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).

Upcoming Events

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

Members Only – Trooping the Colour – Major General’s Review and Dim Sum Lunch – 25th May 2019

Fireside Chat with Colin Sheaf, Chairman, Bonhams Asia – 10th June 2019

Society Supper in West Sussex – 11th June 2019

HKS Lecture – “The way we were” – Photographs and a second talk by Keith Macgregor – 26th June 2019

Society Lunch in Gloucestershire – 10th July 2019

HKS Golf Day – 4 October 2019

Trooping the Colour – Major General’s Review plus Dim Sum Lunch

Saturday 25th May 2019

Members Only Event – Please contact the Society’s office for more details

Fireside Chat with Colin Sheaf, Chairman, Bonhams Asia

Date: Monday 10th June 2019
Venue: HSBC Private Bank, 8 Cork Street, London,W1S 3LJ
Time: 6.00 for 6.30pm


The Hong Kong Society has embarked on a series of ‘fire-side chats’. The idea is for a guest VIP to be invited to deliver a talk/Q&A around his or her life experiences and career accomplishments. The chat will be with an experienced questioner.

ColinSheaf PROFILE (2)We are delighted that Mr Colin Sheaf, Chairman of Bonhams Asia, has accepted the invitation to be the next guest speaker.

Colin Sheaf has been Group Head of Asian Art at Bonhams since 2001, and Group Deputy Chairman since 2005. An Exhibitioner in Modern History at Worcester College, Oxford, he has enjoyed a distinguished 40-year auction-world career as an authority on Chinese Art, based variously in London, New York and Hong Kong.

Currently he oversees Asian Art specialist teams on four continents, with departments holding sales in London, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sydney. Under his leadership, Bonhams has held many record-breaking auctions, including selling an 18th-century Chinese vase in London (£9 million), and a collection of archaic Chinese jade in Hong Kong (£17 million). In Autumn 2011, he successfully auctioned Europe’s two biggest-ever sales of Asian art, respectively Chinese art totalling £25 million, and Japanese art totalling £4.5 million.

Since 2005, as Chairman of Bonhams Asia he spearheaded Bonhams’ drive into Asia, opening Bonhams auction business in Hong Kong in January 2007, with satellite offices in Beijing, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo. His pro-bono activities outside Bonhams include chairing the Trustees of The Sir Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, the world’s pre-eminent private collection of Chinese ceramics; chairing the Board of London’s gold-medalwinning Grade 2-listed private garden, Warwick Square; and lecturing and writing in Europe and Asia about Asian art and the China Trade.

His interviewer will be Mr Peter Hill. Born and raised in Yorkshire,  Peter worked in a woollen mill before gaining Press experience as a journalist with local papers in Yorkshire and the North West. He was a sub-editor on The Daily Telegraph in London by 1969,and then joined the newly-launched Daily Star newspaper as a sub-editor. Appointed Editor of the Daily Star in October 1998, he increased the Star‘s circulation from 540,000 to 928,000, launched Daily Star Sunday, and became the What the Papers Say ‘Editor of the Year’ award-winner in January 2003.

Peter Hill was a member of the Press Complaints Commission from September 2003 until May 2008. Appointed editor of the Daily Express in December 2003, he very successfully returned the newspaper to its traditional affiliation supporting the Conservative Party after its flirtation with New Labour under Lord Hollick and during the early years of Richard Desmond’s ownership. He retired from the Daily Express editorship in 2011, but continued to write a weekly guest column for several years.

Space for this event is extremely limited and available on a first come first served basis. The event is only open to members of the HK Society. To register please contact

Society Supper in West Sussex

Date: Tuesday 11th June 2019
Venue: The Noah’s Ark Inn,The Green, Lurgashall,West Sussex GU28 9ET
Time: 6.30 for 7.00pm
Cost: £30 per person members / £35 per person (non members).All welcome!

dsc_2330The Sussex regional supper will be held again in the picturesque village of Lurgashall, overlooking the cricket green and nestled beneath Blackdown Hill on the borders of Surrey and West Sussex. We will be returning to The Noah’s Ark, a beautiful 16th century Inn,where we have booked a private room at this Michelin and AA guide recommended pub.We have been there a number of times before: the food and service is very good.

There will be a two course meal (three choices for each course will be offered to those attending plus coffee).

A cash bar will be available throughout.

All members (and friends of Hong Kong) who live anywhere near are cordially invited to attend. As in previous years, the aim of this supper is to have a reunion of friends who know Hong Kong. It will only be really successful if members come along if they can and also encourage their friends from HK to come too. Please do spread the word about the event and encourage as many others as possible to attend.

