Social Events

Welcome Reception

National Portrait Gallery

Date: Wednesday, 3 October 2012
Time: 7.00pm – 10.30pm
Venue: National Portrait Gallery
Address: 2 St.Martin’s Place – London WC2H 0HE

Join us at the National Portrait Gallery, just off London’s Trafalgar Square, for drinks and canapés and of course the opportunity to meet friends old and new. Guests will have exclusive access to one of the world’s most prized collections of portrait paintings comprising works dating from the 16th century to the present day.


The Gala Dinner

Royal Albert Hall

Date: Friday, 5 October 2012
Time: 7.00 pm until 1.00 am
Venue: Royal Albert Hall
Address: kensington Gore – London SW7 2AP

Our Gala Dinner for 2012 will be in one of London’s iconic landmarks: The Royal Albert Hall

This world famous music venue, home of the BBC Promenade Concerts, will give you a totally unique dining experience including a gourmet menu. Seating in the round, you will hear a short concert from the world famous royal Philarmonic Orchestra perform stirring orchestral pieces, culminating in the 1812.

Then it’s party time with dancing to a live band and disco.

The climax of the Summit Social Programme will be the Gala Dinner which will take place in the truly magnificent setting of London’s royal Albert Hall. Opened in 1871, the royal Albert Hall is home to the world’s largest music festival – the BBC Proms and has played host to such luminaries as Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Nelson Mandela, Elton John and The Dalai Lama.

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Family Hosted Dinners

As is customary at the annual FBN Summit, members of the local Chapter – on this occasion the Institute for Family Business (IFB), will host delegates for dinner on the evening of Thursday, 4 October. Each of these Family Business Dinners will be held in an iconic London venue/location and here’s a taste of what’s in store:


Located in the heart of fashionable Belgravia, Mosimann’s is one of the world’s most prestigious dinning clubs. Club members enjoy exemplary cuisine, wines and bespoke service, set in the luxurious yet intimate atmosphere of a stunningly-converted 19th century church.

Host : Wates Group

Hoares Bank

C Hoare & Co is the United Kingdom’s leading independent private bank. Founded in 1672, it is wholly owned by the Hoare family and continues to be guided and led by the descendants of the bank’s founder.  The bank’s aim is to treat customers as they would wish to be treated.

Host : C Hoare & Co.

Trinity House

Trinity House enjoys a superb location overlooking the Tower of London and the River Thames. Housing the Trinity Lighthouse Service, the safety of shipping and the well being of seafarers have been the prime concerns ever since Trinity House was granted a Royal Charter by Henry VIII in 1514.

Host : South East Region

Fishmongers Hall

Fishmongers Hall is home to The Fishmongers’ Company, one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London, and is among the most ancient of the City Guilds. For over 700 years, as well as fostering the fellowship among its members, the Company has upheld standards in the trading of fish and shellfish and supported the fisheries industry – roles which are still played today. The Hall itself has an outstanding reputation for offering superb surroundings and delicious cuisine.

Host : Yorkshire Region

Brewers Hall

The Brewers Company is one of the oldest of the City guilds or livery companies. Its origins probably date back to the end of the twelfth century when it was known as the Guild of Our Lady and St. Thomas Becket. The Brewers were one of the first Guilds to have a Hall of their own and the earliest reference to their Hall, which stood on the same site as the present one (in Aldermanbury Square, an oasis amongst the high rise modernity of the City of London), occurs in the records of the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral in 1403.

Host : South West Region

Caledonian Club

Originally founded in 1891 as a proprietary club, The Caledonian Club as it is today was formed in 1917 under the energetic leadership of the Marquis of Tullibardine. He appealed to Members to make it the representative national club and headquarters for Scotsmen in London. The Club is situated in the heart of Belgravia, adjacent to Hyde Park Corner.

Host : Scotland

Fortnum & Mason

Famous all over the world for its stunning window displays and as a purveyor of fine foods, hampers, teas and wine, family owned Fortnum & Mason is still based on the site on which it was founded in 1707. The store has held a number of Royal warrants dating back over 150 years including Grocers to HRH The Prince of Wales and Purveyors of Oilery to HM The Queen. Recently the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall chose Fortnums as the venue for their first official joint visit.

Host : North West Region

City Hall

Located between London Bridge and Tower Bridge on the south bank of the Thames, the iconic Norman Foster designed City Hall is home to the Mayor of London and the London Assembly. The brief to the architect was to create a building that would become a new landmark for the capital and the striking rounded glass building has many features that make it environmentally friendly, including solar panels on the roof.

Host : North East Region

Two Temple Place

Built to elaborate specifications by William Waldorf Astor in 1895 as his residence and estate office on reclaimed land following completion of the Victoria Embankment in 1870, Two Temple Place is a unique venue in the heart of central London, overlooking the River Thames. An imposing casket of Portland stone on the exterior, inside is a testament to the skills and expertise of some of the finest sculptors of the nineteenth century.

Host : East Region

Royal Automobile Club

Founded in 1897 with the aim of encouraging the development of motoring in Britain, today the Royal Automobile Club is one of London’s finest private members’ clubs, combining over 100 years of luxury and tradition with exceptional facilities and outstanding service.

Host : Midlands Region