The Grand Order of Water Rats

Discover the history of the exclusive entertainment industry fraternity in this free lunchtime talk at the King's Cross Visitor Centre

Thursday 14th April 2016

Free lunchtime talk

On 14th April at 1pm, the King’s Cross Visitor Centre will be welcoming theatre and television performer, Ken Joy – a member of the Grand Order of Water Rats. Ken will take us through the history of this exclusive fraternity, giving us a fascinating insight into the world of entertainment, theatre and the Music Hall era.

Grand Order of Water Rats

At the King’s Cross end of Grays Inn Road, music lovers have been making their way to The Water Rats for generations. This pub and music venue with an unusual name also has a venerable history as home to the Grand Order of Water Rats.

From humble beginnings in 1889, the Grand Order has become one of the most distinguished charitable Orders in the world, providing support to entertainers and their families that have fallen on hard times. Members past and present include well-known and well-loved entertainers such as Michael Crawford (CBE), Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and Sir Bruce Forsyth (CBE).

Event details

Time: 1pm – 2pm.
This event is free, but places are limited, so be sure to contact the Visitor Centre on 0203 479 1795 or to book your place.


King’s Cross Visitor Centre,11 Stable Street,London,N1C 4AB London The Grand Order of Water Rats


King’s Cross Visitor Centre
11 Stable Street

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