HKS Events


Membership rates applies to existing members of the Hong Kong Society and NOT the Hong Kong Association which is a different membership. Please get in touch with the office if you have any queries on or by telephone 020 7963 9447

Event Bookings and Cancellation Policy

To make sure your bookings are definite, your payment must reach us 1 week before the event unless special arrangement is made.

A full refund will only be issued if a notice of cancellation is received at least 72 hours prior to the event (excluding weekends and bank holidays).

PLEASE NOTE: If you encounter a problem when making a combined members/non members payment, purchasing them as two separate transactions will solve the issue. Multiple purchases of the same ticket should work normally.

Upcoming Events

(Please scroll down for further details on these events or click on the links to view them individually)

Meet the Mentors Supper – 1 November

MEMBERS ONLY: A Tutored Preview at Bonhams – 7 November

Womens Lunch with Suzi Digby OBE – 10 November

AGM & Supper – 13 November

Regional Supper in Tunbridge Wells – 24 November

HKSYM Festive Karaoke – 24 November

Annual Lecture with Dan Bradshaw – 5 December

Meet the Mentors Supper

Date: Wednesday 1st November 2017
Venue: The National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Pl, Westminster, London SW1A 2HE
Time: 7.00pm Conversation starts, 8.00pm Supper
Cost: £40 (members), £50 (non members) Price includes 2 course meal and drinks

A dinner for a maximum of 34 guests with four experienced mentors, all involved in the banking, legal and financial services industries, is being planned for the evening of Wednesday 1st November. This is the fifth in a series of the ‘Meet the Mentor’ Suppers, each one focussing on a specific sector.

A lawyer, an accountant, a strategist and one other will relate their experiences to those attending and share their views and perceptions. This supper is suitable for all those thinking of embarking on, or furthering, careers in these industries; it will be an informal and useful exchange of information and discussion.

The dinner will be in a Private Room in the historic Liberal Club.

Booking is required. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

In the chair:

Carrie Waley is the CEO of Mandarin Consulting. She is a pioneer for career coaching for Chinese graduates entering international job markets. Every year, her company has helped hundreds of university students and graduates to embark on their career.

Mark Patterson retired from Standard Chartered Bank in 2013, having worked for them in Hong Kong and London since 2004. He also worked in Hong Kong for 12 years as the CEO of Deutsche Morgan Grenfel. He is currently a Consultant in Financial Services and is also a Committee Member of the Hong Kong Society.

The Mentors:

Tom Burns has extensive experience of financial and corporate communications and is co-lead of Brunswick’s global Financial Institutions Group. He has advised a range of international companies on their communications in high profile and sensitive situations, including takeovers, capital raisings, IPOs, crises and litigation.

James Inglis
A Corporate Partner in Linklaters, James Inglis is a specialist in public and private M&A and equity capital transactions.

Suwin Lee
A Partner in Ernst & Young’s transaction tax practice with over 19 years experience in coporate tax, including 1 year secondment to the New York office.

Mark Winterflood
Mark has worked principally in commercial banking, trade finance and strategy in the Middle East, Asia and Europe and has been Senior Manager, Global Commercial Banking in Hong Kong and also Country CEO for HSBC in Czech Republic. Currently the Global Head of Pricing and Corporate Collaboration in HSBC Global Private Banking.

HKS Members contact to book at members rate.

A Tutored Preview at Bonhams

Date: Tuesday 7th November 2017
Time: 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Venue: Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London W1S 1SR


ColinSheaf PROFILE (2)As part of the annual  week of ‘Asian Art in London’, Colin Sheaf, Chairman of Bonhams (UK and Asia) and member of the Society has very kindly offered to lead a private tutored preview of its Chinese  Fine Art Auction, which is to be held two days later.

He will discuss some of the finer bronzes, ceramics, furniture and jade carvings, explaining why they in particular are ‘flavour of the month’ for the current generation of top international collectors. Up to 24 members will be able to join the very privileged tutored walk round.

Members are also invited to a talk by William Sergeant, former Keeper of Chinese Export Art at the Peabody-Essex Museum, Boston, who will discuss the exceptional ‘Loan Exhibition of Chinese Export Porcelain from a major European private collection’, brought together this week for a unique display at Bonhams the following evening Wednesday 8th November at 6.00pm. The evening will close at about 7.00pm.

Space for the walk round is available to members only and is extremely limited: it is available on a first come first served basis.

To register please contact  or by telephone on 020 7963 9447 indicating whether you will attend:

* The tutored walk round with Colin Sheaf at 5.00pm (need to be there by 4.50pm) on Tuesday 7th November

*The lecture only at 6.00pm at Bonhams on Wednesday 8th November

Society Women’s Group Autumn Lunch
With Guest Speaker: Suzi Digby OBE

Date: Friday 10th November 2017
Venue: The Oriental Club, Stratford House, 11 Stratford Place, London W1C 1ES
Time: 12.30 for 1.00pm
Cost: £40 per person (members), £48 per person (non members)

Suzi Digby 2017We are delighted that Suzi Digby has accepted our invitation as guest speaker for our Autumn lunch.

Suzi Digby OBE was born in Japan and lived in Hong Kong, Mexico and the Philippines before settling in London & Cambridge. She is an internationally renowned Choral Conductor and Music Educator. She has trailblazed the revival of singing in UK schools and the community over two and a half decades.

