HKS Past Events

“Hong Kong Police: Inside the Lines”
Talk by Chris Emmett

Date:    Tuesday 12th November 2019
Venue: The Oriental Club, Stratford House, 11 Stratford Place, London W1C 1ES
Time:   6.45pm Cash bar, 7.15pm Lecture, 8.15pm Supper

81eW-C4VqcL._US230_We are delighted that Chris Emmett has agreed to do the next HK Society Lecture.

Chris served with the Hong Kong Police for twenty-eight years, serving in several specialist posts. He worked on the Hong Kong-China border during the Chairman Mao era and did three tours with the paramilitary Police Tactical Unit, the Blue Berets. While in the Narcotics Bureau, he was part of the team that arrested the owner of Hong Kong’s most popular newspaper for dealing in twenty-nine tons of opium and heroin.

Chris has written two books about his time in the Hong Kong police force. His first book, ‘Hong Kong Policeman,’ was published in 2014. His account of the turbulent times of 1970s Hong Kong brings vividly to life the crime, prostitution, drugs, triad street gangs, and corruption that was an important part of the fabric of Hong Kong of that time.

51dryEZJZVL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_51lPFopD4rL._SY346_His newly released, second book, “Hong Kong Police: Inside the Lines,” puts you on the streets , alongside the Hong Kong Police officers who faced drug-runners, refugees, illegal immigrants, violent gangs and machinegun-wielding robbers. It tells also of a force that between the 1967 communist riots and the 2014 Umbrella protests, has dealt with social upheaval that even today, divides the city.

In 1998, Chris retired with the rank of Senior Superintendent and now lives in England’s Yorkshire Dales with his wife, Stephanie.

A cash bar will be available from 6.45 pm and for a short time after the lecture. A two course supper with Chris Emmett and Society members will be organised in a private room in the club after the lecture, finishing no later than 9.45pm.


Private Tour of Bonhams by Colin Sheaf

Date: Monday 4th November 2019
Venue: Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street
Time: 3.50pm: meet at main reception; 4.00 – 4.45pm: Curated tour of the Chinese Art Preview
Auction Catalogues: available for purchase (optional, not required for the tour) at the reception desk for both sale previews

HONG KONG SOCIETY MEMBERS ONLY

ColinSheaf PROFILE (2)Every November in London, the specialist-Asian art community of  UK auction houses, dealers and museum experts hosts an event unique in the global trade for collectors, dealers and academics fascinated by the cultural products of Asia. Asian Art in London  was created in 1999 to provide an intoxicating mixture of lectures, exhibitions, gallery openings and, above all, specialised auctions for a global audience attracted to the arts and crafts of China and Japan, and featuring artworks created between the Neolithic period and the 21st  century AD. Join Bonhams Group Deputy Chairman Colin Sheaf, an international authority on Chinese art, for a private tour led by him to discuss aspects of the Chinese art on view in Bonhams New Bond St, before the Chinese Art auction take place on 07 Nov 2019.

Members attending this Curated Tour may like to know that the Oriental Ceramic Society will be hosting the ‘Annual Bonhams-OCS Lecture’  the same evening at 101 New Bond Street at 6.00pm. HK Society members are welcome to attend this Open Annual Lecture, which will be delivered by the distinguished Vienna Museum curator Dr Johannes Wieninger on the subject: Collecting Ming Ware: Ming Porcelain in Austrian Collections.  Entrance is free, no ticket or reservation required.


Regional Supper in Tunbridge Wells

Date: Friday 25th October 2019
Venue: Dragon Tan Chinese Restaurant, 83 Calverley Rd, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2UY
Time: 6.30 for 7.00pm

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.


‘Remain Deadly Calm’ – A Life in Interior Design
A Lunchtime Talk by Sara Oliver

Date: Tuesday 8th October 2019
Venue: The Oriental Club, Stratford House, 11 Stratford Place, London W1C 1ES
Time: 12.30 for 1.00pm
fullsizeoutput_6003We are delighted that Sara Oliver has agreed to do a Lunchtime Talk for the HK Society when she will talk about her life in interior design.

The talk will cover influences, inspiration, Orientalism, old Hong Kong projects and those inspired by her time in Hong Kong, as well as UK and overseas projects for old Hong Kong clients, including one current one.

With a background in design and construction, Sara’s projects have been happily diverse in scale, budget and location, ranging from the refurbishment of the 15th century Queens’ College, Cambridge, and numerous houses and apartments in Hong Kong, Delhi, Sydney, Tokyo and Great Britain, through to the design and construction of a major new villa in the Moroccan desert.

Sara is now based in Chelsea, London. www.studio-nomad.net / https://www.instagram.com/sarachinacoast/?hl=en

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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
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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.


