HKS Past Events

Hong Kong Polo Day: Hong Kong versus Horse Guards

Date: Sunday 2nd September 2018
Venue: Ham Polo Club, Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7AH
Time: Match starts at 2.30pm (but see below)
Dress: Smart casual (ties not required)


Ham Polo 3In recent year, members of the Hong Kong Society have visited Ham once a year in order to watch this spectacular game; they now have the opportunity to cheer on their own team. It should be a very enjoyable day out for all the family. Only eight miles from Hyde Park Corner, Ham is the last remaining polo club in Greater London. Founded in 1926, it has an established and distinguished reputation for excellent playing and social facilities combined with a relaxed family atmosphere.

We plan to organise the day at two levels: one for those who want to have a family, self-catering, relatively inexpensive day out and another level for those who want to spend the day in comfort, sipping enjoyable drinks, having a fuller lunch and watching the polo from comfortable seats in a special enclosure.

The main polo match will start at 2.30 pm and there will almost definitely be a second match in the afternoon. A match in the morning, before a lunch break at 1.00 pm, is very possible, but details will be sent along with a map.

There are two plans:

Plan A: Bring your own picnic/chairs/ rugs. Chukka Tukka, a van selling good snacks lunches and drinks, attends matches on that side of the ground.
Plan B: Sit on the veranda of the Clubhouse in the Members Enclosure, enjoying a three course buffet lunch, watching in comfort.

Please try and form parties, come with families or just come alone. We aim to have a good time and watch the most exciting game in the world and cheer on our own team.

The match is being supported by Old Park Lane Management, members of the Hong Kong Association. The main prizes are being contributed by Spink 1666.

Society Lunch in Gloucestershire

Date: Wednesday 4th July 2018
Venue: The Royal Oak Inn, The Burgage, Prestbury, Cheltenham, Glos, GL52 3DL
Time: 12.00 for 1.00pm
Royal OakLast year’s Gloucestershire lunch was held in October, and in spite of some flu-related absences, was a full and lively event. This year we revert to July, and have again booked the (now traditional) Pavilion function room at The Royal Oak Inn. For those who have not been there, The Royal Oak is situated in the delightful village of Prestbury, on the outskirts of Cheltenham. It is convenient, pretty, friendly and the food (and beer) is often recommended. Particularly pleasant in summer, with horse racing and the Jazz Festival just over, and the Cheltenham Music Festival just starting!

All members who live anywhere within reach are very cordially invited to attend – and an increasing number come from outside Gloucestershire. All are strongly encouraged to bring with them any friends with connections to Hong Kong.

Included in the cost of the event will be canapés and a welcoming glass of bubbly, a two-course meal, with tea or coffee to follow. There will be a speaker and lots of opportunities to mingle. It has proved possible in the last couple of years to include a bottle of wine per table in the price too – what an offer! A cash bar for other drinks will be available throughout.

Alastair Scott is again organising this event on behalf of the Society, and bookings and questions as to details, should be directed to him. Please respond to Alastair by email ( by end-April if you hope and expect to be able to attend. No absolute necessity to send payment by then, but cheques will not actually be paid in until much nearer the time, so there is no downside to so doing (for address, see booking form below). Alastair will be in touch in May with those who have responded positively to seek confirmations and ask you to make menu choices

We look forward very much to seeing you.

Summer Party and Quiz

Date: Tuesday 26th June 2018
Venue: Cavalry & Guards Club, 127 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PX
Time: 7.00pm Drinks Reception (Cash bar); 8.00 Buffet Dinner; 9.00pm Quiz
4798_facilities_bg Come and join us for The Hong Kong Society’s Summer Party and Quiz on Tuesday 26th June 2018 at The Cavalry & Guards Club.

Society members and their guests are invited to enjoy drinks on the Club’s  Terrace (weather permitting!) before a buffet supper in The Field Marshal’s Room.

After dinner there will be a short general knowledge fun quiz. The quiz is entirely optional and teams of 6 can be made up on the night.  Trophies will be awarded to the winning teams so get your thinking caps on.

Tickets for this event includes a hot and cold buffet supper. There will be a cash bar set up in The Field Marshal’s Room throughout the evening.

There is a dress code in the club of tailored jacket and ties for men and no denim or training shoes and the equivalent dress for ladies.

Guided Tour of the John Thomson Exhibition

A special guided tour for Hong Kong Society members of an exhibition at the Brunei Gallery|SOAS on China and Siam through the lens of John Thomson  

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Date: Thursday 3rd May 2018
Venue: Brunei Gallery|SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square,  London WC1H 0XG
Time: 6.30pm


This is the first London exhibition of Scottish photographer John Thomson’s (1837-1921) work which encompasses his ten years in Asia.  The exhibition will run from 13th April to 23nd June and includes images from newly discovered glass negatives held at the Wellcome Library, London.

3114-0166bExhibition co-curator and Hong Kong Society member Betty Yao MBE will follow John Thomson’s footsteps starting from his photography studio in Hong Kong.  She will highlight the people and places he photographed and divulge the story, the twists and turns behind the survival of this valuable collection through 150 years.

For more information on the exhibition go to  There will be other related lectures and workshops.

Fireside Chat

A fire-side conversation, co-hosted by the

Hong Kong Society & EY Far East Network

Date: Monday 16th April 2018
Venue: Ernst & Young LLP, 1 More London Place, London SE1 2AF
Time: 6.00 for 6.30pm


The Hong Kong Society has embarked on a series of ‘fire-side chats’ in collaboration with the EY Far East Network (EYFEN). 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.

