HKS 2016 Past Events

Scottish Section Regional Chinese Lunch

Date: Friday 9 December
Venue: Saigon, Saigon Restaurant, 14 South St. Andrew Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AZ
Time: 12.00 noon for 1.00pm
Cost: £23 per person

Dear Members,

I am pleased to advise that our next event will be our Annual Chinese Luncheon at Saigon, Saigon Restaurant, 14 South St. Andrew Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AZ . This will be held on Friday 9th December, 2016 at 12 noon for 1pm. The restaurant is very easy to find, if you have not been there before, and is very close to the Main Bus Station and also Waverley Station. Now that the trams are also running there is a stop at St. Andrew Square which is ideal for the restaurant. Saigon, Saigon is located just off Princes Street on South St. Andrew Street and if you are driving, the nearest covered parking is St. James Centre or Greenside. The cost of the luncheon this year will be £23 per head . A cash bar will be available from 12 noon.


Those of you who have attended these lunches previously are aware that this is an informal lunch and a chance to meet up with old friends. The restaurant specialises in Dim Sum and the menu will consist of a good selection of Dim Sum dishes as well as main courses and dessert. The quality of the food is excellent as evidenced by the number of Chinese who regularly use the restaurant. I would hope to see as many as possible of you on the 9th December and would ask that you let me know by 30th November at the latest if you wish to attend. Please send me your cheques at £23 per head payable to THE HONG KONG SOCIETY SCOTTISH SECTION and complete the section on the booking form with names of the attendees. As usual guests of members are most welcome.

With kind regards.

Sincerely, Roy Dewar

Meet the Mentors Supper

Date:     Monday 28th November 2016
Venue: The Oriental Club, Stratford House, 11 Stratford Place, London, W1C 1ES
Time:   7.00pm Conversation starts, 8.00pm Supper
Cost:   £40 (HKS 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 and financial services industries, is being planned for the evening of Monday 28th November. This is the fourth in a series of the ‘Meet the Mentor’ Suppers, each one focussing on a specific sector.

2 Bankers, an Accountant and a Lawyer 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.

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 Gray, Managing Director, Corporate Development, Standard Chartered Bank
Mr Gray had responsibility for the origination, analysis and execution of acquisitions and disposals for Standard Chartered. His career started in Hong Kong in 1994; he studied at Cambridge and SOAS.

The Mentors:

Paget Dare Bryan, Partner, Clifford Chance LLP
Returned to the UK in 2014 after eleven years in Asia as Clifford Chance’s Head of Derivatives and Structured Product Practice. Now a Partner in its London Office.

Richard McDonald, Partner, Deloitte LLP
Richard McDonald is a partner in Deloitte UK’s International Markets Group and a leader in its Chinese Services Group. The Chinese Services Group serves Chinese companies establishing and investing in the UK, as well as UK companies expanding into China.

Romy Murray, Director, Trustee and Executive Coach
Now managing a Portfolio Career, she was until recently leading major bank wide regulatory programmes. Her 23 year banking career in HK and UK had its foundations in commodity derivatives and financial institutions sales before being promoted to senior global roles in Investor Relations, Corporate Affairs, Risk and Programme Management.

Ed Squire, Advisor, JP Morgan Cazenove
Advises UK listed companies on mergers and acquisitions and capital raisings, with a focus on the banking, insurance and asset management sectors.

Hong Kong Society Annual Dinner

Guests: Sir David Tang and Stephen Fry

Date: Wednesday 23rd November 2016
Venue: Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, 30 Portman Square, London, W1H 7BH
Time: 6.30pm Cash Bar, 7.30 for 8.00pm Dinner
Cost:  £95 per head (member) / £110 per head (non member)
£75 per head for fully paid up HKS members under 30 (limited tickets only available until 31st July)
Price includes pre-dinner drinks, 3 course dinner, wine and soft drinks 
Dress:    Lounge Suits

stephen_fry_70-copyDuring the dinner Sir David Tang will be in conversation with Stephen Fry.

Well known comedian, actor, writer and presenter Stephen Fry became involved in the Cambridge Footlights in 1981 and has since been seen on TV in Jeeves and Wooster, Blackadder and many others. He has been on ‘Just a Minute’, ‘I’m sorry I haven’t a Clue’, ‘Absolute Power’ and has produced a three volume autobiography and been involved in many other broadcasting TV and theatre entertainments.

