About Us

Den Norske Klub (DNK) has been a meeting place for Norwegians in London for over 125 years. DNK is the oldest club of its kind in the UK and a focal point for the Norwegian community. History of DNK

DNK arranges dinners, lunches, talks etc, offering great opportunities for networking and meeting others. Our membership represents a wide range of activities, from business and industry to the creative arts and the Norwegian community in general.

Membership of DNK brings many additional advantages, such as access to a top-end gym at weekends, entry to the famous Roof Gardens night club in Kensington, discounts on goods and services, and the quarterly magazine Northern Lights.

DNK has its premises at No. 4, St James’s Square, London W1. The building, a magnificent Grade II listed town house in a classical Georgian style, is owned and operated by the Naval & Military Club, also known as “The In & Out”.

Most of DNK’s large functions take place in the King Harald V room on the first floor. This sumptuous ballroom, adorned by portraits of the Norwegian royal family, has seen a number of royals and other Norwegian personalities over the years. His Majesty King Harald V and Her Highness Princess Märtha Louise is an honorary member of DNK.

The monthly Friday Drinks take place in the Canning Bar on the ground floor, see Events.

DNK Board Members

Cecilia Luras

Cecilia has worked for more than 20 years in capital markets in London, Paris, and Bergen.  She holds a Master’s degree from the University of St Andrews and an undergraduate degree from the University of Durham. Whilst Cecilia grew up in and around Oslo, she has spent longer periods in Paris, Rome, London and Bohuslän in Sweden.  Cecilia currently lives and works in London. Outside of work, Cecilia’s interests include photography, contemporary art and travel.

Christian Hvamstad

For Christian, United Kingdom has had a significant role in both his studying life (MSc Finance, Surrey University and BA/BA Hons, University of Sunderland) and his working life. After 10 years of being at “home” in Oslo following his studies, he returned to London to continue his work in Private Banking. After getting married and having an awesome little son, he decided to change his career in 2017 to be working with early stage investments (venture) supporting great ideas from disrupting entrepreneurs. Outside of work Christian enjoys spending time with his family & friends, travelling, exploring art exhibitions, playing golf and trying a variety of other sports.

Hege Nordahl

Hege has worked for more than 16 years as a management consultant specialized on the oil and gas industry. She has led multiple strategic projects internationally and co-authored numerous reports on the challenges facing the oil and gas industry. Hege holds a BEng (hons) (siv ing) in Materials Engineering from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and an MBA from SDA Bocconi. Whilst a student, Hege was a board member for ANSA UK (93/94) and chair of ANSA Worldwide (1997-2000). In her spare time, Hege enjoys skiing, travelling, exploring the outdoors, training, reading and cooking.

Pauline Houpillart

Born from a Norwegian mother and a French father, Pauline grew up in Paris where she was involved in the organisation of many cultural and business events for the Norwegian community in Paris. Pauline is a graduate in Visual communication from the Académie Charpentier in Paris and she holds a Master’s degree in Brand development from Goldsmiths University, London. Pauline has worked for international branding agencies in advertsing & packaging and she is now the creative brand manager for a long established independent estate agency. Pauline enjoys reconnecting with her Norwegian roots in Tjøme

Irene Garland

Irene Garland grew up in Oslo, Norway, but moved to London when she married. She worked for the Norwegian Embassy for 18 years doing various jobs such as that of Education Officer, Cultural Officer and Information Officer. She has a degree in Social Science and taught an MA at the University of Surrey for 13 years and she still teaches at the University in Oslo in addition to running an education charity in London part time.She has travelled widely and is interested in history, the theatre and the arts in general.

Constanse Bowes-Lyon (nee Mjeldheim Sandal)

Constanse has spent the last ten years working and studying in London, New York, Bergen and Washington DC. For the last six years she has been working as a consultant for a leading energy and commodities search firm. She holds an MA in International Relations from King’s College London.  Outside of work, Constanse enjoys travelling, photography, hiking, architecture and sailing.

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