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Poppy PossePoppy Posse
Sunday 25th June
Muster from 10.30am for registration and setting off at 11.10.
Around central London, beginning at the Royal British Legion HQ, London Pop In Centre, Haig House, SE1 1AA
Dress: Can be modern or vintage but wear something red

A cycle ride organised by the Royal British Legion in remembrance, for Armed Forces Day. The 13-mile route will take in more thatn 30 war memorials. The event is free to take part in, and is not a fund-raiser as such, but there will be an opportunity to donate to the RBL if you wish. More details at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/poppy-posse-tickets-26924200007.PoppyPosse

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair
Sunday 25th June
11am–5pm
Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch, 335-337 Old Street, London EC1V 9LL
Admission: £4 (£2 with NUS card)

Some 45 stalls offering vintage clothes, shoes, handbags, hats, gloves, textiles and jewellery from the 1800s to the 1980s. This time there is also a rooftop bar and DJ. More details at www.clerkenwellvintagefashionfair.co.uk.


Elysian Den Elysian Den
Sunday 25th June
5.30–10.30pm
The Boston Room, The George IV, 185 Chiswick High Road, London W4 2DR
Admission: £10 including £5 drinks voucher

Vintage music night featuring a beginners' swing dance class at 6pm followed by swing DJing from Tim Hellzapoppin'. The pub's Sunday roast comes highly recommended.


The Twiglet ZoneThe NSC Summer Party
The Twiglet Zone!
Saturday 1st July
6–11pm
The Cellar Bar, The Water Poet, 9-11 Folgate St, Spitalfields, London E1 6BX
Admission: Free for NSC Members, £5 for guests
Dress: vintage sci-fi, Eerie Tales and Astounding Science, Moon Men, High Priestesses of Mongo, hubristic mad scientists, rocket men, space Amazons in battle bikinis, out-of-control robots and evil brains in tanks

Celebrate the sci-fi of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s! When the unexplored reaches of the Earth's dark continents were no longer a big enough backdrop for adventure stories, the era's faith in science, machines, speed and a gleaming future created a whole new genre for thrills, peril, xenophobia and scantily-clad women (who spent most of their time inside sinister glass tubes or pods, if the magazine covers are to be believed). Magazines of pulp fiction flourished, with names like Amazing Stories (launched in1926), Astounding Stories, Startling Stories, Planet Stories, Super Science Stories, Thrilling Wonder Stories—you get the picture. H.P Lovecraft was ploughing his own furrow, writing tales of ancient, powerful aliens and eldritch inter-dimensional beings (in Invasion of the Saucer Menwhich heroes get a glimpse of the true horrific nature of the universe which usually sends them mad). Flash Gordon first appeared in comic-strip form in 1934, followed two years later by the movie serial starring Olympic swimmer Larry "Buster" Crabbe, who also played Buck Rogers, another sci-fi hero, in 1938. By the 1950s Earth was in regular peril in the movies and canoodling teenagers could only expect to be attacked by monstrous aliens.

At our party there will be silly games, as usual, such as Plant the Flag on the Moon, Throw the Ring Around Saturn, a chance to design a logo for NSC Star Fleet, and buffet of nutri-pills. And of course there will be our famous Grand Raffle, prizes for the best costume, the best mad ruler evil laugh, and lashings of healthy space-fun!


Greenwich Swing Dance PicnicGreenwich Swing Dance Picnic
Sunday 2nd July
2.30–5pm
The bandstand in Greenwich Park, London
Admission: Free

An event aimed at the swing dance fraternity but open to all comers, featuring live music from the Silver Ghosts and DJing from MC Mel. Feel free to bring a picnic, thought the nearby Pavilion Café also sells food.


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

Louise Newton will give us a musical canter through Japan the Band and Bands from Japan.


Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 7th July
Beginners' class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £10 in advance (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 of 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 Candlelight Club's Summer Ball
Saturday 8th 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

The Candlelight Club is a clandestine 1920s speakeasy party in a secret London venue completely lit by candles, with live period jazz bands, cabaret and vintage vinylism. The bar dispenses vintage cocktails and the kitchens offer bar snacks as well as a fine-dining set menu option.

