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Nordic Societies’ Midsummer Lunch at Lincoln’s Inn

Jun 24, 2024

Four Nordic Societies’ Midsummer Lunch on Monday, 24 June 2024 at Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2A 3TL from 11.45 a.m. for 12.30

Together all four Nordic Societies in England – The Anglo-Danish Society, The Anglo-Finnish Society, The Anglo-Norse Society and The Anglo-Swedish Society – are organising a Midsummer Lunch on Monday, 24 June 2024 at 11.45 a.m. for 12.30 at Lincoln’s Inn. 24 June is of course the traditional Midsummer date before it was moved to the nearest Saturday.

The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn is the oldest of the four Inns of Court in the sense of surviving records dating back to 1422. The Great Hall was opened by Queen Victoria in 1845, this fine Hall complete with Minstrels’ Gallery, striking fresco and ceiling of beautifully worked oak is described as one of the most impressive surviving buildings of its kind in London.

A 3-course lunch with welcome drinks reception is offered at £45.00 per person inclusive of VAT.

The welcome drinks reception would be at the East Terrace overlooking the Benchers Lawn or in case of poor weather in the bar area inside the Members Common Room (MCR).


Please note the dress code for lunch in the Great Hall is business or lounge suits, court dress or smart casual dress.

We would gather at the East Terrace or Members Common Room at about 11.45 to 12.00 and then move upstairs to the Great Hall, where we will have a reserved table at 12.30. There is a place to leave small bags and coats both in the MCR and upstairs in the Great Hall.

This event is now operating a waiting list for AFS members and guests depending in interest from the other Societies. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis and we can only accommodate guests if subscribing members of the Societies are fewer than the space available.

If you wish to attend, please inform the Hon. Secretary (with any special dietary requirements) no later than 31 May 2024 and ideally some time before that, preferably by email – secretary@anglofinnishsociety.org.uk


Pre-War Rolls-Royce Motor Cars with a Finnish Connection

Oct 10, 2024

Pre-War Rolls-Royce Motor Cars with a Finnish Connection – A Talk by Sir John Stuttard, KStJ, JP, FCA, Lord Mayor of the City of London from 2006 to 2007.

3 p.m. at the Allen Room at St Anne’s Church, Soho, 55 Dean Street, London, W1D 6AF.

A lunch for those attending the talk is planned before the talk in the Great Hall of Lincoln’s Inn, with further details to follow. 

Sir John has written a book Pre-War Rolls-Royce Motor Cars with a Finnish connection (available online).

In the 1920s as trade between Finland and the UK flourished, Finnish businessmen acquired Rolls-Royce motor cars.

Marshal Baron Mannerheim by Eero Järnefelt exhibited in the Ateneum 

The most famous Finn using a Rolls-Royce was Marshal Baron Mannerheim who used a 1915 Rolls-Royce as his staff car, which had been delivered to the Imperial Russian Army and came to be in Finland after Independence in 1917. It was used in 1924 after the Paris Olympics, conveying Paavo Nurmi (nine times Olympic gold medallist and three silver medals) as part of the welcoming party in Esplanadi, Helsinki.

More details to follow nearer the time.

Sir John’s book is available via Amazon. Net proceeds of sale will go to the Rolls-Royce charity (The Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation) which exists to provide prizes to auto-engineering apprentices, education about the history of Rolls-Royce cars and, most important, maintaining old records:

Pre-War Rolls-Royce Motor Cars with a Finnish connection : Stuttard, John: Amazon.co.uk: Books

Ateneum print of the 1907 advertising poster by Akseli Gallen-Kallela (even if not a pre-war Rolls-Royce)


Tour of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

Nov 29, 2024

Tour of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AH, Friday 29 November 2024. 

Following our popular FCDO tour earlier this year, we are organising another opportunity to enjoy this tour. 

Further details to be confirmed nearer the time. 


Traditional Finnish Christmas Lunch

Dec 17, 2024

Traditional Finnish Christmas Lunch at the Finnish Church in London

This day happens to be the 113th anniversary of the foundation of the Anglo-Finnish Society in 1911.

Further details to follow nearer the time