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King’s College London Alumni Association

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About KCLA

KCLA is a self-governing association of former students and staff who value their link with King’s. Founded in 1920, we work closely with the Alumni Office to help achieve King’s vision to make the world a better place by engaging alumni and encouraging them to give back by supporting its strategic goals.

We achieve our mission by:

  • providing opportunities for alumni to meet and reconnect with King’s;
  • facilitating the development of subject and professional societies, and sports clubs;
    • engaging members by communicating clearly and relevantly with them.

KCLA Annual Dinner and Duel Day Celebration

King’s College London Alumni Association (KCLA) would like to invite you to join the Annual Dinner and Duel Day Celebration. The Dinner will be held in historic Vintners Hall. Guests will enjoy both re-enactment of the duel and Ms Jo Brand AKC as our guest speaker.

Vintners' Hall is a magnificent, historic building. The Vintners' Company, with its first Charter in 1363, is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London. With its origins steeped in the history of the City of London and the import, regulation and sale of wine, it is known as the wine trade's ‘spiritual home’.

The Livery Hall, where the Dinner will be held, was built in 1671. It still retains much of its original carving along with an historic collection of pictures. It is an elegant setting in which you will enjoy a memorable dining experience catered by Searcys.

This year our Annual Dinner will for the first time incorporate a re-enactment of the duel fought between the Duke of Wellington and the Earl of Winchelsea over the right of King’s to select the best applicants irrespective of their religion. The duel was fought on 21 March 1829. King’s alumni all over the world gather for social occasions close to this date to commemorate Wellington’s role in the founding of the College.

Ms Jo Brand, the well-known comedian, writer and actor, a Fellow of King's, will be our after dinner speaker ensuring the evening is brought to a memorable close with her special brand of humour.

Tickets for the black tie Dinner cost £95, which is subsidised to celebrate our first social event for two and a half years. Full details and the booking form are available here. Numbers are strictly limited and available on a first-come first-served basis. I do hope you will join us

For any event queries, please contact Dr Barrie Morgan at

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