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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.

The Art Deco Ball
Sunday 10th December
8–11pm
Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG
Admission: £15
Dress: Your best vintage threads

Dance to live music by The Art Deco Night Owls in the stunning upper room at Lauderdale House. Led by Cassellah Bailes, the 8-piece "hot dance orchestra" will be presenting their part-orchestrated, part-improvised (as it was back in the day), 1920s and 1930s repertoire particularly for Balboa, Foxtrot and Charleston dancers. To book email nikki@hotjazzrag.com or info@thenightowls.co.uk or tTelephone Cassellah & the Night Owls 01279 434 796.

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.

Swingland presents
The Winter Swing Ball
Saturday 16th December
Hammersmith Club, 11 Rutland Grove, Hammersmith, London W6 9DH
Admission: £25 in advance, £30 on the door
Dress: A touch of vintage sparkle appreciated

A night of dancing to live music and top swing DJs. Includes beginners swing dance class. Non-dancers are very welcome so bring your friends. Held in the splendid surroundings of the newly refurbished period dance hall at The Hammersmith Club, London W6
7pm Doors open and beginners swing dance lesson. If you’re new to swing dancing this is an opportunity to learn a few simple, fun steps to try out later on. You don’t need a partner and you don’t need any previous experience.
7.45pm-12am Music and dancin, with live music from the truly authentic Palace Avenue Swing plus top swing DJs bringing you the best in Big band swing, RnB, Jump and early Rock ‘n’ Roll.
10pm Cabaret: a short show dance.

The New Sherican Club annual
Christmas Moot
Thursday 21st December
From 6pm
The Rising Sun, 38 Cloth Fair, London EC1A 7JQ
Admission: Free

The traditional Christmas pub get-together, the official purpose of which is to check the Lord Mendrick is still alive. (He works in some fly-blown colony and seldom makes it back to Blighty at any other time of the year.) For years this was traditionally held at the Dover Castle pub, but after that was closed down we found a new home at the Rising Sun.

The Liverpool League of Gentlemen (And Extraordinary Ladies) presents
The League Christmas Party
Friday 22nd December
7p–10pm
The Baltic Fleet pub, 33a Wapping, Liverpool L1 8DQ

Not much information available on this, but I guess if you're familiar with the League then this is all the information you need. See the Facebook event.

A Curious Invitation presents
New Year's Eve Eve Masquerade Ball
Saturday 30th December
9pm–3am
The Century Club, 61–63 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6LG

Suzette Field invites you to see in the New Year a whole 24 hours early in Soho’s exclusive Century Club. Be the first to raise a glass of champagne to 2018 (before even those people on Christmas Island) amid four floors of bands, DJs and cabaret performers. A chance to get your revelling in while drinks are still at everyday prices and to pay a non-inflated cab fare home. Then on New Year’s Eve proper you can enjoy a quiet night in. Or come out and do it all over again. See acuriousinvitation.com.


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

Sunday 31st December
7pm–2am
A secret London location
Admission: £55 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.