Curious Arts Festival: The History of Sex
Aug
23
to Aug 26

Curious Arts Festival: The History of Sex

Curious Arts, the literary festival will be returning this year and they have some incredible speakers lined up including Misha Glenny, Kirsty Laing and THE TROUBLE CLUB!

Yes, they’ve given us a stage on the 24th of August where a trio of sexperts will discuss the History of Sex. One of London's most celebrated literary lesbians, Stephanie Theobold will join Rowan Pelling, former Erotic Review proprietor and Daily Telegraph columnist and author, Dr. Fern Riddell. A historian who specialises in sex, suffrage and culture in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Beware this event is not for prudes.

If you’d like to purchase a ticket for the event, head to: https://curiousartsfestival.com/ Our members will get a 25% discount. Send us an email at members@thetroubleclub.com to receive the code.

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Untroubled: The Risks of Procrastination with Dr Fuschia Sirois
Sep
2
7:00 PM19:00

Untroubled: The Risks of Procrastination with Dr Fuschia Sirois

7pm, Monday 2nd September, Mortimer House

Does anyone else feel that if they didn’t give in to the overwhelming force of procrastination they’d probably have written 3 books, gained a PhD and built a successful company all while maintaining the muscular definition of Thor? The tempting voice in our heads that forces us to leave everything till the last minute or avoid the difficult entirely isn’t just stopping us from reaching our full potential but may also be bad for our health.

To save us with facts and figures we have Dr Fuschia Sirois, leading psychologist in the field of health and well-being, coming to tell us about the science behind our dithering habits. Dr Sirois has been researching the human habit of procrastination for over 14 years with a special focus on chronic procrastinators. If you want to learn why we procrastinate and how to overcome the urge, then book a ticket now (don’t wait till the last minute).

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Members Dinner with Kate Adie: COMING SOON
Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

Members Dinner with Kate Adie: COMING SOON

War reporter and ex BBC Chief News Correspondent Kate Adie will be joining us for an intimate dinner to talk about her incredible life in journalism. After getting her big break reporting on the 1980 Iranian Embassy Siege, Kate has been at the centre of numerous international conflicts including The Gulf War, the Rwandan Genocide and the 2000 war in Sierra Leone.

Having written countless books about her experiences including her autobiography The Kindness of Strangers and Corsets to Camouflage: Women and War, Kate will be joining us to discuss the news, the media and to share her countless experiences as a reporter in the field.

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The freedom to speak, the freedom to tweet, the freedom to troll?
Sep
16
7:00 PM19:00

The freedom to speak, the freedom to tweet, the freedom to troll?

7pm, Monday 16th September, The Groucho Club

16 years ago Facebook arrived on the scene followed shortly by Twitter. We thought it was going to open up pleasant social discourse. How wrong we were. Now comes the question of whether online content - should be regulated. Arguing this corner is Seyi Akiwowo, a former councillor and target of trolls, and now the founder of Fix The Glitch which is campaigning for platforms to take responsibility. But does this challenge free speech and who decides where to draw the line? Jodie Ginsberg, chief executive of Index on Censorship and defender of free speech will be joining us to give an alternative view. Which side are you on?

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Untroubled: Rachel Kelly on Mental Health
Oct
7
7:00 PM19:00

Untroubled: Rachel Kelly on Mental Health

7pm, Monday 7th October, Mortimer House

16 million people in the UK suffer from mental illness which equates to about 1 in 4 adults. There’s no quick fix for a healthy mind but bestselling author and mental health activist Rachel Kelly has spent years writing and sharing evidence-based techniques that allow her readers to tackle their problems head-on.

Rachel was diagnosed with serious depression in her early thirties after suffering two depressive episodes. Since then Rachel has become a Sunday Times bestseller after writing about her experiences and recovery. Rachel will be joining us to discuss her strategies on how to stay calm and well. From poetry to nutrition and her walking on sunshine workshops, Rachel will be giving us the details on what we can all actively do to keep a clear head.

