Event Calendar

IPF Annual Lunch 2024




12:00PM – 4:00PM

Royal Lancaster Hotel London, Lancaster Terrace, London, W2 2TY

Booking is now open for the 2024 IPF Annual Lunch which will take place at a new venue - the Nine Kings Suite, Royal Lancaster Hotel, London W2

As well as a new venue, the ticket price this year includes the pre-Lunch Drinks Reception together with a ½ bottle of wine per person.

Ticket price: £190 + VAT (£228 inclusive of VAT @ 20% per person). A table to seat 10 people will be £1,900 + VAT (£2,280 inc. VAT).

Tables can seat 10 or 12 people. If, however, you are looking for a smaller number of places, and subject to the Terms and Conditions on the booking form, there will also be a number of places on shared tables to ensure that individual members or members with a smaller number of guests don’t miss out.

Pre-Lunch drinks, and a good opportunity to network, are from 12 noon and Lunch will be called at 12.30pm. Formal proceedings are due to finish at around 3.15pm when the bar opens and offers guests another opportunity to network.

Dress code: Business attire

IPF members may now book tables or tickets for the Lunch - please see below for details of How to Book



    Soumaya Keynes

    Soumaya Keynes is the Economics Columnist at the Financial Times. Her writing about the British economy includes Britain's struggle to get growth, the cost-of-living crisis, and the economics of Freeports. Soumaya analyses monetary and fiscal policy with analytical rigour with detailed reporting. She was nominated for a Press Gazette award for her writing about Britain's productivity problem.

    She co-hosted The Economist's Money Talks podcast, which twice won Best Business Podcast at the British Podcast Awards. It covered in-depth reporting the benefits of pay transparency, Europe’s energy crisis, and snarled supply chains. With Chad Bown of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, she co-hosted the podcast Trade Talks. Tim Harford named it as one of the best economics podcasts, calling it a “nerdy (but witty) dive into the details of how trade negotiations and agreements work.

    In her work Soumaya has covered trade and globalisation. She wrote a special report exploring how trade policy is being used to achieve other objectives, including protecting the environment, promoting workers’ rights and national security. She won an Association of Business Journalists' award for comment for her writing on the costs of managed trade.

    Previously, Soumaya was a research economist at the Institute for Fiscal studies, where she did academic research on the relationship between health and socioeconomic status, and the public finances and state pension reform. She was also a policy advisor at HM Treasury.


IPF Annual Lunch 2024 booking form

Download booking form, complete and return to Barbara Hobbs – [email protected]

Once you have submitted your booking form, your booking is provisional until you have received a confirmation email so please do not start inviting guests until you have received this confirmation.

Please Note:  Once we have accepted your booking, a confirmation email with your invoice together with a form for you to add your host and guest names (for inclusion in the List of Attendees), and a version of the flyer, which you can use to invite guests, will be sent to you. 

Tickets, place cards, reminders to return your host/guest names, wine list, menu, etc., will be sent to you via post or email before the Lunch.  IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THIS INFORMATION IT MEANS THAT WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED YOUR BOOKING.