David-TangSir David Tang has wide interests and a distinguished history of furthering relations between UK and HK. He is best known as the founder of the Shanghai Tang fashion chain. In 2005 he opened the China Tang restaurant at the Dorchester Hotel and has initiated the ‘China Exchange’ in Chinatown.

There will be the opportunity to ask questions after the two in conversation.
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As in previous years, the Society will be featuring an item of Hong Kong culture and this year, it is delighted to welcome Sarah Howe to read some of her poetry. A Hong Kong-British poet, editor and researcher, her first full poetry collection, Loop of Jade, won the TS Eliot Prize and the Sunday Times/Peters Fraser and Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award. She gained a PhD from Cambridge, studied at Harvard, researched further at Cambridge and has been a fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. She was one of the judges of the 2015 National Poetry Competition.

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Gallery Visit – Roger Keverne Ltd

Date: Friday 11th November 2016
Venue: 16 Clifford Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2LJ
Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm
Cost:  FREE to HKS Members


As part of Asian Art in London 2016, Roger Keverne, the Chairman of this week-long major event in London, has very kindly invited members of the Society to visit his much respected gallery.

index2Roger Keverne Ltd is a specialist dealer in Chinese ceramics and works of art. The gallery is situated on the second floor of 16 Clifford Street, off New Bond Street, in the heart of London’s premier art and antiques district. With a total between them of over 75 years’ experience in the Chinese Art market, Roger Keverne and Miranda Clarke, his wife, have run the company since 1997.

Roger Keverne worked at Spink and Son Ltd for 23 years, 17 of them as senior director in charge of the Asian Departments – Chinese, Japanese, Islamic and South-East Asian. He is a former Vice-Chairman and Council Member of the BADA, the British Antique Dealers’ Association (which represents over 400 of the best dealers in tindex3he United Kingdom), and a former Chairman of the Grosvenor House Antiques Fair Publicity and Oriental Vetting Committees. For a number of years, he served as Chairman of the Oriental Vetting Committee at the Winter Antiques Show in New York. Roger Keverne is a well-known authority in the field of Chinese jade and was consultant editor of Jade, first published by Letts in 1991.

His gallery always carries a large and fine stock of Chinese ceramics and decorative arts. In November it will be showing its most recent purchases and other works of art.

Mr Keverne will give a brief introduction to the Works of Art and talk generally about Asian Art in London. Drinks will be served. Thanks to his generosity, the event is free to attend and is exclusively for members of the Hong Kong Society. Space for this is very limited; booking is essential. Register by email to or by telephone 020 7963 9447.

indexAsian Art in London is now the largest single commercial Asian Art event in the world and this year it will be held from 3rd November – 12th November.

Members’ attention is drawn to the Asian Art in London Symposium on 9th November, full details of which can be found here.

Regional Supper – Tunbridge Wells

Date: Friday 28th October 2016
Venue: Dragon Tan Chinese Restaurant, 83 Calverley Rd, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2UY
Time: 6.30pm for 7.00pm
Cost:  £30 per head (member) / £35 per head (non member)

‘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, which will include 2 glasses of wine per person. Drinks before supper will be from a cash bar, but wine during supper will be included with the menu.

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.

Fireside Chat


A fire-side conversation, co-hosted by the Hong Kong Society & EY Far East Network

Date: Monday 17th October
Venue: Ernst & Young LLP, 1 More London Place, London SE1 2AF
Time: 6.00 for 6.30pm

The Hong Kong Society is embarking 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 Mr Hugh Davies, CMG, has accepted the invitation to be the first guest speaker.

hugh_daviesHugh Davies was born in India, educated at Cambridge, and spent 33 years in the British Diplomatic Service, much of it in East Asia, including China, Hong Kong and Singapore. He is a Chinese linguist, and knows India, Malaysia, and Vietnam well and has visited Japan, Indonesia, Philippines, Korea and Taiwan in a business capacity in recent years. His many achievements include leading the British team in the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group during the Handover in Hong Kong in 1997, assisting in Prudential’s expansion into six countries in Asia over this period (including China), assisting Old Mutual in its entry into the China market and carrying out research and analysis projects on Chinese energy procurement.