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Brexit: Over the Cliff!
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

Brexit: Over the Cliff!

7pm, Monday 21st October

Hold this date for a Brexit update and discussion. All we can say for sure is our blood pressure and stress levels will be spiking and that there will be plenty of opinions from both our panelists and you our members. Get this one in the diary now.

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Members Event: Cindy Sherman at the National Portrait Gallery
Jul
8
4:00 PM16:00

Members Event: Cindy Sherman at the National Portrait Gallery

This summer the National Portrait Gallery is featuring leading contemporary artist Cindy Sherman and we’ve managed to score some free tickets for our members. The exhibition includes the groundbreaking series, Untitled Film Stills, 1977-80 as well as 150 of Cindy’s pieces from the 70’s to the present day. Members can join us free of charge.

Start Time: 4pm

Price: (Members only)

Members: Free. No guest tickets available.

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Untroubled: What the Ancient Greeks Can Tell Us About How to be Happy
Jul
1
7:00 PM19:00

Untroubled: What the Ancient Greeks Can Tell Us About How to be Happy

7pm Mon 1st July Mortimer House, Mortimer Street, W1

We’ve been on the edge of our seats waiting to hear about Aristotle’s theories on happiness and leading a full life. Edith Hall, philosopher and classicist, may have had to cancel before but she’s back to spill all the secrets to living well.

This is the topic of Edith’s latest book Aristotle’s Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life, copies of which will be available to buy on the night.

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Kit de Waal on Common People: Working class voices in literature.
Jun
24
7:00 PM19:00

Kit de Waal on Common People: Working class voices in literature.

7pm, Monday 24th June, The Groucho Club

Is literary fiction too middle class? Possibly. But that’s not to say there isn’t some great working class literature that opens our eyes. Award-winning novelist Kit de Waal has been knocking out bestsellers - her first novel, My Name is Leon won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year in 2017, and her second, The Trick to Time was longlisted for The Women's Prize. While knocking out her bestsellers, Kit has also been a vocal advocate for working class writers. She has just crowdfunded an anthology of working class writing called Common People (sorry Jarvis!). Some names you will be familiar with - Louise Doughty, the author behind Apple Tree Yard and Malorie Blackman, author of The Norts and Crosses series.

This evening we are going to be talking about voice, class and privilege with Kit de Waal and some of her writers.

Price: Non members £20

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CogX: AI festival
Jun
10
to Jun 12

CogX: AI festival

CogX is an incredible artificial intelligence festival coming to London this June. Their purpose is to explore whether or not the world’s most urgent problems can be solved using the latest and most innovative tech. There is a brilliant line-up of speakers and you don’t need to be in tech to appreciate it . You can read more about it here: CogX

The free tickets worth over £1000 that were on offer to current members have already sold out. However, you can email us at members@thetroubleclub.com and we’ll add you to the waitlist.

We also have a number of Expo & Networking Passes worth £159. We’re offering them for free to anyone who wants to join as a member. Want to come? Grab one of our members tickets below and sign up to become a member here: https://www.thetroubleclub.com/about-membership

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CogX: AI festival (Member's Tickets) SOLD OUT
Jun
10
to Jun 12

CogX: AI festival (Member's Tickets) SOLD OUT

CogX is an incredible artificial intelligence festival coming to London this June. Their purpose is to explore whether or not the world’s most urgent problems can be solved using the latest and most innovative tech. There is a brilliant line-up of speakers and you don’t need to be in tech to appreciate it . You can read more about it here: CogX

Tickets are usually £1297 (!) but Trouble has secured several dozen tickets for our full members for a mere £0. Yes free. Want to come. Of course you do.

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Late Night - Exclusive Members Screening
Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

Late Night - Exclusive Members Screening

  • 45 Warren St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 6AG (map)
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6pm, Thursday 6th June, Fitzrovia

We are hosting a private screening of Emma Thompson’s new film LATE NIGHT before the film hits UK cinemas on the 7th June. There will be drinks and nibbles before the film.