She was a judge on the BBC TV series Last Choir Standing – a competition for Britain’s favourite choir, which attracted 10 million UK fans and many more world wide. She has judged the BBC School Choir of the Year Competition, the BBC Chorister of the Year and has contributed to many other programmes.

Suzi founded and runs the following influential National arts/education organisations: The Voices Foundation (the UK’s leading Primary Music Education Charity); Voce Chamber Choir (one of London’s finest young Chamber Choirs); Vocal Futures (Nurturing young [16-22] audiences for Classical Music); Singing4Success (Leadership and ‘Accelerated Learning’ for Corporates) and The London Youth Choir (a pyramid of 5 choirs, 8-22, serving all ethnic communities in London’s 33 boroughs). February 2016 saw the public launch of her professional vocal consort, ORA (commissioning international choral works as ‘reflections’ of Renaissance masterworks). ORA’s debut album came in top of the new entries Classical Music charts in the UK and the second album is released this month on the Harmonia Mundi label.

This year she received an honorary degree from University of Aberdeen.

The price includes a 2 course lunch with wine in a private room in the Oriental Club.

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Hong Kong Society AGM and Supper

Date: Monday 13th November 2017
Time: AGM 6 – 6.30pm; Supper 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Venue: Oriental Club, Stratford House, London W1C 1ES
Cost for supper: £40 per person (members) / £50 per person (non-members)

Notice is given that the Society’s Annual General Meeting 2017 will be held on Monday 13th November 2017. The agenda will be distributed later to all members and will include the election of new members of the committee. This will be a good chance to provide feedback, particularly on the programme and activities of the Society.

Entrance to the AGM is free. Members who wish to attend are asked to register with the office at

The AGM will be followed by a supper which will also be at the Oriental Club. If you wish to join the supper, please book below:

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Regional Supper in Tunbridge Wells

Date: Friday 24th November 2017
Time: 6.30pm for 7.00pm
Venue: Dragon Tan Chinese Restaurant, 83 Calverley Rd, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2UY
Cost: £30 per person (members) / £35 per person (non-members)

‘Regional lunches or suppers’, for members of the Hong Kong Society and those who want to maintain links with others with interests in, and connections with, Hong Kong, have worked well. These can be arranged wherever significant numbers of members live.

A supper has been recommended at the Dragon Tan Restaurant. The restaurant has been mainly well reviewed and is going to produce a ‘Hong Kong’ Menu for us. Drinks will be from a cash bar.

We will aim to finish by 9.00 pm. Car parking is not a problem.

All members who live anywhere near are cordially invited to attend. The aim of this supper is to have a reunion of friends and others who know Hong Kong. It will only be really successful if members encourage others to come too: please do spread the word about the event and encourage as many as possible to attend.

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Festive Karaoke

Date: Friday 24th November
Venue: Firecracker, 44 Horseferry Road, Westminster, London SW1P 2AF
Time: 18:30 until 01:00 (close)
Cost:  £30 per person (members) / £35 per person (non-members) Price includes food


Are you a budding Adele? Can you sing like Eason? Come show off your skills at our Karaoke night on Friday 24 November 2017 from 6.30pm at Firecracker restaurant in Westminster. We have booked a private room so members and friends can show off their vocal talents in a safe environment.  At Firecracker the songlist is updated every two weeks, so you’ll be sure to find songs to suit!

Ticket price includes dinner from a Pan-Asian menu, with drinks available from a cash bar on the night.

Book now as spaces are limited!

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Annual Lecture with Dan Bradshaw – ‘Kindred Spirits’ – A History of the Hong Kong Club

Date: Tuesday 5th December 2017
Time: 6.00pm Cash bar, 6.30pm Lecture, 8.15pm Supper
Venue: Cavalry & Guards Club, 127 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7PX
Costs: Lecture only: £10 (members) / £15 (non-members) OR Lecture and Supper: £40 (members) / £55 (non-members)

Bradshaw-41346Dan Bradshaw is a name which will be familiar to many current and former Hong Kong residents. He has lived in HK for four decades as a prominent shipping lawyer – at Johnson Stokes and Master (now Mayer Brown JSM) for two decades as a partner and now as a Senior Consultant. He was involved in commissioning and production of the recently published ‘Kindred Spirits – A History of the Hong Kong Club’ by Vaudine England, an impressive hard back book which charts the illustrious history of this bastion of life for some in Hong Kong. Thanks to diligent archival research and interviews with over 180 subjects, “the picture that emerges is partly one of exclusivity and privilege but also, perhaps surprisingly, one of community-minded friendship and a commitment to HK”. Dan will discuss how the book came into being and relate some of the stories that were edited out…

2017-09-18 15 09 37The Club’s establishment dates back to 1846 but sadly its early history is, to a large extent, forgotten. As far as can be gathered, however, it was inaugurated as a “Taipans’ Club” for the convenience of, and as a meeting place for, the heads of the large “hongs” then existing in the Colony, occupying premises in Queen’s Road Central, facing what was the Post Office at the time. They obtained, and held, the property on the understanding that it should not be sold while any of them lived and, on those lines, the Club served its purpose for many years until only two of the original founders remained. They disposed of the property, which was rented by the newly formed Members’ Club, in 1886.

A cash bar will be available from 6.00 pm and for a short time after the lecture.

A two course supper with Dan Bradshaw and other participants will be organised in the same private room in the club after the lecture, finishing no later than 9.30pm. Please book below if you would like to join.

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