The annual Sir Simon Milton Foundation Tea Dance is a free of charge event for Westminster residents aged 65 and over, and their carers. It is part of our Silver Sunday programme, although it has been running for far longer.
Tea Dance 2021
After last year’s Tea Dance sadly had to be cancelled because of the pandemic, the Sir Simon Milton Foundation is very much hoping that it can once again go ahead this year.
Sunday 5 December has been pencilled into the diary and, at the time of writing, consultations are ongoing with the venue – the Grosvenor House Hotel – to plan a safe event.
We’re planning to make the final decision on whether to go ahead in the autumn. To attend, you must be over 65 and a resident of the City of Westminster, unless accompanying a resident of that age as a carer.
If you’re interested in attending, please send us:
If you wish to be accompanied by a carer, please also let us know their name, email address, postal address and preferred contact telephone number.
We will only send out tickets once we know we are going ahead and will ask you to confirm at that time.
Tea Dance 2019
Our most recent Tea Dance took place on Sunday 1st December 2019, and it was the 14th year running that the event has been held in the magnificent Great Room of the JW Marriott Grosvenor House London.
As always it was a hugely popular event and 1,000 Westminster residents enjoyed an afternoon tea while being entertained by the wonderful sound of the Red Stripe band. There was a performance from singer Arrun Harker, and the students from the Sylvia Young Theatre School sang and danced a Carnaby Street medley. The Travellin' Shedders ukulele band entertained the crowd with a sing-a-long and professional dancers Rashmi Becker, Lawrence James and Laura Jones performed a quickstep and waltz.
For many years now the Tea Dance has been joined by Police Cadets who dance with the ladies – the cadets even take a dance lesson beforehand to ensure they know their waltz from their quickstep.
We are as ever grateful to our generous sponsor, Shaftesbury PLC and to the Grosvenor House team, who look after us so well, and finally the event could not run smoothly without the help of dozens of volunteers, including Councillors and Westminster City Council staff and friends.