Head down to our little green oasis for an exciting series of pop-ups this summer. Tickle your taste buds with a tasty lunch from a different street food stall on Tuesday and Thursday’s 11:00 – 14:30 every other week. Plus, you will find local favourite, Souli serving freshly made beverages and sandwiches daily from 08:00 – 17:00.
Famous people connected with St Marylebone Parish have shaped the world through music, art, architecture, literature, invention and innovation, medicine and healthcare, and the Festival, now in its fourth year, tells and celebrates some of their stories.
Begin the week by signing up to ‘Come and Sing’ Marylebone resident Sir Karl Jenkins's powerful choral piece, The Armed Man; then spend the rest of the week enjoying a wide variety of music, dance and drama. There is an American flavour to the programme this year; St Marylebone was home to the first American legations, initially in Great Cumberland Place and then Park Crescent, where the memorial to John F Kennedy is situated. With this is mind, come and hear the visiting San Francisco Girls Chorus, or enjoy Hollywood film music arranged for Organ Duet, or relax at a Jazz Evening tribute to the great Sidney Bechet. There’s a one-woman tribute to Judy Garland, following a singalong screening of The Wizard of Oz. Explore yet more surprising local connections with famous figures such as Vaslav Nijinsky, Kathleen Ferrier and Ralph Vaughan Williams. On the final evening you can transport yourself to a Marylebone of the past for a 1920s dinner and soirée, after which the Grand Festival Raffle will be drawn with amazing prizes!
Proceeds will go towards the Changing Lives project to make this beautiful Parish Church, a Grade I listed building, weather-tight, safe, secure, accessible and equipped with better facilities to continue the work of 900 years!
For a full programme and tickets go to www.stmarylebonefestival.com Tickets also available from Sandfords, 213-215 Gloucester Place, NW16BU.
Meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at The Natural Kitchen, 55 Baker Street, W1. Two sessions, starting around 5 pm and 6.30 pm - but come and go/play as you please. Scrabble sets and dictionaries provided. New members please contact Rosemary Forgan, tel 07887 891977, email: email@example.com in the first instance so she has an idea of numbers.
The Tyburn Gallows, near Marble Arch, was a site of public executions for many centuries, hear the stories of some of the people who were hung there and discover what unusual use the gallows were later put to. Free to attend, meet us at 55 Baker Street.
Join us as we take a look at the journey of Mr Selfridge, how Britain’s first department store has become the ‘Best Department Store in the world’ and the architecture of its flagship store. Free to attend, meet us at 55 Baker Street.
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Join us at the iconic Bank of England, sometimes known as the “Old Lady” of Threadneedle Street founded by Royal Charter in 1694. Our visit commences with a presentation giving a brief history since its foundation and describing its main role and functions today as a regulator of interest rates and issuer of bank notes.
After the presentation we can visit the museum which includes historical items and glittering displays of gold, including Roman and modern gold bars, alongside pikes and muskets once used to defend the bank.
The presentation will last one hour, with an opportunity to ask questions, and time can be spent afterwards in the museum. This visit is free of charge but must be booked with Lois German by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0207 487 2706.
This month’s book is the autobiography “Cheri” by Colette
All books read are available on paper and on e-readers. For more information contact Andrew Cooper (tel 020 3712 3861, email email@example.com
Engin Servi, the owner of Ishtar, is once again holding the annual August Wine Tasting lunch for MA members. He will discuss all the wines together with his wine merchant and there will be a selection of summer rosé and white wines, plus light reds. Wines will be available to purchase, from a single bottle to a whole case.
Cost per person including wine, lunch, tea/coffee + service remains a remarkable £30, payable on the day directly to Ishtar by the usual methods. To register for a place, please contact Ann Marie Johnson on 020 7723 0684 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Either Sheila Green or Anne Marie Johnson will be present to welcome you any time from 6.30p.m. It is always an enjoyable evening and a wonderfully informal opportunity to meet local fellow residents and make new friends in the friendly surroundings of one of our nicest gastro pubs. Everyone is welcome, pay-as-you-go bar and delicious light supper snacks available.
