Talks in London

The National Theatre, British Library and Victoria & Albert Museum put on a lot of talks. Actors and directors do them at BFI Southbank (the old National Film Theatre). Big book shops like Waterstones, Hatchards and Foyles have a lot of author talks and book signings

Talks in April

Here’s our pick of the best talks, debates and interviews in London during April

Craig recommends… Watch the politicians inside the House of Lords, House of Commons and City Hall. A stroll over to Speakers’ Corner on a Sunday can sometimes be interesting

Guildhall
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Common Council meeting with the Lord Mayor

18 Oct 2018 to Attend a meeting of the Common Council at the Guildhall and see the Aldermen and Lord Mayor of London
Speakers Corner Hyde Park at Speakers’ Corner
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Listen to a speech at Speakers Corner

Visit Speakers Corner on a Sunday lunchtime and hear orators discussing whatever they like in the name of free speech
Houses Of Commons Public Gallery at Houses of Parliament
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Listen to MPs in the Houses of Commons

Visit Parliament for free and watch MPs debating in the House of Commons and House of Lords
Prime Ministers Questions Houses Of Parliament at Houses of Parliament
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Attend PMQs (Prime Ministers Questions)

You can watch the Prime Minister get grilled by the House of Commons every Wednesday at Prime Ministers Questions

Talks in May

Here are some celebrity talks and interviews being held in London this May

Grayson Perry at Royal Academy of Arts

Grayson Perry in conversation

2 May 2019 Join the Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry at the RA as he talks to his wife Philippa Perry about art and psychotherapy
Jacqueline Wilson at Royal Academy of Arts

Jacqueline Wilson talks about her books

3 May 2019 Childrens author Dame Jacqueline Wilson will be talking about her books and characters like Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather
Ken Loach at Royal Academy of Arts

Ken Loach talking about his career

3 May 2019 Listen to director Ken Loach as he talks about his fifty year career in TV and cinema with writer and critic Francine Stock
Neil Tennant at Royal Academy of Arts

Neil Tennant (from the Pet Shop Boys)

3 May 2019 Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant will be talking to John Wilson about his forty-year career and how he goes about writing songs
Michael Palin at Royal Academy of Arts

Michael Palin - Art on the small screen

6 May 2019 Listen to globe-trotting Monty Python-star Michael Palin as he talks about his interest in the work of under-appreciated artists
Dom Joly at O2 Academy Islington

An Evening with Dom Joly

15 May 2019 Dom Joly will be talking to Matt Stocks about his Trigger Happy TV show in a live Q&A session at the O2 Academy Islington
Lucy Worsley at National Portrait Gallery

Queen Victoria - Daughter Wife Mother Widow

16 May 2019 TV historian Lucy Worsley will be talking about Queen Victorias loves and all the sadness she suffered in life
Sadiq Khan at City Hall
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Sadiq Khan at Mayors Question Time

16 May 2019 to The London Assembly will be grilling Sadiq Khan at Mayors Question Time in their monthly meeting at City Hall
Danny Baker at Hackney Empire

Danny Baker - Good Time Charlies Back

17 May 2019 TV and radio star Danny Baker will be appearing at the Hackney Empire as part of his Good Time Charlies Back tour

Talks in June

If you’re visiting London in June you might like to listen to one of these talks

Michael Palin at Cadogan Hall

Michael Palin talking about HMS Erebus

22 Jun 2019 Join Monty Python-star Michael Palin as he talks about his own career and his new bestselling book about HMS Erebus

More Talks in 2019/20

You might like to plan ahead and book a ticket for one of these upcoming talks

Ian Mckellan at Olivier Theatre

Ian McKellan On Stage

15 Sep 2019 Ian McKellan will be talking about his career and reprising some of his most memorable characters on the screen and stage
Ant Middleton at London Palladium

Ant Middleton - Mind Over Muscle

25 to Ex-Special Forces soldier Ant Middleton will be bringing his Mind Over Muscle tour to the London Palladium in September
Simon Reeve at London Palladium

An Audience with Simon Reeve

16 Feb 2020 Spend an evening with the adventurer Simon Reeve as he shares some of his most thrilling stories at the London Palladium
 
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