11 Downing Street, London
Wednesday 10 January 2018
6 pm to 7.30 pm
By kind permission of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Bicentenary book launch will take place in the State Room of No 11 Downing Street. Entry from 6pm and the 90 minute reception will include hot and cold canapes and glasses of Leander Pink.
We anticipate that there will be very high demand for tickets, which are restricted to one per Member at £50 a head. Tickets are not transferable. To make the process as fair as possible application forms received by post or email before Monday 20th November will be drawn by ballot. No booking can be accepted by telephone. Subject to security clearance, the successful applicants will be notified by email before 8th December. Formal invitations will then be sent out with the relevant instructions, which will gain you a smooth entry.
Members will not be surprised to know that access is tightly controlled. Approved guests will be required to bring photo ID, such as passport or driving licence, with them, and pass through an airport-style search point. You should allow 20 minutes for entry from 6 pm (you will not gain entry beforehand). Mobile phones will need to be handed in on arrival and amateur photography is not permitted. Members will no doubt wish to have a photographic record of the visit and we have therefore secured the services of a professional photographer for the event. The State Room is on the first floor and lift access is not straightforward. Wheelchairs can only be accommodated by prior arrangement.
For many of us, this will be our only opportunity to visit such an iconic venue and we feel sure that once the entry hurdles are surmounted it will be a memorable experience for us all