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Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs
To 20th January
Tuesdays–Saturdays, 11am–6pm (Thursdays till 8pm), Sundays 11am–5pm
The Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF
Admission: £9.90 (£8.80 concs, £7 students)

Following the success of 2017’s 1920s Jazz Age: Fashion and Photographs, the museum are following up with this exhibition. As a decade of design, the Thirties saw off the excess of the Jazz Age and ushered in the utilitarianism of World War II. As the flapper grew up, so too did her fashions. The new silhouettes of the 1930s played with the hard edged chic seen in the Art Deco and Moderne styles, the unexpected as seen in the surrealists and the sensuality of silver screen sirens. The exhibition will explore the day and evening styles of the decade, complemented by photographs of the stars who championed them. With fashion as the lens, Night and Day: 1930s Fashion and Photographs will traverse the great period of social change that was the 1930s.

Complimentary trip to see
Some Like It Hot

Monday 12th November
6.20pm
NFT1, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT
Admission: Free
Dress: Strictly period (cross-dressing optional)

Those nice people at the BFI have offered us a complimentary jaunt to see the new 4K digital restoration of Some Like It Hot (1959) at their Southbank venue, like the one we had in the spring to see Pandora’s Box. The whole run is from 2nd to 18th November, but our viewing is on 12th November at 6.20pm.

Set in 1929, the film starts in Prohibition Chicago with what is essentially the St Valentine’s Day Massacre. Two hapless musicians (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) witness the killing and find themselves on the run from the mob. In desperation they take the only gig going—disguised as women they join an all-girl band, fronted by Marilyn Monroe. With hilarious consequences…

As before, this is partly a publicity stunt so period dress is mandatory! If you would like to be on the guest list for this and haven’t already responded to the Facebook event, just email me to let me know.

(Those who would like to see the film but can’t make this screening can get a 2-for-1 discount using the code ‘Genius241’ when booking tickets online at https://bit.ly/2NZDybs.)

Candlelight ClubThe Candlelight Club
Friday 16th & Saturday 17th November
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

A 1920s clandestine speakeasy party in a secret London venue lit by candles, with live jazz bands, cabaret and vintage vinylism.

The November party will be hosted as ever by purveyor of saucy song Champagne Charlie, introducing live music from the Volstead Orchestra, who debuted so successfully at the May Ball, and vintage vinyl spun by Holly of the Bee’s Knees.

To celebrate the BFI Southbank’s limited run this month of a sparkling new 4K digital restoration of the comedy classic Some Like it Hot, there will be two lobby posters to give away, one on Friday, one on Saturday, to the best dressed guest! Set in 1929, the film starts in Prohibition Chicago with what is essentially the St Valentine's Day Massacre. Two hapless musicians (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) witness the killing and find themselves on the run from the mob. In desperation they take the only gig going—disguised as women they join an all-girl band, fronted by Marilyn Monroe. With hilarious consequences… Candlelight Club customers can get a 2-for-1 discount using the code 'Genius241' when booking tickets online at https://bit.ly/2NZDybs.

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


Riviera Swing
Friday 16th–Monday 19th November
The Victoria Hotel, TLH Leisure Resort, Belgrave Road, Torquay, Devon TQ2 5HL
Admission: Residential £235 for two nights, £295 for three nights; non-residential weekend pass £185

Festival of swing dance, with live music from Phil Crosby Jnr with Palace Avenue Swing, The Memphis Belle Swing Orchestra, The Regency Dance Orchestra andTim Huskisson, DJs Rob de Bop and the Swinging Detective, dance teachers Mark and Hoc Ewing, host Viv the Spiv, plus classic cinema screenings a vintage market, sing-alongs and tea dances. Residential tickets include two or three nights accommodation, breakfast and dinner, dance classes, cinema, vintage fair, piano bar, tea dance and access to the hotel's leisure facilities. Non-residential passes do not include accommodation or meals. For details and to book tickets see www.rivieraswing.co.uk.


NSC Annual Pub Crawl
Saturday 24th November
Early evening onwards
Somewhere in Greater London
Admission: Free but bring beer money

Ian White brings us his annual, carefully curated, trawl of a number of the capital's choicer watering holes. Mr White is a member of the Campaigns for both Real Ale and Real Cider, so he knows what he is talking about and can be relied upon to introduce us to some architecturally and historically toothsome establishments. This year he will take us on a yeasty trip round the South Circular. The itinerary looks like this:

2pm: The Catford Bridge Tavern, Station Approach, Catford, London SE6 4RE
A classic example of the Mock Tudor design, right next to Catford Bridge and Catford Stations. Depart 2.45pm for a quick walk to

2.50pm Catford Constitutional Club, Catford Broadway, London SE6 4SP
The former Conservative Club closed in 1996 and re-opened in November 2013 as a pub. A quirky assortment of old furniture, pictures and framed Private Eye covers. Depart by bus at 3.30pm for

3.45pm: The Blythe Hill Tavern, 319 Stanstead Road, Catford, London SE23 1JB
Irish run, Victorian corner pub has a regionally important historic interior with an interesting three-room layout and 1920s panelling. Depart by bus at 4.45pm for

5pm: The Capitol, 11–21 London Rd, Forest Hill, London SE23 3TW
Grade II listed former cinema now a Wetherspoons, so good point for food stop.
Depart by bus at 6.15pm for

6.30pm: The Crown and Greyhound, 73 Dulwich Village, London SE21 7BJ
Grade II listed Large multi roomed pub built in 1900 right in the heart of Dulwich Village. Depart at 7.30 pm for a short ramble and bus ride to

7.45pm: Half Moon, 10 Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill, London SE24 9HU
Grade II listed building from 1896 with an L-shaped bar with etched glass and six indicately painted mirrors. This is the last stop on the tour so drinkers can stay or drift to other boozers.

