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Caught by the River Social Club at Little Portland St – November and December 2017

Andrew Weatherall

Caught by the River began as an idea for an online meeting place for pursuits of a distinctly non-digital variety: walking, fishing, looking, thinking, birdsong and beer, adventure and poetry. Gradually a website paying homage to life’s small pleasures appeared and attracted a large number of followers. From these humble beginnings in 2007, Caught by the River have published a number of books and staged festivals around the country.

Adelle Stripe

Caught by the River, the online gathering place has now announced an offline meeting place with the creation of The Social Club, a season of monthly events, bringing its many obsessions to live audiences. Caught by the River Social Club will take place each month at The Social in Little Portland Street, London.

Martha Sprackland

Forthcoming Events

Caught by the River Social Club

Monday 6 November 2017 at 7.00pm

Live music from Marisa Anderson, whose original work re-imagines the landscape of American music and traverses electronic, drone and 20th century classical music, as well as blues, jazz, gospel and country music.

Joining Marisa Anderson will be Toby Hay, another musical storyteller.

Poetry will come from Caught by the River’s poet-in-residence, Martha Sprackland, currently working on her first full-length collection.

MC on the night is John Andrews; Earth Recordings’ Kyle Lonsdale is the DJ.

Tickets: £10 via http://www.wegottickets.com/event/412588

Marisa Anderson

Caught by the River and Faber Social Christmas Party

Wednesday 13 December 2017 at 7.00pm

Caught by the River joins forces with publishers, Faber, to take over their mutual regular haunt the Social. Over the course of the night, they will pull together a kind of greatest literary hits of the year party, featuring readings and talks from authors and fellow travellers, including:

David Keenan talking to Andrew Weatherall about This Is Memorial Device .

Adelle Stripe on her novel, Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile

Daisy Eris reading from this year’s hugely lauded book 2023: A Trilogy by the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu.

MC on the night is John Andrews; poetry will be provided by Will Burns and music to fit the mood will be chosen by DJ Frances Castle (Clay Pipe Music) and Heavenly Jukebox.

Tickets: £12 advance via http://www.wegottickets.com/event/419917

David Keenan

Venue: The Social, 5 Little Portland St, London W1W 7JD

Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com

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December 2017 at the National Army Museum

This December at the National Army Museum you will be able to delve into the history of the Ritz, the Savoy, the Dorchester and Claridge’s – and the eccentrics, stars, aristocrats and criminals living in London’s grand hotels during the Blitz. Or listen to Chelsea Pensioner, John Carbis talk about notable female residents at the Royal Hospital. Whatever your interest or age there is something for you to enjoy the National Army Museum.

Talks

Communications and the Battle of Cambrai

1 December, 11.30am

Free

Dr Brian Hall examines the Battle of Cambrai through the perspective of the British Army’s communications system. Although a strategic failure, the Battle of Cambrai in November 1917 heralded tactical and operational methods that foreshadowed not only some of the war-winning techniques employed by the British Army in August-November 1918, but also elements of the initial German campaigns of the Second World War. Brian Hall examines the battle from the perspective of communications, assessing its influence upon the fighting and, ultimately, upon the British Army’s learning process.

Women Soldiers Tour

2 December, 2.30pm

Free

Explore 100 years of women in the army. Join us for a free 30-minute tour on the first Saturday of the month at 2.30pm. In 1917 the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps was founded. This was the first time women could join the army outside of nursing roles. Since then there have been a number of developments for women in the army, culminating in last year’s lifting of the ban on women in combat roles. Join us for a 30-minute guided tour of the galleries exploring the theme of women in the army.

Recce racers

2 & 3 December, 9 & 10 December, 16 December to 7 January

Free

Learn about army reconnaissance and have a go at making your own mini-vehicle to take home. At this family activity you’ll discover how the army uses vehicles for its reconnaissance missions. Have a go at making your own rubber-band powered vehicle and see how fast it will go on our track. Will your time be the one to beat?

Dental services in the British Army, 1914-18

8 December, 11.30am

Free

Join Rachel Bairtso and Fiona Gray of the British Dental Association Museum as they discuss how the army looked after its soldiers’ teeth during the First World War. At the outbreak of the First World War there was insufficient dental provision for serving military personnel. However, the pain of toothache and the inability to chew food was debilitating and demoralising for the British soldier. This talk will explore the state of the nation’s teeth and the treatments available at the time.

