On the 19th May 1938 a prominent group of businessmen, with interests in Portugal and Portuguese Africa, hosted a dinner in honour for the recently appointed Portuguese Ambassador, Dr. Armindo Monteiro, at the Dorchester Hotel. This dinner was attended by over 300 people, and it was agreed that something more tangible should be established to reflect the unique relationship in between Britain and Portugal. Thus, on 20th July 1938, with the help of a generous grant from the Government of Portugal, the Anglo-Portuguese Society was formally constituted as a charitable body at the Casa de Portugal in Lower Regent Street, London. Dr Armindo Monteiro agreed to be its first President, and since then every Portuguese Ambassador to London has been invited to be the President of the Society.
In 2008 Carol Mason (Rankin) researched and wrote the booklet entitled "70 Years of History (1938 - 2008)". To access the reprinted version click below: