London Events Happening in July 2015

Welcome to the IanVisits guide to lectures, talks, heritage events, organised walks and other random miscellany happening around London.


F Event is free of charge (sometimes a donation is appreciated)
B Pre-Booking required.

 

Tuesday, 7th Jul

6:00 PMReplanning London after the Second World War (Holborn)
B This talk will explore the range of plans, what was proposed, and the gap between proposals and what was eventually – often years or decades later – actually built.
(Cost: Free)
6:30 PMDigital Capital: where next for London in the tech revolution? (Holborn)
B What has been the impact of the creative entrepreneur and disruptive technology on the way we live, and where could it take us next?
(Cost: Free)
7:00 PMCurious Connections... image and leadership (Tower Hill)
B Join business, history and psychology experts in conversation about popularity, image, and how not to get pelted with rotten fruit.
(Cost: £10)
7:00 PMMuseums Showoff
B An open mic night featuring anyone associated with museums and library special collections.
(Cost: £5.50)

 

Wednesday, 8th Jul

11:30 AMThe Annual Vintners Procession
F A short procession in full ceremonial garb by the Worshipful Company of Vintners from their Livery Hall to the local church.
12:30 PM City Beerfest (Bishopsgate)
F Annual beer festival held in the City of London Guildhall courtyard.
6:30 PMUCL Grant Museum of Zoology Film Club: Empire of the Ants
B Described as a cross between Love Boat and Jaws the Grant Museum of Zoology Film Club presents EMPIRE OF THE ANTS.
(Cost: Free)
6:30 PMThe Law of the Land: How to Create a New Country (Camden)
B How do you establish the supreme law and constitution of a country after it has emerged from transition, from arbitrary power or turmoil?
(Cost: £15.00)
6:30 PMFighting Homophobia in Uganda: A conversation with Frank Mugisha (Holborn)
B Rahul Rao will interview Frank Mugisha, Executive Director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, about his experiences as a gay man and an LGBT activist in one of the most actively hostile nations towards LGBT
(Cost: Free)

 

Thursday, 9th Jul

6:00 PMThe History of Street Performance: ‘Music by handle’ and the Silencing of Street Musicians in the Metropolis (Holborn)
B A discussion of the history of busking and street music in the City of London.
(Cost: Free)
6:00 PMThe History of Street Performance: ‘Music by handle’ and the Silencing of Street Musicians in the Metropolis (Holborn)
B A discussion of the history of busking and street music in the City of London.
(Cost: Free)

 

Friday, 10th Jul

10:30 AMDiscovering Huguenot Londoners (Clerkenwell)
B A day of talks and workshops exploring archive material linked to Huguenot Londoners.
(Cost: £10)
11:30 AMRAF flypast over central London (Whitehall)
F Military flypast over Buckingham Palace
6:30 PMLife in 1215: Britain in the 13th Century (Camden)
B A group of historians paint a portrait of Britain at the time of Magna Carta, and of the stratified society of elites and commoners who had dramatically different rights and freedoms.
(Cost: £10)

 

