Things to do in London in May 2019

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Events in London in May 2019

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


Wednesday 1st May

Annual parade by the New Esperance Morris Dancers.
 12pm to :
 
2019-05-01
2019-05-01
Islington Milkmaids Garland
Dr Jonathan Boff will discuss the transformation undergone by the British Army during the First World War and the role this played in the defeat of Germany.
 6pm to 8pm
 
 Chelsea
2019-05-01
2019-05-01
The British Army and the End of the First World War
There is more to the Ministry of Defence UFO files than reports on strange sightings in the sky.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 Richmond
2019-05-01
2019-05-01
UFOs and the Cold War
Investigating the barriers women faced in the world of male-dominated professions.
 9am to 6pm
 
 Holborn
2019-05-01
2019-05-01
Join Senior Curator Simon Sladen as he introduces a new display in the British Galleries exploring comedy’s impact on society.
 1pm to 1:45pm
 
 South Kensington
2019-05-01
2019-05-01
The newly discovered Salvator by Leonardo, the world’s most costly picture, is one of his most notable creations, in which he used his ‘science of art’ to transform a stock subject into a profound expression of the ineffability of the divine.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
2019-05-01
2019-05-01

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Thursday 2nd May

Join author Lucy Inglis as she discusses her critically-acclaimed book Milk of Paradise, a history of humanity through the poppy.
 7:30pm to 9pm
 
 Richmond
2019-05-02
2019-05-02
Milk of Paradise
The presentation identifies the many people who, over the years, have been involved with the canal during its colourful existence.
 7:30pm to :
 
 Islington
2019-05-02
2019-05-02

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Friday 3rd May

Join Tony Colvin as he examines the Battle of Winnekendonk, which took place during the final stages of the Second World War.
 11:30am to :
 
 Chelsea
2019-05-03
2019-05-03
The Noise of Battle
An evening of talks, music and activities celebrating music in Stanley Kubrick’s films.
 6pm to 9pm
 
 Kensington
2019-05-03
2019-05-03
Museum Late: The Sound of Stanley Kubrick
Writer and broadcaster, Michael Rosen, takes us on a celebratory romp through our ABC’s.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
2019-05-03
2019-05-03
The Archbishop's garden is open for a few hours each month between April and September.
 12pm to 3pm
 
 Southwark
2019-05-03
2019-05-03
Monthly opening of Lambeth Palace Garden

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Saturday 4th May

IWA Canalway Cavalcade is London's biggest, brightest and best waterways festival.
 All Day
 
 Maida Vale
2019-05-04
2019-05-04
Monthly open day at one of London's more curious and delightful museums, devoted to the history of the sewing machine.
 2pm to 5pm
 
 Tooting
2019-05-04
2019-05-04

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Sunday 5th May

IWA Canalway Cavalcade is London's biggest, brightest and best waterways festival.
 All Day
 
 Maida Vale
2019-05-05
2019-05-05
Monthly(ish) open days at 250 acres of the estate originally laid out by Capability Brown.
 1pm to 5pm
 
 Reigate
2019-05-05
2019-05-05
Gatton Park monthly open day
A monthly opening of the Victorian museum of industrial testing equipment.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Southwark
2019-05-05
2019-05-05

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Monday 6th May

IWA Canalway Cavalcade is London's biggest, brightest and best waterways festival.
 All Day
 
 Maida Vale
2019-05-06
2019-05-06
Local teams build a cart, show it off, race it round the course... and then pick up the pieces!
 12pm to :
 
 New Cross
2019-05-06
2019-05-06
Semi-regular days where they fire up a Victorian steam engine.
 12:30pm to 4:30pm
 
 South Tottenham
2019-05-06
2019-05-06
Open day at a Victorian steam pump
Monthly opening of the only surviving windmill in inner London.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Brixton
2019-05-06
2019-05-06
Brixton Windmill monthly open weekend

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Tuesday 7th May

A talk by Irving Finkel of the British Museum, with readings and ancient music performed live.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
2019-05-07
2019-05-07
Barrister Sarah Langford gives an account of 11 cases that shine a light on the current state of the legal system in the UK and the lives affected in the criminal and family courts.
 6pm to 7:30pm
 
 Holborn
2019-05-07
2019-05-07
Richard Youngs’ new book Civic Activism Unleashed examines the factors driving this 'age of rage', assesses whether the emerging activism is effective
 6:15pm to 7:30pm
 
