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Listed below for you information are some of the past events held by the BMS


Wednesday 23 November 2016

From Cacao to Chocolate – a Different History

This features renowned BMS Member speakers Elizabeth Baquedano and Manuel Diaz Cebrian, both of whom have delighted audiences in past events, and includes a chocolate tasting and refreshments.

Residence of the Embassy of Mexico,
48 Belgrave Square,
London SW1X 8QR


Tuesday 6 December 2016

A light to the World
Christmas Carol Service

Presented by the Anglo Latin American Foundation to support children of Latin America

St James's Roman Catholic Church
(Spanish Place),
22 George Street,
London W1U 3QY


Saturday 2 July 2016

Tour with Dr Elizabeth Baquedano of the exhibition of Adele Breton’s watercolours

In parallel with Elizabeth Baquedano’s talk, the Bath Literary & Scientific Institution is holding an exhibition of Adele Breton’s watercolours (which are usually held in the museum in Bristol). Elizabeth will give a private guided tour of the exhibition at 11.00 on the Saturday following her talk. This start time makes it possible for BMS members to travel from London with ease.

Free to BMS members and their guests

Bath Literary & Scientific Institution,
16 Queen Square,
Bath, BA1 2HN


Friday 1 July 2016

Adela Breton’s Legacy to the art and architecture of ancient Mexico
by Dr Elizabeth Baquedano

Dr Elizabeth Baquedanowill give this talk on Adela Breton, a gentlewoman from Bath who began her trips to Mexico in 1900, aged 55, to make detailed watercolour records of Mayan ruins. As the original colours of the ruins have faded or even disappeared completely, her watercolours are sometimes the only clue we have as to how these structures would have looked. In her talk Dr Elizabeth Baquedano will explore the legacy provided by Adela Breton’s detailed work.

Bath Literary & Scientific Institution,
16 Queen Square,
Bath, BA1 2HN


Thursday 9 June 2016

a recital by the renowned Mexican guitarist Morgan Szymanski

Morgan Szymanski is considered by many to be the top Mexican guitar player of his generation. In this recital he will explore a wide range of music from Mexican composers old and new.

This Guitarrisimo concert is a collaboration between the Iberian and Latin American Music Society (ILAMS), Instituto Cervantes with support from the BMS and Wines from Spain.

Instituto Cervantes
102 Eaton Square,


Tuesday 10 May 2016
18.00 – 20.00

The Secrets of Mexico – Wonders Beyond the Normal Tourist Trails
by Vicente Salas,
Director of the Mexico Tourism Board

Vicente Salas will give this lavishly illustrated talk on some of the wonderful sights in Mexico which are normally missed even by adventurous tourists.

Open to members of the BMS and their guests and to members of our partner organisations Canning House and Instituto Cervantes.

Residence of the Embassy of Mexico,
48 Belgrave Square,
London SW1X 8QR


Tuesday 23 February 2016

John and John in discussion

John Fox on
“El Proyecto Macnamara – The Maverick Irish Priest and the Race to Seize California 1844-46” and

John Harrison on
“1519, A Journey to the end of Time”.

In this joint British Mexican Society + Canning House + Instituto Cervantes event, John Harrison and John Fox, both BMS members, will each present their new book then participate in a joint discussion. See


Instituto Cervantes
102 Eaton Square,


Thursday 28 January 2016

Mexico: clothing and culture
by Chloe Sayer

In this illustrated talk Chloe Sayer will be discussing her new book, Mexico: Clothing and Culture, published recently by the Royal Ontario Museum to accompany an exhibition she has curated.

For more details on Chloe’s extensive work see

This talk will be preceded by our (brief) Annual General Meeting.