Join store manager Chris Bolton for a very special free whisky tasting evening, exclusively for Marylebone Association members - Residents and Business. The event will the take place at The Whisky Exchange, Fitzrovia, which recently opened on Great Portland Street and stocks an impressive range of over 3,000 beers, wines and spirits – whisky of course being the main feature!
The tasting will look at three whiskies from the more traditional homeland of Scotland, and compare them with three from the relative new-comer to the category - Japan. In recent years, whiskies from the latter have scooped prestigious awards from a number of different international competitions. This is a great opportunity to hear how the Japanese came to start making the amber nectar, and see how they fare against their Caledonian counterparts.
The tasting will start at 7:00pm and will last roughly 90min, with plenty of time for questions and debate afterwards. Places are limited so to reserve yours please get in touch with Rosemary Forgan, email@example.com or tel: 020 7916 9353 (resident members) or Janice Bowling firstname.lastname@example.org for business members.
Spend your lunch hour in the company of some of the old masters finest works. Learn more about these captivating paintings from one of the Wallace collections expert guides. FREE to attend, registration will open in October.
Oscar & George On Film
7pm in the Crypt at St Marylebone Parish Church, starting in September 2019
A series of six films featuring the works of Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw with introductions by Professor Paul Loosley.
For this series Paul Loosley examines the broad cinema canon of a couple of fiercely intelligent playwrights; both Dublin-born, who, while both having much to say about London society.
Oscar Wilde was a confirmed aesthete and a lover of all things beautiful. His work reflected both his self-declared wit and was peppered with Lords and Ladies and set in London townhouses.
George Bernard Shaw on the other hand was a confirmed socialist, pacifist and Christian. Frowning on the disparity between the idle rich and the hard-working poor, Shaw managed to lighten his burdensome political statements with clever metaphor and an equally superlative wit.
Before each screening Paul will discuss each film for approximately 30 minutes, giving insights into the playwright, the play and the production of the film. Altogether an interesting, instructive and enlightening evening that will also contribute to the welfare of one of London’s most historic and beautiful places of worship.
10th September George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion (1938)
24th September Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband (1999)
8th October George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara (1941)
22nd October Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan (1949)
5th November George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan (1957)
19th November Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)
Tickets £5 each film or £25 for all 6 screenings can be obtained on the door or via the parish office, telephone: 020 7935 7315, email: email@example.com
All proceeds are for the Roof Appeal.
Event runs until 20 September 2019
Breathing is so much more than simply biology. From babies’ first cries to our final dying gasps, breath is our constant companion on the journey through life.
This new exhibition draws on art, philosophy, anthropology, medicine, history and literature to demonstrate the unique role of respiration in human life and culture.
Combining research from the ‘Life of Breath’ project led by the universities of Durham and Bristol with contemporary artworks, and alongside objects from the Royal College of Physicians’ amazing 500-year old collections, these new displays vividly convey how breathing is not simply a bodily function, but a force that allows us to speak, laugh and sing.
In the UK today one in five people has breathing difficulties or respiratory illness. In fact, respiratory disease is the third biggest cause of death in the country. Yet, despite this startling reality, to many people breathlessness as a condition is – like the air - invisible.
Seeking to break through this silence and stigma, the exhibition brings together the voices of patients and clinicians through time, speaking to the vital importance of breath itself and the atmosphere we all share.
From an Italian Renaissance Bible to a Victorian edition of Charles Dickens’ classic novel ‘Bleak House’. An 18th century medicine jar that once contained ‘dried fox lungs’ to a 21st century cyclist’s breathing masks. From one of the earliest ever stethoscopes to the moving and graphic account of a young man caring for his father in the final stages of illness. A pipe of peace to an advertisement for ‘asthma cigarettes’. The incredibly diverse objects on show relate how breath can contain profound social and spiritual meaning, as well as being a marker of both health and illness.
