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Wine Tasting and City Social – New Year Sparkling Wine

Wednesday January 9, 2019 at 18:00

Wine Tasting and City Social   New Year Sparkling WineMap and Directions

Join us for a fantastic evening tasting fine wines, and meeting fine people. You’ll enjoy an evening of socialising and an hour of interactive wine education.  We make learning about wine fun SOCIAL, entertaining, so expect a lot humour, fun facts, story telling and mixing with like minded people.

Theme: To be confirmed

Please note, this tasting starts at 7pm, however, you can arrive from 6pm to socialise. Easy to get to venue, one minute walk from the tube 🙂

Wine Tasting and City Social   New Year Sparkling Wine

Event Details:

Each month is a new learning theme…  Get a quick fix and learn a thing or two about wine with Tastour.

Around 40-50 wine lovers gather at this event – it’s more informal than a guided Tastour tasting and it’s just as much fun.

At this tasting you’ll learn the difference between the classic wine regions, plus a few fun nuggets to share at your next dinner party.

 

Cost of the wine tasting:

£15 for Non Members, £20 if not booked online 48 hours in advance

FREE for Bon Vivant Members, why not join today? Upgrade your membership for only £70 per year and enjoy up to 10 socialTASTING’s, and tickets to various tastings hosted by our partners such as Decanter for free. We also organise private dinner parties, discounted Michelin Starred dining, BYOB restaurants, theatre, secret super clubs and many more exclusive events, just for our Bon Vivant Members. For more information & and upgrade your membership visit: http://tastour.com/member-registration/

Or pay as you go as a Tastourian through this event invite.

If you would like to pre-pay and receive the advance price, the link above will redirect you to the Tastour website, where your money will be collected via paypal or credit card. It is quick and easy! If you have problems with paypal, please contact me.

What’s included:

You’ll enjoy a presentation on three to four fine wines, from different regions.  The wines will be of exceptional quality.  You will receive 125ml of wine.

The formal part of the guided tasting will last around onw hour with some socialising mixed in, however, many guest will continue to network throughout the evening.

You will leave this event, feeling well educated and hopefully a few new friends to explore London with.

Time: The doors open for check-in at 6:00 pm.  The  tasting starts at 7:00pm and ends at 8:30pm.  Our private area closes around 11pm

After the tasting: The food at the pub is really great. Your host will organise an optional delicious sharing dinner for everyone that is interested after the tasting; which includes steak, prawns and all sorts of yummy veggie treats too. The cost is £10 and is collected in cash on the night.

Wine Tasting and City Social   New Year Sparkling Wine

Venue:

The Walrus and The Carpenter takes its name from a poem by Lewis Carroll. The verse is recited by Tweedledum and Tweedledee in ‘Through The Looking Glass’. We stand in the shadow of history, in view of The Monument to commemorate the Great Fire of London. The column’s height marks the distance to the site of Thomas Farynor’s bakery in Pudding Lane where the fire began.

Nearest Tube:

Monument (1 Minute Walk)

Also nearby, Bank (Central & Northern Lines) Cannon Street, Fenchurch Street, Tower Hill), London Bridge

 

Attending on your own?  Don’t worry!!  Most attendees will be on their own and our events are designed to make you feel like your one of the regulars as soon as you arrive.

 

About the wines:

All of our wines are carefully selected to highlight the particular theme of the night.  They are usually between £10-30 retail, but can cost up to £100 per bottle.

 

About Tastour

Tastour, UK Wine Educator of the Year*, makes meeting people and learning about food and drink fun, easy and engaging. With a diverse range of events, priced from £5, there is really something for everyone – from epicurean tastings and exclusive dinners, recipe swaps and walking tours to day trips and social networking nights. Tastour has been paving the way for London foodies for 10 years and now has over 15,000 members.

Bring a date, your mates or come along on your own, we hope to see you at a Tastour soon!
To buy tickets or for more information about Tastour and our award-winning weekly epicurean events and private parties visit www.tastour.com or phone 07919053064

* Awarded by the International Wine Challenge 2010

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How to navigate a wine festival

Hello Tastourians!

We have two fabulous wine festivals coming up, Wines of Chile on 25th September and Decanter’s flagship event on 4th November. (click on the event to view on our social club, Meetup, or see below for free ticket offers/discounts

Blog post: How to navigate a wine festival

If you haven’t been to a wine festival, it’s quite hard to understand the value of them or how to navigate your way around the room. In this blog I would like to share with you some tips and tricks 

Pre-event

1. You don’t need any knowledge about wine to attend a wine festival. But having an understanding of what type of wines you like will help you discover more wines of a similar style.

