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What's on in London during January 2017

The IanVisits guide to unusual events, tours, lectures and exhibitions happening around London.


Sunday, 1st January

The largest New Year’s Day Classic Gathering in the UK.  ( )
2017-01-01

London’s New Year’s Day Parade - floats, music, entertainment.
2017-01-01

Tuesday, 3rd January

An evening in the Sir John Soane's Museum with the rooms lit by candles. ( )
2017-01-03

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Wednesday, 4th January

Today marks the last day that the Natural History Museum's famous "Dippy" dinosaur will be on display in the main hall. ( )
2017-01-04

In this talk, archaeologist John Schofield will show how the new cathedral rose to dominate the previously destroyed part of the City. ( )
2017-01-04

Britain’s offshore tax havens pay host to enormous capital flows, as well as untold thousands of shell companies, but are they are they as dubious as they are painted? ( )
2017-01-04

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Friday, 6th January

In this film, the first for, about and by black South Africans, a local gangster must choose between personal gain and a stance against apartheid. ( )
2017-01-06

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Saturday, 7th January

Find about the life of the artist, and view some works that have never before been on display.  ( )
2017-01-07
Contemporary performance inspired by the Victorian Entertainments exhibition. ( )
2017-01-07

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Sunday, 8th January

Display of funfair organs at this monthly event.
2017-01-08

Gather on London Bridge for the Annual Celebration of the Blessing of the River and those who use it.
2017-01-08
Twelfth Night is an annual seasonal celebration held in the Bankside area of London.  ( )
2017-01-08

Look out for people riding the London Underground in just their underpants.
2017-01-08

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Tuesday, 10th January

Visitors will be able to undertake a variety of activities and go beyond the 'big red doors' to meet their local firefighters and see them train. ( )
2017-01-10
A talk about letters which shed new light on the ensuing controversy over who first created a safe lamp. ( )
2017-01-10

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Wednesday, 11th January

A panel discussion on the future of US-Russian relations in the context of recent accusations of hacking and political interference. ( )
2017-01-11

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Thursday, 12th January

Delve deeper into the personal stories, collections and themes that make up The Wiener Library’s current exhibition on refugees, past and present. ( )
2017-01-12

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Friday, 13th January

With trends showing increasing use of cafes, hotel lobbies and public realm by freelancers and other workers, we explore the challenges and opportunities associated with this contemporary issue. ( )
2017-01-13

A talk by one of the world’s pioneering thinkers in sustainable development, William McDonough. ( )
2017-01-13

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Saturday, 14th January

Explore the world of Victorian pantomime with a glass of Bucks Fizz at Kensington Palace's festive Brunchtime lecture.  ( )
2017-01-14

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Monday, 16th January

Learn about research at the British Museum through a closer look at three archaeological projects.  ( )
2017-01-16

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Tuesday, 17th January

Join the librarians to learn about the history of Guildhall Library, tour the building (including behind the scenes) and view some of the library’s treasures. ( )
2017-01-17

Filmed shortly after the Joseph Fritzl case, a look at the curious world of Austrian basements. ( )
2017-01-17

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Wednesday, 18th January

A talk about a recent theory that China's Terracotta Army was influenced in some ways by Ancient Greek sculptures.  ( )
2017-01-18

A talk about the vigilante policy against drugs and crime being pursued by the Philippines new President. ( )
2017-01-18

Nerd Nite London is a monthly event where three speakers give 18-21 minute fun-yet-informative talks across all disciplines, while the audience drinks along. ( )
2017-01-18
A screening of the cult classic movie on a big screen. ( )
2017-01-18

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Thursday, 19th January

Dr Amelie Saintonge shows how by observing galaxies across cosmic time, we can deduce which mechanisms are key in driving their evolution.
2017-01-19
This lecture examines the use of smartphones and social media by young Syrian refugees. ( )
2017-01-19
A screening of the pilot episode of 1970s television series Wonder Woman. ( )
2017-01-19
Banned for decades, Island of Lost Souls is a delirious delight, a cautionary tale of undisciplined science. ( )
2017-01-19
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Author Jo Marchant will present evidence that our subjective thoughts, emotions and beliefs can have very real benefits for our health. ( )
2017-01-19

Roger Hermiston will tell the story of the political and military leaders who steered Britain through its darkest hour, ( )
2017-01-19

Jon Newman, author of the recently published River Effra, South London’s secret spine, is the guest speaker at this monthly lecture by the Norwood Society. ( )
2017-01-19
A talk about weird and wonderful world of Black Holes - their turbulent history, their seemingly impossible structure, and the secrets they might hold in the search for a unifying Theory of Everything. ( )
2017-01-19

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Friday, 20th January

The South’s Largest Model Engineering & Modelling Exhibition. Regarded as one of the leading model shows in the UK this exhibition attracts thousands of visitors. ( )
2017-01-20

Join author Franny Moyle as she casts new light on the man himself. ( )
2017-01-20

An evening with journalist and broadcaster, Joan Bakewell. ( )
2017-01-20

Talk and a chance to get old household items identified and dated by a historian. ( )
2017-01-20

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Saturday, 21st January

The South’s Largest Model Engineering & Modelling Exhibition. Regarded as one of the leading model shows in the UK this exhibition attracts thousands of visitors. ( )
2017-01-21