20141223033917_17962He will be interviewed by 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 Kongʼs 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. Sally has written for daily newspapers and periodicals. Her journalistic work took her to China and elsewhere in Asia as well as to the United Nations and Europe. Her book, ʻHong Kong Remembers’ was launched in Hong Kong by the then Governor Chris Patten with the Foreword written by the former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. She is married to recent Society Treasurer, Mark Patterson.

Space for this event is extremely limited, is opened to staff of EY and members of the HKS only and is available on a first come first served basis.


Society Women’s Group Autumn Lunch
With Guest Speaker: Tayma Page Allies

Date: Wednesday 12th October 2016
Venue: The Oriental Club, Stratford House, 11 Stratford Place, London W1C 1ES
Time: 12.30 for 1.00pm

Tayma-Page-Allies-New-Shop-Prince's-Building-HKWe are delighted to welcome back as our guest speaker the talented British expat designer behind Hong Kong’s TAYMA Fine Jewellery brand, Tayma Page Allies.

When she headlined a Society lunch over two years ago, Tayma riveted the packed audience with her insider knowledge of exotic gems and led us into the inspiration behind her elegant and contemporary designs.

In an increasingly volatile investment world, she has elected to discuss ‘legacy gems’.  According to Tayma:  “Precious jewels have been valued acquisitions for centuries…. tangible assets that can be sold when times get tough. Previously many coloured gems were not ranked in this bracket but so much has changed in the last few years that this is no longer the case. ” Tayma will update us on which rare coloured gems are destined to prove an enduring investment.

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

Mid-Autumn Festival Gathering

Date: Wednesday 28th September 2016
Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Venue: Tattershall Castle, Victoria Embankment, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2HR
Cost: Free for HKS members and their guests (Drinks and food available to purchase at the bar)

Join us to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival and meet up with fellow Hong Kong Society Members aboard the Tattershall Castle, a floating paddle steamer restaurant and bar, berthed at Victoria Embankment.


Offering one of the finest views of River Thames and its world-famous landmarks, we have reserved an area in the cabins which has a relaxed and informal setting.


Scottish Section Regional Lunch

Date: Friday 15 July
Venue: The Royal Overseas League, Over-Seas House, 100 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 3AB
Time: 12.00 noon for 1.00pm

Our speaker on this occasion will be Andrew McRae

Andrew is the CEO and Founder of Museum Context Ltd. He is one of very few people I know who has set up a very successful Retail Business in Hong Kong having come from Scotland. His business specializes in Interior Decoration but has expanded into much more and he will tell us how he achieved this.

This will be an unusual and Interesting address and it is hoped as many members as possible can attend.

On this occasion a buffet lunch with a curry theme will be served but don’t worry as they are not of the hot variety and have been well tested by our sister Societies from Malaysia and Borneo. A glass of wine, a beer or a soft drink is included in the price.

Members Only – Summer Gathering

Date: Wednesday 6th July 2016
Time: 7.00pm
Cost: Free to Society members

Our next Members Only social event will be a summer gathering at a private club. Space is very limited and available on a first come first served purpose. Registration is required.

London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 2016

This year London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival will be held on Sunday 26th June 2016 and the Hong Kong Society is once again planning to compete in the race. We are looking for enthusiastic rower/oarsmen to join our team.

You do not have to be particularly beefy or strong to be a member of a Dragon Boat crew: the main qualifications are a sense of rhythm, a capacity to enjoy a good day out and an ability to swim (if the worse comes to the worst!).

Society Lunch in Gloucestershire

Date: Wednesday 22nd June
Venue: The Royal Oak Inn, The Burgage,  Prestbury, Cheltenham, Glos, GL52 3DL
Time: 12.00 for 1.00pm
Cost: £32 per person (members) / £38 per person (non members)


Last year’s Gloucestershire lunch was generally reckoned to have been the best yet, so the Society has again booked The Pavilion function room at The Royal Oak Inn for this year’s event. The Royal Oak is situated in the delightful village of Prestbury, on the outskirts of Cheltenham, and has featured in the Daily Telegraph Top 70 Inns in Britain. It’s convenient, pretty, friendly and the food (and beer) is often recommended. Overflowing with racing people during the Cheltenham Gold Cup Festival!

