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Jazz Brunches at Tate Britain
Every Saturday (except 1st Sept) until 29 September
12–3pm
Rex Whistler restaurant, Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
Admission: £10 for music only, £15 including a Bloody Mary or glass of wine, £30 for the à la carte brunch

The Tate Britain's restaurant, splendidly decorated with murals by 1930s wunderkind Rex Whistler, brings back its Saturday jazz brunches: enjoy seasonal dishes, including oysters and Cornish crab, strawberries and Champagne Sabayon, plus period cocktails, all accompanied by jazz trios playing the music of the era. See here. They also seem to be doing a special offer of 25% off the total food bill for tables of four or more—the offer came from a mail-out which simply says to call the restaurant to book (020 7887 8825) and to mention the email when booking to get the discount.

Candlelight ClubThe Candlelight Club's
First Bash of the Season

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


The Gatsby Soirée
Sunday 16th September
From 7pm
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Rd, Shepherd's Bush, London W12 7LJ
Admission: £20

To celebrate their fifth birthday, everyone's favourite flapper dancers the Gatsby Girls are having their own bash, and will be using it to raise money for the charity Acting for Others. There will be music, dancing, cocktails and hosting by Champagne Charlie (of the Candlelight Club).


Swing Out
Monday 17th September
7–10.30pm
Underbelly Festival, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Admission: £14 in advance or £15 on the door

Beginning with swing lessons for both beginners and more experienced dancers, followed by dancing to DJs and live music from Palace Avenue Swing. During the band break there will be a dance contest, the final of Swing for the Crown, a competition run by SwingDanceUK, with the heats at various events over the last few months.

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.


Mr White's Open House
Sunday 23rd September
1pm to 8pm
10 Walters Way, Honor Oak Park, London SE23 3LH (nearest train station Honor Oak Park, five minute's walk; P4, P12, 171 and 172 buses)
Admission: Free

As part of London Open House, Mr White's house will be open to the public. Walters Way is a self-build timber-framed scheme by pioneering architect Walter Segal and one of Lewisham Council's housing projects of the 1980s. There are 13 such houses in a cul-de-sac on steep sloping ground, although many have been extended and adapted. Another house in the street will also be open. Films on self-building schemes will be running and refreshments will be available. From 5.30pm Mr White will hosting a drinks do featuring his own cider! NSC Members very welcome to come and imbibe. openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/listings/1615

Elysian Den Elysian Den
Sunday 23rd September
7 –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 7pm followed by swing DJing from Tim Hellzapoppin'. The pub's Sunday roast comes highly recommended.


The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra
Sunday 23rd September
7.30pm
1 Charter Square, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 3FD
Admission: £22 from www.theapex.co.uk or 01284 758000

Michael Law's Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, as part of their 30th anniversary tour, bring their 1920s and 1930s repertoire to Bury St Edmunds, joined on this occasion by vocalist Lance Ellington, from Strictly Come Dancing (and son of Ray Ellington, for fans of the Goon Show).

1940s Home Front Show
Saturday 29th–Sunday 30th September
8am–5pm
Rufford Abbey Country Park, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire NG22 9DF (01623821338)
Admission: Free, but £10 to park your car

Rufford Abbey once again hosts a weekend of nostalgia, remembering wartime days when England "kept the home fires burning". Enjoy the sights and sounds of the 1940s as re-enactors bring the past to life in the picturesque setting of the country park. Parking is charged at £10 per car all day (no admission charge to event), so bring the whole family and make a day of it. Dress up in your vintage 40s finery, chat to knowledgable enthusiasts and enjoy that Dad's Army vibe.  


The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra
Tuesday 2nd October
7.30pm
Royal Hall, Ripon Road, Harrogate, HG1 2RD
Admission: £20 from www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk or 01423 500500

Michael Law's Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, as part of their 30th anniversary tour, bring their 1920s and 1930s repertoire to Harrogate.

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.


Candlelight ClubThe Candlelight Club's
8th Birthday Party

Friday 5th & Saturday 6th October
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.

Yes, believe it or not the Candlelight Club is eight years old this month—eight years of dodging the law to bring you the finest illicit hooch and the hottest jazz bands so you can Charleston the night away. At our birthday party we'll have live music from Anglo-Norwegian favourites the Swing'It Dixieband, plus cbaret from our host with the most Champagne Charlie and vintage DJing from Jojo 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

Sing-Along Piano Party
The Actors' Church (St Paul's), Bedford Street, London WC2
Saturday 6th October
7–10.30pm
Admission: Free, as far as I can tell

Cabaret pianist Luke Meredith leads the gang for a singalong, with song sheets for over 100 well-known songs from shows, films, cabaret, music hall and even (shudder!) pop music. There will be a showing by Pearly Kings and Queens plus a performance by The Ukulele Boys, Ray and Johnny. There is a reasonably-priced bar on site and free soft drinks for children. The NSC's own Lorna Mower-Johnson is making bunting, cunningly disguised as the Siegfried Washing Line, and a boiled cake to a Second World War recipe, a concoction universally admired (it says here).


Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs
12th October–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.


Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 12th 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.


The Pasadena Roof Orchestra
Saturday 13th October
7.30pm
The McMillan Theatre, Lower Bath Road, Bridgwater, TA6 4PZ
Admission: £19 from www.bridgwateros.co.uk or 01278 662181

The world-famous Pasadena Roof Orchestra (running since 1969, would you believe it?) bring their 1920s and 1930s repertoire to Bridgwater in Somerset.

The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra
Saturday 20th October
7.30pm
Cecil Sharp House,
Admission: £22 from cecilsharphouse.org

Michael Law's Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, as part of their 30th anniversary tour, bring their 1920s and 1930s repertoire to London's Cecil Sharp house for a gala concert. There will be a dancefloor, plus dance demonstrations from the Gatsby Girls.

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.

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…

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.

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".