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Late Night Vintage Shopping
Thursday 12th July
4.30–9.30pm
Wilton's Music Hall, 1 Grace's Alley, London E1 8JB
Admmission: £3 on the door

Pop-Up Vintage Fairs London offer an after-work shopping experience in the legendary Wilton's (the oldest music hall in the country). Vintage stalls include both ladieswear and menswear from the 1920s to the 1980s, vintage jewellery and accessories, alongside mid-century homeware, antiques, collectables, curiosities and more. Food and drink will be available in the venue's bars and there will be live music from the Volstead Orchestra in the main hall and the Night and Day Collective in the cocktail bar.

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. Apparently this year, instead of a central performance area, there will be half a dozen simultaneous arenas, which has sparked outrage among traditionalists.

The H.P. Lovecraft UK Film Festival
Saturday 14th July
10.30am–4pm
Maidstone Museum, St Faith's Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1LH
Admission: Film screening £10

In association with Great Kentspectations, this small Lovecraftian film fest is part of a loosely-defined Steampunk day that also includes a magic show, Lovecraft-inspred belly-dancing show (see picture—a new one on me) and lessons, music from Time Machine, "H.P. Lovecraft's Travelling Museum" and a chance to Make Your Own Mythical Creature ("body parts provided"). See museum.maidstone.gov.uk for more details. All proceeds to the museum charitable trust.


Candlelight ClubThe Candlelight Club's
Last Bash of Summer

Saturday 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 swing-dance faves the Hep Chaps (pictured below) and DJ Aila from the Bee's Knees and puff cigars in our leafy courtyard garden, all under the watchful, playful eye of host with the most Champagne Charlie.

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 "Knock-Out" Swing Ball
Sunday 22nd July
2–6.30pm
The Assembly Rooms, Masonic Hall, East Ascent, St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings, Kent TN38 0BU
Admission: £15 in advance, £18 on the door

The Cinque Ports Swing Ball ran from 2005 to 2010, offering a live swing orchestra, top swing and jazz dance cabaret and a great historic vintage venue, and now it returns. Gypsy John's Jump For Joy welcomes Benoit Viellefon & His Orchestra for an evening aimed at dancers in a venue with a sprung wooden floor. Tickets from www.eventbrite.co.uk.


Jungle Red
Thursday 26th July
7–9pm
Revival Retro, 30 Windmill Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2JL
Admission: £5

Celebrating the BFI's season of Joan Crawford movies, and inspired by The Women (1939)—a previous NSC Film Night choice—the evening includes a Crawford-inspired cocktail, a talk about the actress from BFI's Nigel Arthur, a brow tutorial from the Powderpuff Girls and hat advice from Atelier Millinery. Moreover 25 lucky ladies (chosen by raffle) will get their nails done for free, painted Jungle Red like in the movie. More details at www.revival-retro.com/products/26th-july-jungle-red.



Sex and Drugs and Heads Will Roll
Saturday 28th July
2–3.30pm
Meet at the base of the Monument in London, finish at Tower Hill
Admission: £10 for NSC Members (discounted from regular price of £15)

Miss Minna offers another of her walking tours of the City, ancient centre of London, home to the Bank of England, the Lord Mayor, finance, Wren churches, pomp and ceremony… but not on this walk. Here you will be dragged through river piracy, dirt, disease, dubious dealing, terrible trades and the final gruesome end that might face the despicable or simply unlucky. Join the City Mole on a wander through old streets, hidden church yards and secret alleys. Book in advance by emailing laurathecitymole@gmail.com.


The New Sheridan Club summer party
Louche Luau
Saturday 28th July
6–11pm
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.

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.


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.