All members who live anywhere within reach are encouraged to attend – and are cordially invited to bring with them any friends with connections to Hong Kong. Such friends who come to the lunch will be entitled to an attractive introductory membership fee 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, and tea or coffee to follow. Lots of opportunities to mingle. A cash bar for other drinks will be available throughout.

Society Women’s Group Winter Lunch
With Guest Speaker: Priya Sher

Date: Tuesday 21st June
Venue: The Oriental Club, Stratford House, 11 Stratford Place, London W1C 1ES
Time: 12.30 Drinks, 1.00pm Lunch
Cost: £35 per person (members), £40 per person (non members)

img_0448The Society Women’s Group has invited Feng Shui expert Priya Sher to its Summer lunch.

Priya runs her Feng Shui consultancy in London, England. She  has trained & studied extensively since 2001 with one of the worlds most skilled Masters of Imperial Yuen Hom Feng Shui, Grand Master Chan Kun Wah. Grand Master Chan has awarded Priya the title of ‘Master’.  He has a lineage going back many hundreds of years to the Song Dynasty in the Imperial Courts of China. The Imperial Yuen Hom style of Feng Shui is the most advanced feng shui in the world.

Before embarking on her Feng Shui journey, Priya had a background in Management Consulting working for KPMG, her qualifications include a BA (Hons) in Classics & Philosophy & MA (Distinction) in Human Resource Management.

Priya has had a continued successful Feng Shui career now spanning over a decade. She is a fully accredited Feng Shui and Face Reading teacher, specialist, advisor and consultant with the Chue Foundation. Additionally she offers, I Ching readings, bazi horoscope readings, auspicious date selection and space clearing services to her clients. She also offers recruitment selection services to businesses based on her Human Resources background, qualifications and experience combined with her face reading abilities.

As a full time professional feng shui consultant, Priya has performed many hundreds of successful consultations in London and abroad for residential clients, imaginatively reflecting their personal lifestyles.

“Priya was very professional in her approach.” – Paulo Coelho (author)

The price will include drinks, wine and a 2 course lunch in a private room in the Oriental Club, which is a member of the Hong Kong Association.

Sector Focussed Discussions

The Hong Kong Society is embarking on a series of discussions designed to inform members about a range of business sectors and other interesting topics. The discussions will be especially useful for those already engaged in, or thinking of joining, those sectors but will be primarily focussed on Hong Kong.

The Importance of the Judiciary and Bar and the ‘One Country Two Systems’ principle in Hong Kong

Date: Monday 20th June 2016
Venue: The East India Club, 16 St James’s Square, London SW1Y 4LH
Time: 6.30pm
Cost: £7.50 (members); £15 (non-members)

Keynote Speaker: The Hon. Sir Charles Haddon-Cave

Charles Allen-Jones, Director, Hongkong Land Holdings Ltd (former senior partner of Linklaters LLP)
Michael Thomas, QC (Attorney General of Hong Kong 1983-1988)
Priscilla To, Director-General, Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office

The Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, as an autonomous territory which operates under a different political system to the rest of China, possesses its own legal system as well as its own government, police force, education system and many other vital administrative functions.

In this session, The Hon. Sir Charles Haddon-Cave, a High Court Judge of England and Wales, who has a very strong Hong Kong background and who is also Chairman of the International Committee of the Judicial College of England and Wales, will explain the importance of Hong Kong’s judiciary in this context and its unique constitutional position, including its roles in maintaining the separation of powers under the Basic Law and of reviewing constitutionally legislative and executive acts.

After his opening talk, which will last for about 15 minutes, Sir Charles Haddon-Cave will lead a discussion, supported by a small panel of experts and inviting input from the audience.

The discussion will touch upon the Rule of Law in Hong Kong and its key features, how the laws of Hong Kong provide protection for the rights and the dignity of citizens by embracing human rights protection in Hong Kong, how the independence of the judiciary is maintained in Hong Kong, the role of the Bar and the relationship with the power of the interpretation of the Basic Law by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.

The discussion will be from 6.30 – 7.45pm and a cash bar will then be available until 8.15 in the same private room.

