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A History of London's Parks

From their medieval life as private royal hunting grounds and private estates to their modern incarnation as public spaces teeming with activity, acclaimed author Travis Elborough traces the extraordinary history of the capital’s parks. Part of our London Talks Series.
Wednesday 18 April
7:00 PM

Languages Fair

Keen to start learning a language or to improve your language skills? Not sure which one of our courses would best suit your existing abilities? Our Languages Fair is a chance to speak to tutors from across a range of our language courses, to find out which level is the best fit for you, and to enjoy a short taster session.
Wednesday 18 April
12:30 PM

Archives Tour - General Introduction to BI

What was the 'battle of the books' and why did the Institute lock away one archive item from the public fearing it may cause revolution? Bishopsgate Institute has been offering free public access to its Special Collections and Archives since 1895.
Thursday 19 April
6:30 PM

Bishopsgate Ballroom 20 April 2018

Dance with friends old and new at Bishopsgate Ballroom. We welcome dancers of all levels, whether you lead, follow or both, to spend the evening together on the dance floor of our gorgeous Great Hall.
Friday 20 April
7:00 PM

History Showoff at Bishopsgate Institute

History Showoff is the chaotic comedy cabaret all about the past and the people who make it. You'll see eight brilliant performers, corralled by compere Steve Cross who can barely remember last week, let alone understand the renaissance.
Wednesday 25 April
7:30 PM

The Pink Jukebox 29 April 2018

The Pink Jukebox is a Ballroom and Latin dance club for members of the LGBT community and their friends. With classes followed by social dancing, these events are open to dancers of all levels, from absolute beginners to the more experienced.
Sunday 29 April
2:00 PM

Marx in London

Dr Katherine Connelly explores Marx’s profound engagement with the metropolis: his experience of poverty in Soho, the political campaigns he organised, the London literature he read, the pubs he drank in – and how the city at the heart of nineteenth-century capitalism inspired Marx’s revolutionary, anti-capitalist writings.
Wednesday 02 May
7:00 PM

Finding your voice in London

Author Courttia Newland and editor Kit Caless lead a workshop via discussion, exercises and prompts, on discovering your unique way of writing about the city.
Thursday 03 May
7:00 PM

Swing Den 4 May

Are you new to Swing dance? Looking to venture onto the social dance floor? Look no further. Swing Den is a social dance especially for beginners (though everyone is welcome). There’ll be a taster lesson at the start of the night and two teachers on hand throughout the evening to answer your questions and to help you develop your moves.

Friday 04 May
7:00 PM

Club Rub Archive Launch

At this special event to celebrate the arrival of the archive of Club Rub, a fetish night club which opened in 1996, there will be an opportunity to explore the Archives through a pop-up display, and hear more about the history of the club with short talks from those who have been part of the community, including club promoter Miss Kim.
Wednesday 09 May
7:00 PM