Where to see interesting political/scientific/general interest talks in London
August 8, 2006 2:50 AM   Subscribe

Where to see interesting political/scientific/general interest talks in London

I enjoy going to talks and learning about new things. I have already gone to quite a few talks in London, including the political/social talks organised by Friends of Le Monde Diplomatique (the website's seems to be down at the moment, but was working last week), scientific talks at the Science Museum's Dana Centre and travel talks at the Globetrotter's club. I see that the Royal Society in London also has occasional talks.

Is there anywhere else that runs regular talks? I don't mind paying to see things, although would prefer it to be free or only a few quid. I'm interested in going to talks about pretty much any topic - politics, social & environmental issues, travel, food etc. Not so keen on seeing authors/ businesses talk as I've found they tend to be focussed on the book they're publicising or selling their business.

Any ideas?
posted by ingridm to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
You could check out the local cafe scientifique - there seem to be 4 in London.
posted by handee at 3:14 AM on August 8, 2006

Try the Lecture List
posted by janecr at 3:25 AM on August 8, 2006

You could try the universities for starters:


The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce has a good lecture programme.

Basically any publicly funded or education based organisation will probably have some sort of public outreach programme.
posted by ninebelow at 3:26 AM on August 8, 2006

Prospect magazine has a regular list of events across the categories you mention.
posted by biffa at 3:29 AM on August 8, 2006

I'd be going to Skeptics in the Pub if it weren't for the fact I don't live in London.
posted by edd at 3:44 AM on August 8, 2006

I love the lectures given by the Royal Geographical Society.

The lectures at the Commonwealth Club aren't quite what they used to be back in the days when Nelson Mandela was an occasional speaker but they're still stimulating.

Parliament is prorogued at the moment but after the summer holidays you might find the procedings of the Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee ticks lots of your boxes.

Time Out magazine has a weekly lectures and talks section you might want to consult that.
posted by dmt at 4:29 AM on August 8, 2006

Try to openDemocracy 'events page'.
posted by Sijeka at 5:11 AM on August 8, 2006

Gresham College and the RSA both have an excellent and varied programme of talks. The Royal Geographic Society also has a good series. A good place to look is "The List" towards the back of Prospect magazine (a fine read in its own right as well).
posted by patricio at 5:31 AM on August 8, 2006

or what everyone else said before. Sorry.
posted by patricio at 5:32 AM on August 8, 2006

Nobody's mentioned the Dana Centre at IC yet.
posted by randomination at 11:08 AM on August 8, 2006

Nobody's mentioned the Dana Centre at IC yet.

Apart from the poster...
posted by ninebelow at 2:39 AM on August 9, 2006

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