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In Pictures: Alumni Weekend 2014

Dancing the Charleston at the Gatsby BallImage: Dancing the Charleston at the Gatsby Ball

Click on the image above to view more photos from the weekend. You can also visit our Alumni Weekend Flickr album.

The 11th annual Alumni Weekend had a curious feel. Over 1000 alumni and friends returned to the College for a festival that explored the theme of curiosity. King’s has attracted the most curious of minds since its founding in 1829, and this year’s Alumni Weekend aimed to keep that tradition alive with a programme of events and opportunities that would amaze and inspire.

This year was particularly special for the classes of 1954, 1964, 1969, 1974 and 1989, who celebrated 60, 50, 45, 40 and 25 years since their graduation. They marked the occasion with heartfelt reunions at the Reunion Reception and Principal’s Lunch. This year, the reception and lunch were both held in the luxurious surroundings of the Waldorf Hilton on Aldwych - just a stone’s throw away from the College’s Strand Campus.

One of the weekend’s biggest highlights was the Gatsby Ball, held at the Gibson Hall on Bishopsgate. Alumni danced the Charleston, mastered the art of cocktail making and learned about life in the Prohibition Era. Take a look at all the photos from the night – there were some truly exceptional costumes on show! The ball was followed by a Secret After Party, with cocktails and smooth jazz, held at The Anthologist bar.

Saturday saw many alumni heading to Denmark Hill to go behind the scenes of 24 Hours in A&E, the famous Channel 4 TV series filmed at King’s College Hospital, and Bedlam, the BAFTA award-winning documentary series about mental health, which was filmed at South London and Maudsley. Back on the Strand, alumni learned how to be a real adult with a series of talks about will-writing, buying great wine, transforming their King’s degree, and much, much more.

It's a special year for the Strand, too, as 2014 marks 150 years of The Chapel since Gilbert Scott's rebuilding. On Saturday morning, the Dean held a thanksgiving service which included performances by the King’s College London Choir, celebrating 150 fantastic years of this jewel in the Strand. It was only fitting that our screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey (co-written by alumnus Arthur C. Clarke and legendary director Stanley Kubrick) was held in this glorious setting.

Further highlights of the weekend included the Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea Party, backstage tours of the Royal Opera House and a rediscovery of London’s lost rivers.

Many thanks to all the academics and staff members who helped to deliver such exciting and fascinating events. It was a genuine pleasure to welcome back so many alumni (both old and new!) and to hear what everyone has been up to since they left King’s.

Thank you also to all our alumni for coming along. We’re already planning next year - which will be held from 12 – 14 June 2015 - and we hope very much to see you there!

The Alumni Team


If you have some good photos or stories to share from this weekend we’d love to hear them! Just email us.

We would also be most grateful if you could take a few minutes to answer some questions about the events you attended.




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