UCL Alumni London Group

The UCL Alumni London Group comprises around 300 UCL alumni who get together to enjoy a variety of about 30 events a year – such as talks, walks and theatre trips – to suit a variety of tastes, ages and pockets.

Events have included a visit to the Apollo Theatre to watch ‘The Madness of George III’, wine tasting at Laithwaites, a walking tour of Wapping, Rotherhithe and the Brunel Museum and a visit to Highgate Cemetery.

For a full programme of events still to come please refer to the London Group brochure:

The UCL Alumni London Group are delighted to welcome new members.  If you would like to join, please contact John McKenzie.


Recent Event

Annual Dinner on board HQS Wellington, Tuesday 2 December 2014

John Bonham, Master Mariner, welcomed guests aboard HQS Wellington, Headquarters Ship of of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners for the London Group's Annual Dinner.         

Berthed at Temple Stairs on the Victoria Embankment, this former patrol vessel is the last surviving example of a  World War II escort ship.

The Reception took place on the sheltered quarter deck with its stunning river views and dinner was served below deck in the elegant wood-panelled Mess Hall, housing a collection of treasures and memorabilia from the Master Mariners' distinguished history.                  

Guest speakers were Professor Steve Caddick, who updated guests on the latest news from UCL and plans for the Olympic Park, and John Bonham who shared the history of HQS Wellington and spoke about his experiences at sea during his 25years of service with P&O.

  • London Group Annual Dinner 2014
  • London Group Annual Dinner 2014
  • London Group Annual Dinner 2014
  • London Group Annual Dinner 2014
  • London Group Annual Dinner 2014
  • London Group Annual Dinner 2014

More images from the evening can be viewed by visiting the UCL Alumni Flickr page.

Past Events

Festive Dinner at the Athenaeum Club hosted by Patricia Rothman (UCL Mathematics 1959) - Tuesday 3 December 2013

The 2013 London Group Festive Dinner was held at the Athenaeum Club in Pall Mall on Tuesday 3 December. The evening commenced with a sherry reception and was followed by a three course meal in the Club's Garden Room.

Guests were joined by Professor Anthony Smith, Vice-Provost (Education) who updated those present on the latest news and developments at UCL and Geraldine Davies, Principal of the UCL Academy, who gave an insight into the school's exciting and innovative approach to education.

  • London Group Festive Dinner 2013
  • London Group Festive Dinner 2013
  • London Group Festive Dinner 2013
  • London Group Festive Dinner 2013
  • London Group Festive Dinner 2013
  • London Group Festive Dinner 2013
  • London Group Festive Dinner 2013
  • London Group Festive Dinner 2013
  • London Group Festive Dinner 2013
  • London Group Festive Dinner 2013
  • London Group Festive Dinner 2013
  • London Group Festive Dinner 2013

More images from the event can be viewed by visiting Flickr.

Festive Dinner at the University Women's Club hosted by Joan Newey (UCL Greek & Latin 1945) - Friday 7 December 2012

London Group members and their guests gathered together on Friday 7th December for a pre-Christmas dinner at the University Women's Club in the heart of Mayfair. Those present slipped into the festive spirit with a Sherry reception, followed by a three course dinner and coffee served in the Club's handsome, wood-panelled Library.

Following dinner, Professor David Price, Vice-Provost (Research) gave an overview of UCL’s achievements in 2012 including the QS world ranking of 4th in the world. Professor Price also took the opportunity to highlight the opening of UCL’s Academy in Camden and how successful their first term had been.

Lynne Truss (UCL English 1977) then gave a personal and moving account of how and why she came to write her bestselling book ‘Eats, Shoots and Leaves’.  She described how the success of the book surpassed both her own and her family’s expectations.  Lynne reflected on her own experiences at UCL and recounted previously returning to the university to speak on an alumni panel to an audience of first year English students assuring them that she has used the skills she developed from her English degree every single day! 

Ian Senior (UCL Economics 1974) rounded off the after dinner speeches with a highly entertaining toast to Lynne Truss in the style of the Danish comedian, musician and punctuation enthusiast, Victor Borge’s ‘Phonetic Punctuation Routine’.

© Hubert Libiszewski and Zhe Wang, UCLU Photo Society

The Francis Crick Institute and UCL - 19th October 2012, Wellcome Centre, Euston

On Friday 19th October 2012 , London Group members met at the Wellcome Centre to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Francis’ Crick’s (UCL Physics 1937) award of the Nobel Prize. Dr Ava Yeo,London Research Institute Director of Operations, Cancer Research UK delivered updated guests on the exciting new UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation, which bears Crick’s name, that will become home to 1250 scientists.

  • Francis Crick Event
  • Francis Crick Event
  • Francis Crick Event
  • Francis Crick Event

Gala Anniversary Dinner - 29th February 2012, St. John's Gate, Clerkenwell

One hundred UCL alumni and guests enjoyed a splendid even at St John’s Gate, Clerkenwell in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the London Group's 15th Anniversary and the London Olympics. The games provided the theme for the dinner and in particular the medical services supporting them, in which UCLH will have an important role to play.

UCL Vice-Provost (Health), Professor Sir John Tooke, spoke about the latest developments at UCL and the future of the Medical School whilst UCL alumnus and rowing gold medallist, Dr Richard Budgett (Middlesex Medical School 1983) regaled guests with stories about winning gold at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and returning afterwards as a House Doctor at UCH. Dr Budgett also talked about his current position as Chief Medical Officer for the 2012 Olympics and UCL’s role in medical provision for the games. At the end of his speech, much to the surprise of everyone present, Dr Budgett handed around his gold medal for guests to hold!

For a full gallery of photos from the evening see here.

  • St John's Gate
  • Sir John Tooke's speech
  • Peter Goll
  • Richard Budgett
  • Diana Manuel with the gold medal
  • Michael O'Neill
  • Janet Kitchen with Richard Budgett
  • Drinks at the Sherry reception
  • Sir John Tooke
  • Anne Folkes, London Group Chairman

© Damita Abayaratne, UCL PhotoSoc


Annual Dinner - 9th November 2010, The RAC Club, Pall Mall

Over 100 UCL alumni and guests enjoyed a very pleasant evening at the 13th Annual Dinner of the UCL Alumni London Group.  Vice-Provost Professor Michael Worton updated guests on developments at UCL and in particular the increasing focus of its global role in the international community.  Eminent screen-writer Andrew Davies (UCL English 1957) charmed guests with hilarious stories of his student days at UCL and tales from his fascinating career, including how the famous scene in the BBC's Pride and Prejudice evolved of actor Colin Firth emerging from the lake.  

Annual Dinner (November 2010)
Annual Dinner (November 2010)
Annual Dinner (November 2010)
Annual Dinner (November 2010)



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