What Collectors in Hong Kong Want: Chinese Porcelain, Jades

and Works of Art – Talk by Colin Sheaf, Chairman of Bonhams Asia

Date: Tuesday 1st October 2019
Time: 6pm for 6:30pm – 8.30pm
Venue: Hong Kong Trade and Development Council, 16 Upper Grosvenor St, Mayfair, London W1K 7PL

Hong Kong Society members only

In anticipation of Asian Art in London 2019, the Hong Kong Society is delighted to be joined by Colin Sheaf, Chairman of Bonhams Asia, to give us an overview of the market in Chinese porcelain, jades and works of art, which would be of particular interest to anyone who is seeking an insight into this fast-growing market, and to those who are considering making their first acquisition of a few items of their own cultural history.

This event and the networking reception is kindly hosted by the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council London.


The Greater Bay Area – Economic & Investment Opportunities

Date: 10th September 2019
Time: 6pm for 6:30pm
Venue: King & Wood Mallessons LLP, 11th floor, 20 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 3BY

MEMBERS ONLY

Please join our Panel Discussion on the Economic & Investment Opportunities in the Greater Bay Area to find out what the Greater Bay Area project is and understand the challenges, opportunities and potential for what is surely a grand economic vision at this pivotal time in Hong Kong’s future direction.

  • The Hong Kong Society (HKS) Younger Members Group invites you to a panel discussion and drinks reception to discuss the landscape, and future, of the Greater Bay Area and the role that Hong Kong might play in its future prospects.
  • Hong Kong is in the midst of a development that has seismic implications not only for Hong Kong and China, but also for the global economy.
  • By 2020, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area is planned to become one of the world’s top-level economic regions, forming the basic framework for a world-class cluster of cities (HK, Macau, Guangzhou, Shenzhen & 7 other Chinese cities in Guangdong Province). The area will see substantial improvement in its strength in global cooperation and competition, and ascend to the forefront of city clusters by 2030.
  • Since becoming a global manufacturing hub, China’s Bay Area now generates nearly 10 per cent of China’s gross domestic product with less than 5 per cent of the population. China’s industrial output is dominated by manufacturing. The Bay Area Plan aims to turn it into a centre of advanced manufacturing, innovation, international shipping, finance and trade. One of the plan’s objectives is to allow travel between the 11 cities within one hour. Infrastructure is being put in place to make this ambition a reality but greater connectedness between the three jurisdictions presents a few problems given their different legal systems and currencies.

Speakers include:

  • A speaker from HSBC
  • A speaker from China Construction Bank
  • Chaired by Greg Stonefield, Corporate Finance Partner at King & Wood Mallesons LLP

Scottish Section Luncheon

Date: Tuesday 27th August 2019
Venue: Mansion House Restaurant, Edinburgh Zoo, 134 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6TS
Time: 12 Noon for 1.00pm
11mansionhouseI am pleased to advise that our next event will be a special Luncheon to be held at the Mansion House Restaurant, at Edinburgh Zoo in Corstorphine. This will be held on Tuesday 27th August 2019 at 12 noon for 1pm. Edinburgh Zoo is well served by public transport and Lothian buses 12, 26 and 31 as well as the airport bus 100 stop right outside the Zoo. Free Parking is also available in the Zoo car park and direct entrance from the car park to the Zoo will be available through the Members Gate. There is then a short walk to the Mansion House. The cost of the luncheon this year will be £31 per head . A cash bar will be available from 12 noon. The cost includes a 2 course lunch followed by tea and coffee, complimentary car parking, mineral water on the tables and Zoo entry if desired. The full address of the Zoo is 134 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6TS.

As most of you know I have been searching for a suitable venue for some time and, having attended events here before, I am confident this will be a good venue for our needs. Whilst the date is later than normal we have been able to arrange for Lindsay Jones, the new Executive Director of the Hong Kong Association and Society to attend this event and say a few words to us about her thoughts for the future of the Society. I have spoken to Lindsay and she has some very interesting ideas on the way forward.

Yours sincerely,

Roy Dewar (Convener of the HKS Scottish Region)


Hong Kong Society Polo Day

Hong Kong versus Horse Guards

Date: Sunday 1st September 2019
Venue: Ham Polo Club, Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7AH
Time: 12.15 pm MAIN MATCH (Gates open 11.30 but see below); Luncheon 1.15pm; Carriages 5.00pm
Dress: Smart casual (ties not required)

COME AND SUPPORT THE HONG KONG POLO TEAM

Player+AreaIn recent years, members of the Hong Kong Society have visited Ham once a year in order to watch this spectacular game and cheer on their own team again. 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. Exceptionally this year we will also celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the introduction of Polo from India to England in 1869. More details will be in the Match programme.

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 seats in a special enclosure.