HK – Land of Opportunities

Date: Wednesday 15th June 2016
Venue: HKETO London Office, 18 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3JA
Time: From 6.00pm
Cost: £7.50 (HK Society Members) / £15 (Non Members)

Stonecutters Bridge With over 1,200 skyscrapers, Hong Kong tops the world rankings as the city with the most tall buildings. Lack of available sprawl space, giving rise to a highly dense and tall skyline, and has meant that the breath-taking cityscape is often cited as the best in the world. With immense pressures on space and construction demand, is it no wonder that extraordinary innovation and cutting-edge design are required for all development plans. This sector focus talk will delve into some of the largest on-going projects of the decade, and the issue of light pollution which becomes prominent in such a densely populated skyline. This talk will be arranged in association with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office and the Hong Kong Institute of Engineering.



Ir Francis Budge is Chairman of the HKIE UK Chapter and a civil engineer with over 40 years of experience, having been involved in water and wastewater projects in the UK and around the world. The focus of his presentation will be on the “10 Mega Infrastructure Projects” of this decade (costing over £56bn), including the HK – Zhuhai – Macao Bridge, MTR South Island Line, West Kowloon Cultural District, and Kai Tak Development to name a few.

Florence Lam is an Arup Fellow and leads the global Arup lighting design practice. Her particular expertise in daylight, visual perception and holistic lighting approach plays key roles in many of her innovative design solutions, from museums to sport venues and transport buildings to bridges all over the world. She will speak about lighting design and engineering in practice, covering relevant projects in HK and wider China, with a special focus on ‘light pollution’ in Hong Kong and how Arup design can help address cultural intricacies.

Cherie Yeung joined the Hong Kong Administrative Service in 2005 after graduating with a degree in arts from the University of Hong Kong.
She was Assistant Secretary in the former Health, Welfare and Food Bureau.  In 2007,  she joined the Home Affairs Department as Assistant District Officer.  She was appointed Assistant Secretary in Security Bureau in 2008.  In 2010, Ms Yeung was sponsored by the Hong Kong Government for study at UC Berkeley.  Ms Yeung then became Assistant Secretary at the Financial Secretary ‘s Private Office. In 2015, she was appointed Deputy Director-General of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London.  The Office is responsible for fostering Hong Kong’s relations with Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the UK.

Society Annual Lecture

“The Phoenix at The Fall of Empire, Three Empresses of China and the Fate of the Imperial Art Collection” by Anne Haworth

Date: Wednesday 25th May
Venue: National Liberal Club, Whitehall Pl, London SW1A 2HE
Time: 6.00pm Cash bar, 6.30pm Lecture, 8.15pm Supper

Anne Haworth  (2) bWe are delighted that Anne Haworth will be giving this year’s annual lecture.

Ms Haworth was a porcelain specialist at Christie’s before moving to Shanghai in 1995 for a seven-year residence during which time she lectured to the expatriate community in Shanghai and Beijing. She is now a lecturer for the V&A, the Royal Collection Trust, the British Museum and for Nadfas. She has lectured in many of London’s museums and art galleries and gave gallery talks during the Royal Academy’s ‘China: the Three Emperors, 1662-1795′ exhibition in 2005-6.

In Ancient China, the phoenix, a bird of myth and legend, symbolised the Empress, consort to the Dragon Emperor. The lecture focuses on three Empresses who lived in the Forbidden City from the 18th Century to the end of empire in 1911. Empress Xiaoxian was consort to the Qianlong Emperor, one of China’s greatest art collectors. The formidable Dowager Empress Cixi ruled the Empire ‘from behind the curtain’ during the 19th Century. Empress Wanrong, known as Elizabeth, married Puyi, the last Emperor of China. She was beautiful and received a Western education yet died an opium addict in war-torn China. Their history reaches back to a golden age of art patronage and expansion of the vast Imperial collection, through the opium wars and twilight days of Empire, to the Warlord era of the 20th century. The former Imperial collection is now housed in Beijing, Taiwan and in museums and private collections in the West.

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

A two course buffet supper with Anne Haworth and other participants will be organised in a private room in the club after the lecture, finishing no later than 9.30pm.

Christie’s Lates: Looking East – The Art of China

Date: Tuesday, 3rd May 2016
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Christie’s South Kensington, 85 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3LD

We welcome Hong Kong Society Members to join an informal evening of interesting art.  Meet Committee Member, Joyce Ng, at 6:30pm inside the entrance to hear an overview of the Christie’s Lates series launched last year.