We are delighted that Ms Su-Mei Thompson, has accepted the invitation to be the next guest speaker where she will talk about:

  • Her life journey - who and what motivated and inspired her?
  • Her career which has covered professional services, blue chip corporates, education and the NGO sector – how easy/hard is it to move across sectors?
  • Her current role as CEO of Media Trust. According to the latest Edelman Trust Barometer, trust in the media is at an all time low – how can the media regain the public’s trust?


Su-Mei Thompson is Chief Executive of Media Trust, which channels the creativity and skills of the media and creative industries to benefit charities, marginalised communities and young people.

Between 2009-2017, Su-Mei was CEO of The Women’s Foundation, an NGO dedicated to the advancement of women and girls in Hong Kong through research, community programmes, education and advocacy. In 2013, she founded the 30% Club Hong Kong, a group of chairmen and CEO leaders committed to bringing more women onto corporate boards.

Su-Mei holds law degrees from Cambridge and Oxford and an MBA from IMD where she was the first woman to graduate on the Dean’s list. She is also a past recipient of the HBSA-HK Andy Choa Scholarship which sponsors non-profit leaders to attend the SPNM program at Harvard Business School. She started her career at Linklaters as a corporate finance associate, while also serving as a lecturer and tutor in law at Kings College London. She went on to hold senior management positions at The Walt Disney Company, the Financial Times and Christie’s Asia.

Besides running Media Trust, Su-Mei is currently a council member of The Cheltenham Ladies College and serves on the board of Opera Hong Kong.

Su-Mei’s TED talk from 2015 “Dying To Be Thin” has attracted almost 100,000 views.

Su-Mei was a Judge for Campaign Asia’s Women Leading Change Awards 2017 and served as a Jury Member for the Cannes Glass Lions Awards 2016. She was the recipient of Public Affairs Asia’s 2016 Communicator of the Year Gold Standard Award. In 2015, she was the winner of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Women of Influence Award for Non-Profit Leader of the Year and the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital/Tatler Women of Hope Award for Power & Influence. She has also been recognised as one of Hong Kong’s 100 Most Influential People by Debrett’s and the South China Morning Post.

20141223033917_17962Her interviewer will be Ms Sally Patterson. Sally (who was better known in HK as Sally Blyth) began her journalistic career at the BBC after graduating from London University in Modern History. She went on to work in publishing and PR and also television and radio (RTHK and ATV) as a political journalist in Hong Kong where she lived from 1983-1997. She covered the negotiations on Hong Kong’s future up to the handover when she worked with BBC Television. She hosted her own weekly television current affairs programme and has extensive radio broadcasting and reporting experience. Her book, Hong Kong Remembers’ was launched in Hong Kong by the then Governor Chris Patten with the Foreword written by the former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.

Sally is now working as a Senior Coach with Mandarin Consulting, an organisation giving careers advice to Chinese students studying in the UK.

Chinese Art in Hong Kong – Collecting Societies, Museums and Auction Houses

Date: Friday 9th March 2018
Upper Ryder Street Gallery at Christies, 8 King St, St James’s, London, SW1Y 6QT
3.30pm Lecture, 4.30pm Refreshments


During the early to mid-20th century, collectors and dealers from mainland China brought an influx of Chinese art, along with their expertise on the subject, to the British colony of Hong Kong. Here large collections of Chinese art were built up in a multicultural environment, and the study of Chinese art was actively promoted through collectors’ societies, public exhibitions, scholarly publications and the art trade from the 1960s to 1990s. Through outlining the history, context and impact of private and institutional collecting in this specific geographical location, this talk examines how collecting networks and practices reflected as well as triggered broader trends in the consumption and perception of Chinese art, exemplifying the ways in which representative Hong Kong individuals and key institutions both continued Chinese traditions and appropriated Western methods in framing ideas of Chinese art.

IvyChan01bBorn and raised in Hong Kong, Ivy Chan is a Specialist in the Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Department at Christie’s, having joined the company in 2010. After reading History and Art History, she obtained her MA in History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia at the School of Oriental and African Studies, focusing on early Ming period ceramics. In addition to lecturing on the Christie’s Education Arts of China MA course, she has worked on multiple research and translation projects related to Chinese art and culture, and is currently completing her doctoral thesis on Chinese art collecting in Hong Kong at SOAS.

This event is for members of the Hong Kong Society only and places are on a first come first served basis.

Hong Kong Society Chinese New Year Dinner

Date: Tuesday 20th February
Venue: The Oriental Club, Stratford House, Stratford Place, London W1C 1ES
Time: 6:30pm Cash Bar, 7.00pm Dinner

DogChinese New Year 2018, which falls on the 16th February, is the start of the year of the Dog. The Dog year is a time of fairness and equality. Integrity and honesty are the values that lead to success under Dog’s watchful and just influence. In general, we will all be imbued with the Dog’s keen sense of right and wrong.

Do come and celebrate CNY with the HK Society at our annual CNY dinner, which this year will once again be held at the Oriental Club. Last year, we were treated to a specially created Chinese menu from their Chef and they have assured us that the menu for this coming CNY dinner will also be an authentic Chinese one. The dinner will be in their private outside space the Shamiana.

The price includes all food but not drinks which will be available for purchase from  the cash bar. Our CNY Dinner is very popular and places tend to sell out quite quickly, so do register as soon as possible to confirm your place.


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