Joint RCSA/RCSMC Student and Alumni Dinner

The RCSA and the RCS Motor Club are delighted to announce a once in a lifetime event!

We have secured the prestigious London Museum of Water and Steam for a joint RCSA/RCSMC Student and Alumni Dinner event for the evening of Saturday 23rd March. The museum holds the world’s largest collection of  pumping engines dating back to 1820 and is a must for petrol heads, steam heads and anyone interested in London’s amazing history! It will make a spectacular backdrop for a wonderful evening spent with fellow students and alumni with a sumptuous meal, drinks and bar.

Standard tickets cost £80 per member of the RCSA or RCSMC. This includes canapés, a 3-course meal, half a bottle of wine on the table, and an experience of a lifetime looking around the London Museum of Water and Steam. Student Members of the RCSA (and student ‘plus ones’) are eligible for a subsidised ticket costing £65, or £60 for those who will also not be drinking any alcohol; all students are eligible for free RCSA membership and encouraged to take up this subsidy. Student membership is open to all FoNS (Faculty of Natural Sciences) students and students with some link to the RCS (such as via the mascots). Alumnus membership is only £10/year and open to all recipients of the ARCS diploma, FoNS graduates (and staff), and graduates with a link to the RCS.

There are three menu choices available: a main meat-based option, a pescetarian fish-based option, and a vegetarian option. Please let us know if you have any allergies or special dietary requirements.

Meat Menu
– Starter –
Confit Gressingham duck & Serrano ham ballotine
Fragrant Puy lentils & hazelnut salad
– Main Course –
Oven roasted corn-fed chicken breast served with truffle macaroni & cheese, green asparagus, chicken & cep mushroom sauce
– Dessert –
Braeburn apple tart, pecan nuts with vanilla crème anglaise

Fish Menu
– Starter –
Rare seared yellowfin tuna rolled in fine garden herbs
Lightly spiced crushed avocado
– Main Course –
Pan roasted Scottish salmon, new season French peas and gem lettuce casserole served with smoked fish velouté
– Dessert –
Braeburn apple tart, pecan nuts with vanilla crème anglaise

Vegetarian Menu
– Starter –
Burrata from Puglia & winter tomato salad Provencal style
Basil & pine nut pesto, toasted sourdough
– Main Course –
Etuvee of seasonal vegetable, lemon thyme sauce
Green asparagus & stuffed chestnut mushroom

– Dessert –
Braeburn apple tart, pecan nuts with vanilla crème anglaise

Please submit your ticket reservations and dinner preferences via the form below.

Dinner Ticket
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Membership Details
(if known – your order may take longer to process if this is not provided)

Contact Details
(optional – so we can contact you on the day if anything goes wrong)

Dining Preferences
let us know who you would like to be sitting near!

‘Plus One’ Ticket Details

(must be 18+ due to licensing restrictions)

Plus One’s Name (if applicable)
Plus One's Name (if applicable)
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Alternatively, your plus one may select their own dining preferences via this form – a link will be sent to you by email if applicable.

The dress code for the evening is formal / lounge suit.

Schedule of Events:

  • 4:30pm – Arrival
    Feel free to look around the museum and examine the 90” & 100” engines!
  • 5:00pm – Welcome Drinks
    Engines will be working in the steam hall, which you can watch whilst enjoying drinks and canapés.
  • 7:00pm – Dinner
    The RCSU Gong will sound and dinner shall be served!
  • 8:30pm – Dessert, Port & Speeches
    The Motor Club will be regaling us with highlights of Jezebel’s adventures since her Centenary Dinner in 2016, and the Association will let us know what has been happening since the Eleventieth Dinner in 2017 – all whilst the RCSA’s HG Wells Cup and the RCSMC’s Horn of Hellingly are filled and make the rounds.
  • 9:30pm – After-Dinner Socialising
    The tables will be cleared, but the museum will remain open for you to catch a final view of the exhibits!
  • 10:30pm – Goodbyes
    The museum will be closing, but anyone without a train to catch can move over the road to the Express Tavern to continue the evening.
  • 11:00pm – Close of Venue

Travelling to the Venue:

The nearest National Rail station is Kew Bridge (served via South Western Railway) and is only a 3-minute walk from the museum.

The nearest Underground station is Gunnersbury which is served by both the Overground and District Line (Richmond Branch) and is a roughly 20-minute walk from the museum.

There is also a bus stop directly outside the venue served by the 65, 237, and 267 routes.

Parking at the venue is limited and so is reserved for those who require disabled parking or can provide a valid reason for being unable to use other routes. The museum sits on the east end of the A315 – this is most easily accessed by the A205 from the south, the A406 from the north, the M4 from the west, or the Great West Road from the east.

Staying Near the Venue:

Here are three suggestions for those who have long distances to travel or those planning to make a week-end of it:.

There are several chain budget hotels close to the venue. Nearest is the ‘Travelodge London Kew Bridge’ hotel, https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/48/London-Kew-Bridge-hotel at North Road, High Street, Brentford, TW8 0BD. This unpretentious budget hotel is a mere 7-minute walk from the London Museum of Water and Steam.

A little bit further away in the same direction is the ‘Premier Inn London Kew Bridge‘ hotel, https://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/hotels/england/greater-london/london/london-kew-bridge which is at 52 High Street, Brentford, TW8 0BB.

If you find the chain hotels a bit soulless, perhaps an inn overlooking Kew Green on the other side of the river might suit. The Coach and Horses, https://www.coachhotelkew.co.uk for example, is a Youngs pub with 31 rooms at 8 Kew Green, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3BH which might suit you.

But of course, a quick search on Google or on AirB&B will soon give you several other options.

Other Attractions Near the Venue:

If you are looking to spend some time in the Kew Bridge area before or after the Dinner, you can, of course, devote more time to the London Museum of Water and Steam and while away many more hours there. But here are a few alternative suggestions:

Next door to the pumping museum at 399 High St, Brentford, TW8 0DU is the enigmatic little Musical Museum, musicalmuseum.co.uk. It is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and offers a wonderful collection of automated musical instruments.

There is also the world-famous Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens, which are close by. As are Chiswick House https://chiswickhouseandgardens.org.uk and Syon Park https://www.syonpark.co.uk. And that’s just what is immediately on the doorstep. Across the entirety of London here is plenty to keep you all entertained.

A Word About ‘Good Deeds’:

Your RCSA isn’t just about the pursuit of pleasure – enjoying sumptuous meals in exciting surroundings with friends old and new, We also have a charitable arm, the RCSA Trust, which aggregates the charitable instincts of all our members in order to do good deeds, on behalf of all of us, in and around College. All RCSA events, including this Annual Dinner, are held in support of the RCSA Trust and any surplus funds, however small, will be donated to the Trust. But any donation will be small, so if attending the event puts you in a charitable mood, or your can’t attend and feel you would like to put the cost of the dinner to a good cause, please consider a donation to the Trust.