An exclusive programme of Alumni Weekend events

Responding to feedback from previous years, all tours, workshops and receptions.are bookable in advance - and will only be available to those alumni and guests who have already registered for the Alumni Weekend

Tickets will be released on Monday 6 March and Monday 3 AprilAll registered alumni will receive an email with a special password to access the below links to tour and workshop tickets. Check the individual listings on our timetable to see which tours still have tickets available.

Some of these events carry a small extra cost in addition to your £5 registration for the Alumni Weekend. Find out what your pass includes »

Programme overview

Tours

Old favourites the Queen's Tower and Tunnels tours will be joined by new campus and research facility tours, the Royal Albert Hall, and a walking tour of Albertopolis, led by a Blue Badge guide.

Tour details
TourDescriptionSpecial notes and instructionsPrice

Albertopolis: A South Kensington walking tour 

V&A

Join Blue Badge guide Rachel Kolsky as she celebrates the unique cultural power of ‘Albertopolis’, the 87 acres of land in South Kensington purchased after the Great Exhibition for the establishment of Imperial College, the V&A, the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal College of Art and the Royal College of Music. Learn how Prince Albert's vision was turned into a reality by a team of eminent Victorians on this fascinating tour of the local area.

Please meet in the Alumni Visitor Centre (next to the College Cafe in the College's main entrance) 5-10 minutes before the tour is due to depart

£10 

From Handel to Adele: The Royal Albert Hall Grand Tour 

Royal Albert Hall

For over sixty years Imperial graduates have crossed the stage of the Royal Albert Hall to collect their degree certificates. Experience the excitement inside one of the world’s most famous venues on a Royal Albert Hall Grand Tour. Join a knowledgeable and friendly Royal Albert Hall tour guide on a fascinating journey through the iconic building's unique history, incredible architecture and legendary performances. Please note: Each tour offers a unique experience and may include opportunities to see artists rehearsing for their evening performance. The Royal Albert Hall is a working building so the content of the tours may vary and due to events some areas may occasionally be closed. There are a lot of stairs on the tour, so customers are advised to wear flat shoes. Lifts are also available when required. You are free to take photos on the tour, unless the tour guide requests otherwise.  £10

Iconic Imperial: The Queen's Tower

Queen's Tower

As the tallest free-standing building in London without a lift, the Queen’s Tower offers spectacular views over London. The Queen’s Tower is all that remains of the old Imperial Institute, so this is a unique opportunity to visit the College’s most historic landmark and experience its rich history for yourself. Join one of our friendly student tour guides as they take you on a truly memorable climb to the top. Please note: There are 324 steps in the Queen’s Tower and the space is narrow and cramped. This tour may not be suitable for those with breathing difficulties, ear/balance problems, heart, recent operations, joint or vision problems, claustrophobia, acrophobia or vertigo.  Suitable, flat shoes are required for this tour, and please note that the Tower is grubby in places due to the nature and age of the building, so clothes may become dirty.  £5

What lies beneath: Imperial Tunnels tour

Tunnels

Rumours range from the discovery of a mummified body to tunnellers being stopped by military police with machine guns. Surrounded by mystery, a network of tunnels lies under the South Kensington campus. Investigate the myths that have become campus legend in this truly unique tour. Please note: This tour may not be suitable for those with breathing difficulties, claustrophobia, heart, recent operations, joint or vision problems or ear/balance problems. Suitable flat shoes are required for this tour. Hard hats and visibility jackets are provided.  £5

Imperial now: Student campus tour

Student campus tour

Are you curious about what has changed at Imperial or do you simply want to reminisce? Revisit your old haunts, check out new developments on campus and find out more about current life for students at our South Kensington campus. Our knowledgeable student tour guides can help you discover new areas of the College that you might not know from your time here, and it’s a great way to show off your old campus to family and friends. Please note: The walking tour takes place outside, so comfortable shoes and waterproof clothing are advised.  Free

