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What to see and do at Best of British 2017

This year marks five years of the Best of British and, to celebrate, The British Club is going all out with its annual festival of Britishness. We asked General Manager Sean Boyle (BEM) what he’s most looking forward to.


Emma Dears and Lucy Williamson
Emma Dears, acclaimed West End musical artiste and Lucy Williamson, multi-award-winning actress

What are some of the highlights of Best of British 2017?

We’ve got a fantastic line-up this year. The festival kicks off on 4 June with the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at the Singapore Turf Club – it’s going to be an amazing day of racing. Other events include the Superbrains Inter-Community Quiz Night, a Family Day & Open House and a Prize Bingo Night. There are so many great events happening over the 14 days, culminating on 17 June with the Grand Finale Ball (whose theme is “West End Premier at The London Palladium”), at One Farrer Hotel & Spa.

Is it open to everyone?

Yes, anyone can attend – the Best of British is organised by The British Club and we want everyone to join the party!


UK celebrity chefs Chris and James Tanner
UK celebrity chefs Chris and James Tanner

Who’s cooking this year?

We’re bringing in not one but two celebrity chefs in addition to our stellar line-up of comedians and entertainers. Coming all the way from Plymouth in the UK are the Tanner Brothers: celebrity chefs Chris and James (pictured left and right at top), who are behind the award-winning Tanners Restaurant, The Barbican Kitchen in Plymouth, Catch in Looe and The Kentish Hare in Bidborough, Kent. Diners are in for a treat when these incredible chefs prepare the Commonwealth Wine and Gourmet Dinner on 9 June and showcase their culinary prowess at a Ladies Luncheon Cooking Demonstration on 13 June.

Which entertainers have you lined up?

Two-time British Comedy Award winner Neil Fitzmaurice will bring the house down on Comedy Night, 16 June. Back by popular demand from Best of British 2016 is Emma Dears (above left), the acclaimed West End musical artiste. She’ll be joined by multi-award-winning actress Lucy Williamson (above right), whose impressive list of performances includes playing Judy Garland in Judy and Liza, Carmen Diaz in Fame! and Fantine in Les Misérables. You can see Lucy and Emma perform at The Judy & Liza Show on 15 June, and catch them again at the Grand Finale Ball on 17 June.


The Best of British is open to everyone. Funds raised from auctions and raffle ticket sales will be donated to The British Club’s two adopted charities, The Gurkha Welfare Trust and Riding for the Disabled Association Singapore.

Get your tickets online at britishclub.org.sg or call 6410 1100 to book. The British Club is at 73 Bukit Tinggi Road.


This article first appeared in the April 2017 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy or subscribe so you never miss an issue!

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