St Peter's Church hall
Eaton Square,


Monday 21 September 2015

An evening with both our Honorary Presidents – The Ambassadors

In the residence of HE the Mexican Ambassador,
48 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8QR

This is strictly for BMS Members only


Tuesday 3 February 2015

Modern Mexican Design
and Designers

Illustrated talk by Manuel Diaz Cebrian

Manuel, who until recently was the Director of the Mexican Tourism Board for the UK and Europe, is now the Curator of Pinta Design. His involvement with Frida Kahlo at the Tate Modern, The Aztecs at The Royal Academy and Tina Modotti at the Barbican amongst others, fostered a passion to showcase contemporary Latin American design in London.

Those of you who were lucky enough to attend his previous BMS talk will know what an entertaining and engaging speaker he is so this is an event not to be missed.

It will be followed by drinks and botanas.

The hall of St Peter's Eaton Square,


Monday 22 September 2014

An evening with both our Honorary Presidents – The Ambassadors

In the residence of HE the Mexican Ambassador,
48 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8QR

This year, in addition to the presence of both our Honorary Presidents, HE the Mexican Ambassador to the UK and HE the British Ambassador to Mexico, we shall be deeply honoured to welcome our Royal Patron, HRH The Duke of Gloucester.

The programme for the event will be: presentations from each of the ambassadors on the state of relations between our two nations, with special reference to the Dual Year events which will take place in 2015.

Then a question and answer session followed by drinks and canapés, courtesy of the Mexican Ambassador.


Wednesday 9 July 2014

"A Girl From Mexico"

A lively and personal film documentary on the life of Carmen Gutierrez, the first Mexican dancer to perform on Broadway. The film, shown at the Oklahoma Film Festival last year, follows Gutierrez’ career from Bellas Artes in Mexico City with Anna Sokolow to the Ballet Russe then onto Broadway productions including Carousel and West Side Story.

The film will be introduced by Dr Susan House-Wade, a life-long friend of Carmen Gutierrez and her family.The film will be shown in the private room of Mestizo Restaurant.

Mestizo Restaurant,
103 Hampstead Road,
London NW1 3EL.


Tuesday 10 June 2014

New Life Mexico

The charity which does such great work in helping children from very marginalised areas of Puerto Vallarta, has been strongly supported by the BMS for several years.

This is an opportunity to hear from their enthusiastic and dedicated Director, Philippa Vernon-Powell, who will explain how the funds we raise for them really do make a difference to so many children’s lives.

Philippa's talk, in the private room in Wahaca’s Charlotte Street restaurant, will be followed by a Mescal tasting and an opportunity to buy a selection of embroidered Mexican blouses and filigree earrings.

Wahaca’s Charlotte Street restaurant,
19–23 Charlotte Street,
London W1T 1RL


Wednesday 4 June 2014
Between 4 and 7pm

Made in Mexico
The Rebozo in Art, Culture and Fashion

This major exhibition highlights the art of the rebozo – the classic shawl woven in Mexico – from the 17th century to the present day.

Fashion and Textile Museum,
83 Bermondsey Street,
London SE1 3XF


11 April – 15 June 2014

Melanie Smith

Exhibition Preview:
Thursday 10 April 6-10pm / Open to all members of the British Mexican Society (booking required)

Artist Talk:
Thursday 10 April 6-7pm / Free, but booking essential (details below)

Exhibition opening at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, by Melanie Smith, one of Mexico’s most celebrated contemporary artists.

Gallery’s website


Wednesday 5th February 2014, 6.30pm

A talk by
Fergus Chamberlain
of Gran Luchito

The history of Gran Luchito –
bringing the tastes of Oaxaca to the UK

With fascinating stories of the chilli growers, their lives, their families and their farming.

St Peter’s Church Hall,
119 Eaton Square, SW1W 9AL.


Tuesday 3rd December 2013, 12.00 to 7.30pm

Artesanias Market

Christmas Sale of top quality Mexican Artesanias and other artworks including trees of life, painted pottery animals, plates, lamps, etc.

