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London Branch

The London branch covers Greater London, Kent and parts of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, and Surrey, as determined by postcode regions: see our Post Code Map.

Please contact the Chairman if you live outside the M25 and would like to be kept informed of our events. Your details will then be added to our mailing list.

Committee:
Stephen Bryant (1978), Chair, society.london.chair@caths.cam.ac.uk
Clare Barton (1989)
Nigel Butt (1962), Honorary Treasurer
Tom Kemp (1989)
Heather Powell (1981), Secretary
Michael Roberts (1967)

We organise a number of social events throughout the year, including an annual dinner, and look forward to seeing you at our next event.

Feel free to contact any member of the committee if you have any ideas for future events or would like to join the committee.


Upcoming Events

Thursday 12 March 2020 - CW40: Women in Business
Early-evening panel discussion with three female Catz entrepreneurs sharing the lessons learnt when starting up their businesses. More details to follow.

Thursday 14 May 2020 - CW40: Women in Literature
Early-evening panel discussion, to be held in Waterstones Piccadilly, with three female Catz writers. More details to follow.

Friday 5 June 2020 - The Athenaeum
Tea and coffee on arrival, then private tour of the Athenaeum, with talk given by the club's Secretary, followed optionally by lunch. More details to follow.


Previous Events

16 November 2019: Private tour of Freemasons' Hall, a monumental Art Deco edifice situated between Holborn and Covent Garden (see photo below).

13 November 2019: Group visit to see Richard III at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, part of the Shakespeare's Globe complex.

6 September 2019: Private tour of Fitzrovia Chapel, designed by John Loughborough Pearson for the now demolished Middlesex Hospital, optionally followed by lunch in Charlotte Street.

15 July 2019: Private tour of Two Temple Place, designed by John Loughborough Pearson for William Waldorf Astor.

30 June 2019: Thameside walk from Millennium Bridge to Tower Bridge, led by Lester Hillman (1970), on the 125th anniversary to the day of Tower Bridge's opening (group photo below).

7 June 2019: Private tour of the British Library including an introduction to some of its greatest treasures.

27 May 2019: Private tour of the Museum of the Order of St John in Clerkenwell (group photo below).

16 May 2019: Group outing to see Henry V at Shakespeare's Globe.

26 April 2019: Discussion Dinner #6 led by Lord Horam (1957, Fellow Commoner 2010) on 'UK Prime Ministers Since Harold Wilson'.

13 April 2019: Rerun of last-year's sell-out private tour of the Charterhouse.

30 March: 2019: Private architecture tour of the National Theatre. Feedback received from a Society Member: 'As ever, many thanks for organising the tour yesterday. Again the guide was enthusiastic and gave us an excellent insight - I don't know how you manage to find them so successfully!'

15 March 2019: Discussion Dinner #5, led by Sir Tim Waterstone (1958) on 'Have Books Had Their Day?'

20 February 2019: Private tour of the Harold Samuel Collection of seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish paintings at Mansion House

15 February 2019: Discussion Dinner #4, led by Sandy Burnett (1983) on 'Johann Sebastian Bach - Craftsman or Genius?'

4 February 2019: Group visit to the exhibition Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War, preceded by an introductory talk given by one of the British Library's experts

18 January November 2019: Private tour of the Travellers Club, optionally preceded by breakfast at the Oxford & Cambridge Club

25 November 2018: Private tour of Spencer House, optionally followed by afternoon tea at the Stafford London

2 November 2018: Discussion Dinner #3, led by Dr Paul Hartle (1971, Fellow 1977) on 'Hamlet and As You Like It - Sibling Plays?'

9 October 2018: AGM, followed by the Mentoring Event, where recent College graduates received careers tips and advice from experienced Catz alumni (see photo below).

7 September 2018: Guided walk, from Westminster Abbey to St Clement Danes in the Strand, celebrating the centenary of the Royal Air Force (group photo below).

29 August 2018: Walk led by Lester Hillman (1970) around the St Pancras area, followed by refreshments.

22 August 2018: Visit to Shakespeare's Globe to see As You Like It.

31 July 2018: Visit to Shakespeare's Globe to see Hamlet.

13 July 2018: Discussion Dinner #2, led by Geoffrey Bennett (1971), barrister and emeritus professor of law, on 'The Law of Art and Treasure'.

30 June 2018: Private tour of the Charterhouse, formerly a Carthusian monastery and now an almshouse.

18 May 2018: Inaugural Discussion Dinner, entitled 'Politics and the Future of the United Kingdom', led by Lord Horam (1957, Fellow Commoner 2010).

6 May 2018: Guided walk, Intrigue and Spies in Belsize, led by Lester Hillman (1970) (group photo below). Steve Lewis (1981) and his wife Charlotte kindly provided refreshments in their home after the walk, including a Catz chocolate cake (see inset, bottom right).

20 March 2018: Reception with keynote speaker Roger Harrabin (1973), the BBC's Environment Analyst. Hosted by Allen & Overy.

23 February 2018: Private tour of the Royal College of Physicians, five hundred years after it received its Royal Charter in 1518.

23 January, 30 January and 13 February 2018: Private tours of the Supreme Court, including the magnificent Justices' Library.

8 November 2017: Annual Dinner, held at the Reform Club, where the Master, Professor Sir Mark Welland, provided members and guests with news from the College.

2 October 2017: Mentoring Event, where recent Catz alumni received careers advice from mentors in a wide range of sectors. Hosted by Allen & Overy and preceded by our AGM, this was our first ever event of its type.

28 August 2017: Rerun, due to popular demand, of the previous week's guided walk (group photo below).

23 August 2017: Visit to Shakespeare's Globe to see King Lear.

21 August 2017: Guided walk from Angel to Smithfield led by Lester Hillman (1970) (group photo below).

20 June 2017: Visit to Shakespeare's Globe to see Romeo & Juliet (group photo below).

5 May 2017: Private tour of Lancaster House, a Grade I listed building managed by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. As with our private tour of Spencer House, we were guided by Ros Hutchinson, a good friend of the college. She is second on the left in the front row in the group photo below, taken on the finest staircase in London.

27 February 2017: Private tour of the RIBA premises in Portland Place including a chance to see some of the highlights from the library's collections.

4 January 2017: Tour of Lambeth Palace, London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury. (group photo below)

4 December 2016: Private tour of Spencer House, London's finest surviving eighteenth-century town house.

1 November 2016: Annual dinner, held at the Amba Hotel Charing Cross, where Sir John Grant (1973), former UK ambassador to the European Union, spoke on the aftermath of the referendum on EU membership. The evening concluded with a presentation to Professor Dame Jean Thomas, recently retired as Master, of a framed print of the college.

24 August 2016: Visit to Strawberry Hill House, Horace Walpole's eighteenth-century Gothic Revival fantasy villa near Twickenham, followed by lunch in the adjoining cloister café. (group photo below)

21 June 2016: Visit to Shakespeare's Globe to see Macbeth (group photo below)

12 April 2016: Our AGM was followed by a presentation by Massimo Lando, PhD Candidate in International Law, on the UK/Mauritius dispute concerning the Marine Protected Area around the Chagos Archipelago.

12 November 2015: Annual dinner, held at the Reform Club, where Dr David Aldridge (Fellow 1997) spoke on 'Conservation in turbulent waters'.

29 July 2015: Visit to Shakespeare's Globe to see Measure for Measure, directed by Dominic Dromgoole (1982).

Last modified 5th March 2020