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

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Talks in November

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

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

Houses of Parliament
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Houses of Parliament Visitors can enter the Houses of Parliament for free and watch MPs debating in the House of Lords and House of Commons
Houses of Parliament
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Houses of Parliament You can watch the Prime Minister get grilled by the House of Commons every Wednesday at Prime Ministers Questions
Sadiq Khan at City Hall
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to City Hall The London Assembly will be grilling Sadiq Khan at Mayors Question Time in their monthly meeting at City Hall
Guildhall
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to Guildhall Attend a meeting of the Common Council at the Guildhall and see the Aldermen and Lord Mayor of London
Speakers’ Corner
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Speakers’ Corner If you visit Speakers Corner at Sunday lunchtime you can listen to an orator stand up and discuss whatever they like -- all in the name of free speech
Alison Weir at Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace Historical author Alison Weir will be talking with Siobhan Clarke about how the Tudors celebrated Christmas
Michael Morpurgo at Lyttelton Theatre

Lyttelton Theatre Michael Morpurgo will be talking about the motivations that led to him writing his West End hit War Horse
Chrissie Hynde at Royal Academy of Arts

Royal Academy of Arts Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders will be talking about her artwork and her new book Adding The Blue at the Royal Academy

Talks in December

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

Ian Rankin at British Library

British Library Crime writer Ian Rankin will be coming to the British Library to reveal which American authors have influenced his career the most
Darcey Bussell at Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A Ballet dance Darcey Bussell will be sharing some stories and her favourite photos from her thirty years in ballet
Ian Hislop at Lyttelton Theatre

Lyttelton Theatre Private Eye editor Ian Hislop will be taking a look back at the year with help from Harry Enfield John Sessions and Jan Ravens
Bettany Hughes at British Library

British Library TV historian Bettany Hughes will be giving a talk about the 6000-year history of Istanbul at the British Library
Brian Cox at Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Professor Brian Cox will be discussing what challenges and opportunities Artificial Intelligence will give us during the next decade

Talks in January 2019

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

Jess Phillips at Dorfman Theatre

Dorfman Theatre Labour MP Jess Phillips will be giving a talk entitled One Woman’s Truth About Speaking the Truth at the National Theatre
Ralph Fiennes at Olivier Theatre

Olivier Theatre Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo will be discussing what its like to play Antony and Cleopatra

Talks in March 2019

Here are a few more celebrity talks that might be worth attending in March

Simon Reeve at Barbican Hall

Barbican Hall Simon Reeve will be sharing some of his most memorable stories from his adventures to extreme corners of the planet
 
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