1. The Queen is our patron
In 1912 King George V and Queen Mary paid a private visit to our predecessor the Regent Street Polytechnic to see the new building at 309 Regent Street. After this visit they were so impressed with what they saw, that they assented to become patrons of the Polytechnic, and the patronage of the monarch has continued since then. Last year a team of Westminster students, alumni and staff were invited to The Patron’s Lunch to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday. The Mall outside Buckingham Palace was transformed for its largest ever street party to celebrate The Queen’s patronage of over 600 charities and organisations – including the University of Westminster, one of only 23 universities in her patronage. The Westminster team could wave and sing happy birthday to The Queen and saw a number of royal family members.
2. The University of Westminster has its own cinema (and it’s a special one)
In 2015 the University of Westminster reopened its newly restored Regent Street Cinema which is known as the birthplace of British Cinema. Built in 1848 in the heart of London’s West End, it is where the first ever screening of moving images took place to a paying British audience. In 1896, it showed the Lumière brothers’ Cinématographe, and as the curtain fell, British cinema was born. Regent Street Cinema is also the only UK cinema to show all moving image media from 16mm and 35mm to Super 8 film, to the latest in 4K digital film. Tickets are available for all Westminster student at a discounted rate.
3. Pink Floyd met here as our alumni and had their first rehearsals in our basement