 Euston
2019-05-07
2019-05-07
Civic Activism Unleashed - Book Launch and Keynote Lecture with Richard Youngs

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Wednesday 8th May

Hear how the world’s most recognisable chimneys at Battersea Power Station were carefully deconstructed and restored to their former glory.
 6:30pm to :
 
 Battersea
2019-05-08
2019-05-08
Spot the Difference! Rebuilding Battersea Power Station’s Iconic Chimneys
A talk by Robin Myers on his own book about the letters sent by the two brothers.
 6pm to 7:30pm
 
 Southwark
2019-05-08
2019-05-08
Dr Andrew Ducarel, Lambeth Librarian 1757-85, seen through his brother’s eyes
A talk by Hallie Rubenhold’s on her new book, the first full-length biography to explore and contextualise those women’s lives.
 6:30pm to 8:30pm
 
 St James
2019-05-08
2019-05-08
The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
Professor Alex Rogers has spent the past 30 years studying life in the deep ocean. Join us as he takes us on an epic and utterly unforgettable voyage to an alien world, and brings us right to the edge of what is known about our oceans today.
 7pm to 8:15pm
 
 Soho
2019-05-08
2019-05-08
The Deep: The Hidden Wonders of Our Ocean and How We Can Protect Them
The lecture will re-assess the sanctity ascribed to to the graves of poets John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley as the bicentennials of their deaths approach in 2021-2.
 7pm to :
 
 North Kensington
2019-05-08
2019-05-08
A talk about the construction of the Royal Exchange in the City.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
2019-05-08
2019-05-08
Hear how the world’s most recognisable chimneys were carefully deconstructed and restored to their former glory
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Battersea
2019-05-08
2019-05-08
Spot the Difference! Rebuilding Battersea Power Station's iconic chimneys

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Thursday 9th May

Juliet Gardiner traces the fascinating cultural and social developments in Britain in the twenty years following the Second World War.
 7:30pm to 9pm
 
 Richmond
2019-05-09
2019-05-09
From the bomb to The Beatles
A whistle-stop tour of the history of innovation in food and kitchenware
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
2019-05-09
2019-05-09
Nan Sloane tells the story of the remarkable women who were present at the origins of the Labour Party and contributed to its earliest campaigns, many of whom have been forgotten.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Holborn
2019-05-09
2019-05-09

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Friday 10th May

A night of spectacle and illusion, wonder and deception, magic and trickery at this evening of performances, talks and workshops.
 7pm to 11pm
 
 Camden
2019-05-10
2019-05-10
Seeing is Believing
Dr Alastair Massie will discuss the Third Afghan War of 1919, one of history’s shortest conflicts.
 11:30am to :
 
 Chelsea
2019-05-10
2019-05-10
The Third Afghan War of 1919
Tom Jackson, curator of the Postcard From The Past twitter feed and book, draws on his alarmingly huge collection of everyday postcards to present the oddest, funniest, most touching messages.
 7:15pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
2019-05-10
2019-05-10
Get a look behind the scenes at the 103-stop Harrison and Harrison organ, and find out about the making of this monumental instrument.
 11am to :
 
 Southwark
2019-05-10
2019-05-10
Making of the Organ at Royal Festival Hall
Discover the secrets that lie behind, or rather underneath, the Charterhouse.
 10:30am to 12pm
 
 Clerkenwell
2019-05-10
2019-05-10
Crossrail and the Charterhouse Tour
A talk and tasting with female pioneers in the cheesemaking industry
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
2019-05-10
2019-05-10
It closed in 1854 but in the three centuries before 1.5% of all Londoners ended up at St Pancras; rich and poor, famous and unknown and from many nationalities.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 City of London
2019-05-10
2019-05-10
‘Dying to Get In’: St Pancras Churchyard

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Saturday 11th May

Monthly opening of the only surviving windmill in inner London.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Brixton
2019-05-11
2019-05-11
Brixton Windmill monthly open weekend
The afternoon will consist of a brief demonstration of the organ, explanation of its history and a guided session for people to play it.
 3pm to :
 
 Dulwich
2019-05-11
2019-05-11
Occasional open day at a 14th century building in Ilford.
 9am to 10am
 