LATE NIGHT is the story of legendary late-night talk show host Katherine Newbury (Thompson) who, after years of complacency and declining ratings, finds her show is on the network’s chopping block. Katherine’s world is turned upside down when she hires her first ever female staff writer, Molly Patel (Kaling) who brings fresh eyes and an honest perspective. Katherine’s decision has unexpectedly hilarious consequences, as her show is upended by Molly’s passionate, unapologetic, at times outright bizarre approach to comedy and to life. By finally opening up to Molly and to her audience, with warmth, vulnerability (and the occasional menopause joke) Katherine reconnects with both the public and those closest to her.

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Untroubled: Love and Statistics ❤️
Jun
3
7:00 PM19:00

Untroubled: Love and Statistics ❤️

7pm, Monday 3rd June, Mortimer House

Ever wanted to know why you end up with penis pics instead of dinner invites? How much of it is down to your selfie pics and how much to the basic mathematics that underpin the pursuit of love?

Hermione Way, Tinder’s ex Head of Communications will be joining us to talk about the algorithm of the hook-up and the stats of romance. Gillian McCallum, acclaimed matchmaker with 30 years of experience matching high calibre individuals will be joining us too. In addition, we will be joined by our very own member Josa Keyes who is a novelist and poet with the added responsibility of persuading senior managements about the nature and importance of data by talking about dating apps to keep them updated on the trend.

Come along to hear the facts of the industry and learn how to get a piece of the action.

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Members event: Does My Bomb Look Big In This? SOLD OUT
May
24
7:15 PM19:15

Members event: Does My Bomb Look Big In This? SOLD OUT

Theatre outing gang? We’ve picked this: Nyla Levy’s honest and hilarious play Does My Bomb Look Big In This? It will be showing at the Soho Theatre, always a hotbed of talent, from the end of May and we’ve got a bunch of tickets for Friday 24th.

The play follows the journey of two young Muslim girls who both live in London but have a very different relationship with the city they’ve grown up in. It’s a story that goes beyond the dramatic headlines to discover the world beneath and asks the question: are we heading towards multicultural harmony or moving away from it?

As well as discounted tickets we have also bagged a booth in the bar to ensure we have enough seats and booze to discuss what we’ve seen.

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Members, plus a friend: £15 each.

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Extinction Rebellion
May
20
7:00 PM19:00

Extinction Rebellion

7pm, Monday 20th May, Söderberg Soho

We've all forgotten that this lot got naked and displayed their plump young buttocks in front of parliament. They've done a whole lot more to get noticed since then. The Extinction Rebellion gang has been in the news constantly over the last few weeks for their peaceful yet tenacious protests, and we decided that if they’re willing to get clapped in irons to expose the issue, we should at least have a chat about the gloomy reality facing our planet.

Farhana Yamin, the academic and climate change lawyer who glued herself to the Shell building will be joining us along with Tiana Jacout, co-founder of Woman Fest the first female only festival in the UK.

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Untroubled: How to Alter Your Brain and Change Your Life - SOLD OUT
May
14
7:00 PM19:00

Untroubled: How to Alter Your Brain and Change Your Life - SOLD OUT

7pm Tues 14th May, Mortimer House, Mortimer Street, W1

While it’s all very well expanding your mind, what if you want to change how it works? Neuroscientist and top leadership coach Dr Tara Swart knows how. We’ve invited Tara along to talk to Trouble about the latest in cognitive science, and reveal the secrets to mastering our troublesome minds.

As well as being a doctor and scientist, Tara has years of experience coaching highly influential people, helping them reach their potential. She’s also just published a new book on the subject The Source, which offers readers guidance on everything from rewiring unhelpful pathways to harnessing the power of visualisation so you’re ready to grab opportunities with both hands. Copies available on the night.

This is part of Trouble’s new monthly residency at Mortimer House ‘Untroubled’, a little less on hard debate and a little more on how to live well. A bit more chilled, in short.

