September 25, 2018

October News and Upcoming Events

Photo by: Stephen Elms SoA'08

The mercury is dropping, the leaves are changing, and the birds are flying south. Autumn has arrived.

We want to thank everyone who came to one of our many summer events. We had a packed few months with old and new faces participating in Field Day, happy hours, walking tours, theatre performances, and tennis to name a few.

If you joined us, we hope you had fun and we’ll see you again. If you’ve still not found an excuse to meet fellow Columbians here in London, we hope this fall we have something for you. We’re starting off with Arts Access: Frieze Art Fair (tickets on sale now) followed by our monthly happy hour on the 9th of October with the US Alumni Club. Later in the moth, Holliday Associate Professor of Real Estate Patrice Derrington will be visiting London and presenting Urban Property Development: Form, Finance and the Future followed by a panel discussion.

Looking past October, we have Columbia Connects, more tennis, and one of our most popular events, the holiday party.

As always, more is in the works, so stay tuned and check our webpage and be sure to follow us on facebook and instagram.

Please also keep in touch. We’d love to get feedback on events you’ve attended, or the types of activities you’d like the club to plan. Reach out at [email protected]

— The CUCL Board

We Need Your Help:


USA College Day London "The Fulbright Fair"



There will be 4,500 students attending the USA College Day London "The Fulbright Fair" next weekend, which exceeds initial expectations and means we need extra hands at the Columbia University table. We need alumni volunteers during the following times:

  • 3:30 - 5:30 pm on Fri, 28 Sept: one member
  • 5:30 - 7:30 pm on Fri, 28 Sept: two members
  • 12:30 - 3:00 pm, on Sat, 29 Sept: two members

You will be joining other CUCL member already staffing the booth. If you can help, please email Helene Tagliaferri at [email protected] and let her know. Thanks!



Here’s what you (may have) missed:


City of London Walking Tour



Our Walking Tour attendees can now stroll proudly through the Square Mile with a more educated perspective, thanks to our trusted guide Federica. Starting back on the very edges of the boundaries, of what was originally considered the city of London, we explored the Tower of London, the Barbican, the Cheesgrater, and the Gherkin with one of the longest stops taking place in front of the new Bloomberg building. Tour attendees included not only a Bloomberg building employee, but also a Foster architect who gave us an inside scoop on the site—did you know Michael Bloomberg made the intentional choice to keep the building low out of respect to his City neighbors even though he was zoned and approved for a skyscraper?

Many thanks to Federica and the Architecture Foundation for the insight and education!



Intra-Ivy Beach Volleyball


While the weather didn’t exactly cooperate, that didn’t stop the brave Columbia and Yale alumni representatives who showed up to play on Saturday. Yes we had a few showers, but we also had a great match at a hidden sand court outdoors in the center of the city, minutes away from Borough Market. The competition was fierce, but our Lions bested the Bulldogs in the end before the group moved to an indoor pub to celebrate.



Join Us:


Upcoming CUCL Events for September:


Arts Access: Frieze Art Fair | Wednesday October 3rd - Sunday October 7th

Each October Regent’s Park is transformed into a dynamic art gallery with curated talks, artists and displays for over 1,000 artists. Through CAA’s Arts Access we have a limited number of VIP passes (including preview and multiple entries for two) for sale





October Happy Hour | Tuesday October 9th 19:00 

This month we are joining glasses with the US Alumni Club. Their monthly Tipple is open to all alumni of US Universities. It's the perfect opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow alums, and takes place every second Tuesday of the month.





The Future of the Workplace | Wednesday October 24th 18:30

With Columbia GSAPP Professor Patrice Derrington in town, CUCL has organised a panel discussion around the industry shifts in work and the workplace including representatives from real estate, architecture and business fields. Graciously hosted by Knotel.




Tennis Club | Saturday Nov 10th 16:00

Our CUCL Tennis group organizes a number of informal tennis events throughout the year. Join us in November for an afternoon of friendly play. All levels are welcome.


Other Events for Club Members:


CBS European Real Estate Forum | Wednesday September 26th 18:15

Organized in partnership with the LBS Real Estate Alumni Club, this exclusive event will bring together real estate investment professionals to discuss market views, share ideas about the future direction of real estate and make meaningful connections in the Oxford & Cambridge Club.




What do European political trends means for the 2018 US Midterm Elections? | Wednesday October 17th 19:00

Please join the UK alumni clubs of Columbia/SIPA, Tufts/Fletcher, Johns Hopkins/SAIS, and Brown University for a panel discussion on how issues such as immigration, women's rights, the rise of populism, and cybersecurity, have had and continue to have a surprising impact on elections throughout the western world over the past two years.


Save the Date:


Columbia Giving Day | October 24

Every October, Columbians around the world—alumni, students, parents, friends, neighbors, faculty, and staff—come together for Giving Day, a 24-hour online fundraising event. We support the schools, programs, and causes that are important to us, helping them earn matching funds, and we foster innovative research, revelatory art, championship athletics, and the transformative experience of a Columbia education. When you give on our seventh annual Giving Day, this October 24, your gifts will go farther! Stay tuned for how you can give through the London Club.



Columbia Connects | November 14

CAA asks clubs to participate in Columbia Connects this year by hosting an event between November 1st-16thColumbia Connects is an annual tradition that brings alumni together to celebrate their Columbia connection while welcoming any new graduates to the area. We'll celebrate in American University style at an "authentic Philadelphia" style bar in central London, complete with cheesesteaks, curly fries and beer.



Holiday Fiesta | December 5

Before your calendar fills up, save the date for CUCL's Annual Holiday celebration. Stay tuned in upcoming newsletters as details unfold but look forward to food, drinks and holiday cheer with Columbia alumni from all schools. 

Register to Vote:



Since 2006, Vote From Abroad (VFA) had been dedicated to helping US citizens vote from absolutely anywhere in the world. In partnership with the US Alumni Club, VFA is working with local clubs to assure anyone living in the UK know their rights and can register to vote in the midterm elections this November.

Each state has their own deadlines, so please visit to lean more.

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