 Ilford
2019-05-11
2019-05-11
Occasional open day at the Ilford Hospital Chapel

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Sunday 12th May

Occasional open day at the heritage windmill in Croydon.
 12pm to 5pm
 
 Croydon
2019-05-12
2019-05-12
Shirley Windmill open day
The free event will be packed full of spectacular kite flying displays and is an opportunity for everyone to go fly a kite.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Streatham
2019-05-12
2019-05-12
Streatham Common Kite Day
Open day at a restored and working water mill.
 2pm to 5pm
 
2019-05-12
2019-05-12
Monthly open day at Cobham Mill
Monthly opening of the only surviving windmill in inner London.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Brixton
2019-05-12
2019-05-12
Brixton Windmill monthly open weekend

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Monday 13th May

Nicholas Reeves presents an entirely new perspective on the turbulent events of his seventeen-year reign.
 Starts at 12am
 
 Russell Square
2019-05-13
2019-05-13
What’s the future of listening? What will happen to the ways we give attention to music in the future?
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
2019-05-13
2019-05-13

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Tuesday 14th May

Jonathan Bate will track Keats to Hampstead and tell of the extraordinary circle of writers – opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, essayist Charles Lamb, master-critic William Hazlitt – who wrote for The London Magazine.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
2019-05-14
2019-05-14
Professor Wilks will discuss the argument that ‘superintelligent’ AI may turn against us, as Hawking and Bostrom have warned.
 1pm to 2pm
 
 Barbican
2019-05-14
2019-05-14

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Wednesday 15th May

Join Paul Mason, discussing his new book, Clear Bright Future: A Radical Defence of the Human Being with New Statesman deputy editor, George Eaton
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Tottenham Court Road
2019-05-15
2019-05-15
Paul Mason in conversation with George Eaton
In this talk, Dr Alison Bancroft will uncover the links between avant garde thinking in art, and the fashion from Christian Dior.
 1pm to 1:45pm
 
 South Kensington
2019-05-15
2019-05-15
Join Judith Grant to learn about the early life of Alexandra Feodorovna and the influences that contributed to her role leading to the destruction of Imperial Russia.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 City of London
2019-05-15
2019-05-15
The Early Life of Alexandra Feodorovna, Last Empress of Russia
Shani Orgad speaks on her new book about the inequalities still facing women who become mothers and why they stopped their battle to continue working in the professions today.
 6pm to 7:30pm
 
 Holborn
2019-05-15
2019-05-15

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Thursday 16th May

Nicholas Jubber talks about his new book Epic Continient in which he journeys across Europe exploring Europe's epic poems, from the Odyssey to Beowulf, the Song of Roland to the Nibelungenlied, and their impact on European identity in these turbulent times.
 7pm to 8:15pm
 
 Soho
2019-05-16
2019-05-16
Exploring Europe's epic poems with Nicholas Jubber
Guided bird walk with London Wildlife Trust in Sydenham Hill Wood
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Sydenham
2019-05-16
2019-05-16
In this especially timely occasion, the panel will consider the impact of the upcoming European elections on the EU as a negotiating actor of Brexit and the future relationship with the UK.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Holborn
2019-05-16
2019-05-16

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Friday 17th May

Join Dr James Taylor as he discusses the work of Fougasse, the artist responsible for the iconic propaganda campaign 'Careless Talk Costs Lives'.
 11:30am to :
 
 Chelsea
2019-05-17
2019-05-17
The brilliant comic poster art of Fougasse
Explore the zone where rebellion meets beauty and transgression meets art.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
2019-05-17
2019-05-17
Marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino, Matthew Parker examines one of the Second World War's bitterest struggles.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Chelsea
2019-05-17
2019-05-17
Madness at Monte Cassino: The view from the front line
In the context of Afro-pessimism, this lecture will imagine "the Internationale," that great song of international solidarity and revolution transcending the nation, as a blues.
 6:30pm to 8pm
 
 Holborn
2019-05-17
2019-05-17

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Saturday 18th May

Tours of the cemetery, chapel and crypt on this annual open day event.
 11am to 5pm
 
 Peckham
2019-05-18
2019-05-18
Waterloo Classics is a monthly classic car show/meet in central London.
 12pm to 4pm
 