Free  
2017-01-21

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Sunday, 22nd January

The South’s Largest Model Engineering & Modelling Exhibition. Regarded as one of the leading model shows in the UK this exhibition attracts thousands of visitors. ( )
2017-01-22

A guided walk through the muddy foreshore of Deptford Creek at low tide.
2017-01-22

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Monday, 23rd January

A talk on the Adelphi project, from its hopeful inception to its eventual demise. ( )
2017-01-23

A talk about the ‘Old wive’s tales’ surrounding the folk-lore of common vegetables and how they are linked. ( )
2017-01-23
Gary Parsons will be discussing the documentaries made at the height of the British witchcraft revival in the early 1970's. ( )
2017-01-23

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Tuesday, 24th January

This talk offers a light-hearted exploration of contemporary attitudes towards the Royal Navy and the British sailor, using the postcard artwork of Donald McGill; the “King of the Saucy Seaside Postcard”. ( )
2017-01-24

A panel discussion about whether campus campaigns against The Sun, Daily Mail and Express are justified ( )
2017-01-24
An evening of audio cinema as we explore the sounds of ponds with Helen Greaves (UCL Geography) and sound artist Action Pyramid. ( )
2017-01-24
Former Prime Minister Sir John Major will be talking about the history of the Victorian music halls. ( )
2017-01-24

The cabaret-style night for all those who love museums is back for more museum-y fun!  ( )
2017-01-24
A talk about one of the top comedians of the 20th century, Max Wall. ( )
2017-01-24

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Wednesday, 25th January

From the struggle for worker’s rights, to the exploding urban landscape, hear about working class life in a borough known for its radical socialist roots. ( )
2017-01-25

Three discuss Project Adrift – their work that sheds new light on the space debris problem. ( )
2017-01-25

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Thursday, 26th January

Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris, authors of the Ladybird Books For Grown-Ups, guddle in the publisher’s vaults in search of fabulous facial hair. ( )
2017-01-26

This talk will look closely at the graffiti from the absolutist conscientious objector. ( )
2017-01-26
Join Professor Julienne Stroeve as she discusses the transforming of the Arctic Ocean
2017-01-26
Join Assistant Librarian & Keeper of the Lloyd’s Marine Collection Jeanie Smith to explore tales of ships and shipwrecks using the resources in this historic collection. ( )
2017-01-26

In January 1917, the German Foreign Secretary, Arthur Zimmermann, sent his notorious - almost unbelievable - telegram, inviting Mexico to invade the United States.  ( )
2017-01-26

Six speakers will unpack the identity of six styles that have dominated the period and clear away some of the fog. This week Art Deco with Ian McInnes. ( )
2017-01-26

Nick Clegg will be in conversation with Professor Philip Cowley of QMUL’s School of Politics and International Relations. ( )
2017-01-26

A talk about the works that were undertaken to strengthen the Hammersmith flyover after problems were found in it. ( )
2017-01-26

An evening of debates, talks and workshops, as well as a bar, live music and the Museum’s special Designology exhibition. ( )
2017-01-26
Drawing on the extensive archival research undertaken for his new biography, Reagan: American Icon, Iwan Morgan examines Ronald Reagan's presidential leadership. ( )
2017-01-26

Daniel Raven-Ellison will be talking about why he believes London should be established as the world's first National Park City.
2017-01-26

Oxford anthropologist Prof Sondra L Hausner looks at the historical practices of sex work, the relation of the Church to these professions, and their representation in the present, ( )
2017-01-26
A screening of the cult manga movie, followed by a 10 minute short early computer film. ( )
2017-01-26

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Friday, 27th January

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Come and defy Victorian morality as British Library Publishing Editor Jon Crabb introduces you to the literary Decadents’ major preoccupations of Artifice, Intoxication, Spirituality and Death. ( )
2017-01-27

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Saturday, 28th January

A weekend of installations, performances, talks and workshops highlighting and responding to our city’s air pollution crisis. ( )
2017-01-28

An afternoon of music, discussion and performance to celebrate the lesser-known life of P G Wodehouse. ( )
2017-01-28

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Sunday, 29th January

A weekend of installations, performances, talks and workshops highlighting and responding to our city’s air pollution crisis. ( )
2017-01-29

Around 500 members of the King's Army of the English Civil War Society will march along The Mall. ( )
2017-01-29

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Monday, 30th January

How do we build a great city for Londoners in a period of major growth? ( )
2017-01-30

This public discussion, hosted by UCL Institute of the Americas and the UCL European Institute, brings together leading experts in American and European studies. ( )
2017-01-30

The first event in The architecture of citizenship series aims to understand what role the built environment plays in creating a dialogue between the citizens and the state. ( )
2017-01-30

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Tuesday, 31st January

This lecture will explore the techniques that the EU uses to extend the application of its laws to countries outside of the EU.
2017-01-31
Can our current governance mechanisms lessen these risks and empower us to adopt new technologies? Or do we need new laws and guidelines? ( )
2017-01-31

A talk about how Florence Nightingale, who hated having her portrait taken became an enduring image of nursing. ( )
2017-01-31

An evening exploring the way that the world has been divided up into territories, with often arbitrary borders drawn on the global map. ( )
2017-01-31