The life and work of Abram Games

15 December, 11.30am

Free

Naomi Games reveals the story of her father, Abram Games, who was appointed Official War Poster Artist during the Second World War. Games was one of the 20th century’s most innovative and important graphic designers. He produced some of Britain’s most enduring images, which are a now a fascinating record of social history. During the Second World War he was uniquely appointed Official War Poster Artist. It was Games’s personal philosophy of ‘maximum meaning, minimum means’ that gave his works their distinctive conceptual and visual quality.

Women at war

22 December, 11.30am

Free

Join Chelsea Pensioner, John Carbis, to explore the lives of three notable women who have resided at the Royal Hospital. Carbis, will discuss the experiences of three female out-pensioners in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries: Hannah Snell, Dr James ‘Miranda’ Stuart Barry and Christian Davies.

Book Club: The Wartime Secrets of London’s Grand Hotels

20 December, 6.30pm

Free

December’s Book of the Month is The Wartime Secrets of London’s Grand Hotels by Matthew Sweet in which he draws a sumptuous, witty and eye-opening history of the Ritz, the Savoy, the Dorchester and Claridge’s – and the eccentrics, stars, aristocrats and criminals living in London’s grand hotels during the Blitz. Explore our book of the month and unpack current issues, historical events and popular fiction through recent book releases related to the British Army. The Book Club meets on the last Wednesday of the month, from 7pm to 8pm. Complimentary snacks and wine are served from 6.30pm.

For more information , visit the NAM website here

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Festive fun for Christmas 2017 at Historic Royal Palaces

With festive season just around the corner, there’s a whole range of events at Historic Royal Palaces.

Hampton Court Palace will be welcoming in the holiday season with a series of Christmas-themed entertainment and activities, from carolling in the courtyards to a special Elizabethan Christmas. Visitors can take a spin on the ice at Hampton Court’s famous ice rink (24 November – 7 January), where the palace’s Tudor facade provides a suitably magnificent backdrop to this magical riverside setting.

The BBC Good Food’s Festive Feast returns for another year, setting mouths watering with over 50 stalls featuring handpicked producers, all filling the palace’s historic courtyards. It won’t just be delicious treats filling the air either, with the Christmas Music Weekend (16 – 17 December) promising traditional carols and sacred hymns within the walls of the Great Hall. Performed on traditional instruments just like those used at the court of Elizabeth I, this special event offers a wonderful mix of traditions old and new. On selected dates, visitors will also be treated to an ‘Elizabethan Christmas’, with Tudor-style courtyard entertainment, live period music and dance conjuring up the Christmas of 1592 with Elizabeth I and her court. The Tudor Queen herself will even be in residence for the celebrations!

Head to the Tower of London this Christmas where there will be a number of seasonal events for all to enjoy. The ice rink returns to the famous dry moat, where visitors can take in the majestic views of the capital from this iconic historic landmark. The Tower will also host a royal celebration, complete with Medieval Christmas festivities (27 – 31 December). Revel in the festivities with King Richard III, Queen Anne Neville, and the knights and ladies of medieval England with music, dance and games adding to the family entertainment. Meanwhile, Noel Noel promises to hit all the right notes with 500 years of music for Advent and Christmas performed in the atmospheric Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula. This sumptuous concert includes Spanish riffs, English traditional songs, melodies by Monteverdi and the original version of Silent Night.

Kensington Palace will also be suitably dressed for the occasion, with a Victorian Christmas theme running throughout the palace, complete with stunning lanterns, a gorgeous 25ft Christmas tree and a display of illuminated Victorian scenes. Running throughout the day on selected dates, visitors to the palace will also be able to experience the excitement of Queen Victoria’s Christmas with ‘Under the Christmas Tree’. This family-friendly event will see visitors being treated to Victoria’s memories of Christmas past, before being able to create their own beautiful Christmas decoration to take home. 16 December will see ‘Funtastic Saturday’ take place, where children can hear Christmas stories and create their very own Victorian puppet theatre. The ‘Tasty Talks’ will also return every Sunday throughout December, taking visitors on a fascinating journey through the story of the items that now grace our Christmas table and how they arrived there. Live music will also take place in the Queen’s State Apartments between Christmas and New Year, filling the palace with the sound of traditional festive music.

