Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
Admission: £25–75

A summer’s evening in a re-imagined Pleasure Garden in and around RAthe RA's courtyard, experiencing the magical nocturnal amusement parks of Georgian England. Extraordinary spaces for entertainment, art and music, these magical gardens of tree-lined avenues glowing with lanterns, music concerts in elegant rotundas, masquerade balls and al fresco dining, gave ordinary Londoners a chance to escape city life for the night. There will be illuminations and creative soundscapes, live music and DJs, creative activities and art installations, grottos and secret bars. Be warned, though, that despite the vintage inspiration the dress code looks very lax… More details at www.royalacademy.org.uk/event/summer-pleasure-garden.


The New Sheridan Club summer party
Louche Luau
Saturday 28th July
7–11pm
The Water Poet,  9-11 Folgate St, Spitalfields, London E1 6BX
Admission: Free to NSC Members, £5 for guests (refundable if they join up on the night)
Dress: Grass skirts, coconut bras and penis gourds, missionaries, ragged traders, self-exiled artists, sex-starved US sailors, bedraggled, shipwrecked schoolboys on the brink of social collapse, irradiated monkey gods, evening dress

A warm welcome awaits you in Port Horatio, capital of the island of Nani-Komite, nestling beneath the mighty but generally dormant volcano Mauga o le Oti. An island paradise where the days are long, the drinks longer and nothing disturbs the sound of waves on the miles long sandy beaches. Other than the occasional rumblings from Mauga o le Oti, but the Geological Society tells us that’s nothing to worry about. Hawaiian shirts are as welcome in the bar as White Tie or tropical khaki rig – whatever you feel easier travelling around the island in (but we do advise carrying a knife, service revolver and dynamite if travelling into the interior as some of the local flora and fauna is rather aggressive) and there are prizes for the most garish shirt. 

More details coming as soon as we think of them, but there will be a game to shoot a missionary with a blowpipe and chance to create your own idol (with a prize for the one that acquires the most worshippers in the evening). As usual the evening will culminate in our Grand Raffle (entry is free but only for Members of the NSC, including anyone who signs up on the night).

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

Seth Thévoz will talk to us about Club Government: How the Early Victorian World was Ruled from London Clubs, the subject of his latest book. "‘Club Government’ was a fixation of the mid-nineteenth century," Seth explains. "Press accounts, diarists, and writers such as Dickens, Disraeli and Trollope all advanced the view that key political decisions were taken behind closed doors, in the clubs of St James’s. Yet despite Club Government being referenced in most major histories of the period, the topic has never before enjoyed a full-length study. Making use of previously-sealed club archives, and adopting a broad range of analytical techniques, this book seeks to deepen our understanding of the distinctive and novel impact of Club Government on British politics in this period. The book concludes that while historians may have exaggerated the clubs’ reputation for interfering in elections, they have hugely underestimated the extent of club influence on ‘high politics’ in Westminster, and more importantly, on the shaping of modern British political culture."

"A fascinating forensic study of the period’s networks of power" —Ian Hislop, Editor of Private Eye


Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 10th August
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 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.

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.