The Staple Inn Actuarial Society (SIAS) held its annual dinner on Friday 26 November in the fantastic setting of the Tower of London.
Interest in the event was far greater than anticipated, with over 1,000 applications for 700 places. The venue was a significant draw and on the night it did not disappoint.
Guests were welcomed by two Royal Footmen, who guided them through to the reception. Pausing for photographs, with a constant and entertaining commentary as guests entered the venue, made it an interesting start to the evening.
The reception cocktails and champagne were well received as the anticipation built for the evening ahead, with the wandering magicians providing an intriguing demonstration of their skills.
As dinner was announced and guests filed through, the main hall looked spectacular. Set in a breathtaking marquee just inside the walls of the Tower, it offered an illuminated view of the main building and a real feel for the grandeur of the setting.
The meal itself was delicious and the wine flowed freely. As the dance floor beckoned and fresh doughnuts provided a nice late-evening snack, the guests partied hard through to midnight. Even then, there was not a glass slipper or pumpkin in sight, as the after-party venue proved more popular than ever.
Photographs from the night are available. For details, please contact [email protected].
Looking forward to the 2012 annual dinner, the SIAS committee is hoping to build on the success of last year's event and provide another fantastic night for even more members.