About Us

Brits Abroad Shanghai is a not-for-profit group run by a committee of volunteers. Our aim is to provide a welcoming environment for expatriates living in Shanghai - supporting new arrivals through those first few bewildering weeks and organising a wide variety of social events and other activities. 

Full membership is open to families who live in or near Shanghai, where at least one family member holds a British passport. We also welcome families of other nationalities as associate members to make up to 40% of our total membership. To respect Chinese government regulations, membership is available to foreign passport holders only.

For our newest members, who have just arrived in Shanghai, we hold a monthly Newcomer's Coffee morning on the last Wednesday of the month at Pret A Manger, LG1, IFC Mall. This gives new members a chance to chat with existing members in a relaxed and informal setting.

For all members, old and new, we run a number of other regular weekly and monthly activities:
Waldorf Coffee Morning – held on the first Tuesday morning of the month in the luxurious surroundings of the Waldorf Astoria on the Bund.
Breakfast with Brits – held on the third Thursday morning of the month at the more contemporary Paulaner Brauhaus on the Pudong riverside promenade.
Drop in Drinks – held once a month on a Friday evening at a different venue each time to give our members who work during the day a chance to socialise too.
Walks - held monthly on varying days to explore the city and walk off a few of the calories consumed at our other events.
Mahjong – held on Monday afternoons at the Park Tavern on Hengshan Lu for those who want to play this Chinese game which is similar to rummy but played with tiles. There is always a beginners’ table for those who are new to the game.
Book Club – held on the third Tuesday morning of the month at various venues to discuss a selection of books agreed on by the group members.
May I – held on Wednesday afternoons at the Park Tavern on Hengshan Lu for those who want to play this card game, which is similar to rummy and very easy to learn.

In addition to these regular events, we also have fun quizzes, charity lunches, visits to places of interest and many other activities, including night cycle rides and bowling. For exact details of dates, times, venues and costs for all our activities and events, please check the calendar and follow the links for more information and to sign up.

Elsewhere on the website, you can find the extensive list of discounts offered to Brits Abroad Members by local organisations. We also send out a weekly Bulletin by e-mail to all our members, reminding them of upcoming events, and have a monthly online publication, The Wire, which looks at events a little further in the future and reports on past events and activities.

After the expenses of staging events and running the organisation, all the proceeds from our social events, clubs and membership fees are used in our Community Outreach Programme for the benefit of local charitable organisations. In addition to raising funds, we have collected new and used clothing and toiletries for a number of organisations and made afternoon tea for the homeless. Many of our members derive great personal satisfaction from volunteering with one of our community outreach partners.

The Committee


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