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  • Unlimited ThinkIn tickets in the newsroom with priority booking. Bring a friend to each.
  • Signed copies of ThinkIn speakers’ books, from Caitlin Moran’s More than a Woman to Steven Pinker’s Rationality.
  • Invitation-only events: pre-release film screenings with Matthew d’Ancona, special previews to exhibitions and much more.

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Come to our newsroom, meet the authors and get signed copies of their books:

Exclusive Friends of Tortoise events:

exclusive event

Tuesday 12 July, 7:30-9:30pm BST

Dinner with P.P Arnold

Charlotte Street Hotel, 15-17 Charlotte St., London W1T 1RJ

To call P.P. Arnold a musical legend would be something of an understatement. Over a five-decade career, the soul singer has churned out hits including ‘The First Cut Is the Deepest’ and ‘Angel of the Morning’, and worked with artists including Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Paul Weller, Primal Scream and Oasis.

After our ThinkIn on 12 July, Friends of Tortoise members are invited to join us and P.P. for a very special dinner at The Charlotte Street Hotel, London.

exclusive event

Tuesday 19 July, 3.00-4.30pm BST

Sipsmith Distillery Tour

Sipsmith Distillery, 83 Cranbrook Rd, Chiswick, London W4 2LJ

Join us for a tour of the Sipsmith Distillery in Chiswick, London — the home of the “ginaissance”. With a ginny tipple in hand, we’ll be taken through the chequered history of gin from its inception in 1689 by King William of Orange, to Sipsmith’s role in pioneering the craft gin boom in the 21st Century. Naturally, there will be a tutored gin tasting too.

Four memberships to gift to family and friends

Worth £400

Tortoise Quarterly, a short book of long reads, in glorious print

Worth £60

Some of our previous Friends of Tortoise events:

Private screening

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King Richard

Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall

King Richard tells the story of the father and coach of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams. Friend of Tortoise members and their plus ones attended a private screening at the Southbank centre in London on 15 October.

Private screening

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The French Dispatch

Odeon Covent Garden

Friend of Tortoise members attended a private preview screening of Wes Anderson’s latest movie, The French Dispatch, at Odeon Covent Garden, before visiting a set recreation exhibition at 180 Strand, and then drinks at the 60s style French cafe.

Special ThinkIn

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ThinkIn at Abbey Road Studios

Abbey Road, St John’s Wood, London

Video may have killed the radio star, but has technology killed musical creativity? We held a private ThinkIn, live in the legendary Abbey Road Studios, where we discussed whether technology makes or breaks musical creativity. We covered the innovations of the last 90 years and honed in on what’s afoot now from creator tools and AI, to augmented reality and the metaverse. We were lucky enough to be joined by the managing director of Abbey Road Studios, with Tortoise editor David Taylor hosting the event.

exclusive Event

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KITE launch party

The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London

We can’t wait for 10-12 June this year when KITE – a new festival of music ideas and music – begins. Friends of Tortoise had exclusive access to the launch party that included ThinkIns on Black British Lives Matter and Boris Johnson’s future and an forgettable set from Afro-Jazz outfit Nubiyan Twist.

Dinner

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Dinner with Adam Rutherford

As a scientist, Adam Rutherford was part of the team that successfully identified the cause of a form of childhood blindness. As a presenter he’s the host of Inside Science and The Curious Cases of Rutherford & Fry. And as an author he’s written books including How to Argue With a Racist and A Brief History of Every Human Who Ever Lived. Luckily, despite such an impressive career, he’s not intimidating at all to sit down and have dinner with – just incredibly interesting – which is exactly what Friends of Tortoise did in February.

Special ThinkIn

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Natural History Museum – Early morning view

Main entrance, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD

Friends of Tortoise were lucky enough to visit the Natural History Museum for a special breakfast preview of two new exhibitions before the Museum opened to the public. We explored the 100 photographs that make up the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 exhibition and the 40 objects that demonstrate humanity’s impact on the natural world in the Our Broken Planet display. It was a rare chance to experience one of the country’s most prized institutions without even a whiff of a crowd.

Exclusive event

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Private tour of the Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House, Bow St, London WC2E 9DD, United Kingdom

On Monday 14 March Friends of Tortoise had a tour of the Royal Opera House, exploring the queer music and theatre made by the house’s LGBTQ+ icons throughout its rich history.

Private screening

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Operation Mincemeat

The Covent Garden Hotel

Based on Ben Macintyre’s book of the same name, Operation Mincemeat is the extraordinary and true story of an idea that hoped to alter the course of the war – defying logic, risking countless thousands of lives, and testing the nerves of its creators to breaking point. Ahead of the screening we enjoyed a drinks reception, followed by a private Q&A with Ben Macintyre, Michelle Ashford, screenwriter, and John Madden, the film’s director.

Operation Mincemeat will be released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on April 15.

Photo: Matthew Macfadyen as Charles Cholmondeley, Colin Firth as Ewen Montagu and Johnny Flynn as Ian Fleming in ‘Operation Mincemeat’/ Courtesy of See Saw Films / © 2022 WBEI

Guided walk

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Simon Barnes wetland walk

London Wetland Centre, Barnes

Friends of Tortoise were given a chance to go on a guided tour of the London Wetland Centre with Tortoise contributor, award-winning author and nature enthusiast Simon Barnes.

Special thinkin

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Wine tasting with Jancis Robinson

The Tortoise Newsroom, 22 Berners St, London, W1T 3LP

Join us in the Tortoise Newsroom for an intimate wine tasting and conversation with Jancis Robinson, the world’s most influential wine critic. As a writer for the Financial Times and the founder-editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine, Jancis travels all over the world to conduct wine events. As the first person outside the wine trade to pass the rigorous Master of Wine exams and now advising the Queen on her cellar, she’s truly an expert on wine in all its glorious diversity, generally favouring balance and subtlety over sheer mass.

Special ThinkIn

Previous event

Private View of the Natural History Museum

Main entrance, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD

Friends of Tortoise were lucky enough to visit the Natural History Museum for a special breakfast preview of two new exhibitions before the Museum opened to the public. We explored the 100 photographs that make up the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 exhibition and the 40 objects that demonstrate humanity’s impact on the natural world in the Our Broken Planet display. It was a rare chance to experience one of the country’s most prized institutions without even a whiff of a crowd.

Special ThinkIn

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Feminine power: the divine to the demonic

British Museum, Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG

Friends of Tortoise were lucky enough to visit the British Museum for a special view of the international touring exhibition, Feminine power: the divine to the demonic. Celebrating the power and diversity of the divine feminine in world culture and belief, from the ancient world to today, the exhibition examines what female spiritual power means for individuals and societies then and now.

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