Biological Sciences 1999 reunion

Posing in front of the Strand windows

“A small 10th anniversary reunion of Biological Sciences graduating class of 1999 was held over the weekend of the 18 of July 2009. Most of the activities took place on the Saturday with all of the participants left a little shocked that we'd actually been in the working world for ten years. As the last year of Life studies students to start and complete their studies on the Camden Hill Campus on High Street Kensington, a group of ex-students travelled from across the UK to meet on the High Street for lunch (unfortunately, some of our peers now residing in Australia, Canada and Norway could not attend). We then wandered up Camden Hill Road to visit the Kensington campus (no longer part of King's College). The site where the Atkins building used to be was completely cleared a number of years ago and is now the site of three very exclusive buildings of apartments. We did notice that one of these buildings was called Atkins Lodge.

As we left the old Kensington campus we visited a couple of local pubs - notably the Elephant and Castle which has moved upmarket since they have stopped being inundated by rowdy students in lab coats.

We then proceeded to the Strand campus where the Alumni relations office had cleared us for a self-guided tour. We said hello to Reggie and wandered round - unfortunately as we were out of term time there was no access to the Macadam building and hence the old "Waterfront" bar or "Tutu's" to relive our fondest memories of "Phase". I think we had all forgotten how many staircases the Strand had and what a warren it is!

We ended the day with a stroll down the Strand and to Covent Garden to revisit some popular student hostelries and said our goodbyes, hopefully not for another ten years!”

Written by Toby Smith (Biological Sciences, 1999)

Other members of the graduating class who attended were: Clare Rhind, Clare Tiplady, Maria Vidal, Mark Thompson, Matthew Hill, James Brown, Will Pickvance.

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