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RCP500: Official 500th anniversary celebrations

A number of events are taking place on Sunday 23 September 2018 to celebrate the official 500th anniversary of the Royal College of Physicians.

Guided walk

We are organising a guided tour on foot between the locations of the RCP’s past and present London headquarters, noting points of history and interest along the way. The walk begins at 12.30pm on 23 September at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel, on the site of our first home in Knightrider Street, and finishes at the RCP's current headquarters in Regent’s Park.

To join the walk, please contact RCP500@rcplondon.ac.uk.

Engraving of the RCP's former headquarters in Pall Mall East.

RCP500 Charter Cycle

RCP president-elect Dr Andrew 'Bod' Goddard has been cycling 2,018 miles around England and Wales, visiting as many acute NHS trusts as possible over a 16-month period. He is using his journey to raise money for, and awareness of, the RCP’s essential work including Physicians for Africa.

The very last leg of the ride will begin at 12.30pm on 23 September at the RCP's home in Regent’s Park. The riders will embark on a round trip via the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich before returning to the RCP, where Dr Goddard will officially present the RCP500 Charter to current president Professor Dame Jane Dacre.

Register to join the cycle ride

Tour of Canada House

We are partnering with Canada House to offer our members and fellows a special tour of our former home on Friday 21 September. Up to 20 places are available on the tour, which starts at 4.30pm.

The tour will share insights of the RCP’s history in the building and showcase Canada in the 21st century.

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Wish us happy birthday on social media

We’re inviting you to share your birthday messages on Facebook and Twitter. Join in by telling us who inspired you to become a physician and what makes you passionate about your career in medicine.

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Full programme: Official 500th anniversary of the Royal College of Physicians, 23 September 2018

Please note that some of these events are by prior invitation only.

12.30–3.15pm RCP500 historical walk (Grange St Paul’s Hotel – RCP, St Andrews Place) FULLY BOOKED

12.30–3.30pm RCP500 Charter Cycle (RCP – Greenwich – RCP)

3–3.15pm Comfort break, tea, coffee and biscuits. Walkers arrive at the RCP

3.30–4pm Greeting of the RCP500 Charter cyclists as they arrive. Registrar and president-elect Dr Andrew Goddard will present the RCP500 Charter to president Professor Dame Jane Dacre

4–5.30pm Tea and cake, networking

5.30pm Drinks reception and music (RCP, Lasdun Hall). By invitation, for those attending the dinner. A brass quintet from the Royal Academy of Music will play a piece of music specially commissioned for RCP500

6.30–9pm RCP500 dinner celebration (RCP, Osler Room). By prior invitation only

9–10.30pm After-dinner drinks (RCP, Dorchester Library)