At Imperial College you will have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. By participating in our social activities you will make new friends with people from different backgrounds and cultures. The activities mentioned below are just a selection of what's on offer. Take a look at the socially oriented groups you can join.
Support Services' annual summer party
The annual party, organised by the Support Services Social Committee, is a chance for colleagues to come together as a community as well as a way for the College to thank you for your hard work over the year. Each year the Committee select a new theme for the party. Have a look at how Imperial got into the Rio spirit for the 2016 summer party.
Imperial Fringe offers a series of public events exploring the unexpected side of science. Find out more about what's on offer from Imperial Lates.
Every year the College showcases the best in science and arts at the College. This is a free public event featuring interactive activities, performances and workshops. Find out more about the Festival.
Join the 'What's on - Events' mailing list to keep up with College events.
The College's campus tours are a great opportunity to find out more about life at our South Kensington Campus.
Food outlet and shops
South Kensington Campus offers many different opportunities to find something to eat. Cooked breakfasts, coffee and pastries are on offer to start your day. The many lunch options include two and three course value-for-money lunches, international cuisine, stone-baked pizza, pannini, freshly made baguettes, homemade soups and southern fried chicken. The College caters for all dietary requirements including a wide range of vegetarian food and a halal selection. Find out more about our catering outlets.
There are also three outlets available on the Hammersmith campus which include a restaurant and two cafes, and a café on the Charing Cross campus. Find out more about all of our catering outlets.
The Imperial College Union Shop on the Sherfield Building walkway at South Kensington stocks a wide range of stationery, greetings cards, College regalia, Imperial-branded clothing and a range of gifts, it also offers an online shopping option. The Sherfield Walkway is also home to a newsagents' shop.
As a member of staff you are automatically registered with the Library. Your College ID card is your library card - use it to swipe into the library, borrow books and operate our printer-copiers.
If you have not received a College ID card bring your staff contract, letter of appointment or letter from Imperial College London department to the Welcome Desk in the Central Library or to your home campus library. For further information visit the Library Services' website.
The College has extensive sports facilities at most campuses to suit a range of sporting needs.
Ethos, Imperial's premier sports centre in South Kensington houses a 25 metre deck-level swimming pool, sauna, steam room and spa, a 75-station fitness gym, an exercise studio, a five-badminton court sports hall, a climbing wall, three squash courts, and a range of sports therapy treatments including physiotherapy and massages.
- Evening classes in languages, creative writing, art and opera appreciation, European history and an introduction to science are available for all staff. See the Evening Classes webpages for more infomation.
- Orchestras, choirs, bands, art workshops, exhibitions and lunchtime concerts are offered as extra-curricular music and art programmes at the College. Take a look at what's on offer.
The PA & Administrator Network - offers development, support and networking opportunities for all staff who perform a PA or administrative function as part of their role. Find out more about this network.
Babies and Bumps - new parents and parents-to-be are invited to meet other Imperial colleagues in a similar situation for informal networking and mutual support over tea/coffee. HR will be present to answer any questions in relation to maternity and paternity leave. For further information of network meeting dates and details of who to contact, please view the relevant campus meeting dates.
Imperial Technicians' network - is for all staff in the technical job family and aims to build links, explore areas of common ground and highlight opportunities for personal and professional development. Find out more about this network.
The Equality & Diversity Unit have a number of networks and committees working on equality and diversity issues. Their purpose is to improve the working environment of the college for all staff, so that everyone can reach their full potential.
Imperial 600 - supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender staff. Straight allies are also welcome. They hold regular social events. Find out more.
Imperial As One - works to support and promote an inclusive workplace culture of respect, opportunity, unity, transparency and equality. Join us
View more of the College's staff networks.
Discounts on social activities
Imperial Perks - family days out
CinemaPerks is the dedicated cinema tickets channel for Imperial Perks, giving you access to substantially reduced cinema ticket prices. They are also a great way to easily redeem your WOWPoints. Choose from a wide range of cinemas, including Cineworld, Odeon, Vue, and more!
"I use Imperial Perks every time I go to the cinema! The codes are so easy to use and it’s made going to the cinema a much easier (and cheaper) experience. The codes also last for over a year so would make a great gift!" Amy Morton, Human Resources
Thanks to Merlin Entertainments, you can now enjoy unique, memorable and rewarding visitor experiences at any of the attractions available on Imperial Perks. What’s more, as a member of Imperial College staff, you get access to exclusive pricing too. In addition to the major theme parks, Imperial Perks have also launched London attractions.
" I ordered tickets to Thorpe Park via Imperial Perks and got 50% off the price. It was extremely easy and quick to use, and I received the tickets almost instantly by email. 10/10!" Emma Woodcock, Department of Chemistry.
For the full list of perks available to you, please visit our Perks of the job webpage.
Dining out in the South Kensington Area
Ognisko Restaurant (55 Exhibition Road) - Exhibition Road Cultural Group members (including Imperial Staff) can now enjoy an exclusive 15% off a la carte and drinks. The offer is valid all week round and it cannot be used with any other offer. To claim your discount please mention this code: ‘Discover South Kensington’ and Imperial College.
Launceston Place - 10% discount on their a la carte menu. The restaurant boasts wide acclaim for its intricately-crafted Modern European cuisine. One of London's most exciting chefs, Head Chef Ben Murphy, brings a visionary approach to the menu, and the accompanying wine list is compiled by Master Sommelier, Piotr Pietras. Launceston Place has its own unique version of a chef’s table seating up to 12 people – the ‘Chef’s Office’, which has been voted one of London’s best dining rooms, giving guests a unique insight into one of London’s most talked about kitchens.
Le Pain Quotidien - 10% discount.
Verdi cafe - Royal Albert Hall - 10% discount.
Museums and Galleries
Royal Albert Hall tours - members of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (which includes Imperial College London Staff) are entitled to a 50% discount on the Grand Tour of the Royal Albert Hall. Tickets normally cost £12 per person but with the discount you can purchase tickets for £6 per person. This offer is for members only and if you are interested in taking a tour at the Hall, please let the box office know when booking and take your staff pass, business card or other form of work ID to the box office when you collect your tickets. The Verdi cafe also offers a 10% discount. Staff with questions should email email@example.com
Natural History Museum – half price entry into exhibitions plus 10% discount at cafe
Victoria & Albert Museum – half price entry into exhibitions, plus 10% discount at gift Shop and cafe
Science Museum - 10% discount at gift shop and cafe