Time to advertise a few events coming up over the next nine months or so. Firstly, Sophie Parkin will be talking about the Colony Room Club at Westminster Reference Library on the evening of Thursday 13th December between 7 and 9pm. Details here, an article on her history of the club here and a tour here. There's also a talk at the same place on actress Ellen Terry this coming Tuesday 4th December, which I would recommend.
Another noble venture is London at the Library - A Salon for the City who are organising a series of events at the same venue on the last Thursday of each month. I'm involved in one of them and other speakers will include Sukdev Sandhu, Rachel Lichtenstein, Matt Brown from the excellent Londonist, Catharine Arnold and possibly Robert Elms and Iain Sinclair. The full programme should be available on this site at some point.
Also at the library, on Friday 8th February 2013 from 6.30 to 8.00pm, A Gentleman of Hastings will be talking about Aleister Crowley's final three years at the Netherwood guesthouse and Gary Lachman will discuss Madam Blavatsky, the subject of his latest book.
I enjoyed this fascinating interview with Jonathan Meades on The Quietus site this week.
Author of Subterranean City, Beneath the Streets of London, London's Coffee Houses, Decadent London, The Folklore of London, Subterranean City (Revised and Expanded Edition), Netherwood, Last Resort of Aleister Crowley, Lord of Strange Deaths, the Fiendish World of Sax Rohmer; Secret Tunnels in England, Folklore and Fact