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Alfred Munnings: War Artist
Until 3rd March (late opening until 7.30pm on 9th January and 5th February)
National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4HT
Admission: £6

Exhibition of over 40 paintings by Sir Alfred Munnings, one of Britain's most celebrated equine artists from his time with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. Displayed together for the first time in a century, these impressionist paintings cover equine subjects, portraiture and pastoral landscapes. They highlight the role of horses in military operations, capturing their beauty in the war-affected landscapes of France in 1918. As an official war artist commissioned by the Canadian War Memorials Fund, Munnings provides an insight into the men of the Canadian Cavalry Brigade and the Canadian Forestry Corps. His paintings demonstrate both the important role of the cavalry on the Western Front and the vital work behind the lines that sustained the war effort. NSC Member Dr Jonathon Black helped to organise this exhibition and wrote large chunks of the accompanying book.


Marmaduke Dando
Wednesday 13th February
8–11pm
The Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Road, London E8 3AS
Admission: Hard to say

Sometime NSC Member Marmaduke Dando performs some of his tunes ("Distinctively haunting"—Steve Lamacq, BBC6 Music), in support of a single launch by the Knievel Dead ("sinister indie rock"). Marmaduke has spent the last couple of years touring his album Where the Wasteland Ends (a bit like The Doors meet the Cesarians) and this is his first UK gig for a long while.

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 15th February
Beginners’ class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £15 earlybird from Design My Night, £20 standard or £25 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or smart vintage attire

Dance the waltz, quickstep, foxtrot, tango, jive, rumba and Charleston to live music from the Art Deco Orchestra and a selection of pre-war records. If you can’t yet dance, there’s a free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Or if you prefer you can just watch. 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, sparkling water and coca cola are provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. They also provide Indian vegetarian snacks for all our guests at no additional charge.

There is a large wooden dance floor and the venue is located in Fitzroy Square, London W1. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and the event usually sells out. Activities include a quickstep bus stop, a snowball waltz and a Paul Jones. There are photos and videos on our facebook page, website and ticket link. Any questions, please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490.

The King vs the Saint
Saturday 16th February
9pm–3am
The Institute of Light, 376 Helmsley Place, London E8 3SB
Admission: Earlybird £9, full price £12
Dress: The King of the Saint

From Loungecore lothario Count Indigo comes  a sartorial duel of an evening between the heroic leading men of 1960s and 1970s British TV—Jason King (played by Peter Wyngarde) and The Saint (Roger Moore). Ladies and gentlemen, come dressed to honour your man of choice, the suave sophistication of The Saint or the louche decadence of Jason King. The best dressed guest will win a smoking jacket by Favourbrook or a bottle of champagne. An invitation to enjoy timeless chic and misbehaviour with groovy vinylism from Martin Green, Thomas Dynamic and Patrick Whittaker, playing disco, lounge and essential playboy floor fillers, plus live performance from Count Indigo himself, showbiz great Steve Furst with Roger Moore’s Bachelor Suite, plus dancers Catsuit-A-G0-G0. (Note the change of venue: although previously scheduled to take place at the Eight Club, the evening will now take place at the cinema club the Institute of Light.) Tickets from Design My Night.


Hammersmith Vintage Fashion, Textile and Accessories Fair
Sunday 17th February
10.30am–4.30pm
Hammersmith Town Hall, King St, London W6 9JU
Admission: Free but you need a ticket from Eventbrite

An abundance of stalls selling vintage one-off fashion pieces plus an array of accessories and textiles, including millinery, shoes, jewellery, home furnishings, lace and embroidery.

Pop-Up Vintage Fairs at Ally Pally
Sunday 17th February
9.30am–4.30pm
Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY
Admission: £6 but you can get a 2-for-1 entry voucher from www.popupvintagefairs.co.uk/alexandra-palace

Pop-Up Vintage Fairs pops up within the Internation Antiques and Collectors Fair at Ally Pally, offering  a mix of vintage ladies and menswear, vintage jewellery and accessories, retro homeware together, and mid-century collectables and curios.

The Surrey Steampunk Convivial
Saturday 23rd–Sunday 24th February
from 10am
The Royal Oak, 90 Coombe Road, New Malden, Surrey KT34
Admission: £15–20 in advance
Dress: Steampunk, presumably

Previous Convivials have included dance, drama, poetry, music, art, sculpture, two markets, miniature battle re-enactment, comedy, live reptiles, a robot band, the Fling-a-Familiar bazooka, Tea Duelling, Rubbish Football, Umbrella Fencing, remote control whacky races, Splendid Teapot Racing, Jenga, The Best Cake in the World Competition, Ostrich Racing, Snail Racing, (Clockwork and real ones), a Superciliousness Slam, a Makers Competition, magic, Battle Croquet on the lawn, Morris dancing...something going on every half hour - eight real ale pumps, and a special Steampunk menu from the pub, and lots of friendly Steampunks. More at www.harpsfest.com.