Feel free to join or leave at any point in the day.



Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair
Sunday 25th November
11am–5.30pm (trade from 10.30am)
Freemason's Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ
Admission: £5 (2-for-1 entry with pre-booked tickets)

Winner of the 2015 Time Out Love London Awards, this perennial offers 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.

NSC Christmas Party
The Twelve Days of Chapmas

Saturday 1st December
7pm–12am
The Tea House Theatre, 139 Vauxhall Walk, LondonSE11 5HL
Admission: Free to NSC Members, £5 to guests (refundable if they join the Club during the evening.
Dress: The Twelve Days of Chapmas. You can come as a leaping lord or calling bird if you like, or you can choose to go deeper into the Chappist semantics of it all

The Club’s Christmas Party this year will blindside you all by having an actual Christmas theme. Sort of. It will be based around the verses of the song The Twelve Days of Christmas—only we’ve changed the lyrics to make them better reflect the concerns of the typical Chap. To get an idea, ask yourself what Bertie Wooster’s Christmas would be like.

Attractions include:
• A complimentary buffet supper.
• Our traditional Grand Raffle with a range of themed prizes of dubious desirability. Entry is free to NSC Members, including anyone who joins on the night
• The traditional Christmas Lucky Dip, an old swingbin filled with shredded newspaper into which you thrust your hand and grab the first goody you touch. The prizes here make the Grand Raffle ones seem like heirlooms. (To give you an idea, one year the venue staff actually started using the Lucky Dip as a dustbin.)
• Live entertainment, possibly in the form of a man who can play the saxophone but doesn’t
• Games! I can reveal that there will be a game to shoot a partridge from a pear tree, but the other games are hush-hush for now.


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

Philip Hancock will offer us The Vindication of Christmas. "With its title taken from a 1652 pamphlet distributed as part of a campaign against the parliamentarian government of Oliver Cromwell, this talk considers the Puritan war on Christmas of the 17th century and beyond. Effectively banned in Scotland and the English Commonwealth between 1645 and 1660, the celebration of Christmas became a site of not only religious, but political and social struggle both here and in the fledgling USA. Something that, as we shall see, continues to have repercussions to this day."


The Piccadilly Dance Orchestra
Friday 14th December
7.30pm (dinner 8pm, show 9pm)
Astor Theatre, Stanhope Rd, Deal, Kent CT14 6AB
Admission: £80 from theastor.org or 01304 370220

Michael Law's Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, as part of their 30th anniversary tour, bring their 1920s and 1930s repertoire to Deal for a special Christmas gala dinner dance. Included in the ticket price is a three-course meal, plus a canapés and fizzy wine reception.

Black Tie Ballroom Club
Friday 14th December
Beginners’ class from 7pm, main dance from 7.30–11pm
The Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AQ (02073870411)
Admission: £10 earlybird 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 or 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.

The Coco Club
Saturday 15th December
7.30–11.30pm
Stage Theatre Plaza Suite, Sevenaoks, Kent TN13 1ZZ
Admission: £19 from stagsevenoaks.co.uk

Visit the Coco Club and drift back to the 1930s, the golden age of British Dance Band music. Take to the floor at the Art Deco style Stag Plaza and dance to the music of fabulous period orchestras such as Jack Hylton, Carroll Gibbons, Ambrose and Lew Stone, and singers like Al Bowlly.  The highlight of the night will be three performances by the fabulous Brandyn Shaw and his Radio Rhythm Makers. Glamour is a byword for the night, and so black/white-tie, evening or cocktail dress are encouraged, and this, combined with the music and dancing, provide the atmosphere for a truly memorable evening. This very friendly evening integrates people of all age groups, and the level of dancing is varied, so anyone can move around the floor just as it suits them. There also several very eventful novelty dances that have become firm favourites…

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

Callum Coates will give us a sartorial talk first delivered at Eltham Palace (in character as Stephen Courtauld): What is a Man to Wear? "For many centuries male fashion had been an area of self expression and flamboyant show. A highly visible and often gaudy indicator of wealth, status and even politics and religion. After blessed Beau Brummell’s reforms, however, men began to conform to a strict set of rules governing what a man should wear when. Arguably, the zenith of formal menswear dates from 1900 to 1939. Tonight’s talk will look at examples of clothing from that era, a guide for how to wear them today and how to avoid looking like a penguin dressed in a bin bag.”


sfd NSC Club Night
Wednesday 6th February
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 tweak our curiosities with The Many Meanings of Modernism and the Chappist Critique.


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".

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.