All proceeds for the
Amistad flood victim appeal

Residence of the Mexican Embassy
48 Belgrave Square
London AW1 8QR


Wednesday 27th November 2013, 6.30pm

The (short) AGM will be followed by

Music and Musical Instruments in Aztec Mexico – The Many Facets

A fascinating talk by
Elizabeth Baquedano

St Peter’s Church Hall,
119 Eaton Square, SW1W 9AL.


Sunday 15 September 2013, 11.00am
Royal Academy

Mexico: A revolution in Art 1910-1940

Followed by Sunday brunch at Mestizo

Royal Academy,
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

103 Hampstead Road, London NW1 3EL


Thursday 6 June 2013, 7.00pm
Residence of the Mexican Ambassador

Charity Gala Dinner

A gourmet dinner of select Mexican dishes prepared by renowned Mexican chef Angeles Ayala.

In aid of New Life Mexico, the charity that does so much to support some of the most vulnerable children in Mexico

Residence of the Mexican Ambassador,
48 Belgrave Square



Tuesday 16 April 2013, 6.30pm
St Peter’s Eaton Square hall

Grace Fussell,
University of London

Illustrated talk on 'The Colonial Mural Art of 16th Century Mexico: Religious Aesthetic in a Time of Social Change' by Grace Fussell, Winner of the UCL Institute of Archaeology MA Prize 2011



Tuesday 12 March 2013, 6.30pm
St Peter’s Eaton Square hall

Dr Farzaneh Pirouz-Moussavi,
Research Fellow at the University of Oxford,

Illustrated talk on the world famous Talavera pottery from Puebla.


Monday 3 December 2012, 6.30pm
Canning House

The Society's Annual General Meeting,
which will be brief, followed by:

The production of Maya blue pigment
in ancient Mexico

by Dr Yuriria Silva Velazquez, University of Oxford

Yuriria Silva Velazquez will draw on her extensive research, which formed the basis of her PhD at the University of Oxford, to give an overview of how this vivid turquoise pigment, with its extraordinary resistance to the hot and humid conditions of the Mayan region, was produced and used by the Mayan people. She will share the latest insights from her investigations and reveal evidence of the way the production of the pigment changed over the course of history.


Tuesday 20 November 2012, 6.30pm
Mexican Ambassador’s residence

An evening with both our Honorary Presidents – The Ambassadors

Introductory talks from both the Mexican Ambassador to Britain and the British Ambassador to Mexico on topical political and cultural issues followed by an opportunity to ask questions of both Ambassadors.


Tuesday 13 November 2012, 6.30pm
Canning House

Posada’s dark universe:
Calaveras as pictures from a parallel universe

by Dr Tom Gretton,
History of Art Department,
University College London.

Tom Gretton, was a contributor to the 1996 INBA exhibition “Posada y la prensa ilustrada: signos de modernización y resistencia” at the Museo Nacional de Arte in Mexico. He will draw on his extensive experience to explore the wonderfully detailed drawings of skeletons, skulls and other representations of the dead by José Guadalupe Posada, the famous Mexican cartoonist, illustrator and artist of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Tuesday 25 September 2012, 7pm
Mestizo Restaurant

Tequila tasting and dinner

The event started with a tasting of the range of exquisite Tequila made by Ambar and continued with a special selection of dishes prepared by Mestizo's chef to match the drinks.


Wednesday 11 July 2012, 6:30pm
Canning House

Talk by Prof Paul Garner
Cowdray Professor of Spanish at the University of Leeds, on his recent book:

“British Lions and Mexican Eagles: Business, Politics and Empire in the Career of Weetman Pearson in Mexico 1889-1919”,
Stanford University Press, 2011.

Between 1889 and 1919, Weetman Pearson became one of the world's most important engineering contractors. At the centre of his global business empire were his interests in Mexico. Paul Garner traces his career and his close association with the regime of Porfirio Diaz.


