Asian Affairs Dinner Club



Founded in 1922, the Asian Affairs Dinner Club is run separately from, and independently of, The Royal Society for Asian Affairs. Please apply in writing to the Secretary, Alan Attryde, if you would like your name to be submitted to the Club’s committee for election.

The Dinner Club meets four or five times between October and May to hear a distinguished speaker. The venue for these events is on occasion the House of Lords but usually another location in central London. The object of the Club is to afford opportunities for discussion on Asian topics in congenial company and surroundings.

Notices for each dinner are circulated about a month in advance. Members may bring guests after written notification to the Secretary, giving name, title and address of the guest. Security procedures at the House of Lords require that an admittance card be issued to all those attending. At other venues this is normally unnecessary, although the names of participants will be placed on a list and a table seating-plan drawn up.

The Chatham House Rule applies and every member of the Club shall undertake that any information obtained at Dinner meetings shall be privileged and, if used elsewhere, will be attributed neither to any speaker at the meeting nor to the forum of the Dinner Club itself.


  • Individual members £10 per annum
  • Joint membership £15 per annum

Subscriptions should be paid separately from those to The Royal Society for Asian Affairs, and cheques made out to Asian Affairs Dinner Club. It may be convenient to pay by Banker’s Order, for which a form will be sent out if requested.

The current price per head for each dinner, inclusive of drinks and wine, is £50.00, but this can vary depending on the venue.

Dress is Lounge Suit or national equivalent.

The dinners are all held on Mondays.


Images of Asia

Forthcoming Events

Wed 24 Sep Why Kashmir is Still Important at The Royal Astronomical Society
Wed 1 Oct Experiences of Asia at The Royal Astronomical Society
Tue 7 Oct K2: The Italian Mountain? at The RSAA Library
Wed 15 Oct The Great Game: Central Asia Overland at St Peter's Church Parish Hall


Expedition Silk Road Treasures from the Hermitage Exhibition at the Hermitage, Amsterdam, ends 5 September 2014 more…

Dunhuang Culture and Art Hong Kong Heritage Museum from 28 November 2014 - 16 March 2015 more…

17th Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS) University of Vienna, Austria. 18 - 23 August 2014 more…

PIAC 57th Annual Meeting 9 - 14 September 2014 more…

Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle A rich collection of items from across Asia, the Middle East and other areas more…

Recent Recordings

Soqotra: Life in the Arabian Periphery Thanos has an excellent collection of photographs of Socotra having participated in two expeditions there

Churchill's First War: Young Winston & the Taliban A riveting and revelatory account of Winston Churchill's first campaign, in Afghanistan in the 1890's, offering shocking parallels into today's Afghan war

A Journey to the Source of the Oxus


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