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Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair
Sunday 20th October
11am–5pm
Freemasons Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ
Admission: £5

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.

An English Lady's Wardrobe
Friday 25th October–Sunday 1st March 2020
10am–5pm
Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EL (0151 478 4199)
Admission: £9 from liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Displaying more than 70 outfits, this new exhibition explores shopping and style in Liverpool during the interwar years. It offers new insight into Liverpool’s wealthy Tinne family, showcasing clothing and accessories purchased by Mrs Emily Margaret Tinne (1886–1966). The Tinne Collection is the largest collection of a single person’s clothing in any UK gallery. The exhibition features daywear, evening dresses, outdoor wear, underwear and accessories, including jewellery, shoes, handbags and an impressive selection of hats. Much of the clothing dates from 1910 to 1939, reflecting the changing styles of the period.

In addition to Emily Tinne’s clothing, the exhibition features costumes belonging to her children as well as outfits worn by the family’s servants. The gallery has also been given access to a large number of letters written by members of the Tinne family, revealing new information about their lives. Central to the show is a focus on the Liverpool ladies’ outfitters and department stores where many of the outfits were purchased, including Cripps on Bold Street, the Bon Marché and George Henry Lee’s on Church Street and Basnett Street, Owen Owen Ltd in Clayton Square and Lewis’s on Ranelagh Street.


The Candlelight Club's
Halloween Ball

Saturday 26th October
7pm–12am
A secret east London location
Admission: £30 in advance
Dress: Jazz Age Halloween party goers, witches and wizards, black cat minxes, dapper devils, ghostly flappers and seductive spiderwomen

London’s award-winning immersive 1920s-themed speakeasy party, with live jazz, cabaret and cocktails in a secret London venue filled with candles.

The Jazz Age crowd loved nothing better than a fancy dress party—and what better excuse than Halloween? Join us for a seasonal spooktacular special in a vintage east London venue with two rooms of entertainment: in the Ballroom there will be live music from Champagne Charlie and the Bubbly Boys, eerie dance performances from the Gatsby Girls and sepulchral DJing from the Bee's Knees.

Meanwhile in the Cabaret Lounge there will be a live performance from the Creep Quartet—a string quartet playing horror movie themes—followed by a two cabaret variety shows hosted by Weimar Androgyne Victor Victoria, and featuring gothic burlesque from Suri Sumatra, uncanny magic from Neil Kelso and superhuman circus skills from Jess Love. Elsewhere we’ll have tarot readings from Lucius and Foxglove, ready to reveal the full horror of your future, and sketch artist Daniela waiting to capture you in your ghoulish finery (better keep that portrait in the attic as you may find yourself staying mysteriously youthful…).

Ticket-holders receive an email two days before, 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



Uncanny Masked Ball
Friday 1st November
7–10pm
The Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London, NW3 5SX United (020 7435 2002)
Admission: £20–25 in advance
Dress: Smart, with a mask

Celebrating the centenary of the publication of Freud's paper on The Uncanny, the museum currently has an exhibition on this subject and is throwing a fundraising ball. Freud's work addressed what we find frightening, repulsive or distressing, and why, covering ghosts, doppelgangers, disembodied limbs and inanimate objects come to life. His ideas went on to inspire art, film and literature. At the ball you can view the exhibition after hours, and there will be a scheduled of talks and workshops during the evening on subjects from horror films to mannequins. There will be complimentary canapés and your ticket includes two G&Ts courtesy of Sing Gin. More details at www.freud.org.uk.


Melloween
Friday 1st November
7pm–1am
The Union Club, 50 Greek Street, London W1D 4EQ
Admission: Free, but register at Eventbrite

Lounge legend Count Indigo stars at this free event, billed as a "70s West Coast midtempo supper-disco", launching his new yacht-pop single Bruton Street. There are two rooms of tunes with guest DJs Katie Puckrik (of BBC Four's Yacht Rock, Mellow Tone and Tres Bien, and Thomas Patterson. Time to dust down that safari suit.


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

Our glorious Chairman Torquil Arbuthnot will give a talk entitled Sundry Musings on the James Bond Novels.