Tuesday 29 May 2012, 6:30pm
Canning House

Talk from Philippa Vernon-Powell on New Life Mexico (the charity we support in Puerto Vallarta)

New Life Mexico is a very small charity, only two employees, and now organises Community Kids Clubs and Health & Education programmes in highly marginalised areas in Puerto Vallarta.


Tuesday 3 April 2012, 6:30pm
Canning House

Textile Traditions of Mexico

A talk by Chloe Sayer, the world acclaimed expert on Mexican art and culture

Canning House


Tuesday 6 March 2012, 6:30pm
Canning House

The Mexican Revolution in Retrospect

Talk by David Brading
Professor of Latin American History,
University of Cambridge

Canning House


Tuesday 7 February 2012, 6:30pm
Canning House

The Mayan world and the change of galactic era
in 2012

Talk by Manuel Díaz Cebrián
Director Northern Europe
Mexican Tourism Board

Canning House


Tuesday 6 December, 6:30pm
Canning House

Aztec Gold

Annual General Meeting followed by a fascinating illustrated talk from BMS Council Member Elizabeth Baquedano on Aztec Gold.

Elizabeth is a lecturer at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University College London, at the Institute of Archaeology, Birkbeck College, University of London, and at the British Museum. She has published various books about the Aztecs and is well-known for her inspiring and profusely illustrated lectures.

Canning House


Wednesday 7 September, 6:30pm
Canning House

Food Tasting Evening

Enjoy great traditional dishes and new flavour combinations prepared and explained by London-based Mexican chef Angeles Ayala: culinary consultant, food writer and teacher.

Canning House


Thursday 16 June, 6:30pm
Canning House

Illustrated talk by the world-famous doyenne of Mexican cookery, Diana Southwood Kennedy on her latest book Oaxaca al Gusto.

Canning House


Thursday 14 April, 6pm

A talk by the world acclaimed expert on Mexican art and culture, Chloe Sayer.

Coupled with an exhibition of paintings by the Mexican artist Adela Oseguera


Wednesday 2 February 2011, 6pm.

A talk by Lic. Ignacio Duran, Minister Cultural at the Mexican Embassy on Mexican Culture in Britain.

Canning House


Thursday 9 December

ALAF Carol Service.

Farm Street Church, Mount Street, London W1K 3AH


Thursday 2 December, 6pm.

AGM and authors' talks

Our AGM will be followed by illustrated talks from Robin Bayley, author of The Mango Orchard (see review in the BMS May 2010 Newsletter) and Hugh Thomson, author of Tequila Oil .

Canning House


Wednesday 17 November - evening

Social event with entertainment from Hortensia Celis' folkloric group,

The English Speaking Union, Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, London W1J 5ED


Saturday 16 October 2010

ALAF Gastronomic Fair

This year's renowned ALAF Fiesta which has a gastronomic theme will feature both Mexican food and craft stalls.

See ALAF Gastronomic Festival 2010 flyer

Definitely a Saturday afternoon outing not to miss! Tickets available on the door.

Kensington Town Hall Hornton Street, London W8 7NX


15 October 2010

BMS Celebration of the Bicentenary of Independence and the Centenary of the Revolution .

Gala Gourmet Dinner in the private room at Mestizo Restaurant

The special 8-course gourmet tasting menu at this outstanding Mexican restaurant. £50 including welcome margarita cocktail.

The private room at Mestizo Restaurant, 103 Hampstead Road, London NW1 3EL


Wednesday 13 October 2010

Coffee morning

To be addressed by HE Eduardo Medina Mora, Mexican Ambassador.

The English Speaking Union, Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, London W1J 5ED


7 October 2010 - Conference followed by networking reception

Half day conference and networking event

An excellent half day event organised by UKTI (the UK equivalent of ProMexico) to help businesses, large or small, to discover the opportunities available in Mexico's dynamic market.


