Your fantasy dinner party with King's alumni

Dinner Party

A fantasy dinner party – who would like to come knocking at your door?

We know our alumni are a sociable lot, so we asked you which King’s alumni you would most like to invite to a dinner party. Would it be an amazing story-teller? Or someone whose exploits and achievements you think are mind-boggling?

In this poll, common sense definitely trumps genius: the most popular dinner party guest – by an overwhelming majority of almost 40% of the vote – was Claire Rayner, nurse, campaigner, author and one of Britain’s best-known agony aunts.

A little about your most popular fantasy dinner party guest

Claire Rayner

Claire Rayner studied nursing at Guy’s Hospital and worked as a midwife, later becoming a nursing Sister. She wrote on nursing issues for The Daily Telegraph and also penned advice columns for other newspapers and magazines. She was probably best known as a TV ‘agony aunt’ in the 1980s and early 1990s. Claire was a campaigner, and advised various UK governments on health, ageing and nursing issues. She died in 2010.

Who else might be at your fantasy dinner party?

Space enthusiast and sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke, poet John Keats and Archbishop Desmond Tutu were also popular choices, but 6% of the votes were shared between some equally impressive alumni - scientist Rosalind Franklin, librettist W S Gilbert, poet and novelist Thomas Hardy, physicist Peter Higgs (of ‘Higgs-Boson’ fame), hospice pioneer Dame Cicely Saunders and novelist Virginia Woolf. All of these alumni would intrigue, entertain and inspire you and your guests.

It all goes to show – studying at King’s has led some amazing people to achieve some extraordinary things.


Looking for more inspiration?

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