NSC Annual Pub Crawl
Saturday 9th November
7pm–11pm
Meet at near Oxford Circus
Admission: Free but bring money for beer

Ian White, Club Member and CAMRA stalwart, takes us on his annual curated pub crawl, in which he shows us pubs with decent ale and intriguing architecture. After some recent years where we took in far-flung spiral arms of London, this time we will plough a resolutely central furrow, beginning near Oxford Circus and ending near Holborn. More details to follow…


The Candlelight Club
Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November
7pm–12am
A secret central London location
Admission: £25 in advance
Dress: Prohibition dandies, gangsters and molls, peaky blinders, decadent aesthetes, corrupt politicians and the Smart Set In the Know

London’s award-winning immersive 1920s-themed speakeasy party, with live jazz, cabaret and cocktails in a secret London venue filled with candles. The November party will be hosted as ever by purveyor of saucy song Champagne Charlie, with and vintage vinyl spun by Holly of the Bee’s Knees. Making their debut at the Candlelight Club, the live band are the infamous Swing Ninjas, a multi-horn, multi-harmony sunburst of brass energy, combining New Orleans ragtime, spirituals, blues and cajun jazz, adding their own original music to produce a swing sound that is not just rooted in the past.

“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

Chap Hop and Cheese
Saturday 23rd November
7–11pm
National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester LE4 5NS
Admission: £15 (including cheese buffet)
from spacecentre.co.uk

Last September, a team of researchers from the Bern University of Arts played different musical genres to cheese for a six-month period. Their findings suggested that Hip Hop gave the cheese an especially funky flavour. Join the NSC (National Space Centre, not New Sheridan Club) as they recreate the experiment by exposing a buffet of different cheeses to the Chap Hop stylings of Tom Wild, who performed at our last Christmas party. Their "homage to fromage" will then be consumed by the audience and ratings given to our scientists. So grab a cheese knife (one must always use the correct implement for the task) and enjoy a selection of dairy and non-dairy options.

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair
Sunday 24th November
11am–5pm
Freemasons Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ
Admission: £5

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.

sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 4th December
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 talk nonsense to us. Literally, apparently.


The Candlelight Club: Christmas by Candlelight
Friday 13th and Saturday 14th December
7pm–12am
A secret central London location
Admission: £25 in advance
Dress: Prohibition dandies, gangsters and molls, peaky blinders, decadent aesthetes, corrupt politicians and the Smart Set In the Know

London’s award-winning immersive 1920s-themed speakeasy party, with live jazz, cabaret and cocktails in a secret London venue filled with candles.

Celebrating the season of goodwill by candlelight at a secret tinsel-toned party where the jingling of sleigh bells will mingle with the clinking of cocktail glasses, where for one night the cop and the gangster will lay down their Tommy guns and share a toast. There will be live music from those Scandi-funsters the Swing’It Dixieband, plus hosting from cabaret cove Champagne Charlie, vintage DJs the Bee’s Knees and a lot of baubles and snowflakes.

Ticket-holders receive an email two days before, 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


Black Tie Ballroom Club
Saturday 29th December
7–11.30pm
Colliers Wood Community Centre, 66–72 High Street, Colliers Wood, London SW192BY
Admission: £15–35 from Design My Night
Dress: Strictly black tie, smart vintage and evening wear

Dance the waltz, quickstep, foxtrot, tango, jive, rumba and Charleston to live music and a selection of pre-war records. You are welcome just to watch, or if you can’t yet dance but would like to, there’s a “Learn to dance in a day class” for absolute beginners with musicality, and rusty dancers, from 10am to 4.30pm—so far all beginners with musicality have been able to dance around the floor with a partner in time to the music, looking reasonably elegant, by the end of the lesson. There is no need to bring a partner.
There are candlelit tables and chairs for all guests. Entry price includes two glasses of wine or beer, and a small portion of scampi. Doors open at 7pm with a half hour class for improvers of a new short ballroom routine, taught by former world champion Raymond Root. This is followed by one hour of pre-war dance records, then live music from 8.30pm. Doors close at 11.30pm

Activities include a quickstep bus stop, a snowball waltz, a Paul Jones and one popular sequence dance. There are photos and videos on our Facebook page and ticket link. Tickets are £15 (early bird) or £ 20 (standard) on line or £25 on the door. Tickets for the class are £25, or a combined ticket for the class and the lesson is £35. The venue has a free car park, and is less than five minutes walk from Colliers Wood underground station from which trains run all night. If you have any questions, feel free to phone George Tudor- Hart on 020 8542 1490.

The Candlelight Club's
New Year's Eve Party

Tuesday 31st December
7pm–12am
A secret central London location
Admission: £25 in advance
Dress: Prohibition dandies, gangsters and molls, peaky blinders, decadent aesthetes, corrupt politicians and the Smart Set In the Know

London’s award-winning immersive 1920s-themed speakeasy party, with live jazz, cabaret and cocktails in a secret London venue filled with candles.