Occasionally harrowing, often hopeful, never less than intriguing and frequently inspiring ‘Catch your breath’ reflects on the ways in which we experience breathing and breathlessness, how doctors have diagnosed and treated the diseases which cause distress, and how artists and writers have sought to capture this most fundamental of human actions.
The exhibition seeks to raise our consciousness of breath and breathlessness, to tackle the stigma that surrounds breathing problems and place this universal act - that defines human life and yet so often goes unnoticed by so many – in the forefront of our minds.
The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of events and late openings for more details visit the website at https://history.rcplondon.ac.uk/event/catch-your-breath
This 45 minute walk delves into the history of one of Britain’s most visited attractions, Madame Tussauds London. Madame Marie Tussaud mixed with French high society until she was imprisoned during the French revolution. Her death masks of executed nobility were displayed in an exhibition at the Baker Street Bazaar. On this walk we learn about the lady, her legacy and the famous faces inside. Free to attend, meet us at 55 Baker Street.
A unique opportunity to glimpse London life as it would have been in the 18th and 19th century – if you were wealthy. Lord Revelstoke, of the Baring banking family, described as ‘one of the most conspicuous consumers’ of his time, bought the building to house his vast collection of antiques and art. A banking crisis (and a Bank of England bailout) still left him bankrupt but a few decades later the building was acquired by the newly formed English Speaking Union whose aim was to promote communication to bolster international understanding and, ultimately, peace. Today the ESU still operates as a members’ club but also runs an extensive educational programme to help young people express themselves and to think for themselves. Our visit will take approximately 1 hour, with a guide to take us through the history of this remarkable place. To reserve a place contact firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 020 7916 9353. Cost £5 (to include tea/coffee after the tour)
Following on from last year’s popular evening at the traditional Italian restaurant Anacapri, several members have requested a repeat visit this year.
As previously Emilio will provide the same offer of a three course dinner, with house wine, from the extensive A La Carte menu, (with the exception of fillet steak and Dover sole) for a maximum of only £35 per person including service. Those attending last year will remember the generous portions and free-flowing wine.
The restaurant will take individual payments on the night and if you decide on just two courses, the charge will be lower.
The dinner has been arranged by Lois German and there is limited availability, so please book your place as soon as possible by contacting Lois on email@example.com or by phone 0207 487 2706.
Tales of true life crimes in Old Marylebone, from the Blackout Ripper, a terrifying serial killer, to a murderous butler and a horrific death in a hotel. Find out how the police went about solving these crimes and discover how successful they were in apprehending the culprits. Lasts 90 minutes. Free to attend, meet us at 55 Baker Street.
Marylebone Town Hall opened in 1920 and was listed in 1981. It has now become part of the London Business School campus but is also still one of the most popular venues in London for weddings and civil partnerships including the marriages of the Beatles and several Hollywood Stars. Learn about the celebrities who liked the venue so much they got married here twice and hear about all the gossip, the history and secret royal connections. Free to attend, meet us at 55 Baker Street.
Discover the public art in the Quarter, from memorials, statues including Baker Street’s very own Sherlock Holmes to the treasures in the Wonderpass. Free to attend, meet us at 55 Baker Street.
Helmets, breastplates, gauntlets, swords, muskets and even a cannon! Take a walk through time, from the height of fashion in armour to the deadliest weapons, meet the metal that meant the difference between life and death. FREE to attend, registration will open in January.
The SOE was a secret branch of the military devoted to espionage and sabotage in World War II. Learn about their Baker Street base, their clandestine methods and about more recent secret service offices in the Quarter. Free to attend, meet us at 55 Baker Street.
Learn more about Baker Street Quarter music moguls, composers and singers, past and present, including Dusty Springfield, Gerry Rafferty, Eric Coates, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Jimi Hendrix and Hughie Green. Free to attend, meet us at 55 Baker Street.
If you would like to feature a local event here please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details.
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