The Desert Dining Club was formed in 1981 when about
70 people interested in arid regions were invited to dine at the Royal
Engineers Headquarters Mess at Chatham. They came from many backgrounds
and interests. It was decided at that dinner by popular appeal that a
dinner should be held every year thereafter.
Since that first dinner the Club has met annually in a variety
of places such as officers’ messes, the Tower of London, the Royal
Geographical Society (twice), clubs such as the Athenaeum and the
Oriental Clubs, the House of
Lords Cholmonley Room, Oxford and Cambridge colleges, and the Guildhall in Windsor.
Occasionally joint dinners are held with The Rain Forest Club, for
example, in the Tropical Conservatory at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
The full list of venues
The Club held its 25th Anniversary Dinner at the Royal Engineers
Headquarters Mess on 3 November 2006. 52 members attended, and
many joined a visit to the Royal Engineers Museum before the dinner.
The dress has always been
Black Tie for men, and there is normally a short talk from somebody with recent
experience and knowledge of some aspect concerning deserts.