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Area: London (East)

'The world’s first mountaineering club, was founded in 1857.  For over 150 years, members have been at the leading edge of worldwide mountaineering development and exploration. With membership, experienced and aspiring alpinists benefit from a varied meets programme, regional lectures with notable guest speakers ... The Alpine Club welcomes applications from all those with an interest in the high mountains. We are predominantly a climbing club, but we also have a strong contingent of members whose interest in the greater ranges is historical, artistic or scientific.'

Established 2000: 'In general terms, Anomalistic Psychology attempts to explain paranormal and related beliefs, and ostensibly paranormal experiences in terms of known or knowable psychological and physical factors'.

'The Society exists to promote an interest in and an understanding of science in all its disciplines. Topics range widely, drawn from all aspects of science and technology.  We invite experts to speak about the current state and advances in their field.  The talks are usually illustrated, and followed by a question time. No special knowledge beyond an interest in science is needed for a worthwhile evening, although some lectures are more technical in nature than others ... Our meetings are open to the public and we welcome visitors.'

Category Booksellers

'A small but beautiful independent bookshop in busy Broadway Market, Hackney. We specialise in literary fiction and have a good range of poetry, philosophy & essays, politics, biography, city literature, travel, art, fashion, music and children’s books ... We have our own programme of events at the shop and we also welcome enquiries about events outside of that. Our capacity is about 20 seated and 40-50 standing.'

Category Arts and Crafts

'Celebrating the history of fans and the art of fan making ... Nestled in the heart of historic Greenwich, The Fan Museum is home to a diverse collection of fans from around the world, dating from the 12th century to the present day. Our collections are displayed in changing exhibitions exploring the different themes which have inspired fan makers throughout history: politics, fashion, fine art and architecture to name but a few.'

'The Flamsteed is an amateur astronomy society at the Royal Observatory and National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London SE10. It has around 400 members who represent the full range of interests and experience in astronomy. Many are beginners. It is named after the first Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed ... Our main lecture meetings are held once a month between September and June, usually on a Monday evening ... They cover the full range of astronomy and space science – from black holes to solar eclipses – with guest speakers from all the leading universities and space institutes.'

'The Freud Museum was the final home of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, and his daughter Anna Freud, a pioneering child psychoanalyst ... The Freud Museum exists to promote the intellectual and cultural legacies of Sigmund and Anna Freud for the learning and enjoyment of all. While caring for the house and collections, we aim to highlight the relevance of Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud and psychoanalysis in the contemporary world ... We are a place for debate and discussion of Freud and psychoanalysis in the arts, in culture, in ideas and in contemporary life.'

'The Last Tuesday Society was founded in 1873 at Harvard by William James & brought to London as a 'pataphysical organisation in autumn 2006 by The Chancellor Viktor Wynd & The Provost David Piper. The society is aiming to become a non profit with full charitable status ...'

'The Leo Baeck Institute London, founded in 1955, was named after the last public representative of the Jewish community in Nazi Germany. Its members conduct and support research into the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry from the 17th century to the present day. The Institute aims to facilitate academic exchange among all of those engaged in understanding the history and culture of German-speaking Jews in Europe and throughout its diaspora ... The Institute organises a range of events, which are advertised on our website. All our scholarly events, such as lecture series and conferences, are free and also aimed at a broad audience.'

Category Booksellers

'Founded in 1978. In these days when the going is hard for many small businesses, and for independent bookshops in particular, it is a significant achievement for a bookshop to survive for such a time, and Newham Bookshop isn’t just surviving, it’s positively thriving ... We invite authors to talk about their work, sign copies of their books and meet their fans. The range of guests is very broad, as you can see from the archive of events.'

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'The building was a hotbed of revolutionary thinking in the 18th century and holds stories of Richard Price, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Andrew Pritchard and most notably Mary Wollstonecraft – leading to it being described as one of the birthplaces of modern Western feminism ... We host a regular programme of events and exhibitions celebrating our history and offering a radically inclusive welcome to our local community.'

'Founded in 1996, the club challenges the commercialisation and isolation of modern life. We meet monthly on Saturday evening. Free entry: voluntary donations welcome.'

Category Booksellers

'Opened in 2008, Pages of Hackney is a small award-winning bookshop on the Lower Clapton Road. We sell an eclectic mix of books in the areas of literary fiction, politics, feminism, essays and life writing as well as philosophy, psychology, nature writing, music and children’s books. Our priority is to be a friendly, welcoming community bookshop that feels accessible and inclusive: we want each customer to feel that the bookshop is for them, and we do our best to give our customers individually as much time and thought as we can. It’s also important to us to support the issues and authors we believe in, and to give a platform to marginalised voices in publishing.'

'There are many events, workshops and activities which take place on the Queen Mary University campuses or are hosted in our London communities, that are open to all. From getting hands-on with experiments, to finding out the most recent advances in science, humanities or medicine, our programmes have something for all ages and interests.'

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