The Anglo-Belgian Society
The Society’s purpose is to maintain and develop on a personal level the friendship which has always existed between the British and Belgian people, and to commemorate the brotherhood in arms which arose from their mutual loyalty to the treaty of 1839 and its counterpart in Belgium is The Royal Belgo-British Union.
The Society is at the heart of the Anglo-Belgian community and maintains close relationships with The Belgian Ambassy and The Belgian Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce, which is also offering a Club membership allowing its members to benefit from the premises at The Northumberland at preferential rates.
The Society’s Life
The Society organises and promotes a variety of social, cultural and sporting events at different venues for the benefit of its own members, and on some occasions, their guests. Full details of the events organised and how to join are available on our events page.
Key note events include the Belgian Ball in March, an annual yachting weekend in May, a Summer Reception and a day at Royal Ascot both in June, a BBQ to celebrate the Belgian National Day in July, an Annual Dinner to celebrate King’s day in October as well as the First Tuesday Drinks, an informal drinks reception held every month.
Representatives of the Society join the British Legion and the Anciens Combattants Belges on three important annual events: the Belgian parade at the Cenotaph in July and the Kindling of the Torch at Westminster Abbey in November.
A proposer, who is a current member of the Society, is required and applications are subject to the approval of the Council of the Society. If required our secretary is always happy to help you finding a proposer.
Membership of the Society does not include membership of The Belgium-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce.
First Tuesday Drinks
Every month, the Society organises the First Tuesday Drinks at the Northumberland where Anglo Belgian Society members and their guests meet up for an informal drink in the Gallery. Usually the event is attended by a guest of honour who links our countries in his or her capacity such as the Belgian Ambassador. This creates a unique opportunity for networking with the wider Anglo-Belgian community and allows you to meet interesting people from different backgrounds.
New to London and looking to meet new people? You are most welcome to our First Tuesday drinks; just send us an email so that we can look out for you.
First Tuesdays start at 18.30 with a cash-bar, followed by dinner at Boyds’ Brasserie for those who wish.
While First Tuesday drinks are open to non-members we expect people to join the Society after attending one or two First Tuesday drinks.