About the Clock Tower

The Clock Tower easily lends itself to drinks receptions, private dining, small musical events and meetings. A pre-rigged bar in the ceiling of the Tower Room make aerial performances a possibility. From the private lobby of St Pancras Chambers, both the lift and the spectacular gothic staircase take you to the fifth floor. The vast corridor (reputedly used by a visiting South African cricket team for indoor nets practice) is flooded with natural daylight and runs the length of the top floor which leads you towards The Clock Tower entrance.

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The 6m x 6m Tower Room with bare brickwork and wooden floors features gothic style arched windows. The exposed roof struts in the ceiling soar over 10m up to the clock. The wooden clock-winder’s room can be found suspended half-way up the Tower, along with the weights box which harks back to the days when the clock was wound by hand. Below this, a modern galleried library overlooks the room. Views from the windows reach out to St Paul’s, the Shard, the City of London and Canary Wharf.

The building is one of the most lasting memorials to the architect George Gilbert Scott, famous for his enthusiasm for the style known as Victorian Gothic. Scott won the competition run by the railway company in 1866, even though his design was the largest and most expensive submitted. His original plans for an even taller building had to be revised by the removal of one floor to save costs as the railway company struggled to finance it.

THE HOSTS

Peter Tompkins

Peter Tompkins

By profession I am an actuary. I trained with actuaries Lane Clark & Peacock Actuaries where I worked from 1984 to 1994. I then joined the actuarial team at PricewaterhouseCoopers where I practiced from 1994 to 2009, becoming a partner and Chief Actuary. My work has largely related to company pension plans and I led the pensions investment consulting business for some years. I have served as an actuarial expert witness on a range of legal disputes from calculations of compensation for injury or loss of office through to settlement of disputes following company mergers or acquisitions. I continue to take instructions for expert reports privately today.

I have been a member of the Council of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries on and off since 1992 and amongst other roles have chaired the Pensions Board, the Resource and Environnment Panel and the Communications Board. I have been chairman of the Editorial Panel for The Actuary magazine since 1990 when I established the magazine on behalf of the Staple Inn Actuarial Society as its first editor. I am a member of the Editorial Board for the European Actuary. I served as a member of the advisory panel to Sir Derek Morris for his review into the workings of the actuarial profession in 2005.

City of London Guide

I am a qualified City of London Guide taking tours around the Square Mile which is the City, London’s financial district. Quite the best way of getting to know a new town is to take a walking tour, which is the way I like to learn to know new places I visit myself. I take occasional tours for booked groups (donations going to a charity of their choice), mainly in the summer when it is likely (but by no means certain) to be fine and the long evenings allow for greater leisure for after work tours. Less frequently I take trips in Clerkenwell and Islington, where I am also qualified to lead tours.

Beekeeping

I am a hobby beekeeper and have kept bees on and off since 1975. My main involvement in the beekeeping community is through my membership of one of London’s livery companies, the medieval guilds which continue in London more than anywhere else in the world. Mine is the Wax Chandlers’ Company, founded in 1353 and given its first charter by Richard III in 1484. I serve on the Court of Assistants and chair the Charity Committee, which distributes grants in Greater London, in Bexley and for wax and beekeeping purposes generally. I am a former Chairman of the Society of Young Freemen of the City of London.

I am also a trustee of the New Music Players, which exists to promote the performance of contemporary serious music, and the Bexley Heritage Trust, which serves to maintain and support Hall Place and Danson House in Bexley.

Timothy Wotherspoon

Tim was born at St Helens in Lancashire, went to school in Liverpool and Rugby, and university at Cambridge and London. He has a first class degree in mathematics and a City and Guilds of London Bronze Medal in Bricklaying.

Timothy Wotherspoon

He was elected in 1998 as a Conservative Councillor on South Cambridgeshire District Council and is the Cabinet Member responsible for the development of the new town of Northstowe being built to the north of Cambridge. He is passionate about creating a new place fit for healthy living. When he says 'quality first' he means 'quality first'.

He is a trustee of the New Music Players and a former treasurer (latterly finance director) of the Confraternity of St James He is proud of his collections of books, music, tools and toys. He sees no reason why he cannot be fitter in his fifties than he has ever been before! "Endurance has always meant more to me than speed," he says, with an eye on trekking and hiking long distances. He trains with free weights, cycles everywhere, and when a pool is close enough he aims to swim 5km a day. He seeks out saunas and enjoys giving and receiving massage.

Tours are provided of the apartment and other parts of St Pancras Chambers as part of Open House London normally the third weekend in September. See the Open House website www.londonopenhouse.org for details of pre-booking for the free tours. Viewing at other times of the year by prior arrangement only.