For more information , visit the HRP website here

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Wintertime at the Southbank Centre – 10th November 2017 to 4th January 2018

Wintertime at Southbank Centre presents a feast of offerings capturing the magic of winter from 10 November 2017 to 4 January 2018. The final season of Southbank Centre’s year-long exploration into Nordic arts and culture, Nordic Matters, Wintertime sees a one of a kind Finnish Rooftop Sauna in the picturesque roof garden of the Queen Elizabeth Hall overlooking London’s iconic River Thames (10 Nov – 30 Dec).

Danish children’s theatre company Teater Refleksion and theatre artist Andy Manley invite families and young children on a magical, poetic journey through the dark and beautiful night with Night Light (19 – 31 Dec),

Norwegian musician and the pioneer of ice instruments Terje Isungset presents a stunning live performance of his ethereal ice music (15 Dec) and an afternoon of Nordic themed activities, with music, storytelling and craft for all the family, brings the year-long Nordic Matters programme to a close (23 Dec).

The 17-acre site will be transformed into a winter landscape and the ever-popular Wintertime Market sees alpine chalets lined across Queen’s Walk offering the very best in global street food, artisan gifts and more.

Dubbed London’s pop-up King, Jimmy Garcia presents his pop-up alpine lodge dining experience and The Hoplocker Bar returns for a second year with their Nordic inspired Wintertime Bar, serving local and international hearty craft ales (10 Nov – 30 Dec).

The Rooftop Bar, sat above the bustle in the roof garden of Queen Elizabeth Hall, is the perfect spot to enjoy panoramic views across London following a Finnish Rooftop Sauna experience (10 Nov – 30 Dec).

A giant festive tree surrounded by clusters of smaller trees will take centre stage on the Festival Terrace, twinkly lights will run along Queen’s Walk and giant glittering baubles will shimmer in the Clore Ballroom.

Festive fun and entertainment will be in abundance including the brand new immersive exhibition ABBA: Super Troupers, a journey through the world of the Swedish chart-topping sensation (14 Dec 2017 – 29 April 2018) and the return of the multi award-winning international clowning sensation Slava’s Snowshow (18 Dec 2017 – 4 Jan 2018).

A jubilant programme of choirs and classical music includes the ever-popular Messiah by Candlelight (15 Dec) and the chance to join a carol singalong with the magnificent Royal Festival Hall organ (14 Dec.)

The spectacular A Vintage New Year’s Eve created by HemingwayDesign also returns for another unmissable year with five floors of entertainment and a private view of London’s world-famous fireworks (31 Dec).

There will be an array of free events to get everyone involved from dances to music performances including: an afternoon of Tango featuring introductory classes, tango performances, DJs and live music from La Terra Tango Band (28 Dec); a day inspired by ABBA with ABBA-oke and a fancy dress screening of the hit film Mamma Mia! (17 Dec); and the return of Rave-a-Roo Winter, an all inclusive dance party for the whole family (21 December). East London Drag Star Ginger Johnson presents Glamorous Gran! And other tall stories, a family Christmas show packed with music, dancing and glitter (30 Dec), Our Lady J, celebrated by Dolly Parton herself, performs some of the Queen of Country’s most beloved music, accompanied by The Train-To-Kill Gospel Choir (29 Dec) and Danish keyboardist and composer Morten Schantz performs futuristic electronic jazz from his Godspeed album (22 Dec).

For more information , visit the Southbank Centre website here

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Regent Street Motor Show – 4th November 2017

This year, the Regent Street Motor Show will feature examples of the newest electric and hybrid vehicles from manufacturers like BMW, Renault, Kia, Toyota, Volkswagen and Hyundai will be on display on Regent Street, which will be closed to through traffic for the day. Some will even be available for short test drives in the roads leading off London’s premier shopping street.

But alongside the latest in cutting-edge technology, the Show – which last year attracted more than 400,000 visitors – will feature 100 cars from the dawn of motoring all taking part in the annual Veteran Car Concours d’Elegance. And among these veterans will be a 1901 Pope Waverley electric vehicle (EV).

