Where to watch lectures in London: our top 1012th August 2015
Here at thinking bob we love learning new things, and in London we’re lucky to have places to do that on tap! And that’s no more true than in lecture halls across the city, where you can listen to the world’s top experts do what they do best: have interesting discussions on everything from zombies to healthcare.
Here are our top 10 places to watch lectures in London.
1. Conway Hall
Conway Hall call themselves ‘The landmark of London’s independent intellectual, political and cultural life’ and we have to agree.
What to expect:Lectures, discussions and debates a few times a week on everything from politics to science, Doctor Who to zombies.
We love them so much we made them a thinking bob partner – which means our members get discounts! Check when we’re headed there next on our socials page.
Nearest Tube: Holborn
More information: conwayhall.org.uk
2. The British Museum
The next of our London museum giants to visit for interesting talks and discussion. They’re paid-for, but worth it, and it’s a good excuse to wander round the museum afterwards.
What to expect: Everything you expect from the British Museum – history and culture – with slightly fewer mummified heads.
Nearest Tube: Holborn
More information: britishmuseum.org/whats_on.aspx
3. The Royal Institution
Famous for the Faraday Christmas lecture, the heart of London’s science scene holds regular talks throughout the year as well.
What to expect: Anything science-related. Recent lectures have spanned the science of human error and million-pound spacesuits.
Nearest Tube: Green Park / Piccadilly Circus
More information: rigb.org/whats-on
4. The V&A
Attend a lecture at the V&A and you’ll be treated to a couple of hours in the beautiful Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre: a huge domed room overlooked by the likes of Da Vinci, Raphael and Holbein.
What to expect: Discussions and talks on history and culture from some of London’s most renowned experts.
Nearest Tube: South Kensington
More information: vam.ac.uk/whatson
5. Science Museum Lates
Science Museum Lates are an assortment of adults-only fun, science and learning. We like. Dotted through the evenings’ schedules are lectures and talks relating to the night’s theme. They’re free, but get in early as seats are limited and the nights are very popular.
What to expect: Science. Lots and lots of science.
Nearest Tube: South Kensington
More information: Visit the Lates page – schedules released on the night
As a centre for learning, healthcare, museums, archaeology and scientific research, UCL are well-placed to hold regular talks on pretty much anything. Many of their talks are free and they even hold shorter lunch hour lectures that can be watched live or online.
What to expect: Expect the unexpected. Recent talks concerned the dinosaurs of Crystal Palace and the Nepal earthquake.
Nearest Tube: Euston Square / Russell Square
More information: events.ucl.ac.uk/calendar
7. Imperial College London
The fourth science-based lecture host on our list, Imperial College London is one of the world’s best universities, and they share their excellence with London with lectures every couple of weeks or so.
What to expect: Er, science.
Nearest Tube: South Kensington (for South Kensington Campus) or Paddington (for St Mary’s Campus)
More information: Visit Imperial College London’s website
8. The British Library
London’s pillar of literacy is about more than a few old books: they also run regular talks on subjects relating to their exhibitions, plus some other treats thrown in for good measure.
What to expect: Books, history and art. An upcoming talk will welcome Michael Palin on the 40th anniversary of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Nearest Tube: King’s Cross / Euston
More information: bl.uk/events
9. Wellcome Collection
The Wellcome Collection is the place to be for ‘the incurably curious’ as they put it, and their discussions are just as popular. Discussions are held either during normal gallery evenings or during their Friday Late Spectacular.
What to expect: Everything from art to death, lullabies, and artists’ depictions of cholera (those are all actual discussions).
Nearest Tube: Euston / Euston Square
More information: wellcomecollection.org/whats-on/events/all-events
10. Queen Mary University of London
Another university on our list sharing its not inconsiderable knowledge with the public. Queen Mary lectures cover all sorts of medical curiosities, science and engineering, and they team up with Bart’s Pathology Museum too.
What to expect: Upcoming lectures cover topics like Necrophilia, happiness and referendums. All separate lectures, we might add.
Nearest Tube: Varies depending on the location
More information: qmul.ac.uk/events
Seen something you like, but need people to go with?
Then take some bobbers with you! Our members are always up for some evening geekery and sharing the experience of a lecture is the perfect way to find like-minded new people you’ll click with.
Just grab the details of the lecture you want to attend and – providing you’re a thinking bob member (it’s only £1 to join if you’re not) – then you can suggest it for our calendar and we’ll be in touch!
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