No one knew how to party like the Jazz Age crowd, so what better way to welcome in the 2020s than by stepping back to the1920s? Relive the giddy glamour and romanceat our New Year's Eve bash, in a secret London venue that saw it all the first time round. We'll be counting down to midnight in the traditional way, but before and after there will be cabaret from Champagne Charlie, live music from the Bubbly Boys, vintage DJing, Charleston dance routines from the Gatsby Girls and a glimpse into what 2020 has in store for you from fortune tellers Lucius and Foxglove. So pull on your 1920s glad rags and and join the party.

Super-Earlybird tickets were just £45 but they have sold out. Now it's the Earlybirds at £50—when they are gone, it'll be the regular tickets at £55.,There are also table reservations available as usual, plus a special four-course dinner option for £60. After midnight we'll be partying until 2am.

Ticket-holders receive an email two days before, 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


sfd NSC Club Night
Thursday 2nd January
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 kick off 2020 in pugnacious fashion by asking, What's so great about Art Deco?


sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 5th February
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

TBA.

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Saturday 29th February
7–11.30pm
Colliers Wood Community Centre, 66–72 High Street, Colliers Wood, London SW192BY
Admission: £15–35 from Design My Night
Dress: Strictly black tie, smart vintage and evening wear

Dance the waltz, quickstep, foxtrot, tango, jive, rumba and Charleston to live music and a selection of pre-war records. You are welcome just to watch, or if you can’t yet dance but would like to, there’s a “Learn to dance in a day class” for absolute beginners with musicality, and rusty dancers, from 10am to 4.30pm—so far all beginners with musicality have been able to dance around the floor with a partner in time to the music, looking reasonably elegant, by the end of the lesson. There is no need to bring a partner.
There are candlelit tables and chairs for all guests. Entry price includes two glasses of wine or beer, and a small portion of scampi. Doors open at 7pm with a half hour class for improvers of a new short ballroom routine, taught by former world champion Raymond Root. This is followed by one hour of pre-war dance records, then live music from 8.30pm. Doors close at 11.30pm

Activities include a quickstep bus stop, a snowball waltz, a Paul Jones and one popular sequence dance. There are photos and videos on our Facebook page and ticket link. Tickets are £15 (early bird) or £ 20 (standard) on line or £25 on the door. Tickets for the class are £25, or a combined ticket for the class and the lesson is £35. The venue has a free car park, and is less than five minutes walk from Colliers Wood underground station from which trains run all night. If you have any questions, feel free to phone George Tudor- Hart on 020 8542 1490.

sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 4th March
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

Mark Christopher will offer us An introduction to cognitive biases: how to avoid them or use them (with help from Warren Buffett and Charles Munger). "Donations and charitable giving, wall street bonuses and joining a cult—a few concepts links these together. Come and find out why decisions, both personal and group, can be enlightening—or devastating."



sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 1st April
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." No, it's not an April Fool's joke—there will be Nazis involved.

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Saturday 11th April
7–11.30pm
Colliers Wood Community Centre, 66–72 High Street, Colliers Wood, London SW192BY
Admission: £15–35 from Design My Night
Dress: Strictly black tie, smart vintage and evening wear

Dance the waltz, quickstep, foxtrot, tango, jive, rumba and Charleston to live music and a selection of pre-war records. You are welcome just to watch, or if you can’t yet dance but would like to, there’s a “Learn to dance in a day class” for absolute beginners with musicality, and rusty dancers, from 10am to 4.30pm—so far all beginners with musicality have been able to dance around the floor with a partner in time to the music, looking reasonably elegant, by the end of the lesson. There is no need to bring a partner.
There are candlelit tables and chairs for all guests. Entry price includes two glasses of wine or beer, and a small portion of scampi. Doors open at 7pm with a half hour class for improvers of a new short ballroom routine, taught by former world champion Raymond Root. This is followed by one hour of pre-war dance records, then live music from 8.30pm. Doors close at 11.30pm

Activities include a quickstep bus stop, a snowball waltz, a Paul Jones and one popular sequence dance. There are photos and videos on our Facebook page and ticket link. Tickets are £15 (early bird) or £ 20 (standard) on line or £25 on the door. Tickets for the class are £25, or a combined ticket for the class and the lesson is £35. The venue has a free car park, and is less than five minutes walk from Colliers Wood underground station from which trains run all night. If you have any questions, feel free to phone George Tudor- Hart on 020 8542 1490.


