Note that as of 16th March the UK government has issued new guidelines advising against all unnecessary travel or social contact. This will probably mean that most of the physical events displayed below will be cancelled.

Instead I'll start off with some virtual events/resources to keep you amused during lockdown:

Virtual Pub Wednesdays: the Staying Inn
Every Wednesday
From 6pm (though many seem to start early)

The Club’s own Stuart Turner’s virtual night in the pub was a hit last week and looks set to become regular.

Tom Carradine’s Self-Isolation Singalong
Every Thursday

Master of the Cockney singalong Tom Carradine brings his infamous knees-ups to cyberspace. So gather around the e-Joanna and commence caterwauling.

Jack Calloway on the wireless
Every Sunday
10am, 2pm, 6pm and 10pm

Band leader Jack Calloway hosts his regular show on this internet radio station that plays dance music from 1925 to 1945. Jack’s show focuses on music from the 1930s. (And you can hear one of Jack’s own performances on the Candlelight Club Soundcloud page below.)

Sugarpush Sundays
Every Sunday
Beginners 2pm, improvers 3pm

Dancer, dance teacher and DJ Holly France (a regular at the Candlelight Club) has ported her solo jazz and Charleston lesson online via Zoom. The class is free but donations via PayPal are welcome. All details on the Facebook event.

Online Dances Classed with Swing Patrol
Throughout the month
See schedule at https://swingpatrollondon.dancecloud.com

A variety of online classes, including Charleston, Lindy Hop, solo jazz and even Swing Dance Cardio. You buy a ticket through the website and in return they send you a private YouTube link.

The Candlelight Club on Soundcloud
Live recordings made of some of the bands who play at the Candlelight Club (currently some 200 tracks available to stream for free). The Candlelight Club itself (www.thecandlelightclub.com) will presumably be on hold while public gatherings are verboten so this is the next best thing for now.

Oliver Lane’s Swing Playlist
Club Member Oliver Lane has been idly adding to this Spotify playlist for years and it now features some 90 songs. Fill your boots.

Samuel West on Soundcloud
If poetry is more your thing than music, this Soundcloud feed from actor and director Samuel West features readings by him and others.

The Arkham Hillbilly
Fans of H.P. Lovecraft, the 1920s horror writer and creator of the Cthulhu mythos, will be delighted to learn that the Club’s own Darcy Sullivan has been spending these long weeks of self-isolation in the guise of country singer the Arkham Hillbilly, the man who brought you the ‘Miskatonic Blues’, ‘Jamboree at Innsmouth’ and ‘Doggone It, Dagon’. On this Facebook page you can see all his videos, where he sings down-home songs of the uncanny and the eldritch, as well as offering some good, old-fashioned advice about self-isolation itself. Sponsored by Gibbous Moonshine™—the only liquor made in Arkham in a well. That sometimes glows at night.
If you’re not on Facebook, check out his YouTube playlist.


Cecil Beaton's Bright Young Things
Thursday 12th March–Sunday 7th June
10am–6pm (9pm on Fridays)
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE
Admission: £18–20

This major new exhibition explores the extravagant world of the glamorous and stylish "Bright Young Things" of the 1920s and 1930s, seen through the eye of renowned British photographer Cecil Beaton. It will bring to life a deliriously eccentric, glamorous and creative era of British cultural life, combining High Society and the avant-garde, artists and writers, socialites and partygoers. Featuring the leading cast of the Bright Young Things, many of whom Beaton would call friends—Anna May Wong, Oliver Messel and Stephen Tennant among others—this show charts Beaton’s transformation from middle-class suburban schoolboy to glittering society figure and the unrivalled star of Vogue. In addition to Beaton’s own portraits, the exhibition also features paintings by friends and artists including Rex Whistler, Henry Lamb, and Augustus John.

sfd NSC Quiz Night
Wednesday 10th June
Admission: Free

In what has become a lockdown weekly tradition (coinciding with Stuart Turner's virtual pub nights), the latest of our NSC pub quizzes—run by Zoom virtual meeting software—will be courtesy of Christopher Patrick. See the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/259526181795591/260195248395351. The Zoom meeting ID will be posted nearer the time.

sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 1st July
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Admission: Free

Staying virtual for now, our online lecture will be The Gin & Tonic Companion: A closer look at the history, science, and taste of the ultimate sundowner. Join spirits writer and drinks historian David T. Smith as he shares an insight into his “research” in pursuit of mastering what is perhaps the most deceptively simple drink, the Gin & Tonic. Behind the façade of this seemingly basic combination of just two ingredients is a wealth of variation in glassware, ice, methodology, garnish and—of course—the selection of the ingredients themselves.

sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 5th August
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 fill us in on The Riviera: The Forgotten War. "The Allied invasion of Southern France in August 1944 was generally regarded as a low-key affair, almost an afterthought and a 'Hollywood offensive' with U.S. troops largely landing unapposed and soon able to sip champagne with the locals in the fleshpots of the Cote d'Azure," he elaborates. "The reality was somewhat different, the Allies desperately needed the deepwater ports like Marseille to strike-up through occupied France, and the local population had suffered mercilessly under both German and Italian occupation, and worse from their own brethren, at the hands of the German puppet-regime, the Vichy government."

sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 2nd September
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 be posing the pugnacious question, What’s so great about Art Deco?

Dance Across the Atlantic
Friday 2nd–Saturday 9th October 2020
The Queen Mary 2, travelling from Southampton to New York
Admission: From £1267 plus tips and transfer
Dress: Properly

Alex Mendham and his Orchestra will be performing their 1920s and 1930s repertoire every night on this transatlantic cruise—a reproduction of a crossing as it would have been back in the day. Note that these private dance events will only be accessible to those booking through Ahoy cruises: contact tom@ahoycruises.com. For more information see https://www.facebook.com/events/2364989196942665/