The Pope Waverley is one of three EVs due to take part in the famous Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox, which will set off from Hyde Park for the run to the coast as dawn breaks on Sunday, 5th November – the day after the Show. And it will be easy to spot as it wears the traditional green and gold livery of the legendary department store Harrods.

Harrods was one of the first companies in the UK to operate an all-electric fleet, introducing its first EV more than 110 years ago. The store went on to build a fleet of 60+ electric vehicles, including solid-tyred American Walker electric vans which delivered goods to the store’s London customers in the first half of the last century.

For the third year running the Go Ultra Low campaign will be displaying the latest and greatest electric vehicles from six leading manufacturers in the Show’s Motoring Today Zone.

The first Regent Street Motor Show was staged in 2005 and it has now become a hugely popular must-see spectacle.

It attracts vast crowds keen not only to see the hundreds of veteran and classic cars on display and to take test drives in the latest machinery but also enjoy street entertainment, too.

For more information, visit the Event website here

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Power Up: The Ultimate Gaming Event at the Science Museum – 20th to 31st October 2017

The Science Museum explores 40 years of video games and consoles with a hands-on, fully interactive gaming event. The ever popular Power UP event returns this half term from 20-31 October.

Visitors can play their way through forty years of gaming history at Power UP. From Pong to Pac-Man and Minecraft to Mario, there’s something for everyone. There are games for all the family starting from popular retro games Pong and Galaxia to the latest in Virtual Reality technology.

Photo Benjamin Ealovega Science Museum

Running alongside Power UP will also be some additional adult-only sessions during the evenings of 26 and 27 October and Power UP will also feature as part of the Science Museum’s Lates on Wednesday 25 October, giving friends and competitive colleagues the perfect opportunity to battle it out on multiplayer classics such as HALO, Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros.

Ticket info:

90-minute session: £8.00 per child, £10.00 per adult

Half-day passes: £14.00 per child, £18 per adult

Under 3’s go free

Family and concession tickets are available

For more information and book tickets , visit the Science Museum website here

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Review : The Cake and Bake Show at ExCeL London – 6th to 8th October 2017

One of the UK’s biggest baking events returns to ExCeL on the 6th-8th October and the bright sunshine bought out the crowds who made their way to the show in anticipation of enjoying all things baking, decorating and sugar craft related.

The popularity of Bake Off and other related television programmes has seen a major growth of interest in these types of shows which provide a dazzlingly array of cakes and other foodie delights.

Always popular are the expert demonstrations and talks that take place in a number of locations throughout the show. New for 2017, the Baking Academy brings together some of the top baking talent including Eric Lanlard, Howard Middleton, Ian Cumming , Rosemary Shrager, John Whaite, Alana Spencer and Candice Brown. The 45-minute demonstrations offer the opportunity to learn direct from the professionals.

The Cake & Bake Super Theatre includes a full programme of star speakers from the cake world who take to the stage daily in a series of  demos.

In the Sugarcraft Zone, there will be top sugarcraft exhibitors, and throughout the day there is demonstrations from Sugarcraft experts teaching about piping knowledge and new advanced fondant techniques.

The show allows you see some of the stunning cakes produced by professionals and amateurs.

Some of the country’s best cake designers and experts showcase their craft and inspire at the Display Tables.

Whereas The Cake & Bake Show Official Competition allows amateurs to show their skills, this year’s theme is ‘Best of British’. Cakes displayed at the Show are judged by top industry experts and there is plenty of prizes on offer.

If you are feeling a little peckish, walk around the large number of Market Stands to sample a tasty and mouth-watering array of freshly baked produce from the country’s leading artisan bakers and cake makers.

The Cake & Bake Show offers a family day out where children have their own Kid’s Zone with lots of fun activities for little bakers including making gingerbread and cupcake decorating.

The Cake & Bake Show provides plenty of interest to those who want to gain or refine their baking skills. It would also appeal to those who want to sample some of stunning products on offer. If you need to find that certain piece of equipment, a vast range of products and accessories are available to buy from the extensive shopping area. The popularity of the show provides plenty of evidence that the ‘baking boom’ is still going strong and appeals to a wide range of people.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Recommended

For more information , visit the Event website here

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