Dance Across the Atlantic
Friday 17th–Saturday 25th April 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/


Black Tie Ballroom Club
Saturday 13th June
7–11.30pm
Colliers Wood Community Centre, 66–72 High Street, Colliers Wood, London SW192BY
Admission: £15–35 from Design My Night
Dress: Strictly black tie, smart vintage and evening wear

Dance the waltz, quickstep, foxtrot, tango, jive, rumba and Charleston to live music and a selection of pre-war records. You are welcome just to watch, or if you can’t yet dance but would like to, there’s a “Learn to dance in a day class” for absolute beginners with musicality, and rusty dancers, from 10am to 4.30pm—so far all beginners with musicality have been able to dance around the floor with a partner in time to the music, looking reasonably elegant, by the end of the lesson. There is no need to bring a partner.
There are candlelit tables and chairs for all guests. Entry price includes two glasses of wine or beer, and a small portion of scampi. Doors open at 7pm with a half hour class for improvers of a new short ballroom routine, taught by former world champion Raymond Root. This is followed by one hour of pre-war dance records, then live music from 8.30pm. Doors close at 11.30pm

Activities include a quickstep bus stop, a snowball waltz, a Paul Jones and one popular sequence dance. There are photos and videos on our Facebook page and ticket link. Tickets are £15 (early bird) or £ 20 (standard) on line or £25 on the door. Tickets for the class are £25, or a combined ticket for the class and the lesson is £35. The venue has a free car park, and is less than five minutes walk from Colliers Wood underground station from which trains run all night. If you have any questions, feel free to phone George Tudor- Hart on 020 8542 1490.


Black Tie Ballroom Club
Saturday 8th August
7–11.30pm
Colliers Wood Community Centre, 66–72 High Street, Colliers Wood, London SW192BY
Admission: £15–35 from Design My Night
Dress: Strictly black tie, smart vintage and evening wear

Dance the waltz, quickstep, foxtrot, tango, jive, rumba and Charleston to live music and a selection of pre-war records. You are welcome just to watch, or if you can’t yet dance but would like to, there’s a “Learn to dance in a day class” for absolute beginners with musicality, and rusty dancers, from 10am to 4.30pm—so far all beginners with musicality have been able to dance around the floor with a partner in time to the music, looking reasonably elegant, by the end of the lesson. There is no need to bring a partner.
There are candlelit tables and chairs for all guests. Entry price includes two glasses of wine or beer, and a small portion of scampi. Doors open at 7pm with a half hour class for improvers of a new short ballroom routine, taught by former world champion Raymond Root. This is followed by one hour of pre-war dance records, then live music from 8.30pm. Doors close at 11.30pm

Activities include a quickstep bus stop, a snowball waltz, a Paul Jones and one popular sequence dance. There are photos and videos on our Facebook page and ticket link. Tickets are £15 (early bird) or £ 20 (standard) on line or £25 on the door. Tickets for the class are £25, or a combined ticket for the class and the lesson is £35. The venue has a free car park, and is less than five minutes walk from Colliers Wood underground station from which trains run all night. If you have any questions, feel free to phone George Tudor- Hart on 020 8542 1490.

 

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Saturday 10th October
7–11.30pm
Colliers Wood Community Centre, 66–72 High Street, Colliers Wood, London SW192BY
Admission: £15–35 from Design My Night
Dress: Strictly black tie, smart vintage and evening wear

Dance the waltz, quickstep, foxtrot, tango, jive, rumba and Charleston to live music and a selection of pre-war records. You are welcome just to watch, or if you can’t yet dance but would like to, there’s a “Learn to dance in a day class” for absolute beginners with musicality, and rusty dancers, from 10am to 4.30pm—so far all beginners with musicality have been able to dance around the floor with a partner in time to the music, looking reasonably elegant, by the end of the lesson. There is no need to bring a partner.
There are candlelit tables and chairs for all guests. Entry price includes two glasses of wine or beer, and a small portion of scampi. Doors open at 7pm with a half hour class for improvers of a new short ballroom routine, taught by former world champion Raymond Root. This is followed by one hour of pre-war dance records, then live music from 8.30pm. Doors close at 11.30pm

Activities include a quickstep bus stop, a snowball waltz, a Paul Jones and one popular sequence dance. There are photos and videos on our Facebook page and ticket link. Tickets are £15 (early bird) or £ 20 (standard) on line or £25 on the door. Tickets for the class are £25, or a combined ticket for the class and the lesson is £35. The venue has a free car park, and is less than five minutes walk from Colliers Wood underground station from which trains run all night. If you have any questions, feel free to phone George Tudor- Hart on 020 8542 1490.