The Candlelight Club:
New Orleans Mardi Gras
Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd March
7pm–12am
A secret central 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—with a Big Easy Mardi Gras twist

An award-winning pop-up 1920s speakeasy in a secret London venue completely lit by candles, with live jazz bands, cabaret and retro-DJs—and where everyone dresses the part.

New Orleans is famous as the birthplace of jazz and is a town that knows how to party—when Prohibition came the city paid less attention than any other in the country and just let the good times keep rolling. If New Orleanians are fun-loving most of the year, in the run-up to Mardi Gras they really let rip, with a wild festival of masks, costumes, parades, music and partying. Dozens of "Krewes" spend all year putting displays together and as they process through the city they fling trinkets, specially minted "doubloons" and strings of gold, purple and green beads from their floats into the crowd. The parades begin weeks ahead of Mardi Gras itself (5th March), and the action will be at its peak this weekend. As a salute to one of the most vibrant cities of the Jazz Age, we’ll be celebrating Mardi Gras with menus of classic New Orleans cocktails and traditional Louisiana cuisine, plus live New Orleans jazz from the Candid Jug Orange Band and fortune telling from our own Voodoo seers.

There is also a three-course dinner menu to preorder, or the option to reserve tables with Champagne and sharing platters of food, plus a menu of bar snacks to order on the night.

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


Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair
Sunday 3rd March
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 6th March
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 8th March
Beginners’ class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £15 earlybird from Design My Night, £20 standard or £25 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or smart vintage attire

Dance the waltz, quickstep, foxtrot, tango, jive, rumba and Charleston to live music from the Ewan Bleach Quintet and a selection of pre-war records. If you can’t yet dance, there’s a free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Or if you prefer you can just watch. 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, sparkling water and coca cola are provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. They also provide Indian vegetarian snacks for all our guests at no additional charge.

There is a large wooden dance floor and the venue is located in Fitzroy Square, London W1. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and the event usually sells out. Activities include a quickstep bus stop, a snowball waltz and a Paul Jones. There are photos and videos on our facebook page, website and ticket link. Any questions, please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490.


sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 3rd April
7pm–11pm (lecture at 8pm)
Upstairs, The Wheatsheaf, 25 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JB
Members: Free
Non-Members: £2 (first visit free)

Pandora Harrison will deliver an talk on her recent trip to Egypt, part of a specialised tour in which everyone dresses on 1920s costume.

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair
Sunday 7th April
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.

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 12th April
Beginners’ class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £15 earlybird from Design My Night, £20 standard or £25 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or smart vintage attire

Dance the waltz, quickstep, foxtrot, tango, jive, rumba and Charleston to live music from the Art Deco Orchestra and a selection of pre-war records. If you can’t yet dance, there’s a free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Or if you prefer you can just watch. 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, sparkling water and coca cola are provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. They also provide Indian vegetarian snacks for all our guests at no additional charge.

There is a large wooden dance floor and the venue is located in Fitzroy Square, London W1. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and the event usually sells out. Activities include a quickstep bus stop, a snowball waltz and a Paul Jones. There are photos and videos on our facebook page, website and ticket link. Any questions, please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490.

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

Gile Culpepper will break his duck by delivering his maiden speech to the Club: The City of Sheffield: Home of the Howards, Rulemaking and World-Famous People of Whom You've Never Heard.

NSC Annual Punt, Picnic n' Plunge
Saturday 4th May
11am–11pm
Oxford
Admission: Expect to contribute about £20 to the hire of the punts

The Annual NSC Tradition of messing about on boats - which predates the NSC - hoves into sight once more to entice you aboard with its siren song. Come me lads and lasses, take the Glorious Committee's shilling and join us for a day on the river. The day offers the opportunity (interesting choice of word. Ed.) to learn how to punt, to sit back and scud along the quiet waterways of England's green and pleasant land, to enjoy a communal picnic and the ever popular 'Who Will Fall In?' Sweepstake.

Cost - about £20 for each person's share of a punt and you'll want some pennies for grub, grog and gambling.

There is usually a dinner in Oxford the night before, details to follow once the date is final. On the day we typically meet at a pub from about 11am then hit the boathouse at midday to pick up the punts and head off.


Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 10th May
Beginners’ class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £15 earlybird from Design My Night, £20 standard or £25 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or smart vintage attire

Dance the waltz, quickstep, foxtrot, tango, jive, rumba and Charleston to live music from the Ewan Bleach Quintet and a selection of pre-war records. If you can’t yet dance, there’s a free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Or if you prefer you can just watch. 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, sparkling water and coca cola are provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. They also provide Indian vegetarian snacks for all our guests at no additional charge.

There is a large wooden dance floor and the venue is located in Fitzroy Square, London W1. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and the event usually sells out. Activities include a quickstep bus stop, a snowball waltz and a Paul Jones. There are photos and videos on our facebook page, website and ticket link. Any questions, please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490.

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair
Sunday 12th May
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.


Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 14th June
Beginners’ class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £15 earlybird from Design My Night, £20 standard or £25 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or smart vintage attire

Dance the waltz, quickstep, foxtrot, tango, jive, rumba and Charleston to live music from the Kewdos Strict Tempo Orchestra and a selection of pre-war records. If you can’t yet dance, there’s a free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Or if you prefer you can just watch. 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, sparkling water and coca cola are provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. They also provide Indian vegetarian snacks for all our guests at no additional charge.

