30th November 2018 @ The Savoy

Celebrate St Andrew’s Day and the Great London Scot Awards at The Savoy with guest speaker Alistair McGowan on Friday 30th November 2018.

Alistair McGowan

Hosted by the Chairman of London Scottish Malcolm Offord and celebrating its sixth birthday, the St Andrew’s Day Lunch at The Savoy has been bringing together the Scottish diaspora and the London Scottish business, sports, arts and entertainment communities each year to celebrate the feast of St Andrew and Scotland’s official national day. The event also honours individuals who have made a significant contribution to Scotland and the Scottish community with the Great London Scot Awards. The event starts with a champagne and canape reception in the River Room followed by a three-course lunch of fine food and wine, plus a wee dram, in the stunning Lancaster Room. After the lunch, and to continue the fun, there is a paid bar in the Pinafore Room at The Savoy.

Guest speaker at the lunch is comedian and impersonator Alistair McGowan, Master of Ceremonies is presenter and former Premiership Rugby match official David Kurk and the exclusive ‘money-can’t-buy’ auction is fund-raising for London Scottish and Warren’s Wish in aid of Cystic Fibrosis research; the auctioneer is comedian and broadcaster Jonny Gould. Music is courtesy of the Pin Stripe Highlanders.

Dress code: Lounge suit or daytime Highland wear (not Black Tie) and cocktail dress.


For all enquiries please contact louise.newton@standrewsdaylunch.com



Inaugural lunch 2013 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKIa5ZgcYbQ
2014 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tk4rjvf4phU&feature=youtu.be

2017- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtY_FddaObY
2017- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5d9BedIzTI
2017 Gallery – https://www.londonscottish.com/gallery/gallery-st-andrews-day-2017-savoy/

The Great London Scot Awards were established in 2013 to celebrate and recognise Scottish individuals who have demonstrated achievements or values which have significantly benefited Scotland and the Scottish community. In 2018, there is a new award category ‘Outstanding Achievement in Business’. The 2018 award categories and previous award winners are detailed below.

2018 Award Categories

  • Lifetime Achievement
  • Outstanding Achievement
  • Outstanding Young Talent
  • Outstanding Achievement in Business

2017 Award Winners

  •  Lifetime Achievement: Jolomo (Dr John Lowrie Morrison OBE), celebrated contemporary Scottish artist painting expressionist oils of Scottish landscapes.
  • Outstanding Achievement: Lucinda Russell, first Scottish female trainer to win the Grand National with ‘One For Arthur’ in 2017.
  • Outstanding Young Talent: Mark Robertson, part of the history making Scotland Sevens squad and Olympic silver medallist.

2016 Award Winners

  • Lifetime Achievement: Sir Ian Wood GBE, former Chairman, and CEO of the Wood Group; Chairman of Opportunity North East and of Thee Oil and Gas Technology Centre and Founder of the Wood Foundation.
  • Outstanding Achievement: Dame Katherine Grainger OBE, five-time Olympic medallist and Great Britain’s most decorated Olympian and six time World Champion.
  • Outstanding Young Talent: Jamie Murray OBE, winner of the Davis Cup; five Grand Slams and reached world number one ranking in tennis doubles.
  • Outstanding Young Talent: Gordon Reid MBE, reached singles world number one; Paralympic Gold and Silver medallist and two-time singles Grand Slam champion.

2015 Award Winners

  • The Great London Scot Award for Lifetime Achievement: Sir Craig Reedie CBE, President of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
  • The Great London Scot Award for Outstanding Achievement: Martin Gilbert, co-founder and Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management.
  • The Great London Scot Award for Outstanding Young Talent: David Smith MBE, London 2012 Gold Medal Winning Paralympian and Double World Champion.

2014 Award Winners

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Bernard Gallacher OBE, non-playing captain of the European Golf Team in 1991, 1993 and 1995.
  • Outstanding Achievement Award: Lord Robert Smith of Kelvin, Chair of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games organising committee.
  • Outstanding Young Talent Award: Nicola Benedetti MBE, world-renowned Scottish classical violinist.

2013 Award Winners

  • Outstanding Achievement Award: Andy Murray OBE (British No. 1 tennis player and ATP world No. 3)
  • Outstanding Young Talent Award: Sophie Kennedy Clark, Scottish actress.

Congratulations to all our worthy winners.

In addition to raising funds for London Scottish each year, the St Andrew’s Day Lunch adopts a nominated charity which is selected by the London Scottish Chairman, Honorary President and committee.

The money, support and awareness provided by SADL will make a significant difference to help the chosen charity. Fundraising occurs throughout the lunch in the form of an extensive and exclusive silent and live auction, as well as table and individual donations.

Charity 2018  
SADL’s charity of the year for 2018 is Warren’s Wish. The charity was set up in 2015 in memory of 31-year-old Warren Cummings, who sadly passed away while on the waiting list for a double lung transplant to treat the Cystic Fibrosis he was born with. Warren’s family and friends founded the charity with the support of Edinburgh University.


There is a shortage of suitable lungs for transplant which can increase life expectancy of Cystic Fibrosis sufferer’s for up to 10 years. One of the primary reasons for the shortage is the condition in which the lungs are received, with infection and inflammation being common and making them unviable. It has been suggested that perfusion of donor’s lungs after removal might allow them to be ‘reconditioned’ and subsequently made suitable for transplant. If this hypothesis can be realised, it would significantly increase the availability of viable lungs, allow for easier transportation to their destination, and therefore shorten the waiting time to receive them.

Edinburgh University has a team of scientists working on the development of a machine and process which will facilitate the perfusion of lungs for transplants.

Facebook: Warren’s Wish

Previous year’s charity partners
·      2017 – My Name’s Doddie
·      2016 – The Archie Foundation
·      2015 – University of Aberdeen Spinal Injury Research
·      2014 – The STV Appeal
·      2013 – The Princess Royal Trusty for Carer’s & Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity

There are a number of sponsorship opportunities available to support the St Andrew’s Day Lunch event. Including:

  • Event Sponsor
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Outstanding Young Talent Award
  • Outstanding Achievement in Business

Current London Scottish sponsors include:


For enquires and details of available sponsorship package’s please contact London Scottish Commercial Director, Carson Russell – carson.russell@londonscottish.com