enemy of Leon (friend_of_tofu) wrote in londonpolybis,
enemy of Leon

LGBT History Month: Events in London

I have been somewhat involved in organising a few LGBT History events for this month in Central London, so here are some of the upcoming activities. The B & T will definitely be represented!


Sun 15th Feb, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm - "Drunkenness Relieved By Lechery: a historic walk through Westminster, St James' Park & Covent Garden." Join your guide alextiefling for an exploration of some notable figures in and around the corridors of power. From William Rufus to Radclyffe Hall, from the Houses of Parliament to the Vere Street Brothel, come and discover the secret life of Westminster.

Meet outside Lillywhite's on the corner of Piccadilly Circus for a 1:30 departure. This walk is fully accessible except for a single passageway - if you have accessibility needs, please email your guide at lgbthistorywestminster@googlemail.com and they will happily assist you. The walk will last for 90-120 minutes and is just over 3 miles long. It finishes very close to Temple tube station.

Tues 17th Feb, 12 noon - 2pm - "Drunkenness Relieved By Lechery". Another opportunity to attend the Westminster history walk, for those with long lunchbreaks! Details otherwise as above.

Wed 18th Feb, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm - "Drunkenness Relieved By Lechery". An evening's version of the Westminster history walk.

Fri 20th Feb, 6:30 pm - 8 pm - "London is Itself the Nation". An evening's tour around the National Portrait Gallery, discussing images of some of the figures featured on the history walks. Expect to hear about James I, George Villiers, Queen Anne, John Wilmot, Anne Seymour Damer, Siegfried Sassoon and many more.

Meet in the front lobby of the National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Lane (nearest station: Charing Cross or Embankment) for a 6:30 pm start. Booking is not required, but it would be helpful for the gallery staff if you wish to indicate intention to attend, and numbers. This is a separate event from the history walks and can be enjoyed on its own, although attending one of the earlier walks is recommended and, indeed, encouraged.

Thu 26th Feb, 6 pm - 10 pm - "Sodom, or The Quintessence of Debauchery". A readthrough of the Earl of Rochester's infamous, explicit play, organised by the lovely mirrorshard & sashagoblin. Dress up, take part and recite the immortal words of the great libertine. Amusingly-shaped vegetable props welcome.

Arrive from 5:30 pm at the Regent Street campus building of the University of Westminster: front reception should direct you to the correct room.

More events may be arranged later, including more history walks if there is sufficient demand. Please email lgbthistorywestminster@googlemail.com for any questions, requests or suggestions. Please feel free to advertise these events to any interested party. E-flyers can be supplied on request.

All events mentioned above are free to attend.

(x-posted a bit. Feel free to do that elsewhere if you think I'm missed anywhere)
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