Useful Information

Here you will find additional information which could assist you in enjoying the event as fully as possible.

The Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel have designated a special website page for the Annual Dinner.  To access this webpage the Grosvenor House will be contacting all table hosts directly giving an individual username and password to access their webpage to order wine for the table, hospitality suites/tables and canapes as well as notifying of any special dietary requirements.

If the information you require is not on the website or you need assistance, then please contact the NIA on +44 (0)20 7766 6648 and we will try to help wherever possible. Alternatively contact Magda Michalczuk, Private Hospitality Manager on +44 (0)20 7399 8449 or email direct.

Order of the Evening

19:00   Doors to the Great Room open

19:40   Call for Dinner

20:00  Seated

Welcome and presentations by the Nuclear Institute’s President

After Dinner Speaker

23:15   Formalities closed (approx.)

Music in Rink Bar

01:30   Music ends

02:00   Carriages

Dress Code

Preferably Black tie or evening dress

Intelligent Venues are acting as NIA’s hotel reservation agents for both Nuclear 2019 and the Annual Dinner event. They have secured a good rate at the various hotels but this is subject to availability and reservations will be dealt with on a ‘first-come, first-served basis’. The prices quoted are inclusive of VAT.

The list of hotels can be found here.

If you have any queries, please contact them on or by email at

If you wish to reserve 10 rooms or more then contact  direct as it will be necessary for your organisation to raise a contract with the hotel which  can assist. If you would like further information on the hotels or any other preferred hotel that is not listed or you require extra/alternative dates then please contact Denise at Intelligent Venues on +44 (0) 161 440 7121.

Overnight Accommodation at the Grosvenor House Hotel
Exclusive bedroom rates are available for guests attending the Annual Nuclear Dinner 2019.

To enquire about special rates and reserve a bedroom at JW Marriott, Grosvenor House London:

  • Visit, under ‘Special Rates’ choose ‘Corporate/Promotional Code’ and use code EG4 to obtain event rate
  • Call  0800 221 222, quote Cluster Code EG4 to obtain event rate

Please note this rate fluctuates as it represents discount on best available rate and is subject to availability at the time of booking.

Dinner Guests

Only company names will appear in the Annual Dinner 2019 booklet.

Dinner tickets will need to be shown to gain entry into the Great Room.

Hospitality Suites

For reserving rooms or hospitality suites all bookings will need to be made directly with the Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel using the username and password given to access the Grosvenor webpage.

Hosted bars are also available before the start of the dinner. A Hosted Bar consists of a table, a bartender, complimentary dry snacks and the pre-selected beverages of your choice. Hosted Bars are available for Pre-Dinner receptions. Prominent signage will direct your guests once they reach the function room to the location of your Hosted Bar, which will be indicated by your Company logo.

Palm heart mitre, cucumber salad, onion pakora, chickpea and green pepper salad, pomegranate syrup (vegan)

Roasted butternut soup, pumpkin gnocchi, sage confetti (v)

Main Course
Fillet and cheek of Casterbridge beef, potato terrine, Norfolk carrots, Porter onion gravy

Vegetarian Main Course
Spiced lentil and okra borek, turmeric and coconut cream, potato terrine, Norfolk carrots (v)

Lemon meringue pie, mango puree, raspberries, pistachio confetti (v)

Coffee and petits fours

**Please note, aside from a separate main course the entire menu is suitable for vegetarians. However, vegetarian options will only be available to guests who pre-order directly with the hotel via the Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, London, website by Thursday 28 November**

Recommended wines

White Wine
BIN 5000              Sauvignon Blanc Santa Rita, 8KM , Central Valley, Chile 2016/17     £38.00
BIN 5003              Picpoul de Pinet, Petite Ronde, Languedoc, France 2017/18     £43.00
BIN 5010               Soave Classico, Bottega, Veneto 2017 Italy     £47.00

Red Wine
BIN 6000             Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Rita, 8KM , Central Valley, Chile 2016/17      £38.00
BIN 6020             Malbec Callia Selected, San Juan, Argentina 2017/18     £46.00
BIN 6025              Passo Sardo Cannonau, Sardinia, Italy 2016/17     £42.00

After Dinner Speaker

Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt OBE

Often described as the ‘World’s Greatest Living Explorer,’ Ran Fiennes is the first person to reach both North and South Poles by foot. He also made it into the record books by completing seven marathons on seven continents (including Antarctica) in seven days – soon after receiving emergency heart surgery. Only then did he take up climbing, starting with the North Face of the Eiger. At the age of 65, at his third attempt, Ran became the oldest Briton to conquer Everest.

Amongst an incredible catalogue of adventures and extreme tests, Ran has recently undertaken The Coldest Journey, an attempt to cross Antarctica on foot during the southern winter where the temperature falls to minus 90°C. He was forced to withdraw when he suffered severe frostbite, but still claims that “if you are lucky enough to be able to walk around without a crutch, you might as well go for it.” It didn’t stop him from undertaking the hottest journey, the Marathon des Sables, a 159 mile run over six days in temperatures over 50C through the Sahara.

Ran inspires and entertains conference and after dinner audiences throughout the world. Presentations draw a connection between nature’s most dangerous and difficult challenges, and the day-to-day hurdles we all face. Teamwork, determination, patience, discipline and creative thinking are all critical in expeditions; we may not risk our own lives, but the parallels are clear even in less hazardous occupations.

As well as the execution, Ran explains the challenge of preparing and raising £40 million in sponsorship, finding the right volunteers and planning complex journeys beset by political, personal, geographical, financial and physical obstacles. To him, building a team with the right balance of character and attitude is paramount. Persistence, tolerance, fitness, agility and the ability to perform under extreme pressure are all factors in Ran’s remarkable endeavours as they are in any competitive environment.

As well as the personal challenge, there is another dimension to the expeditions. A huge amount of scientific research has been carried out by Ran’s teams, and charities such as Marie Curie and the Multiple Sclerosis Society have benefited to the tune of many millions.

Live Band