To book your place, please click here to download and print the booking form and return it with your cheque, to the society’s office. If you prefer to pay by bank transfer or debit/credit card, please contact

Society Lunch in Gloucestershire

Date: Wednesday 10 July 2019
Venue: The Royal Oak Inn, The Burgage, Prestbury, Cheltenham, Glos, GL52 3DL
Time: 12.00 for 1.00pm
Cost: £34 per person (members) / £39 per person (non-members)

Oak inn

Last year’s Gloucestershire lunch – the sixth – was again very well patronised, with good numbers both of those who have been to most previous lunches and of new faces – and an increasing number coming from outside the county. On the assumption that this shows that we have a winning formula, we have again booked The Pavilion function room at The Royal Oak Inn for this year’s event. Situated in the delightful village of Prestbury, on the outskirts of Cheltenham, The Royal Oak is convenient, pretty and welcoming, and the food is invariably praised. Overflowing with racing people during the Cheltenham Gold Cup Festival, it is also delightful in the summer sunshine!

All members of the Hong Kong Society who live anywhere within reach are very cordially invited to attend – and are strongly encouraged to bring with them friends with connections to Hong Kong. Any such non-Members planning to come to the lunch, will be entitled to an attractively discounted introductory membership rate (£45/couple through to end-2020 if under 60; £30 if over) if they join the Society before the lunch – as well as the lower rate for the lunch itself

Included will be canapes and a welcoming glass of bubbly, a two-course meal with wine, and tea or coffee to follow. There will be a speaker and lots of opportunities to mingle. A cash bar for other drinks will be available throughout.

Alastair Scott ( is again organising this event on behalf of the Society, and bookings (see below) and questions as to details, should be directed to him. Please let him know by end-March if you would like and hope to be able to attend. This response will not constitute a commitment, but Alastair will send further information only to those who have replied positively by then – so you might as well do so. Furthermore, cheques will not be paid in until much nearer the time, so there’s no downside to sending yours now!

Meanwhile, do send an email and do mark your diaries. We look forward to seeing you in July

“The way we were”

– Photographs and a second talk by Keith Macgregor

A journey through the Hong Kong of the 70’s and 80’s

with some contrasting images of what it is today

Date: Wednesday 26th June 2019
Venue: The Cavalry & Guards Club, 127 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PX
Time: 6.30pm Cash bar, 7.00pm Lecture, 8.00pm Supper
Costs: Lecture only: £10 (members) / £15 (non-members)
Lecture and 2 course Supper: £40 (members) / £50 (non-members)

Limited places remaining

Such was the popularity of Keith Macgregor’s first talk, he has agreed to return for a repeat lecture.

Keith Macgregor comes from a merchant family which made its home in Shanghai and Hong Kong in the early 1860s. He has been photographing Hong Kong for nearly 50 years. After living  there as a teenager during the school holidays he went to Oxford University and then to New York to be a management trainee. On the untimely death of his father he arrived back in 1969 and set up as a portrait photographer. This led to industrial and advertising work and then the creation of his publishing business, Cameraman Limited.

His photographs of Hong Kong were first made public in the form of a solo exhibition at the Excelsior Hotel in 1974 and this resulted in the publishing of his well-known Hong Kong calendars a year later. The success of these and the exhibition led him to create his own collection of black bordered postcards, which were sent out all over the world in millions. After this he has also published many sought-after books, such as 6 editions of “An Eye on Hong Kong” (1997 to 2009) and “Neon City, Hong Kong, at Night”.

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Despite having lived in London for the past 26 years, he returns frequently to take photographs of Hong Kong’s ever-changing landscape.

Keith will speak about his experiences and show some of his photographs. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and reminisce

A cash bar will be available from 6.30 pm and for a short time after the lecture. A two course supper with Keith Macgregor and other participants will be organised in a private room in the club after the lecture, finishing no later than 9.30pm. Please let us know if would like to join this second session.

Hong Kong Society Golf Day

Date: Friday 4th October 2019
Venue: Liphook Golf Club, Wheatsheaf Enclosure, Liphook GU30 7EH
Time: 8.00 for 9.00am start
Cost: £105 members / £125 non-members (Special price if you are a member of Liphook Golf Club – please tell us if you are)


A HK Society Golf Tournament will be held on 4th October. Although quite far ahead, bookings are being taken now.

The format will be 3 ball. The current plan is to have at least 20 participants. The price will include coffee on arrival, 18 holes competition and a two course lunch.

The Society’s Chairman, Nigel Johnson-Hill will organise and lead the day at this well-known club where he is a member.

There will be prizes for Longest Drive and Nearest Pin and suitable prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the competition.

Firm bookings and payments will be required by 1st September, but provisional bookings are sought as soon as possible. Please contact or by telephone 020 7963 9447


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