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October PlentyOctober Plenty
Sunday 22nd October
12–6pm
Bankside, Shakepeare's Globe and Borough Market

Mumming troupe The Lions part invite all and sundry to their annual free harvest festival. The day is packed with spectacles and activities in and around Borough Market, too numerous to list here (see the Facebook event for more details), but things kick off with a procession of colourful characters including the Hobby Horse (usually played by NSC Member Callum Coates), the Berry Man, covered with wild fruit and foliage, and the Corne Queen, a huge figure on wheels made entirely (and imaginatively) out of vegetables—and the end of the day she is ceremonially dismantled and her parts are thrown to the hungry mob. There is a play, cautionary tales from Hilaire Belloc and Hoffman, from the Fabularium, who also present The Cyclops and his Sheep, plus a host of apple-related activities to celebrate World Apple Day, storytelling for children, apple bobbing and conkers, plus the seasonal metaphorical performance The Execution of John Barleycorn. Borough Market will also be offering all its usual food and drink, and at the end of the festivities all are invited to visit and decorate the historic Cross Bones Graveyard on Red Cross Way.

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair
Sunday 22nd October
11am–5pm (trade from 10.30am)
The Yard, 89 1/2 Worship Street, London EC2A 2BF
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. There is also a tea room, alterations booth plus sometimes live entertainment too. More details at www.clerkenwellvintagefashionfair.co.uk.

Candlelight ClubThe Candlelight Club’s
Halloween Ball

Saturday 28th
7pm–12am
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 Halloween 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. In the early evening the stage will be graced by the Threat Quartet, a classical string quartet playing themes from horror movies. This will be followed by two cabaret shows hosted by Weimar androgyne Victor Victoria, one half of the award-winning East End Cabaret, with gothic burlesque from Suri Sumatra, comedy magic from Christian Lee and slick, dapper juggling from Florian Brooks. Elsewhere will be tarot readers, photographers and more.

“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

Elysian Den Elysian Den
Sunday 29th October
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 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 the subject of the Isokon Building.

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.


Cigar Walk London Cigar Walk
Saturday 4th November
From midday
Meet at the Churchill & Roosevelt statue on New Bond Street
Admission: Free, but the cigars are not

A short walking tour of famous London Cigar stores including Alfred Dunhill, Sautter's and Davidoff, culminating in a visit to J.J. Fox of St.James's, where you can enjoy a cigar and a coffee in their comfortable upstairs smoking room. The tour, conducted by the Earl of Essex, takes in the cigar humidor rooms of these stores, while Essex gives a brief history of their involvement with cigar smoking down the years. The tour focuses on Cuban handmade cigars, as they are generally considered to be the finest in the world, and Dunhill and Davidoff have particularly extensive arrays of them. Winston Churchill features heavily in the tour, and at J.J. Fox you can see letters from the great man in their cigar museum, and sit in the seat he used Churchill Rooseveltwhen visiting the store. The tour begins by meeting at the "Allies" bench statue of Churchill and Roosevelt in New Bond Street at Midday. There is no charge for the tour, but if you wish to enjoy a cigar at J.J. Fox, you must purchase a cigar from them. The coffee, however, is free.


NSC Pub CrawlNSC Annual Public House Tour
Saturday 11th November
From 3pm
Meet at the Starting Gate, Station Road, Wood Green N22 7SS
Admission: Free but bring beer money

CAMRA stalwart Mr Ian White returns with his infamous and exquisitely curated annual NSC pub crawl. This year his itinerary ventures to North London to include four fine and imposing Grade II listed premises. Due to the distances involved, the tour is being conducted on a Saturday so there is more time for intrepid travellers to traverse the territory of Harringay and beyond. These are large pubs and appear to be family-friendly. All serve food (although some may not do so all day). Near the Salisbury we will visit Yasar Halim in Green Lanes for their fine bakery products.

Note that this is more of a tour to enjoy the splendours of fine buildings rather than a traditional booze-centred "pub crawl", so all are welcome to attend and drink as little or as much as is required for refreshment.

Itinerary is as follows:

3pm: Starting Gate Station Rd, Wood Green, N22 7SS
Station: Alexandra Palace (pub is opposite entrance)
Late-Victorian with screen panels and etched glass, mosaic flooring; well preserved bank of snob screens sitting on the counter.

3.45pm: Walk to Alexandra Palace Station, train to Hornsey, walk to…

4pm: Great Northern Railway, 67 High St, Hornsey, N8 7QB
Built in 1897, a flamboyant essay in the Flemish Renaissance manner. Raised brick lettering, ornamental ironwork and the etched and cut glass give an expectation of splendours within.

5pm: 144 bus to to Turnpike Lane Station, then 29 or 141 bus to…

5.30pm: Salisbury, Grand Parade, Green Lanes, St Ann's Rd, Harringay, N4 1JX
One of the grandest products of the great Late-Victorian pub boom, the Salisbury was carefully restored to its original glory in 2003. Two of the bars surround an island servery of epic proportions; this has a fine counter and an original bar back with delicate Art Nouveau painted details. A doorway marked Saloon Bar leads to a lavish room comprising a superb wide corridor with splendid mosaic floor, mirrors, woodwork and plaster.

6.30pm: Stop at Yasar Halim then W5 bus to Crouch End Broadway for…

7pm: The Queens, Crouch End 26 Broadway Parade, Crouch End, N8 9DE
An opulent hotel-cum-pub very similar in design to the Salisbury. The ceilings and deep friezes throughout the building are immensely intricate, plus a gorgeous Art Nouveau-style glass with roses and other flowers.

8.15pm: W7 bus to Finsbury Park Station, train to Kings Cross, to…

9pm (until carriages or other forms of transport home/night in the cells): Parcel Yard, Kings Cross Station
Set inside a Grade I building, the old parcel sorting office is a very imaginative conversion of old industrial space across two floors.

Candlelight ClubThe Candlelight Club
Friday 17th & Saturday 18th November
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.

With live music from the Silver Ghosts, and hosted by Champagne Charlie on Friday night and La Poule Plombée on Saturday. Saturday sold out already!

“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

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.

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)

TBA

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.