The July party is a special event in a grand, long-forgotten venue in east London, featuring two rooms of entertainment: in the Ballroom there will be live jazz from the Shirt Tail Stompers, Charleston routines from those happy-footed flappers the Gatsby Girls and vintage DJing from Auntie Maureen, plus dinner options and tables that can be reserved as usual. Meanwhile in the intimate Cabaret Lounge there will be an extra bar, more seating (not reservable) and two cabaret shows during the evening hosted by louche crooner Champagne Charlie with Michael Roulston on the piano, and featuring burlesque from Ruby Deshabillé, hooping and acrobatics from Abi Collins and feats of balance from the Gentleman Juggler Ian Marchant. More details to come…

"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

As seen on BBC2’s “Hair”! More at www.thecandlelightclub.com. See the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11sUY9sX_rk


Empire of BoozeEmpire of Booze: A History of the British Empire Told Through Drink
Tuesday 11th July
6.30–9.30pm
The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, 11 Mare Street, Hackney, London E8 4RP (020 7998 3617)

From renowned booze correspondent Henry Jeffreys comes a full-bodied and history of Britain and the Empire, told through the improbable but true stories of how the world’s favourite alcoholic drinks came to be. Learn how we owe the Champagne we drink today to 17th-century methods for making sparkling cider; how madeira and India Pale Ale become legendary for their ability to withstand the long, hot journeys to Britain’s burgeoning overseas territories; and why whisky, a drink indigenous to Britain, became the familiar choice for weary Empire builders who longed for home. The bar will open for pre-lecture drinks at 6.30 and the lecture will run from 7 till 8pm,
followed by a brief Q&A, then the bar will remain open for post-lecture drinks until 9.30pm. See thelasttuesdaysociety.org for more details.

Chap OlympicsThe Chap Olympics
Saturday 15th 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.


Elysian Den Elysian Den
Sunday 30th July
5.30–10.30pm
The Boston Room, The George IV, 185 Chiswick High Road, London W4 2DR
Admission: £10 including £5 drinks voucher

Vintage music night featuring a beginners' swing dance class at 6pm followed by swing DJing from Tim Hellzapoppin'. The pub's Sunday roast comes highly recommended.


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

Eugenie Rhodes (M.A. Oxon.) will deliver an address entitled Stars and Hogs, in which she "will elucidate the nuts and bolts of astrology as a means of understanding ourselves and others better, and will then look at the horoscope of the last Plantagenet king of England, Richard III, whose emblem was the white boar, and explain what his birth chart reveals about him".

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 4th August
Beginners' class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £10 in advance (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 of 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.

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 1st September
Beginners' class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £10 in advance (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 of 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 6th September
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

Chloe Clark will give us a giggle with her talk entitled, Lifting the Shroud on Roman Death.

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

Roy Engoron will thrill us with a talk on Art Deco Broadway: The Golden Age of Theatre. "The era between the two World Wars was an amazing time for many different reasons," Roy explains. "It was an age when science, literature, social mores, fashion, architecture, economy, and innovations ebbed and flowed. After World War I, the United States emerged as a world power. Like many societies of the past, the country was able to concentrate more on the arts. It was able to take influences from its European and British heritage, make them truly American, and share the results with the rest of the world."

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 6th October
Beginners' class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £10 in advance (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 of 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 1st November
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

Harrison Goldman will address us on a subject that is currently shrouded in mystery.

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 3rd November
Beginners' class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £10 in advance (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 of 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 6th December
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

Professor Philip Hancock will deliver a festive frisson with Bad Santas? A Naughty History of the Man With the Bag. "There are few characters believed to possess decency, propriety, generosity and general chap-like credentials in greater abudance than good old Santa Claus," Prof. Hancock explains. "He remains a beacon of light in a dark, cynical and parsimonious world. In this talk, however, an alternative Santa will be considered; wild man, punisher, military propagandist, drunk driver and even occasional purveyor of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. So just be careful who you let down your chimney this Christmas."


sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 3rd January
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.

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

Craig "Craigoh" Young will talk to us about Wing Commander FFE Yeo Thomas, GC, MC & Bar—better known as "The White Rabbit", an Anglo-French couturier turned British WWII spy.

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

Stuart Mitchell will fill us in on Fox Talbot and the Invention of Photography.

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

Frances Mitchell will be following up her husband's talk from March with a discourse on vanished Victorian trades, inspired by a photo in the Museum of London featuring one of her ancestors.


sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 2nd May
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 intrigue us with a lecture entitled Lisbon: City of spies (1939-45).