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Exclusive Friends of Tortoise events:

Special ThinkIn

Thursday 10 February 2022

Natural History Museum – Early morning view

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

Join us at the Natural History Museum for a special breakfast preview of two new exhibitions before the Museum opens to the public. You’ll be able to explore 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. A rare chance to experience one of the country’s most prized institutions without even a whiff of a crowd.

Guided walk

Coming soon

Simon Barnes wetland walk

London Wetland Centre, Barnes

Walk with Tortoise contributor, award-winning author and nature enthusiast Simon Barnes on a guided tour of the London Wetland Centre. Bring your binoculars*, wellies and a keen eye for a bird in this special Friends of Tortoise event.

*If you don’t have a pair of your own, they can be hired at the London Wetlands Centre for £5.

Private screening

Coming soon

Operation Mincemeat

The Courthouse, 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7HL

Adapted from Ben Macintyre’s novel of the same name, it’s the tale of how British spies outwitted German troops using false papers and a corpse. Ahead of the screening we’ll be having a drinks reception, followed by a private Q&A with Ben Macintyre himself. We’d love to see you there – and do bring a friend.

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

Previous event

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

Previous event

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

Previous event

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.

Unlimited ThinkIns

Members get complimentary tickets to our live events with extraordinary experts and Tortoise editors. Previous experts include Tony Blair, Madeleine Albright and David Baddiel.

Investigative journalism from award-winning writers

We don’t cover every story, but take the time to reveal just one a week. Calm, clear reporting on the stories that matter most.

Early, ad-free access to all our podcasts

Our biggest stories, given voice. The Slow Newscast covers our big investigation of the week while our Editor’s Voicemail reveals what’s on co-founder James Harding’s mind.

Daily Sensemaker newsletter

Delivered to your inbox and direct to the members app once a day. Our daily roundup of the news that matters.

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