Nerd Nite London- February 2018: Love Hurts

Backyard Bar & Comedy Club

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Wednesday 21 February 2018
Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Tickets from £6
Date Night, Something A Little Different
Bethnal Green
Over 18

Nerd Nite London is a monthly event where three speakers give 18-21 minute fun-yet-informative talks across all disciplines, while the audience drinks along.

Address: the Backyard Comedy Club, 231 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 0EL

Details: Wednesday February 21st

Early nerd tickets £6, general admission £7.50. 

Doors open: 6.30pm, event starts: 7.30pm

Screw V-day. There’s only one day in February that matters, and that’s Nerd Nite London’s Valentine’s day special. This month we gather to celebrate the pain, misery and heartbreak of being in love, and the lengths that people are willing to go for it. Be there, and be square.

Yes, you really can die of a broken heart.

Love is the most powerful emotion in human existence. If you are one of the lucky ones to find your ‘soulmate’ in life, there may be an ultimate price to pay at the end of this beautiful journey. In this talk Nelson will show you some data and case studies to show that you can love someone too much.
Nelson Chong is a lecturer, a scientist and a practising romantic. He’s a sucker for rom-coms and thinks there is someone for everyone in this world. He also thinks the heart is the most important organ in the body and dabbles in how it works and what happens to our body when it breaks.

The Stonewall Riots: How love kickstarted a revolution

A brief history of the Stonewall Riots, how and why they happened, how they sparked a movement, and the unsung and unknown heroes that started it.
This talk will explore the context of the riots, the oppression against LGBT people and the riots and social upheavals that happened before and after the riots.
Lola Phoenix is an agender identified LGBT activist, working in various capacities for a better world for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people since the age of 12. Lola volunteers for a range of organisations including Action for Trans Health and Stonewall Housing.

Love, lust and betrayal in mythology

From ancient Greece to Celtic Ireland, come on a journey through world mythology to explore one of the most enduring themes within the human narrative. Looking at these ancient stories we will explore love’s potential to make us, but, more often than not to break us. In these stories it rarely ends happily ever after.
Lonan Jenkins is a storyteller and writer with the Embers Collective. He is fascinated by the gritty, dark themes of world mythology, particularly the Celtic and Norse stories. Love and its destructive nature is potentially the darkest and grittiest of them all.

All proceeds from Nerd Nite London go to charity. This year we are partnering with the Shine Trust to help foster a new generation of nerds. More information about Nerd Nite London can be found by following us on Twitter @nerdnitelondon, liking us on Facebook  or visiting For more information about the Shine Trust visit 

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Backyard Bar & Comedy Club
231 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 0EL

East London

Nearest station:
Bethnal Green (Tube)


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Drink Prices Price
Pint of Lager £3.40
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £3.20
Bottle of Cider (568ml) £4.50
Spirit and Mixer (50ml double shot and mixer) £3.70
Bottle of House Wine £14.00
Bottle of Champagne £22.00

A word from the chef:
A range of gourmet burgers on freshly baked rolls, sandwiches on freshly made bread and pizzas cooked by our Jamie Oliver trained chef and served until 10pm every night and 11pm on Saturdays!


Nerd Nite London

Regular events during which several folk give 15-20 minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines. With beer. Be there & be square.

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by on February 23rd, 2018

I have been going to Nerd Nite for years and have always loved it. But this one took a different turn when the first speaker made some very inappropriate and derogatory jokes about women. It put a damper on the rest of the night even though the other two speakers were great. I really hope the organizers can give more guidence to future speakers on what is and isn’t ok to say on stage. Visited Backyard Bar & Comedy Club on 2018-02-21
by on February 23rd, 2018

Visited Backyard Bar & Comedy Club on 2018-02-21
by on February 23rd, 2018

It was an interesting event, a different kind of night out! I went to Nerd Nite for the first time together with a friend, and we both enjoyed it. The presenters were great, especially Lonan talking about love and hurt in Greek Mythology. I liked how they presented in a serious enough way (this was about facts after all), but also made it a bit funny and entertaining. The MC was absolutely fab as well! Would highly recommend! Visited Backyard Bar & Comedy Club on 2018-02-21
by on February 23rd, 2018

Visited Backyard Bar & Comedy Club on 2018-02-21
by on February 23rd, 2018

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