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Elysian Den
Sunday 26th November
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 social dancing, this time to live music from the Smokey Taps. The pub’s Sunday roast comes highly recommended.

1917 revolutionNSC Christmas Party
Saturday 2nd December
7pm–12am
The Tea House Theatre, 139 Vauxhall Walk, Vauxhall, London SE11 5HL
Addmission: Free for Members, £5 for guests (refundable if they join the Club on the night)
Dress: Revolution!

A date for the diary. We will be theming it around the Russian Revolution, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in October this year.

There will be silly games to play—doubtless a return our Shoot the Romanov Family in a Basment game form 2012, and I'm determined to build something involving bouncing a pram down the Odessa steps in honour of Battleship Potemkim.

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."

Coco ClubThe Coco Club Christmas Ball
Saturday 9th December
7.30–11.30pm
Plaza Suite, Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks, TN13 1ZZ
Admission: £18—available from the Stag Theatre Box Office
Dress: Black tie/Evening wear/1930s Glamour

The Coco Club is an evening evoking the style and glamour of a 1930s nightclub. The Christmas Ball features period music from Empire Radio and live performances by the fabulous Brandyn Shaw and his Rhythm Makers.
Dance to all the great British Bands of the period such as Carroll Gibbons, Lew Stone, Jack Hylton, Ambrose and Roy Fox in the lovely art deco-style Plaza Suite.

Candlelight ClubThe Candlelight Club
Friday 15th & Saturday 16th December
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 completely lit by candles, with live jazz bands, cabaret and vintage vinylism, a cocktail bar, and kitchens serving bar food as well as fine-dining. See www.thecandlelightclub.com.

A Christmas party! Witnessing the very welcome riotous return of Duncan Hemstock and his All-Stars.

“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

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 15th December
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.

White MischiefThe Gangster Squad presents
White Mischief
Saturday 16th December
7.30pm–12am
The Canberra Club, Salmesbury Aerodrome, Balderstone, Nr Blackburn, Lancashire BB2 7LF
Admission: £10 from Eventbrite
Dress: Vintage Colonial elegance, Dr Livingstone, Indian summer…

Join the squad for a night of decadent and hedonistic cabaret and dance to the music of the 1930s played by GI Jive and vocal performance from the lovely Hattie Bee, in the atmosphere of the colonial club houses frequented by the British aristocracy, who lived a lavish, elegant lifestyle where scandalous behaviour was accepted as a way of life.


Candlelight ClubThe Candlelight Club’s
New Year's Eve Ball

Sunday 31st December
7pm–2am
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 completely lit by candles, with live jazz bands, cabaret and vintage vinylism, a cocktail bar, and kitchens serving bar food as well as fine-dining. See www.thecandlelightclub.com.

This time it's a special 1920s New Year's Eve event in a grand, long-forgotten venue in east London, featuring two rooms of entertainment: in the Ballroom proceedings will be presided over by Lord of Cabaret Misrule Champagne Charlie, with live jazz from the Bubbly Boys, 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 with more seating, with tub-thumping twisted cabaret tunes from the Bohemianauts in the early evening, followed by two variety shows hosted by strict mistress of the Berlin cabaret, Eva Von Schnippisch, with burlesque from Ruby Deshabillé, hooping and acrobatics from Abigail Collins and surreally comic songs from Elliot Mason. Want to know what 2018 holds for you? Our fortune tellers will be on hand to advise.

“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 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.

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 5th January
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 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).

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

Adrian Prooth will offer us A Brief History of Tea Time, "a look at the history of afternoon and high tea, the rules, etiquette, settings, stories, styles, controversies and personalities".

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)

TBA

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)

TBA

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)

TBA

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.