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Where it all went wrong with Elizabeth Day- SOLD OUT
May
7
7:00 PM19:00

Where it all went wrong with Elizabeth Day- SOLD OUT

7pm Tuesday 7th May, private venue in Covent Garden

If you don’t know who Elizabeth Day is, Trouble suggests you Google it. Award-winning author, journalist and source of endless wit and wisdom on Twitter, Elizabeth will be joining us to talk about How to Fail, her new book based on her cult podcast series of the same name.

In How to Fail, Elizabeth looks at where it all went wrong, and how to make it right. She’s just sold out the Dalston Rio in 24 hours, but hey - Trouble’s got her too. Copies of the book will be available to buy on the night. We will let you know the venue by email just before the event.

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Members: £8, plus one £8 ticket for a guest (please select two member tickets when you book)
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Members Dinner with Asma Khan at Darjeeling Express
Apr
29
7:00 PM19:00

Members Dinner with Asma Khan at Darjeeling Express

7pm Mon 29th April, Darjeeling Express, Kingly Court

SOLD OUT ALREADY - SORRY!

Trouble is delighted to invite members to dinner with chef and restaurateur Asma Khan at her Carnaby Street restaurant Darjeeling Express.

The first British chef on hit Netflix series A Chef’s Table, Asma came to the cooking profession via a career in law. While studying for a PhD in British Constitutional Law, she set up a Mughlai supper club in her home in Kensington, inviting a group of Indian women who worked locally as nannies. A successful pop-up followed, and she now oversees a busy central London restaurant staffed by an all-female team of chefs, many of whom had never previously worked in a professional kitchen.

Asma will be talking to us about her experiences in both the legal and culinary worlds, as well as the Indian elections, taking place in April and May.

Please note, this is a members only event.

Members can bring one guest per member (if you would like to bring a guest, please pay for two member tickets)

Price: £12.50 each for communal wine and water and the table reservation.

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Politics: Let's start again, shall we?
Apr
15
7:00 PM19:00

Politics: Let's start again, shall we?

7pm Monday, April 15th, The Groucho Club

How do we start again? After the political divisions and gridlock of the last few years, don't we need to rethink how we do politics?  Anyone got any bright ideas? Citizen's Assemblies? Proportional representation and coalitions? Or just burn the whole house down and start again? 

Catherine Mayer, co-founder of the Women's Equality Party does. She will be joined by Ann Coffey, MP for Stockport and TIG member as well as Annabel Mullin leader of the Renew Party. We will be wanting your ideas too. 

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Untroubled: What the Ancient Greeks Can Tell Us About How to be Happy
Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

Untroubled: What the Ancient Greeks Can Tell Us About How to be Happy

7pm Mon 8th April Mortimer House, Mortimer Street, W1

Edith Hall was scheduled to come and introduce us all to Aristotle’s virtue ethics, but she’s had to drop out at the last minute. However, Aristotle is still on the menu and we will be talking about eudaimonia, aka the Greek guide to happiness with Julia Hobsbawm.

Author of Fully Connected: Surviving & Thriving in an Age of Overload and Arianna Huffington’s editor-at-large at well-being portal Thrive Global, Julia will be giving us the info on how Aristotle’s ideas on prosperity can play into our understanding of social health today.

This is the first event in Trouble’s new monthly residency at Mortimer House ‘Untroubled’, a little less on hard debate and a little more on how to live well. A bit more chilled, in short.

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Follow The Money: how the media pays for itself, or doesn't
Mar
18
7:00 PM19:00

Follow The Money: how the media pays for itself, or doesn't

7pm Monday 18th March, Groucho Club, Dean Street

What’s just happened? Buzzfeed, Vice and Huffington Post are laying off staff, the Pool has gone under. But weren’t these the girls and guys who were going to revolutionise big media?

Oh and Facebook has just made record profits. So let’s go under the bonnet and work out how the money works in media, who is winning, who is losing and why - this is more complex than it looks.

