Special events for adults

Information about events for adults at your libraries in the borough. Booking is required for most events.

Special events for adults

We host a variety of special events and workshops in our libraries for adults throughout the year such as author events, history talks and craft workshops.

Register to attend an event

You can book to attend an event by emailing libraries@rbkc.gov.uk, phoning Librariesline on 020 7361 3010 or registering online if the event is on Eventbrite.

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Special events for adults: highlights


Magical creatures and architecture photo competition

Calling all all adult muggles, wizards and witches - celebrate Harry Potter Book Night by entering our photo competition. All you need to do is capture an image of the magical creatures you spot amongst the amazing London architecture.

To enter the competion, drop your photos into Chelsea Library or email them to libraries@rbkc.gov.uk by Thursday 31 January. Maximum three photos per entry.

You will be able to see all the competition entries and the winning photo at special celebration:

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The spectacle of fashion at Barkers with Susan Bishop

Join Susan Bishop for a nostalgic look at Barkers of Kensington’s 1920s fashions.

Drawing on Barkers original photographs and promotional material, Susan will paint a picture of the glamorous catwalk shows held at the store which featured the supermodels of the day. 

Sir Sydney Skinner, the chairman, demonstrated great flair by launching his spectacular Fashion Display Hall to entice customers in.

In the midst of the Great Depression, this great British entrepreneur positioned Barkers as a luxury brand to rival Gordon Selfridges’ Oxford Street emporium.

Book your free ticket for The spectacle of fashion via Eventbrite.

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Will it float? Testing your business idea

It’s a new year, and you have a new business idea. Before you rush out and do anything, you should take some time to analyse your idea and yourself as well. In this seminar, Amber Raney-Kincade, a social media trainer and marketing consultant, asks some basic but important questions to see if your idea has grounding for a business, or if it is just a flash in the pan. And since you will be at the helm of your idea, you will take part in a business personality test to see how you can best translate your idea into a business.

This is both a fun and engaging seminar, where you will walk away with some key information about yourself and your business idea.

Book your free place for Will it float? via Eventbrite.

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Les Misérables by Victor Hugo reading event

  • Tuesday 22 January
  • 6.30 to 7.30pm
  • Chelsea Library

Come and join us in reading extracts from one of the greatest novels of the 19th century, which is currently being serialised on BBC One.

Book your free place for Les Misérables by Victor Hugo reading event via Eventbrite.

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Dry January information stall

These information stalls are run by the alcohol service CGL change grow live, whose services support adults and young people to understand the risks alcohol can pose to their health and wellbeing.

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Women's health with essential oils

Join Sonal Patel, an essential oils educator and naturopathic nutrition expert, on a talk about how different essential oils can be used to support women's health and wellness. A woman's endocrine system can be thrown out of balance affecting other body systems and its functions, impacting physical and emotional well-being.

During this talk, Sonal will look at how supporting different areas of our lives with essential oils can support our body thus promoting more optimal health.

This event is now FULLY BOOKED

Book your free place for Women's health with essential oils via Eventbrite

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Colouring for adults

Need to unwind, relax and de-stress? Help yourself to colouring sheets, pick up a pencil and colour for fun, happiness and a healthy mind.

This is a free event and no need to book a place, just turn up.

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Connect to your intuition with Maria Zhulareva

Maria Zhuravleva is a Reiki master and quantum healing hypnosis practitioner. In this session, Maria will help you discover the vast potential within yourself to improve your health and well-being.

Intuition can help to make everyday decisions in your life and in this session you will learn how to listen to your intuition and stay in touch with your guidance. Also during the session we will perform a guided meditation and practice some exercises to help you develop your intuition.

Book your free place for Connect to your intuition via Eventbrite

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Torn from Home - Holocaust Memorial Day 2019

‘Home’ usually means a place of safety, comfort and security. 'Torn from Home' encourages audiences to reflect on how the enforced loss of a safe place to call ‘home’ is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide.

Come along and watch the inspiring story of a holocaust survivor, then share your responses to their story as part of the nationwide postcard project. This activity is suitable for adults and children aged seven and over.

Free and no need to book, just turn up.

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Folklore of underground London with Antony Clayton

Antony Clayton, author of 'Subterranean City: Beneath the Streets of London', 'The Folklore of London' and 'Secret Tunnels of England: Folklore and Fact' presents an illustrated talk that will uncover some of the colourful folklore of underground London.

Enjoy legends of secret tunnels and passages, buried trains, the secret street hidden beneath a major department store and subterranean ghosts in tube stations.

Antony's books will be available on the night at reduced prices.

Book your free place for Folklore of underground London via Eventbrite.

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Safer online dating

Online dating is very popular and a great way to meet new people. In this fun interactive session, you will be given savvy tips on protecting your privacy whilst online dating, such as how to spot catfish profiles, and staying safe whilst looking for romance online.

You’ll also have a chance to ask all of your online dating safety questions during the Q&A.

Book your free place for Safer online dating via Eventbrite

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Demystifying astrology

Astrology evokes much controversy - ridicule, scepticism and fascination in equal parts. But it also commands respect, sometimes from surprising quarters. If you are curious to learn about your inner time keepers and natural diaries and how they link to the planetary cycles then come along to this talk by Ysanne Lewis.

Ysanne will draw on her four decades of experience in this field to discuss the links with genetics, psychology, the business world and the timing of events. She will outline research that shows how we can apply astrology to our day to day life.

Book your free place for Demystifying astrology via Eventbrite

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Subterranean City: beneath the streets of London

Author Antony Clayton presents an illustrated talk about the inverted city beneath our streets. This subterranean world includes lost rivers, utility subways, ‘ghost’ underground stations and government bunkers and tunnels.

The talk will also uncover some of the colourful folklore of underground London and explore legends of secret passages and tunnels.

Book your free place for Subterranean City: beneath the streets of London via Eventbrite

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Keeping up with Facebook for start-ups

From security to advertising, Facebook has responded to the needs of its users with lots of changes. In this seminar, Amber Raney-Kincade, a marketing consultant will look at the recent changes to your basic Facebook account  and a few new changes on business pages.

Discover how to see who is logged into your account, how to stop seeing annoying posts from friends, and how to control who sees what you post. Amber will also explain what Facebook Stories are, and how you can use them for your personal or business page.

Book your free place for Keeping up with Facebook for start-ups via Eventbrite

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Politics and the occult with Gary Lachman

From the seventeenth century Rosicrucians to today's postmodern post-truth world, the influence of occult and mystical ideas on the gritty business of politics has been widespread, powerful and at times decisive.

This talk will show how ideas we usually relegate to the lunatic fringe have had a significant impact on the world we live in, and may indeed inform our political future. From the Masonic roots of the American republic to the positive thinking of Donald Trump, politics and the occult have been with us all the way.

Gary Lachman is the author of twenty-one books on culture, consciousness, and the western esoteric tradition. He was founding member of the pop group, Blondie, and he's an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Book your free place for Politics and the occult with Gary Lachman via Eventbrite

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Masks for theatre with Sophia Lovell Smith

Join theatre designer, Sophia Lovell Smith who will share some of her experiences in making masks for theatre. She explores some of the fascinating potential of masks to transform narrative into a shared experience. Sophia will speak about  two recent productions:

  • Rachel (Trestle Theatre and Small Nose Productions)
  • Three Sat Under The Banyan Tree (Polka Theatre and Tara Arts

Book your free place for Masks for theatre with Sophia Lovell Smith via Eventbrite

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We also have regular events for adults in our libraries that happen every week or month.