Friends of Central London Samaritans Supper and Auction CLICK HERE TO BID

Thursday 22nd March 2018
Thursday 26 April 2018 7.00pm for 7.45pm
Mayor's Parlour at The Town Hall,
Honton Street,
Kensington, W8 7NX
Tickets £70 per person include Wine and Canape reception
Seated two course supper with wine

Tickets will not be issued, but names will be on the door.

Silent bidding for the following lots begins on 16 April, enabling you to support us by placing bids right up to 25 April.


Chelsea Flower Show

Two all day tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show on members’ day - Tuesday 22nd May.  The invitation includes a guided tour of the BBC Outside Broadcasting unit for the show – as seen on TV!

Golf round for 4 at Swinley Forest Golf Club

Swinley Forest Golf Club located near Ascot, Berkshire is one of the top 100 clubs in the world.

Tour of Kiftsgate Court Gardens for 4

A personal guided tour by the owner, renowned gardener Anne Chambers, of these famous gardens set on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment near Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire. The tour will be followed by lunch.

Painting by Adrian Hemming  After Ithaca

This painting featured in Adrian’s recent exhibition with Andrew Marr - “The Hemming Marr Show” at Art Bermondsey.  Brochure available on request.

Adrian has lectured and exhibited in the United Kingdom, USA and South Africa and his work can be found in many public collections.  £2,000 reserve

Art History Abroad (AHA) private walk or tour

A Guided London Walk for 8 people can include buildings, churches, history or the option to visit a major exhibition taking place at e.g. the National Gallery or Tate.

Art History Abroad (AHA) Lecture Day

Opportunity to attend a lecture from AHA’s Dilettante Programme, for two people.  This offer includes lecture, lunch and gallery visit.

An original cartoon by Zebedee Helm

Zebedee’s unique cartoons are widely sought after and can be seen on

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

A One-on-One one and a half hour bespoke training session at one of the country’s leading drama schools to develop personal communication, speech-making, voice projection and presentation skills. 


Guided tour of Christie’s for 6 people

Take a behind the scenes tour of Christie’s, the Fine Art Auction House in King Street with Jill Cerasi, Client Liaison. Walk around the warehouse and view an auction, followed by afternoon tea in a boardroom.

Guided tour of the House of Lords

Baroness Rawlings is inviting a party of 4 for a tour followed by tea.

Tour of Exbury Gardens in Hampshire

Lionel de Rothschild has offered a private tour of his beautiful gardens, followed by tea.  The rhododendrons in May are truly spectacular.

Real Holidays food tour of Rome for 2 people

3 hour tour with an expert guide visiting the best food neighbourhoods in Rome, including one of the famous markets and the oldest bakery and discovering Rome’s iconic dishes.   Dates 1st May 2018 – 30th April 2019, not Sundays.

Fredrick Forsyth set of signed first editions

A set of signed first editions of all his novels

Dinner at Medlar Restaurant

Dinner for 2 people plus wine at Medlar, King’s Road

A Bottle of Malt Whisky – The Glenrothes Select Reserve

A vintage Single Malt from Berry Bros.

A Magnum of Hospices de Beaune

Beaune Cuvee Cyrot-Chaudron 2008

Personal training session with Tina Baker

A session with Tina Baker, fitness coach, at The Factory, London, N7.

Glyndebourne Opera

2 tickets on Monday 23 July 2018 for Pelleas et Melisande

Prue Leith’s book “Relish - my life on a plate”

Signed by the author 

Penny Junor’s book  “The Duchess”

Signed by the author

Bids for these lots will only be taken live on the night

Recently retired Christie’s auctioneer Anthony Hanson will be taking live bids for the following lots at the supper on 26 April.

One week stay in Holiday House in South Uist, Outer Hebrides

Sleeps 6/7 in three double bedrooms (three bath rooms) and spacious open plan living area, with magnificent views west to the Atlantic and to the north and south to hills and lochs.

Available 2018 23 June - 7 July or 15 September onwards.  2019 by arrangement.  The house, Snishival at Howmore, is featured on - click on South Uist. 

Private tour of Highclere Castle

Lady Carnarvon has generously offered a private tour for 4 people with either tea or champagne and canapés depending on the mutually agreed day and time.  To be taken by end November 2018.

Chambres d’Hôte stay in South West France

Stay for 4 days for 2 people or 2 days for 4 people in a lovely house in the Gers run as a B&B.  Beautiful area for walks, restaurants, etc. The house has full disabled access including to the swimming pool. Delicious breakfast included and dinner can be provided in the house by arrangement. Dates byarrangement with the owner.

Limited edition print by Violet Astor

A framed print of her original charcoal drawing of a rhino.

Her special interest is endangered species with the aim of producing bodies of work that raise awareness and funds to support their survival.

Long weekend in lovely seaside house

The Bluff is situated on the cliffs at Beer in Devon.  This privately owned house overlooks the sea and has four bedrooms and four en-suite bathrooms. 

Date by arrangement with the owners.

A Wine Lovers’ Dinner for 4 in Islington.

Master of wine Anthony Hanson will open wines from his cellar to match a seasonal menu cooked by Rosi Hanson, Decanter contributor and author of Recipes from the French Wine Harvest, for you and your guests to enjoy and discuss.  These will include Vintage Champagne, a pair of top white Burgundies with the first course, a pair of clarets (Ch. Montrose 1990 and Ch. Latour 2003) with the main course, Premier Cru and Grand Cru mature red Burgundies with cheese, Premier Cru Sauternes with dessert.

A one week stay at family Holiday Home in France

Les Essards is situated in the Charante, south of Angoulème on the edge of a village called Chavenat. The converted stone barn has 5 double bedrooms (four en suite) a huge salon with open fire plus central heating.  There is a swimming pool in season and a self-contained cottage which sleeps 4.  
Dates which are by negotiation with the owners excludes July, August and September but could include Christmas or Easter.

An original cartoon by Zebedee Helm

A second cartoon is included in the silent auction.

Private bridge session with Simon Stocken

An evening of bridge tuition in your own home for 8 people.  Simon is extremely well known in Bridge circles having started teaching at the age of 15.  With Andrew Robson he started the renowned Andrew Robson Bridge Club and he now teaches bridge throughout the world.  He also spearheads the Davenport Foundation, a charity, which promotes a global youth movement “Bridging the World”.

Private Box for 4 for a performance at English National Opera

ENO are delighted to offer a private box for 4 guests to attend an opera performance at the London Colisseum.  (This offer does not include premiere performances.)