Leading the discussion, we have former editor-in-chief of Buzzfeed UK Janine Gibson, Katie Vanneck-Smith, former president of Dow Jones and now editor of the feted slow news venture Tortoise, media analyst Claire Enders, and one more person to be confirmed. They will be discussing various models, including social media, as well as looking at how commercial interests are involved.

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Members: Free, plus one complimentary guest per member (if you would like to bring a guest, please select two member tickets)

Non-members: £20

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Wildcard Brewery Tour
Mar
4
7:00 PM19:00

Wildcard Brewery Tour

7pm Monday 4th March, Wildcard Brewery, Lockwood Way, Walthamstow

Join us for our first ever Trouble Club piss-up in a brewery. We’ll be heading to the Wildcard Brewery and Taproom for a bespoke private tour lead by Head Brewer and chemical engineer Jaega Wise. Jaega’s unusual in being a woman brewer, and not only that, her beers are fantastic. Even if you’re not a beer drinker, you’ll be fascinated by the process.

Jaega will take us round the brewery before leading a tasting where we’ll try 1/3 of a pint of 4 different beers. And then if you’re still thirsty we can all go for a gin nearby.

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£10 per ticket

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#MeToo The Reboot: Power and Politics
Feb
25
7:00 PM19:00

#MeToo The Reboot: Power and Politics

7pm Monday 25th February, Groucho Club, Dean Street

We talked a lot about #metoo. But what happened next? 15 months after our last #metoo talk, it is time to return to see if any progress has been made. We will be talking broadly about it, but with a specific eye to Westminster, the crucible of power, where the drama of sexual harassment and bullying accusations has been played out in the public eye.
Our speakers for this event are Laura Hughes, political correspondent at the Financial Times, who has led an investigation into the culture of sexual harassment in Parliament, Hannah White, a former Parliamentary clerk and now deputy director of the Institute for Government, and writer and critic Kate Maltby whose allegations of impropriety led to the resignation of de facto deputy Prime Minister Damien Green.

*NOTE - SPEAKER CHANGE: Laura Hughes is now covering a story abroad, so instead we have fantastic Sunday Times journalist Rosamund Urwin who has covered the #metoo movement in depth.

Prices:

Members: Free, plus one complimentary guest per member (if you would like to bring a guest, please select two member tickets)

Non-members: £20

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On the Basis of Sex - Exclusive Members Screening
Feb
20
11:30 AM11:30

On the Basis of Sex - Exclusive Members Screening

6pm for a 6.30pm start time, Wednesday 20th February, Entertainment One Films, 45 Warren Street, Fitzrovia, London. W1T 6AG

Join Trouble and Entertainment One UK for an exclusive private screening of On the Basis of Sex ahead of its UK release.

On the Basis of Sex stars Felicity Jones as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the formidable young lawyer who brought gender discrimination before the Supreme Court. Directed by Mimi Leder and written by Justice Ginsburg’s nephew Daniel Stiepleman, the film traces Ginsburg’s early career in the 1970s, as she fought numerous groundbreaking gender discrimination cases, leading to historic changes in the law. You can view the trailer here.

Taking place ahead of the film’s public release on 22nd February, the free screening will be held at Entertainment One’s private screening room. Please come along at 6pm for a 6.30pm start time. There will be nibbles served beforehand.

Tickets:

This is a free event for members, plus one guest each. If you are a member and would like to bring a friend, please book two tickets

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Leïla Slimani - Private Members Dinner
Feb
5
11:30 AM11:30

Leïla Slimani - Private Members Dinner

7pm for a 7.30pm dinner, Tuesday 5th February, The Academy Club, W1F 

International bestselling author, journalist and women’s rights commentator Leïla Slimani will be joining Trouble for an intimate dinner to discuss sexuality, slipping past Moroccan censors, and the extraordinary success of her debut novel Lullaby. She will also introduce her gripping new novel Adèle, copies of which will be available on the night. The evening will be hosted by broadcaster and presenter of Monocle 24's Meet the Writers Georgina Godwin. 