The main polo match will start at 12.15pm this year and there will be other matches in the afternoon from Ham Polo Club’s Ladies Tournament. Details will be provided with a map in due course.

Costs: There are two plans:
Plan A: £10 per person payable in advance online at: www.hampoloclub.com/tickets or £15pp Pay at Gate on the day. Free for under 13s. Bring your own picnic/chairs/rugs. There is a food kiosk selling good snacks, lunches and drinks (picnic area accepts card payments only).
Plan B: £60 Members’ Enclosure (Price includes day membership and buffet lunch). Sit on the veranda of the Clubhouse, enjoying a two course buffet lunch, less wines, watching in comfort.

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You can form parties of friends, come with families or just come alone.

The match is being sponsored by Old Park Lane Management. The main prizes are being provided by Lawrence Geung, Chow Tai Fook Jewellery, Kwan Lo and “Aquila” sports equipment. Other main supporters are Azad Ayub (the 2 Teams), and Grace Bian and Global Healthcare Real Estate.

 


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
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Oak innLast 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.

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!


“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

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.


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

HK SOCIETY MEMBERS ONLY

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.


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
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.


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

Saturday 25th May 2019

Members Only Event


FinTech in 2019: inbound and outbound investment in the UK and Hong Kong

Date: Thursday 16th May 2019
Time:
6pm for 6:30pm
Venue:
Charles Russell Speechlys, 5 Fleet Pl, Farringdon, London EC4M 7RD

MEMBERS ONLY

Following our well-received panel discussion on fintech and innovation in Hong Kong in April 2017, the Hong Kong Society (HKS) Younger Members Group invites you to a panel discussion and drinks reception to discuss the landscape, and future, of inbound and outbound investment in FinTech in the UK and Hong Kong.

Investment in FinTech globally continued to accelerate in 2018, to hit a record $39billion in global FinTech investment; FinTech businesses are still attractive for investors, and they are certainly here to stay.

Investment remained particularly strong in the UK and Asia too, with the UK seeing more than $1.7billion in capital investment and Asia almost $20billion, $349million of this from Hong Kong. The UK and Hong Kong have certainly remained major players in the global landscape for FinTech investment and the celebration of the first anniversary of the UK FinTech Bridge with Hong Kong only further highlights the importance both governments are placing on FinTech.

With 2019 predicted to be another explosive year, our panel will be discussing what the future holds for inbound and outbound investment in FinTech in the UK and Hong Kong.

Speakers include:

  • Andrew Davis – Head of Investment Promotion, Invest Hong Kong
  • Sean Tai – Global Fintech Founder/CEO
  • Dora Ziambra – Chief Compliance and Strategy Officer at Azimo
  • A speaker from the FinTech team at the Department of International Trade

Chaired by Mark Bailey, Co-Head of Fintech at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP


NE Regional Dinner

Date: Thursday 25th April 2019
Venue: Liu Dining, 5-7 Old Bonded Warehouse, The Close, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3RJ
Time: 7pm

The North-east Region will host a major dinner in Newcastle upon Tyne at 7pm on Thursday 25 April.

Liu DiningThe venue will be at Liu Dining on the Newcastle Quayside. There is free parking opposite the restaurant in the Copthorne Hotel.

The Guest of Honour will be our good friend Andrew Seaton, former British Consul General in Hong Kong and now Executive Director of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. He will update us on business opportunities and other recent developments there.

Also present will be senior representatives from the NE Chamber of Commerce and InvestHK, who are generously co-sponsoring.


“The way we were” – Photographs and 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 13th March 2019
Venue: The Oriental Club, Stratford House, 11 Stratford Place, Marylebone, London W1C 1ES
Time: 6.30pm Cash bar, 7.00pm Lecture, 8.00pm Supper

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.


 

Hong Kong Society Chinese New Year Dinner

Date: Tuesday 19th February 2019
Venue: Golden Phoenix Chinese Restaurant, 37-38 Gerrard St, London W1D 5QB
Time: 6:30pm Cash Bar, 7.00pm Dinner

Chinese New Year 2019, which falls on the 5th February, is the start of the year of the Pig. After the serious, conscientious year of the dog in 2018, there will be a more relaxed feel in the air for 2019. Astrologers claim that the peaceful and balanced pig year is the perfect time for establishing diplomatic relationships and reconciliation. And according to the Chinese calendar, 2019 will be full of optimism, joy and wellbeing.

Come and celebrate Chinese New Year with the HK Society at the annual CNY dinner. This year, we are returning to Chinatown, where we have booked a private room at the Golden Phoenix Chinese restaurant. They have organised a very special Chinese banquet for us.

The price includes all food and Chinese tea. Other drinks will be available for purchase from the cash bar. Our CNY Dinner is very popular and places tend to sell out quite early on, so do register as soon as possible to confirm your place.


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