Free entry and cash bar.

Members only.

Society Supper in West Sussex

Date: Wednesday 4th May
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!

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The Noah’s Ark is a beautiful 16th century Inn situated in the picturesque village of Lurgashall, overlooking the cricket green and nestled beneath Blackdown Hill on the borders of Surrey and West Sussex. The Society has again taken a 40-seat private room in this highly recommended pub. We have been there a number of times before: the food 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 who live anywhere near are cordially invited to attend. 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.

HKSYM Spring Drinks

Date: Wednesday 27 April
Venue: The Crown and Shuttle Pub, 226 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6PJ
Time: From 6.00pm
Cost: £5 per person (members), £10 per person (non members)

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Join the Hong Kong Young Society Younger Members Group in welcoming in Spring at our drinks in the Crown and Shuttle Pub. With its large heated garden, range of craft beers and food truck; it’s a great venue to network and embrace the coming warmer months and longer days.
Cost is only £5 for members and you will receive a glass of wine.

Visit and Guided Tour of the London ASSAY OFFICE

Date: Wednesday 27 April
Venue: Goldsmith’s Hall, Gutter Lane, London, EC2V 8AQ
Time: 10.30am
1Assay offices are institutions which have been around since 1300 to test the purity of precious metals in order to protect consumers. On successful completion of an assay, (ie. a check that the metallurgical content is found to be equal or better than that claimed by the maker and that it otherwise conforms to the prevailing law) assay offices stamp a hallmark on the item to certify its metallurgical content. The term “hallmarking” first appeared in the UK in 1478. Four Assay offices currently exist in UK, the London one being at Goldsmith’s Hall. The Hallmarking Act 1973 makes it an offence to describe as palladium, platinum, gold or silver any item which is not hallmarked.

The Society has arranged a visit of the London Assay Office which will take in all 2 hours: a tour followed by a presentation by hallmarking expert Dave Merry Fipg.

This should be an extremely interesting visit. We plan to arrange a simple lunch in a nearby dim sum restaurant afterwards. This would be arranged if possible around one table on a pay-as-you-go basis (but less than £15 for the food). It would help us greatly if you indicated when applying for a place on the visit, you told us if you would like to join the lunch, please do this by sending an email to

Space for the tour is limited to a maximum of 18, so do apply early to ensure your place. Further details will be sent to all those attending.

The Transporter Bridge Tour & Cocktails on the Tee

Date: Thursday 21st April
Time: 4.00pm – 7.30pm
Venue: PD Ports – Tees Dock Road, Middlesbrough TS6 6TN

The iconic Tees or Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge is the world’s longest, over 100 years old and Grade II* listed. Affectionately known as “the Tranny”, it has won the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ highest accolade.  The Tees’ most visible landmark, it has transported its suspended “gondola” of foot passengers and vehicles back and forth daily across the estuary for generations.

HKNSE offers you the chance of a guided trip across the bridge and to its visitor facilities, with great views over Teesport, followed by cocktails and canapés at the Brasserie next to the southern bridge tower.

The visit is on the late afternoon of Thursday 21 April and is being co-organised by PDPorts, with registration commencing at 4pm in PDP’s Head Office opposite Middlesbrough railway station.

For those coming from Newcastle a bus has been arranged, leaving Stowell Street at 3pm sharp and returning mid-evening. You are strongly advised to book your place in the bus in advance, as vacant seats will be filled on a “first come first served” basis.

Hong Kong Society Chinese New Year Dinner 2016

Date: Thursday 11th February
Venue: Imperial China Restaurant, 25a Lisle Street, London WC2H 7BA (China Town)
Time: 6:30pm Cash Bar, 7.00pm Dinner
Price: £39 HK Society members, £48 non-members

MonkeyChinese New year 2016, which falls on the 8th February, is the start of the year of the Monkey. It is the ninth sign in Chinese astrology and the number “9” is associated with ambition, activity, smartness, mischief and adventure.

You are invited to come and celebrate the Hong Kong Society’s annual CNY dinner, which will once again be held at the well known and familiar Imperial China Restaurant in Chinatown. We have booked a private room to enjoy their delicious Chinese Banquet.

The price includes all food and Chinese Tea but not other drinks which will be available for purchase at the cash bar. Space is limited so please register quickly to ensure your place.

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