Slimani was the twelfth woman to win the Prix Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary prize, for her novel, Lullaby, which was published by Faber in 2018. She is a French-Moroccan journalist and frequent commentator on women’s and human rights, and was appointed as Macron’s personal representative for the promotion of the French language and culture in 2017. She lives in Paris. 

About Adèle

Respected journalist Adèle appears to have the perfect life, but beneath the veneer of 'having it all' she is bored - consumed by an insatiable need for sex, whatever the cost. Struggling to contain the twin forces of compulsion and desire, she begins to orchestrate her life around her one night stands and extramarital affairs, eventually becoming ensnared in a trap of her own making.

Please note, this is a members only event.

Members can bring one guest per member (if you would like to bring a guest, please select two member tickets)

Price: £12.50 each for communal wine and water and the table reservation.

Food on top is at your discretion - we will always choose somewhere reasonably priced

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Viv Groskop: How to Own the Room
Jan
28
11:30 AM11:30

Viv Groskop: How to Own the Room

7pm Monday 28th January, Groucho Club, Dean Street

We are pleased to (AHEM, clears throat and adopts a heroic posture) WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE Viv Groskop will be teaching us how to own a room and command respect and the admiration of our peers. This is especially important as we are, of course, notable wallflowers at Trouble ....

Journalist, stand up comedian, MC and rather successful podcaster, Viv has hosted book tours for Graham Norton and Jo Brand, is the veteran of four Edinburgh Fringe shows and fronts the cult podcasts Dear Viv and We Are Women. She has presented BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and Saturday Review and appears regularly on BBC1’s This Week. As an executive coach, she works with women across business, media and advertising, helping them to hone their authority, presence and leadership.

We will be selling copies of the book on the night for £12.99, and will have a card machine to take payments so no need to bring cash. PS: Viv might be happy to sign them, depends how commanding you are when you ask her…

A bit about the book
Most books about public speaking don’t tell you what to do when you open your mouth and nothing comes out. And they don’t tell you how to get over the anxiety about performance that most people naturally have. They don’t tell you what to do in the moments when you are made, as a woman, to feel small. They don’t tell you how to own the room. This book does.

From the way Michelle Obama projects ‘happy high status’, and the power of J.K.Rowling’s understated speaking style, to Virginia Woolf’s leisurely pacing and Oprah Winfrey’s mastery of inner conviction, what is it that our heroines do to make us sit up and listen - really listen - to their every word? And how can you achieve that impact in your own life? Here’s how.

She also has a rather good podcast, where Viv speaks to inspirational women about the secrets of brilliant speaking. Including Nigella Lawson and Mary Beard.

Prices:

Members: Free, plus one complimentary guest per member (if you would like to bring a guest, please select two member tickets)

Non-members: £20

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Anna Soubry: The Great British Brexit Balls Up
Jan
23
11:30 AM11:30

Anna Soubry: The Great British Brexit Balls Up

7.30pm - 9pm Wednesday 23rd January, The Radisson Blu Hotel, Bloomsbury Street, WC1.

It’s all to play for in Brexit and Trouble is delighted to welcome MP Anna Soubry, the hero of College Green, on Wednesday 23rd January.

Soubry has been one of the most strident voices against the current Withdrawal Deal, believing May’s deal doesn’t deliver the Brexit people voted for. She’s also an advocate for a People’s Vote.

We will be talking about the divisions in Parliament, the options on the table and what happens next, and how you can get the Brexit you want. This is a big discussion so come ready to vent your opinions and frustrations.

Remainers, Brexiteers and switchers welcome. No gilet jaunes, I’m afraid.

Price:

Members: Free, plus one complimentary guest per member (if you would like to bring a guest, please select two member tickets)
Non-members: £20

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*Please note: there is a small chance Anna may have to cancel due to Parliamentary business, which usually finishes at a fixed time on a Wednesday. In the unlikely case that she does, the event will go ahead with Joy Lo Dico (Monocle's Brexit correspondent) who will be joined by a panel of journalists discussing the Brexit issues of the day.