Saturday, 11th Jul

tbaJohnston Journeys tours (Acton)
B A tour to mark the 100th anniversary of London Underground's Johnston typeface, designed by Edward Johnston in 1916.
(Cost: £10)
All Day Bank of England Open Day
F Tours of the Bank of England plus rare weekend opening of their musuem.
tbaPotters Bar Garage annual open day (Potters Bar)
Vehicle displays, transport sales stands and a number of heritage vehicles
(Cost: tba)
All DayTours of a Royal Navy Frigate (Poplar)
F B There will be a chance to wander around HMS St Albans which will be in Docklands on a visit.
All DayBorough Market celebrates the art of fermentation (Southwark)
F Borough Market has teamed up with the Science Gallery at King’s College London to launch a pop up celebration of fermented foods.
9:30 AMVictorian London in Photographs (Clerkenwell)
F This exhibition presents some of the most striking images of London and Londoners from the mid 1800s onwards
9:30 AMLondon and the Nation (Camden)
B A day of panel discussions with speakers including Owen Jones, Zoe Williams, David Dorling, Tony Travers and Irna Qureshi.
(Cost: £8)
9:30 AMBarnes Village fair at Barnes Common (Barnes)
F Over three hundred stalls selling everything from plants to vintage clothing.
10:30 AMLondon Sugar & Slavery Walk (Barbican)
B A tour that examines London’s involvement and connections in the transatlantic slave trade.
(Cost: £20)
12:00 PMThe Annual Chap Olympiad (Russell Square)
B Annual sporting event featuring gin, umbrellas and smoking jackets.
(Cost: £25)
12:00 PMSouth Tottenham guided hystorical walks (South Tottenham)
F B Guided walks around South Tottenham to learn its heritage and rich history.
2:00 PMSir Charles Raymond and his Valentines: a talk by Georgina Green
A talk about a past owner of Valentines Mansion for the Barking & Dagenham branch of the East of London Family History Society.
(Cost: tba)
2:30 PMBrixton Market Heritage Walk (Stockwell)
A guided tour around the markets, indoor and outdoor.
(Cost: £3)

 

Sunday, 12th Jul

11:00 AMLadywell and Brockley Cemeteries Open Day (Lewisham)
F There will be free guided walks of the Cemeteries, as well as a photographic exhibition of monuments.

 

Monday, 13th Jul

4:00 PMKarl Marx Walk Marxism Festival 2015 (Euston)
B Special walk for attendees at the Marxism Festival
(Cost: £7.00)
7:30 PMScience in Wonderland – The Scientific Fairy Tales of Victorian Britain (Holborn)
A talk about how writers reconciled the differing demands of factual accuracy and fantastical narratives
(Cost: £6)

 

Wednesday, 15th Jul

10:30 AMCart Marking Ceremony (Bishopsgate)
F A parade of vehicles old and new come into Guildhall Yard for an annual 'branding' by the Lord Mayor.
6:30 PMMusic in the Museum
B An evening of classical music, that reflects the unusual setting of the pathology museum.
(Cost: £8.60)
6:30 PMLondon Landscape - Southbank (Southwark)
B This one-off special walking tour looks at the way in which Southbank has used landscape-led regeneration to establish a set of new identities.
(Cost: £24.50)
8:00 PMOrgan recitals at Union Chapel (Islington)
F Organ recital on the fully restored, grade 1 listed Father Willis, the only restored hydraulic powered pipe organ in England.

 

Friday, 17th Jul

12:30 PM100 Minories Pop Up Museum Tours (Tower Hill)
B The 100 Minories excavation is surrounded by sites of international and regional archaeological importance. A walking tour around them.
(Cost: Free)

 

Saturday, 18th Jul

11:00 AMFun on the foreshore at HM Tower of London (Tower Hill)
F Low tide access to the foreshore next to the Tower of London.
12:00 PMWhitecross Street Festival (Moorgate)
F This extraordinary event sees Whitecross Street transformed into a giant canvas featuring artworks by both established and emerging contemporary urban
2:30 PMNelson's Paradise Merton Tour (Morden)
B Join a guided walk starting at South Wimbledon station and discover more about the story of Nelson and Lady Hamilton's life in Merton.
(Cost: £9 (Includes tea and cake))
8:00 PMLambeth Country Show (Herne Hill)
F Annual 'country fair' held in Lambeth.

 

