March pub evening – Tuesday 19 March

Message from Susan Quinn

Dear Members and Friends

The next Hyde Park Estate Association pub evening will be held on Tuesday 19th March.  The topic for this evening has been chosen because the Committee has had numerous complaints about  the worrying incidents of crime on the Hyde Park Estate and the apparent inability of the police to deal with it, due to their own reductions in manpower. As a consequence, the HPEA is exploring the possibility of employing a private security firm to patrol the Estate, if we can find an appropriate mechanism to pay for it, and if enough residents are in favour.

At this meeting you, as members of the HPEA,  will have an opportunity to hear from one such security company. On this occasion we will be pleased to welcome Karen Connell and Jacob Hunter of Hunter Protection, a private security firm based in Westminster.  Karen and Jacob will tell us about the service that their company  provides and how it might benefit our area.  They will, I am sure, be able to answer any questions we may have in order to help us decide whether this is a route worth pursuing.  Our Chairman Allen Zimbler will host the evening. 

We will meet as usual in the upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria on the corner of Strathearn Place and Sussex Place from 6.15 – 8.00pm.  I hope that as many of you as possible will come along and please feel free to invite any of your neighbours who may be interested in these issues and in joining our association.  This should be a most interesting evening and I look forward to seeing you there.

Best regards
Susan Quinn
HPEA Committee

February pub evening – Tuesday 19 February

Message from Susan Quinn

Dear Members and Friends

The next pub evening of the Hyde Park Estate Association will take place on Tuesday 19th February.   I am pleased to say that on this occasion we will have as our speaker, Tim Downes, Development Director of British Land who will tell us about their proposed new development at 5 Kingdom Street in Paddington Central.  The site is currently being used by the pop up food venue known as Pergola next to the Novotel Hotel.  Tim will tell us about the plans that British Land has for the site and how it will contribute to the whole Paddington Central offering. He will of course  be very happy to answer any questions you may have,

We will meet as usual in the upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria Pub on the corner of Sussex Place and Strathearn Place W2 from 6.15 – 8.00pm.  Please do come along to meet and chat with other members and to find out about this proposed new development in our area.  Although the formal ‘meeting’ finishes at 8.00pm you are very welcome to stay on for a drink or a meal, taking advantage of the wonderful ambience of our local pub.

With kind regards
Susan Quinn

Chairman’s Christmas newsletter 2018

Our Chairman Dr Allen Zimbler has prepared his Christmas newsletter and you can read or download it from the link below.

We have sent the newsletter out to our email circulation list – if you don’t currently receive our emails, please contact to arrange to sign up.

We wish all of our members and friends a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Chairman’s Christmas NEWSLETTER 2018

November pub evening

Pub evening, Tuesday 20 November

Message from Susan Quinn
Dear Members and Friends

At our next pub evening on Tuesday 20 November the topic for the evening will be quite far removed from our usual concerns of planning, traffic congestion, short lets, vice and crime.  Instead we will be hearing about something which contributes to the wellbeing of our community rather than detracting from it.  I am very pleased to announce that our speaker will be Alan Herdman, a member of our association and a world renowned expert in the  Pilates Method, who teaches right here in his studio in Seymour Street and who lectures and trains others in many other locations both in the UK and worldwide.  As I am sure Alan will tell us,  Pilates is something that can benefit everyone, from age 9 to 90 so whether you have ever tried it or not, or even if you have never heard of it, I think you will be intrigued to find out how it began, how it works and what benefits it can bring.

For those of you who don’t know Alan, here is a brief introduction..  Alan studied at the London School of Contemporary Dance and was working as a teacher and dancer when, in the late 1960s, he was invited to New York to learn about the Joseph Pilates Method. There he worked intensively with two instructors who had been trained by Pilates himself.
Although well-regarded amongst New York’s dance fraternity, Pilates was unknown in the UK at that time and Alan returned in 1970 to set up Britain’s first-ever Pilates studio. Among his first clients were actors, dancers and singers, but word soon spread as doctors and physiotherapists began recommending Pilates to patients struggling with chronic injuries.

Alan now lectures on Pilates around the world, and he has written several successful books, including The Pilates Directory (2004), The Gaia Busy Person’s Guide to Pilates (2003), Pilates for Men (2007) and The Complete Pilates Tutor (2014). He runs a training course for Pilates instructors in London and supervises courses in both Athens and Istanbul. As well as running his own studios, he and his assistants teach in dance schools and designated Pilates studios internationally.

As you can see from this short biography, we are very fortunate indeed to have Alan amongst our midst and I am sure that you will find his talk most interesting.

