QEF invites you to The 52nd Annual Guinness and Oyster Luncheon on Thursday 23rd November 2017 – Thanksgiving Day, in the beautiful setting of Mansion House.  This unique event is firmly established in the City of London calendar and welcomes over 500 guests to this relaxed stand up event, where  Guinness and Oysters are served.

Please contact Hayley Mackin on 01372 841130 or Hayley.mackin@qef.org.uk for information about tickets.

QEF are excited to welcome Simon Weston CBE and his irrepressible humour and engaging personality to The 52nd Annual Guinness & Oyster Luncheon as our guest speaker.

In 1982 the Sir Galahad was destroyed in Bluff Cove on the Falkland Islands. On board was Simon Weston, Welsh Guardsman, a name and face that was going to become well known for his struggle to overcome his injuries (46% burns) and redefine his role in life. Simon's message is one of achievement, of triumph over adversity, of seizing the moment and succeeding.

Simon not only talks about overcoming adversity and positive mental attitude but also his experiences of being in the public eye over the last 30 years. 

“Simon was fantastic. His speech was both emotional and witty. It was a wonderful highlight to a very successful first day of the Summit.” – Jan 2017 Annual Company Summit

"Simon was brilliant! What an inspirational and lovely person. I could have listened to him for hours . He made a huge impact on me and many others." Vodafone 

Thank you to Nex, Diageo and Oracle for sponsoring this event.


QEF is also able to offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities for The Guinness and Oyster Luncheon. Please contact us if you would like to take advantage of showcasing your brand to a captive audience of City based senior executives.

A special thank you to Soneva for donating a 5* luxury stay at one of their award winning resorts for our auction. Inspiring a lifetime of rare experiences  

Here is a list of the amazing auction items that you can bid on:

Seven nights stay at Soneva Fushi, Maldives or Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood sharing a one bedroom villa including breakfast for 2 persons. Value £10-£15K

Soneva Fushi is located on the island of Kunfunadhoo in Baa Atoll, one of the largest islands in the Maldives. The resort can be reached by a scenic 30 minute seaplane flight direct from Malé International Airport or a 20 minute domestic flight to Dharavandhoo followed by a 12 minute speedboat ride.

Ancient Siam meets privacy and ‘Intelligent Luxury’ at Soneva Kiri. The award-winning luxury resort is located on Thailand’s fourth largest but least populated island, Koh Kood, and is surrounded by lush, tropical rainforest and white beaches. The resort can be reached by a short 70 minute flight on the resort’s private plane direct from Suvarnabhumi Airport, or alternatively by domestic flight from Bangkok to Trat followed by a short boat ride to Koh Kood.

Flights not included

Polo Training

Visit the world's biggest polo training academy and try out basic techniques on a mechanical horse, then test your skills on a real one! Turn skills into practise by playing in some instructional chukkas.

Lunch is included


A week’s Lodge at Cameron House , overlooking Loch Lomond

Views up to Ben Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, with access to the Wee Demon Golf course and the Carrick Course and Spa.

Staying in a well-equipped two bedroom semidetached lodge which sleeps 6 in privacy. A fully equipped kitchen serves as an alternative to working your way through the many excellent restaurants in the Hotel, or locally. Lodge is at the top of the hill so overlooks the scenery and has its own parking bays.


Use of the Diageo box at the Royal Albert Hall

A box for 10 guests for a selected performance (to be confirmed) during the 2018 Proms season excluding the Last Night.

Three night stay Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Over 500 hotels in more than 80 countries around the world including everything from cutting edge design hotels and city centre sanctuaries to historic country mansions and remote private islands.

Valid between 23rd November 2017 and 22nd November 2018

No travel included

An overnight shooting experience for one at Donnington Hall

Personally escorted by Darius Potel, you will have a rare opportunity to shoot at Donnington Hall with Gamekeeper Dave Abel

You will stay in the 3* Waverly Hotel, dine on a delicious curry supper and can bring home as much game as you can shoot.

You must have your own gun, sporting insurance and fiber wad cartridges.

This prize can be taken on mutually convenient mid-week date in 2018.

Accommodation and meals included.

A week’s stay in a cottage in the Wye Valley including a wine tasting and  tour of the vineyard

A one week stay at “The Old Bakehouse” cottage at any time during 2017 by arrangement with the owners. The cottage has two bedrooms and can sleep up to 4 people.

Alternatively, the Gamelarders, a one bedroom cottage overlooking the lake, may be booked.

Included in this lot is a tour of the vineyard which covers 3.5 acres, and a wine tasting. During this tour you will also be given an insight into the history of the vineyard and the 500 year old manor house, built by the current owner’s family and never sold

A private box at Ascot Racecourse on Wednesday 2nd May 2018

Enjoy a private box for up to 14 people at Ascot Racecourse with spectacular views of the racing and in a premium position on the finishing line.

Catering, champagne and wine also to be included.

A week’s stay at Casa Lenca on the island Roatan

A weeks stay in a beautiful house on the island Roatan, which is off Honduras. The house includes four double bedrooms with ensuite shower/bathrooms situated in gardens with a stroll through to the beach.

Roatan is located on a vast barrier reef with wonderful diving and bone fishing.  

Travel not included 


A three day trip for two to Champagne France by car from London – Accommodation and meals included.

A three day trip for two to Champagne France by car. Personally escorted by Darius Potel, you will have a rare opportunity to see this beautiful part of France with the benefit a host with extensive local knowledge.

You will stay in the Mercure Hotel, dine on delicious food at gourmet restaurants and taste champagne from private vineyards.

A full exciting itinerary will be provided to the luck winners to be taken between May and September 2018, on mutually convenient dates.

Other items include:

  • £500 voucher for Garden furniture from NEXT

  • A visit to BBC New Broadcasting House for two people (max) followed by a light lunch with BBC correspondent Nicholas Witchell
  • Flight over London - A private flight for up to 5-7 people, up the Thames and over areas of Central London in a twin engine light aircraft flown by Timothy Nathan, a professional pilot. 
  • 4-8 Six Nations tickets (Eng – home and away)
  • 2 cases of Chateau Clerc Milon 2006
  • GB Women’s Hockey top signed by the captain and members of the team
  • A Two hour shooting lesson at The Royal Berkshire Shooting School (including tuition, gun hire, cartridges and clays)
  • Signed Lewis Moody shirt
  • Signed Alastair Cook bat
  • Signed Chelsea FC shirt
  • Signed QEF Steve Cram shirt
  • Signed 2015 England Rugby shirt
  • Two bottles of whiskey, one signed by the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP and the other by the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Theresa May MP
  • One mixed case of six Tudor wines
  • VIP Family ticket to Brooklands Museum to include Concorde and the 4D Theatre, lunch in the Members Bar and a guided tour.


The Silent Auction will take place next to the Guinness Bar in the Egyptian Hall. Please stop by to make your bids and don’t forget to bring your credit card.  All your bids make a real difference to the funds we raise.


Thank you for your support

Date & Time
Thursday 23 November 2017
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Contact information
01372 841130
Event price
Guinness and Oyster Luncheon - £75.00
Mansion House