Sunday, 19th Jul

10:00 AMIce Sunday at London Canal Museum (Islington)
A rare opportunity to descend into the ice wells on a guided tour, with an explanation of their history by a museum guide.
(Cost: £4)
11:00 AMFun on the foreshore at HM Tower of London (Tower Hill)
F Low tide access to the foreshore next to the Tower of London.
11:00 AMBankers are a Force for Good (Holborn)
Jonathan Parker will argue that today’s large banks are a force for good, without them our quality of life would be dramatically diminished.
(Cost: £3)
11:00 AMBrompton Cemetery Open Day (West Brompton)
F Annual open day at the Victorian cemetery. Usually includes tours and access to the subterranean crypt.
2:00 PMMass photo – Brockley: Then & Now (Brockley)
F A recreation of a photo taken 100 years ago of 100 people commemorating the First World War.
2:00 PMMedicinal Plants In History - Guided Herb Walk
B One of the activities during the Bushey Festival will be a guided walk around the gardens of Reveley Lodge
(Cost: Free)
2:00 PMRadical St. Pancras (Camden)
B Please join Councillor Cotton on Sunday 19th July 2015 for a FREE* walking tour looking at the history of St pancras and Summers Town
(Cost: Free)
3:00 PMChist Church Erith Tower Centenary open day (Erith)
F There will be access to ground floor displays about the history of the tower, and a chance to go up to the belfry.
3:30 PMProcession of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Clerkenwell)
F Every year, thousand of people flock to the streets around the Church to watch the procession and to participate to the feast of the Church.
8:00 PMLambeth Country Show (Herne Hill)
F Annual 'country fair' held in Lambeth.

 

Monday, 20th Jul

1:00 PMBefore the Huguenots: the Charnel House in Spitalfields (Whitechapel)
B A site tour outling the history of the 14th century Spitalfields Charnel House and its place within the Priory of St. Mary Spital.
(Cost: £8)

 

Tuesday, 21st Jul

6:30 PMTracy Borman: Reassessing Thomas Cromwell (South Kensington)
B Tracy Borman, Joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces, is the author of a new book on the life, loves and legacy of Thomas Cromwell, one of the most powerful figures in Tudor history.
(Cost: £10)

 

Thursday, 23rd Jul

10:45 AMGuildhall Tour followed by watching the City Common Council (Bishopsgate)
Tour of the City of London's historic Guildhall, followed by attending the Common Council.
(Cost: £7)
6:00 PMHAC and Royal Yeomanry in Guildhall Yard
B The City’s two Army Reserve bands - the Band of the Honourable Artillery Company and the Band of the Royal Yeomanry - will perform a joint concert in Guildhall Yard.
(Cost: Free)

 

Friday, 24th Jul

tbaArt and poster store tours (Acton)
B A look around the Transport Museum's private archive of transport posters.
(Cost: £10)

 

Saturday, 25th Jul

tbaArt and poster store tours (Acton)
B A look around the Transport Museum's private archive of transport posters.
(Cost: £10)
All DayMerton Priory Open Day (Wimbledon)
F Fairly rare opening of the remains of Merton Priory, now hidden under a main road.
10:00 AMRomford Essex Sci-Fi Charity Convention (Harold Wood)
All day conference with special guest appearances from the world of sci-fi.
(Cost: £5)
10:00 AMIlford Police Station Open Day (Ilford)
F Open day offering tours of the police station, as well as associated displays.
2:00 PMGarden Bridge Liars' Tour Fundraiser (Camberwell)
This is a fundraising tour to help with legal costs to oppose the building of the Garden Bridge.
(Cost: Varies £5 or £10 )

 

Sunday, 26th Jul

All DayMerton Priory Open Day (Wimbledon)
F Fairly rare opening of the remains of Merton Priory, now hidden under a main road.
1:00 PMOpen Afternoon at Devonshire Road Nature Reserve (Forest Hill)
F Monthly opening of the railway cutting based nature reserve.
2:30 PMDalston Type Safari (Hackney)
B What does signage along a high street reveal about an area? How do fonts influence your choices and what are they really telling you?
(Cost: £13.75)

 

Tuesday, 28th Jul

11:00 AMJewish Hampstead with exclusive visit to Belsize Square Synagogue (Camden)
B This gentle midweek stroll among the leafy streets of Swiss Cottage uncovers many and varied 20th century Jewish connections.
(Cost: £15)

 

Wednesday, 29th Jul

7:30 PMThe Science and Ethics of Doctor Who (Holborn)
B Samira Ahmed will grill authors Simon Guerrier and Dr Marek Kukula about the ethics of using science in war – both real and in Doctor Who.
(Cost: £10)

 

Friday, 31st Jul

6:45 PMEdible Insects Wine Tasting (South Kensington)
B Explore the growing appetite for insect eating while enjoying specially paired complementary wines.
(Cost: £30)