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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 communications@hkas.org.uk 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).


Upcoming Events

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

Friday 12th October – Mid-Autumn Festival Reception

Thursday 25th October – Meet the Mentors Supper

Thursday 1st November – HK Society Annual Dinner

Friday 9th November – Regional Supper in Tunbridge Wells


Mid-Autumn Festival Reception

Date: Friday 12th October
Venue: Beckett Lounge, Embassy Gardens, New Union Square, 5 Nine Elms, London SW8 5DA
Time: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Cost: £15 (members) / £20 (non-members) Price includes drinks and canapes
Dress: Smart Casual

Come join us for a festive Mid-Autumn Festival Reception at the Beckett Lounge in the Embassy Gardens. The Beckett Lounge is situated in the Embassy Garden’s exclusive club with access granted to its residents only, right at the heart of Nine Elms next to the new American Embassy. In a once in a lifetime opportunity, members of our society will get to experience this oasis in the new and upcoming area of London.

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Falling on the 15th day of the 8th month according to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Mid-Autumn Festival is the second grandest festival in China after the Chinese New Year. It takes its name from the fact that it is always celebrated in the middle of the autumn season. The day is also known as the Moon Festival, as at that time of the year the moon is at its roundest and brightest.

The evening will be a social cultural gathering for all Hong Kong Society members and their guests to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. There will be a self service buffet of canapes and wine. Feel free to bring your own non-flammable lanterns. We are also delighted that Noel Ng, Deputy Director-General of the HKETO will attend and give a short update on Hong Kong.

This event would not have been able to happen without the generous support of HKS member Marco Leung who is the host for the evening, he has been very supportive of the society since becoming a member.

To book, please contact communications@hkas.org.uk or by telephone on 020 7963 9447


Meet the Mentors Supper

Date: Thursday 25th October 2018
Venue: Oriental Club, Stratford House, Stratford Place, London, W1C 1ES
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 Thursday 25th October. This is the sixth in a series of the ‘Meet the Mentor’ Suppers.

The mentors all from a variety of business backgrounds 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 Oriental Club.

Booking is required. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Book below to confirm your place.

* The members rate applies to members of the Hong Kong Society only. If you would like to become a member of the HK Society and to take advantage of the special rate, visit: hkas.org.uk/membership-2 to join or contact communications@hkas.org.uk for more information.

If you are a member of the Hong Kong Society, please contact the office to pay the members rate.

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In the chair:

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 was previously a Committee Member of the Hong Kong Society.

Sally Patterson is a Senior Coach and UK Deputy Head of Programme Management of Mandarin Consulting. She began her journalistic career at the BBC in London after graduating from London University. She went on to work in radio and television as a journalist, broadcaster, political commentator and writer in Hong Kong, where she lived for fifteen years. She has experience in publishing, public relations and marketing. She is also a qualified TEFL teacher.

The Mentors:

Ben Crystal – Head of Fintech, UBS

Richard Pike – Partner, Thrings
Richard joined Thrings in 2015, having spent eight years in London where he worked in private practice with Addleshaw Goddard and Shepherd and Wedderburn. He also worked in-house at the London Development Agency, with Clark Holt in Swindon, and at one of Kenya’s largest commercial law firms.

James Proudlock – Chief Executive Officer, Direct Nickel Pty Ltd

Plus one more tbc

Note: by signing up for this event, you agree that any photos and videos taken of you from the event can be used in our marketing materials


Hong Kong Society Annual Dinner

Guest: Anneka Rice

Date: Thursday 1st November
Venue: The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC), Armoury House, City Road, London, EC1Y 2BQ
Time: 6.45pm Cash Bar, 7.30 for 8.00pm Dinner
Cost:  £88 per head (member) / £100 per head (non member)
Price includes pre-dinner drinks, 3 course dinner with wine
Dress: Lounge Suits

anneka-paster_2793514aWe are delighted that Anneka Rice, star of the 90’s BBC hit series ‘Challenge Anneka’ and former TVB/RTHK presenter has agreed to be ‘In Conversation
With’ with former HK Society Chairman (and erstwhile HK contemporary), Karen ‘KP’ Penlington Luard, continuing the lively informal format so successfully initiated by the late Sir David Tang.

Anneka had been working as an intern trainee for the BBC World Service when she moved to Hong Kong at just 19 years old – she secured a job there presenting the news on English language television station TVB Pearl and subsequently a separate drivetime hour on RTHK. After three years, she returned to the UK and a stellar career in broadcasting, highlighted by the massively popular ‘Challenge Anneka’ TV series. She returned to HK in 1993 to present ‘Passport to HK’, a one-off episode where two couples compete to win a stay in the city.

She currently presents The Happening on Radio 2 on Friday nights and is the regular stand-in for Jonathan Ross on The Arts Show. She has recently been on Hunted, Harry Hill Alien Fun Capsule, hosted the Radio 2 Arts Show and Radio 4 My Teenage Diaries.

As in previous years, the Society will be featuring an item of Hong Kong culture year and details of this years performer will be confirmed shortly…

With great thanks to

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To book, please click here to download and print the booking form and send it with your cheque payment to the Hong Kong Society address on the booking form. If you prefer to pay by card or bank transfer please contact communications@hkas.org.uk or by telephone on 020 7963 9447


Regional Supper in Tunbridge Wells

Date: Friday 9th November 2018
Venue: Dragon Tan Chinese Restaurant, 83 Calverley Rd, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2UY
Time: 6.30 for 7.00pm
Cost: £30 per person (members) / £35 per person (non members). All welcome!

fd09c0_27865067aea241dca741f3a7f46de3fc‘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.

Last year’s regional supper in Tunbridge Wells was a great success and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. HKS committee member Linora Bennet is very kindly organising this years regional supper where we will be returning to Dragon Tan Chinese Restaurant which serves authentic Chinese food. They will 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.

To book, please click here to download and print the booking form and send it with your cheque payment to the Hong Kong Society address on the booking form. If you prefer to pay by card or bank transfer please contact communications@hkas.org.uk or by telephone on 020 7963 9447


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