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Current Affairs Supper-January
Jan
14
11:30 AM11:30

Current Affairs Supper-January

Monday 14th January 2019, The Mayfair Hotel, Stratton Street

7pm for 7.30pm dinner. Finishing 9pm, but you can stay on later.

Current Affairs Supper for MEMBERS ONLY.

NOTE: This will be an intimate dinner for approximately 12-20 people.

For our next dining outing, we'll be focusing on topics and tensions in China, from Huawei to trade wars and the economic downturn. Joining us to guide the conversation is Jemimah Steinfeld, Deputy Editor of Index on Censorship, and author of Little Emperors & Material Girls: Sex and Youth in China. You will be one of a merry band of 12 or so around the table. No specialist knowledge necessary, just bring your questions and opinions, along with your appetite.

Tickets: £12.50 incl. communal wine and water and the table reservation.

The meal is an exquisite three course supper, for which we have a special price of only £30 per head, payable at the end of the dinner.


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A Private War - Exclusive Members Screening
Jan
7
11:30 AM11:30

A Private War - Exclusive Members Screening

6pm for a 6.30pm start time, Monday 7th January, Dolby Theatre, Soho Square

Trouble is excited to announce we have 15 tickets for an exclusive preview of A Private War starring Rosamund Pike as the celebrated Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin. 

The screening will take place at the Dolby Theatre on Soho Square, with drinks served beforehand.

About the film

In a world where journalism is under attack, Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin (Academy Award and BAFTA nominee Rosamund Pike) is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. As comfortable sipping martinis with London’s elite as she is confronting dictators, Colvin sacrifices loving relationships, and over time, her personal life starts to unravel as the trauma she’s witnessed takes its toll. Yet, her mission to show the true cost of war leads her, along with renowned war photographer Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan) to embark on the most dangerous assignment of their lives in the besieged Syrian city of Homs.

This is an exclusive chance to see the film ahead of its February release.

Based on the extraordinary life of Marie Colvin, A Private War is brought to the screen by Academy Award-nominee and critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman, and is nominated for two Golden Globes including Best Actress (Drama).

IN UK & IRISH CINEMAS FROM 15th FEBRUARY 2019

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Bitcoin: Boom or Bust?
Aug
20
12:30 PM12:30

Bitcoin: Boom or Bust?

7pm Monday 20th August, Groucho Club, Dean Street

Led by the Financial Times’ Chloe Cornish, we’re going to decrypt the world of crypto-currencies. 
Is it worth having a portfolio of crypto as well as a portfolio career? Or is it just a made-up market? What's an ICO and where do you take your pick-axe to go mining? And why has this virtual currencies world sprung up, and how is bro-culture impacting who gets a way in?

To discuss, Trouble’s panel will include Aless Sollberger, who founded health food company Evermore off of the back of her bitcoin investment, Anushka Sharma, the founder of frontier tech company Naaut, who can tell us how the blockchain functions for an interplanetary future, and Sarah Azouvi, PhD research student at UCL’s Computer Science Department.

£10 for members of Trouble (you may also book a ticket for a friend @£10)

£20 for non-members of Trouble

Please note, you have to be a paid-up member of Trouble for the reduced price tickets.  


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Over The Influencers - with Holly Bourne and friends
Jul
16
12:30 PM12:30

Over The Influencers - with Holly Bourne and friends

7pm Monday 16 July at the Groucho Club, Dean Street

Social media - especially Instagram - brims with them, but what makes an influencer? What influence can they actually have? Is it fair that domestic abusers chucked out of TOWIE can still make a living from their social media presence? Is it right that teenagers can amass thousands of followers? How does this new class of celebrity work - does taking photos holding up sachets of tummy teas even count as work? And how do we the public lap it all up?