As usual we will meet in the upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria Pub on Strathearn Place from 6.15 – 8.00pm.   Although we have to finish our meeting by 8.00pm anyone who wishes to stay longer to have a drink or a meal is of course very welcome to do so.  Please feel free to invite any of your neighbours or friends who may wish to join our association.  New members are always welcome and this is a good opportunity to introduce the HPEA to others who live in our area but have not yet joined us.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the 20th.

Best regards
Susan Quinn

HPEA Christmas party, Tuesday 4 December 6.30pm to 9.00pm

HPEA Christmas party tickets now available – message from Sandra Brendlor

Come and join us for the Hyde Park Estate Association Christmas party on Tuesday 4 December, 6.30pm to 9.00pm.

This year our party will be held at the Royal Standard pub on Sale Place, W2 1PH (it’s on the corner of Star Street and Sale Place).

Tickets are £25 each and you can purchase them by debit or credit card – please print off the form below and return to Sandra Brendlor, either by email to or by post to 14 Somers Crescent, London W2 2PN. Alternatively you can pay by cheque payable to HPEA – please send to Sandra Brendlor at the above address.If you have any queries please email or telephone 07711 106256.

We look forward to seeing you there!

HPEA Christmas party ticket order form

October pub evening: Tuesday 16 October

Message from Susan Quinn:
The Hyde Park Estate Association will hold its next monthly pub evening on Tuesday 16th October.  We are now back to our usual third Tuesday of the month time slot and I hope that this will make it easier for you to remember the date.  At this meeting we are pleased to be be hosting all three of our Hyde Park Ward Councillors,  Heather Acton, Antonia Cox and Ian Adams.  Ian has been newly elected as one of our ward councillors this year but many of you will know him already as he has been a past Lord Mayor of Westminster and he lives in the Hyde Park Estate.  All three Councillors will be updating us on Westminster City Council activities and especially those that affect us in our area.  They will of course also be happy to answer your questions and to hear your views and concerns.  This should be an extremely interesting and valuable evening and I do hope that as many of you as possible will try to come along.
We will meet as usual in the upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria on Strathearn Place, starting at our new earlier time of 6.15 as we have to vacate the room at 8.00pm.  Anyone wishing to stay on for a meal or other refreshments after that time is welcome to do so but it will be open to other members of the public at that time.
If you know of any members who are not currently receiving our emails, please pass this on to them and ask them to email to ensure that they are on our email list.

AGM agenda and papers

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM on Monday 8th October at the Royal Lancaster London (6.30pm registration, 7.00pm meeting starts).

Please click on the links below to read or download the agenda, the minutes from last year’s meeting and the annual accounts which will be presented at the AGM.  Copies of these will also be available at the meeting.

We have a number of presentations on important issues and interesting developments over the last year.  We are also delighted that our new Ward Councillor, Ian Adams, will be the key note speaker.

Drinks and light refreshments will be served following the meeting.

AGENDA HPEA AGM 8 October 2018

Annual General Meeting HPEA Minutes 17-10-17

HPEA Accounts 2017_18

Pub evening Thursday 20 September


Message from Susan Quinn

September is now upon us and with that our first pub evening of the new season.  The date for our next meeting will be Thursday 20th September and not the third Tuesday of the month which is our usual date.  It was originally planned that our speakers for our September pub evening would be our three Westminster City councillors but due to unexpected conflicting meetings our councillors cannot attend but will be joining us instead on Tuesday 16th October.  However I am pleased to say that we do have another speaker for that evening and I hope as many as possible of you will be able to come along.

Our speaker will Stephen Spavin, the Outreach and Befriending Support Co-ordinator for Age UK Westminster. As I am sure you are aware Age UK does a great deal of valuable work in the community and Stephen will speak to us about some of the activities, services and projects that they provide.  In particular he is involved in the Befriending programme but will also be able to provide a broad overview of the other work that is done by Age UK in our community.

We will meet as usual in the upstairs Theatre Bar of the Victoria Pub on Strathearn Place from 6.15 – 8.00pm on Thursday 20th September.  It will be a good opportunity to meet up with friends and neighbours after the summer break and to enjoy a drink or two in a most convivial atmosphere.  As this is our first get together after the summer we will also devote some time to discussing any issues that you would like to raise with the HPEA or would like us to be aware of.  This is the place to air your views and help us to make our community the best possible place to live.

So please NOTE THE DATE – and I look forward to seeing you at the Victoria on the 20th.

Best regards
Susan Quinn