 Southwark
2019-05-18
2019-05-18
Monthly Waterloo Classic car display
A day of talks celebrating some of the history associated with St Saviours, the church now known as Southwark Cathedral.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Southwark
2019-05-18
2019-05-18
Life in Early Modern Southwark: Stories of Edward Alleyn, Philip Henslowe and their World
Join London Wildlife Trust for a spring orchard tree care event and picnic, at a new community orchard on Gallery Road.
 11am to 4pm
 
 Dulwich
2019-05-18
2019-05-18

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Sunday 19th May

Visit the walled Kitchen Garden on one of theiropen days and enjoy its plentiful displays of flowers and produce.
 11am to 3:30pm
 
 Chiswick
2019-05-19
2019-05-19
Kitchen Garden Open Day
Soak in the atmosphere and chat to the experts when 55 plus top midcentury dealers head to celebrated interiors show
 10am to 4pm
 
 Bethnal Green
2019-05-19
2019-05-19
Midcentury East
Join some of the best authors today as they reveal the tricks of their trade and invite you to get to the heart of what makes a great book tick.
 11:30am to 5:15pm
 
 Camden
2019-05-19
2019-05-19
An opportunity to have a look at the buildings and engines, to take in the exhibition and learn something of the Victorian sewer system.
 10:30am to 4pm
 
 Abbey Wood
2019-05-19
2019-05-19
Crossness Engines open day

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Monday 20th May

Take a peek behind the scenes with two highly respected food writers, Sybil Kapoor and Jenny Linford, to find out about the process of writing and creating a cookbook
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
2019-05-20
2019-05-20
To accompany an exhibition of unique material from the Women’s FA, broadcaster and writer Clare Balding hosts a discussion with leading lights from the game.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
2019-05-20
2019-05-20
Chris Stokel-Walker interviewed more than 100 of YouTube’s biggest names in front of and behind the camera. He investigates the past, present and future of the world’s most popular video sharing website and its impact on society.
 7:30pm to 9pm
 
 Holborn
2019-05-20
2019-05-20

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Tuesday 21st May

Hear from the founders of the food sector’s tastiest business success stories
 7pm to 9:30pm
 
 Camden
2019-05-21
2019-05-21
Join our librarians to learn about the history of Guildhall Library, tour the building (including behind the scenes) and view some of the library’s treasures.
 2pm to 3:30pm
 
 City of London
2019-05-21
2019-05-21
History and Treasures of Guildhall Library
The book launch of Women of Westminster: The MPs Who Changed Politics, by Rachel Reeves MP.
 7:15pm to 9:45pm
 
 Aldwych
2019-05-21
2019-05-21
Women of Westminster: The MPs Who Changed Politics, by Rachel Reeves MP

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Wednesday 22nd May

Hear from a series of experts from the architectural, built environment and cultural sectors, as we examine the future threats and opportunities for London’s 24-hour city.
 6:30pm to 9pm
 
 Euston
2019-05-22
2019-05-22
The 24-hour city, powered by PechaKucha
Tessa Murdoch will introduce Huguenot craftsmen and entrepreneurs responsible with examples from the V&A’s Ceramic collections.
 1pm to 1:45pm
 
 South Kensington
2019-05-22
2019-05-22

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Thursday 23rd May

In conjunction with a book of the same name, the talk will explore how the young royal couple played key roles as public supporters and as large-scale lenders, before the museum grew its own collections.
 7pm to 8:45pm
 
 South Kensington
2019-05-23
2019-05-23
The Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation presents an evening with the authors shortlisted for this year’s Best Published Novel award.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Soho
2019-05-23
2019-05-23
What is adventure fiction? 2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize
Every element within this ancient ritual has a sacred and symbolic meaning. Join City Guide Robert Stephenson to learn more.
 2pm to 3pm
 
 City of London
2019-05-23
2019-05-23
The Hidden Meaning of the Coronation

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Friday 24th May

Join Justin Saddington as he recounts a series of incredible battlefield escapes and discusses their impact on soldiers.
 11:30am to :
 
 Chelsea
2019-05-24
2019-05-24
Close shaves and lucky escapes
Acclaimed manga artist Takahashi Yōichi, creator of the football-themed sensation Captain Tsubasa and exhibition curator Nicole Rousmaniere discuss the global impact Takahashi's artwork has had over the past four decades.
 Starts at 12am
 
 Russell Square
2019-05-24
2019-05-24

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Saturday 25th May

Be the first to see our brand new museum, temporary exhibition gallery and restored period rooms which open today!
 10:30am to 5pm
 