To discuss, Trouble is hosting Holly Bourne, the author of best-selling novel How Do You Like Me Now, journalist Vicky Spratt, art director and trend researcher Natalie Hasseck and Sirin Kale, Broadly associate editor who recently explored an influencer-only app INTO, offering influencers free dinners in exchange for social media clout.

REDUCED PRICE Tickets £5

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It's Coming Home/Gareth Southgate Appreciation Society
Jul
11
12:30 PM12:30

It's Coming Home/Gareth Southgate Appreciation Society

6.45pm for a 7pm kickoff - ends around 9pm (unless we go to extra time and penalties) 11th July

L’Escargot, Soho.

England take on Croatia at the semi-finals of the men’s football World Cup 2018. The first semi-final for England since before half of its current team were born, and an opportunity to avenge 52 years of hurt, it’s going to be a tense match. So we’ll be watching from the comfort of L’Escargot. There will be pleasant seating, a bar in close proximity, and a nil-nil risk of being splattered with warm beer. Waistcoats optional.


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Frida Kahlo V&A Preview
Jun
13
12:30 PM12:30

Frida Kahlo V&A Preview

Wednesday 13th June

2.30pm - 4pm - The Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington

Trouble has landed some very exclusive tickets to a private preview of Making Her Self Up, the new Frida Kahlo exhibition at the V&A. Tickets are free for members so if you’d like to get your hands on them, please visit our Facebook page right away.

This event will feature an early preview of the exhibition, which explores the way Kahlo combined her art with Mexican iconography to create her now-iconic and striking personal identity. There will also be a special talk from the curator, Circe Henestrosa, so do join us for this opportunity to see Kahlo’s artefacts shown for the first time outside of Mexico.

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Behold Sarah Churchwell
May
14
1:00 PM13:00

Behold Sarah Churchwell

Monday 14 May

7pm - The Groucho Club, Soho

Why America First and what happened to the American Dream? This is the question posed by Professor Sarah Churchwell, in her new book Behold America, and also a question many liberal Americans must ask themselves every morning over coffee in the era of Donald Trump. 

Sarah will both look at the roots of the America First movement that started in 1940 and how the US puts itself back together again after its most divisive President. She is Professor of Public Understanding at the University of London and a brilliant speaker. This is a highly recommended evening.  

NB This is a members only event. Members may bring three guests. 

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Primates @ The Soho Theatre
Apr
27
1:00 PM13:00

Primates @ The Soho Theatre

Friday 27 April

8.45pm, The Soho Theatre

Trouble's Sophie Wilkinson recommends Primates at the Soho Theatre because, she says, its star Tessa Coates is proper funny. Coates is one part of the Massive Dad women's sketch group - their last Edinburgh show sold out. So we called the Soho Theatre and now have a dozen discounted tickets and a booth reserved in the bar to drink in before and after the show. Who's in? 

Read more here: https://sohotheatre.com/shows/tessa-coates-primates/

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Veganism: should we go the whole hog?
Apr
16
1:00 PM13:00

Veganism: should we go the whole hog?

Monday 16 April 2018

7pm - Mortimer House, 37-41 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JH


Make no mis-steak, we’re in the midst of a plant-based revolution. You’re never more than 20 paces from a new vegan joint, serving up mushroom scallops, seitan chicken and kale salads. 150,000 people took part in Veganuary, supermarkets now stock coconut-oil based imitation parmesan, and tofu scramble.

But let's make no bones about it: veganism is controversial. Is it actually healthier than a meat-based diet, is it more ethical when quinoa becomes a cash crop, and should we all switch, who will be the winners and losers in the global economy. 

Leading us through the garden of vegan, we’ll be joined by VICE writer and vegan Hannah Ewens, entrepreneur and vegan Emma Sinclair, omnivore food writer and café owner Rosie Lovell and Tomi Makanjuola, who runs the food blog The Vegan Nigerian.

£8 for paying members and £8 for your guest  

£20 for non-members

Find out about membership here

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