Transforming ideas: Advanced Hackspace tour 

Hackspace

Since its launch in mid-2014, the Imperial College Advanced Hackspace (ICAH) has helped to transform the development of new ideas and prototypes at the College. With over 1,800 members from all faculties across the college, from medics to scientists to engineers to business students, it’s a truly dynamic environment, that’s home to cutting edge commercial prototyping technologies and pioneering advances. Join a member of the Hackspace team for an eye-opening tour, and discover more about how this space is powering some of the College’s most innovative developments.    Free
Teaching Imperial: Research facilities tours  More information to follow shortly    Free
Please note: all tours must be pre-booked. Tickets will be made available to alumni who are registered for the Alumni Weekend on 6 March and 3 April.
Details of exclusive Alumni Weekend 2017 tours

Workshops

Fancy learning something new? We're pleased to bring you a new addition to the Alumni Weekend programme and to offer you short taster sessions for some of our most popular evening class courses.

  • Introduction to... Spanish (£5)

    Have you ever wanted to learn a foreign language? Find out if Spanish is for you in this introductory masterclass, exclusively for Imperial alumni.

  • Introduction to... Modern art and design (£5)

    Modern art and design cover a diverse array of objects and experiences. It may seem impenetrable at first glance, but can also be entertaining and deeply rewarding. Join this masterclass to enhance your understanding of contemporary art.

  • Introduction to... Creative writing (£5)

    Come and learn some of the best ways to get started in writing your story and unleash your creative flair. Join us for a masterclass on creative writing, exclusively for Imperial alumni and your guests.

  • Introduction to... Mandarin (£5)

    Fancy learning a language? See if Mandarin is for you in this introductory masterclass, exclusively for Imperial alumni.

Book workshop tickets (registered alumni only) »

If you enjoy your session, don't forget that alumni get a 10% discount on all evening classes.

Department receptions

What's new? Explore your Department, look out for familiar faces, and hear the latest news and research at special alumni receptions. We'll add to this as more receptions are confirmed.

  • Business School afternoon tea & bubbly (£15 including your Alumni Zone pass)
  • Faculty of Medicine reception at Reynolds Bar, Charing Cross Hospital
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computing
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Materials (please note, this reception does not include a tour)

Most receptions are free to attend. Details on how to register will be available shortly.

Special milestone events

Alumni who finished their studies in years ending in 2 or 7 are invited to join friends and classmates at one of our special milestone events. We are delighted that a special guest speaker from Imperial Festival will be attending each event to give you a peek behind the scenes at their research.

When you register for a milestone event (£15), entry to the Alumni Zone (normally £5) is included in the cost of your ticket. Why not bring a few of your friends and classmates and take the opportunity to catch up and escape the crowds of the Festival?

  • Classes of 2007 and 2012: Welcome back brunch (Saturday 6 May)
  • Classes of 1992, 1997 and 2002: Welcome back afternoon tea (Saturday 6 May)
  • 30+ milestone years: Welcome back breakfast (Sunday 7 May)

Find out more about milestone events »

Class reunions

Reunite with old friends at a class reunion. Confirmed class reunions are listed below. If your class isn't there, why not talk to us about hosting your own reunion? Get in touch by 24 March and we can help you reach out to old classmates.

  • Civil Engineering Class of 1964, coordinated by Geoffrey Taylor (Saturday 6 - Sunday 7 May)
  • Civil Engineering Class of 1972, coordinated by Ian Brown (Friday 5 - Sunday 7 May)
  • Mechanical Engineering Class of 1977, coordinated by Pembe Yalkin and Arun Taylor (Sunday 7 May)
  • Chemical Engineering Classes of 1977-1980, coordinated by David Kelsall (Saturday 6 May, Eastside TBC)
  • Life Sciences Class of 1982, coordinated by Tracy Dudley (Saturday 6 - Sunday 7 May)

Find out more and register for a reunion by emailing alumni.weekend@imperial.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)20 7594 6138.

Get in touch

For more information please feel free to contact us by email at alumni.weekend@imperial.ac.uk or by telephone on +44 (0)20 7594 6138 (the Alumni Weekend hotline is open from 10.00 to 16.00, Monday to Friday). Find out who else is coming to the Alumni Weekend by checking our online directory.

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