There is a large wooden dance floor and the venue is located in Fitzroy Square, London W1. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and the event usually sells out. Activities include a quickstep bus stop, a snowball waltz and a Paul Jones. There are photos and videos on our facebook page, website and ticket link. Any questions, please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490.


Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 12th July
Beginners’ class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £15 earlybird from Design My Night, £20 standard or £25 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or smart vintage attire

Dance the waltz, quickstep, foxtrot, tango, jive, rumba and Charleston to live music from the Art Deco Orchestra and a selection of pre-war records. If you can’t yet dance, there’s a free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Or if you prefer you can just watch. 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, sparkling water and coca cola are provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. They also provide Indian vegetarian snacks for all our guests at no additional charge.

There is a large wooden dance floor and the venue is located in Fitzroy Square, London W1. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and the event usually sells out. Activities include a quickstep bus stop, a snowball waltz and a Paul Jones. There are photos and videos on our facebook page, website and ticket link. Any questions, please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490.


Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 9th August
Beginners’ class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £15 earlybird from Design My Night, £20 standard or £25 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or smart vintage attire

Dance the waltz, quickstep, foxtrot, tango, jive, rumba and Charleston to live music from the Ewan Bleach Quintet and a selection of pre-war records. If you can’t yet dance, there’s a free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Or if you prefer you can just watch. 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, sparkling water and coca cola are provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. They also provide Indian vegetarian snacks for all our guests at no additional charge.

There is a large wooden dance floor and the venue is located in Fitzroy Square, London W1. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and the event usually sells out. Activities include a quickstep bus stop, a snowball waltz and a Paul Jones. There are photos and videos on our facebook page, website and ticket link. Any questions, please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490.

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair
Sunday 8th September
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.


Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 13th September
Beginners’ class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £15 earlybird from Design My Night, £20 standard or £25 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or smart vintage attire

Dance the waltz, quickstep, foxtrot, tango, jive, rumba and Charleston to live music from the Art Deco Orchestra and a selection of pre-war records. If you can’t yet dance, there’s a free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Or if you prefer you can just watch. 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, sparkling water and coca cola are provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. They also provide Indian vegetarian snacks for all our guests at no additional charge.

There is a large wooden dance floor and the venue is located in Fitzroy Square, London W1. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and the event usually sells out. Activities include a quickstep bus stop, a snowball waltz and a Paul Jones. There are photos and videos on our facebook page, website and ticket link. Any questions, please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490.


Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 11th October
Beginners’ class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £15 earlybird from Design My Night, £20 standard or £25 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or smart vintage attire

Dance the waltz, quickstep, foxtrot, tango, jive, rumba and Charleston to live music from the Art Deco Orchestra and a selection of pre-war records. If you can’t yet dance, there’s a free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Or if you prefer you can just watch. 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, sparkling water and coca cola are provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. They also provide Indian vegetarian snacks for all our guests at no additional charge.

There is a large wooden dance floor and the venue is located in Fitzroy Square, London W1. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and the event usually sells out. Activities include a quickstep bus stop, a snowball waltz and a Paul Jones. There are photos and videos on our facebook page, website and ticket link. Any questions, please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490.

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.


Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 8th November
Beginners’ class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £15 earlybird from Design My Night, £20 standard or £25 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or smart vintage attire

Dance the waltz, quickstep, foxtrot, tango, jive, rumba and Charleston to live music from the Ewan Blach Quintet and a selection of pre-war records. If you can’t yet dance, there’s a free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Or if you prefer you can just watch. 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, sparkling water and coca cola are provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. They also provide Indian vegetarian snacks for all our guests at no additional charge.

There is a large wooden dance floor and the venue is located in Fitzroy Square, London W1. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and the event usually sells out. Activities include a quickstep bus stop, a snowball waltz and a Paul Jones. There are photos and videos on our facebook page, website and ticket link. Any questions, please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490.

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.


Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 13th December
Beginners’ class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £15 earlybird from Design My Night, £20 standard or £25 on the door
Dress code: Strictly black tie, evening dress or smart vintage attire

Dance the waltz, quickstep, foxtrot, tango, jive, rumba and Charleston to live music from the Art Deco Orchestra and a selection of pre-war records. If you can’t yet dance, there’s a free ballroom dance lesson for absolute beginners from 7pm to 7.30 pm. Or if you prefer you can just watch. 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, sparkling water and coca cola are provided, and guests may smuggle in their own drinks if they are discreet. They also provide Indian vegetarian snacks for all our guests at no additional charge.

There is a large wooden dance floor and the venue is located in Fitzroy Square, London W1. Dress code is strictly black tie and evening dress only, and the event usually sells out. Activities include a quickstep bus stop, a snowball waltz and a Paul Jones. There are photos and videos on our facebook page, website and ticket link. Any questions, please phone George Tudor-Hart on 020 8542 1490.