Nerd Nite London - Nov 2021

  • 5 reviews
  • Backyard Comedy Club


  • Date Night, Something A Little Different and Classes
  • Tickets from £2.50 - £10.00
  • Bethnal Green
  • Over 18
  • This event has taken place.
  • Multiple start times (see ticket info)

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. This November we're going to be learning about Kinder Surprise Eggs, Krampus and pencils.

Be there and be square.

Address: Backyard Bar and Comedy Club, 231 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 0EL or online, if you'd prefer.
Details: Nov 17th, 2021. Doors open at 7, the stream will go live at 7.15(ish) , with the speakers starting at 7.30PM

Tickets: Early Nerd Tickets £6, General Admission £7.50, Extra-generous donation to Shine Trust £10, Online £5. Concessions available. All proceeds will be donated to charity.

The anti-Rosetta Stone: A journey round the multilingual warning messages inside Kinder Surprise Eggs

Nestled deep within a Kinder Surprise Egg lies a treasury of linguistic delights: A tiny piece of paper presenting warning messages in 34 languages. Yet all is not what it seems. What seems at first to be the same message translated 34 times, is in fact a manuscript full of mysteries as profound as language itself.

Keith Kahn-Harris is a sociologist and writer. He recently published his seventh book, The Babel Message: A Love Letter to Language.

2B or not 2B? The secret life of pencils
The humble pencil. Armed with the question, “How do they get letters that tiny onto a surface that small?” Lydia Thornley has packed her best pencil case and set off on a voyage of nerdery to find out more. She’ll report back via wars, perfume, smuggling, bread, surgery, camels, Q and artisanal pencil sharpening.
Lydia Thornley is a graphic designer, creative director, illustrator and prolific filler of sketchbooks. Lydia likes pencils. People give her pencils. She even comes back from places with pencils as souvenirs. But she hardly ever draws with them.

Krampus: Have you been naughty or nice?

St Nicholas may bring good children rewards, but he has a companion who has different clients. Discover this central European tradition whose popularity is rising again. Close your eyes and wish for gifts … if you dare.

Deborah Hyde is a British sceptic, folklorist, cultural anthropologist, Ufologist, fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and editor-in-chief of The Skeptic. Deborah wants to know why people believe in weird stuff. She attributes her fascination with the supernatural to having spent her childhood with mad aunties. She approaches the subject using the perspectives of psychology and history.

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




Ticket Event time Cost
Early Nerd
Early nerd (limited availability)
19:00 - 22:30 £5.00
General admission
General admission
19:00 - 22:30 £7.50
Concessions prices apply for the following groups: Students, OAP, Unemployed, Disabled, Librarians, Teachers, NHS.
19:00 - 22:30 £2.50
Admission + extra generous donation to the Shine Trust
Worried about austerity? Want to do a little more to help school kids thrive? Pay a little extra, and we'll donate a little extra to the Shine Trust.
19:00 - 22:30 £10.00
Online (general admission) 19:30 - 22:30 £5.00




Bethnal Green

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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.


Backyard Comedy Club

The Backyard Comedy Club in Bethnal Green is a great night out with some of the top comics from around the world!  The club's Thursday night show features upcoming comedians and usually one or two special guests who are kept secret until the evening of the show, while it's Friday and Saturday shows…


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