Sunday 1 August 2010

Carnaval del Pueblo

This exciting Latin American Carnaval starts at noon, winding its way to Burgess Park.

Southwark, London

Wednesday 7 July

Presentations from both of our Honorary Presidents: H.E. Judith Macgregor, British Ambassador in Mexico, and HE Eduardo Medina Mora, Mexican Ambassador in London, followed by a question and answer session.

Mexican Ambassador's Residence. 48 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8QR

Saturday 19 June 2010 - 11am

Surreal Friends

A visit to Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, to see the major exhibition Surreal Friends on its opening day.

Surreal Friends is actually three exhibitions featuring work by Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo and Kati Horna.

Surrealist women artists, Carrington and Varo, and photographer Kati Horna escaped the Nazis in France in 1939 to live and work in Mexico.


Thursday 20 May 2010 - 6pm

The Worldwide History of Dress including Mexican Textiles.

Talk by Dr. Patricia Anawalt.

Canning House, 2 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PJ

Wednesday 24 March 2010 - 6pm

Children of the Sun

Talk by Elizabeth Manson Bahr on her recent novel about Moctezuma, Children of the Sun

click here for a review

Canning House, 2 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PJ


Monday 1 March 2010, 7pm

'In Celebration' A Treasure from Mexico. A talk about an Aztec Fan by Beryl Melville, the well known expert on fans from around the world.

The Fan Museum,12 Crooms Hill, London, SE10 8ER

Thursday 14 January 2010, 6pm

Mexican Cinema from Vamos con Pancho Villa to Amores Perros

Talk on the history of Mexican Cinema by Ignacio Durán, Minister for Cultural Affairs, Mexican Embassy. Ignacio Durán is a world acclaimed expert in the Mexican cinema.

Canning House, 2 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PJ


Monday 14 December 2009, 7pm

Carol Service
In aid of Children's charities in Latin America

Readings and Christmas Carols in Spanish, Portuguese and English at The Parish of our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Simon Stock (Carmelite Church).

Tickets: Adults £5, Children FREE (up to 12 years), price includes entry into the raffle for a magnum of champagne. For more information and tickets go to

Carmelite Church, 14 Kensington Church Street, London W8 4BB

Monday 7 December 2009, 6.45pm

Moctezuma Exhibition

Reception and private view of the Moctezuma Exhibition and the Exhibition of Mexican Prints in the presence of HRH the Duke of Gloucester, Patron of the British Mexican Society.

British Museum, Great Russell St, London WC1B

Monday 23 November 2009, 6pm

Annual General Meeting followed by a talk on “Cornish Miners, their adventurous journey to Pachuca and Mineral del Monte in the 1820’s and its aftermath”

by Richard Williams, Chairman of the Cornish Mexican Cultural Society. See

Canning House, 2 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PJ

Tuesday 6 October 2009, 6pm

A talk on New Life Mexico – the inspiring centre for street children in Puerto Vallarta

by Philippa Vernon-Powell, Field Director. Philippa gave up her successful corporate career in London to move to Puerto Vallarta to oversee the development of New Life Mexico from small beginnings to its current successes as an internationally recognised charity.

Canning House, 2 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PJ

Wednesday 15 July 2009, 6pm

Our Summer Drinks Reception

This is a splendid opportunity to chat with old friends and meet new people who share our enthusiasm for keeping in touch with Mexico.

The Athenaeum, 107 Pall Mall

Tuesday 2 June 2009, 6pm

A talk by HE Juan Jose Bremer, Mexican Ambassador in London

Ambassador Bremer will draw upon his extensive experience as ambassador to the Soviet Union (1988-90), Germany (1990-98), Spain (1998-2000) and the USA (2001-04) prior to his posting to London. He will make reference to some of the theses included in his excellent book El Fin de la Guerra Fria y el Salvaje Mundo Nuevo (published in 2006).

Mexican Ambassador’s Residence, 48 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8QR (NOT CANNING HOUSE!)