 Fulham
2019-05-25
2019-05-25
Fulham Palace unveiled
A special close-up look at the Transport Museum’s poster collection and some of the artworks behind the posters.
 Starts at 11am
 
 Acton
2019-05-25
2019-05-25
Art and poster store tours
See historic vehicles and engineering collections, an array of signs and maps, as well as unusual and unexpected items from London’s rich transport past.
 Starts at 11am
 
 Acton
2019-05-25
2019-05-25
Monthly Depot Discovery tours
See and buy from a display of more than 200 cacti and succulent plants
 10am to 5pm
 
 Enfield
2019-05-25
2019-05-25

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Sunday 26th May

Discover the history of the building and climb the 135 stairs for the best view of Hackney.
 2pm to 4:30pm
 
 Hackney
2019-05-26
2019-05-26
Monthly open day at a site of an important railway wildlife reserve.
 1pm to 5pm
 
 Forest Hill
2019-05-26
2019-05-26
Over 100 vintage to modern cars race around the old Crystal Palace motor track.
 9am to 5:30pm
 
2019-05-26
2019-05-26
MotorSport at the Palace
A monthly open day at a quirky transport museum housed in an old water pumping building.
 10am to 4pm
 
 Enfield Town
2019-05-26
2019-05-26
Monthly open day at a Transport Museum
See and buy from a display of more than 200 cacti and succulent plants
 10am to 5pm
 
 Enfield
2019-05-26
2019-05-26

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Bank Holiday Monday

Semi-regular days where they fire up a Victorian steam engine.
 12:30pm to 4:30pm
 
 South Tottenham
2019-05-27
2019-05-27
Open day at a Victorian steam pump
Over 100 vintage to modern cars race around the old Crystal Palace motor track.
 9am to 5:30pm
 
2019-05-27
2019-05-27
MotorSport at the Palace
See and buy from a display of more than 200 cacti and succulent plants
 10am to 5pm
 
 Enfield
2019-05-27
2019-05-27

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Tuesday 28th May

Historian Serhii Plokhy talks to journalist and author Luke Harding, drawing on his recent book Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy, winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2018.
 6:45pm to 8:15pm
 
 Camden
2019-05-28
2019-05-28
This heartfelt, deeply personal memoir explores how one family built bridges across today’s great divides. And how our stories hold the power to heal.
 7pm to 9pm
 
 Southwark
2019-05-28
2019-05-28
Mama's Boy - A Talk by Dustin Lance Black

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Wednesday 29th May

Occasional open week where tours are offered of a former Archbishop's palace.
 1:45pm to 3:45pm
 
 Croydon
2019-05-29
2019-05-29
Tours of Croydon Old Palace
This talk looks at mathematical modelling of real, complex fluids in flow situations – some with serious commercial applications, and some just for fun.
 6pm to 7pm
 
 Barbican
2019-05-29
2019-05-29

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Thursday 30th May

Occasional open week where tours are offered of a former Archbishop's palace.
 1:45pm to 3:45pm
 
 Croydon
2019-05-30
2019-05-30
Tours of Croydon Old Palace

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Friday 31st May

Join Kim A Wagner to learn about the experiences of the ordinary British and Indian people affected by the Amritsar Massacre of 1919.
 11:30am to :
 
 Chelsea
2019-05-31
2019-05-31
The Amritsar Massacre revisited
Leading designers Jonathan Barnbrook, Lara Captan and Jeremy Tankard talk to Catherine Dixon about their processes in a celebration of fonts.
 7pm to 8:30pm
 
 Camden
2019-05-31
2019-05-31
With broadcaster and art historian Dr Janina Ramirez, University of Oxford, we see Munch’s world famous composition The Scream in its various forms.
 Starts at 12am
 
 Russell Square
2019-05-31
2019-05-31
A 45 minute guided tour around the building to find out more about its history and architecture.
 5pm to 6:30pm
 
 Hackney
2019-05-31
2019-05-31
Hackney Town Hall tour and Vaults - London History Day
Join us for various activities to celebrate the women who built nearby Waterloo Bridge with poster making, dressing up, a pop up exhibition and a walk to the nearby bridge.
 2:30pm to 5pm
 
 Holborn
2019-05-31
2019-05-31

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