2. These events are fantastic to do on your own

3. If you invite friends, have a meeting point for the end of the day as you may decide you have different taste or speeds of tasting

3. You need to make sure you eat well before attending and have a plan to eat afterward.

4. Buy your own spittoon, such as a flower vase if you know that you become tipsy after a few glasses. Yes I may look silly to you, but it’s less silly than not being able to stand up! or worse, using the communal spittoons and spraying on someone’s white trousers!

Okay so bring your own spittoon may not be a tip you use, hopefully some of the other info below will help you enjoy your next festival more!

How to navigate a wine festival

At the event

1. The tasting book – Plan your day

Each festival will have between 200-600 wines to try. At reception there is a book with all the wines listed per table. Depending on the festival the may be organised by region or style. At the festivals that Tastour promotes, such as Decanter or Wines of Chile, there is usually a host that will guide you around the tasting based on a theme.

Many people like to plan their day by marking which tables they would like to visit, other people prefer to wonder around the room and choose by looking at the labels. Either way, please do not feel that you need to write poetic notes in your book. A star or circle if you really like a wine is more than enough to jog your memory should you want to google it to find out where you can buy it.

One of my top tips is to make a note in your book as to what number table has sparkling wines (as that’s where most people choose to start) and the table numbers of the sweet wines (as that’s where most people finish)

Think about what your goals are. Would you like to try something new? Or perhaps understand how a grape you already know you love taste different depending on the region? or maybe you have no educational goal and you just want to try your favourites.

Maybe you see this as an opportunity to try wines you could never afford. Some of the wines retail at over £200 and you could easily try 10 wines that cost over £50 without even trying.  Most tasting booklets do not list the price of the wine. This is to deter people from only choosing the expensive wines, but you can often tell this by looking at the vintage or perhaps you may recognise some of the producers.

How to navigate a wine festival

2. Glassware

Outside of each tasting room is a glass station. Most tastings will have a rule that you are not allowed to walk between rooms with your glass. There is usually a staff member to remind you. You are welcomed to change your glass as many times as you like during the festival. I recommend changing your glass if you try a red wine or sweet wine, then would like to try a white or dry wine. There is also water on each of the tasting tables for you to rinse your glass.

How to navigate a wine festival

3. Bottomless wine for 3-6 hours

Yes, Bottomless Wine is probably the best way to describe a wine festival, although I’m sure the producers would like to feel that their is more artistic appreciation for whats on offer.

Each table will be hosted by the producer, wine maker, importer or the marketing agent. Some table host will pour very generous samples. I tend to ask for smaller samples as I prefer to try more wines. Never be embarrassed to pour out any wine that you do not want to drink. Or to share that you didn’t like that style. It may that your table host can recommend something you like even more.

Most table host have excellent wine knowledge and will speak good English and welcome any questions you may have. Don’t be afraid to ask, which grape is this? Do you age it in wood? What is the altitude? How much does it retail for? Do you sell this wine in the UK?

The tables may be busy, so don’t be afraid to push yourself into any open gaps at the front of the table, politely of course! You can ask the table host to recommend a wine in the style you like, ask him to only pour you wines over a certain age, or just try the whites. They may have a recommended order that your try the wines, but please don’t feel obliged to try the whole table. What wines you try is completely up to you!

If you can, try to It is best to try wines in the following order: Sparkling, White – Dry, White, Semi – Dry, Red, Sweet – White, Sweet – Red (and within each category, from light body to full body)

How to navigate a wine festival

4. Pace yourself and socialise. One of the best parts of a wine festival is that everyone there shares a common interest. If you ask anyone which wine they enjoyed the most you will be able to start a conversation with them. This not only makes it more fun, but it also helps slow down your alcohol consumption. Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day and if you feel heavily intoxicated, it’s okay not to stay to the finish.

 How to navigate a wine festival

5. The value

For me, the main value is the opportunity to try so many different wine styles under one roof. I love being able to compare different grapes and trying ones that I have never heard of. But that is super wine geeky! To put a monetary value on the tasting, if I was paying using a top up card for each sample poured from a restaurants enomatic wine dispenser, I estimate that I would spend between £300-500.

FREE TICKETS FOR MEMBERS & DISCOUNT CODES

How to navigate a wine festival

So how do you sign up/book your next wine festival?

Tastourians who do not pay a membership fee are usually offered a discount code. Our paid members are eligible to apply for free tickets to wine festivals.

If you upgrade your membership for only £70 per year and enjoy up to 10 socialTASTING’s, and tickets to various tastings hosted by our partners such as Decanter for free. We also organise private dinner parties, discounted Michelin Starred dining, BYOB restaurants, theatre, secret super clubs and many more exclusive events, just for our Bon Vivant Members. For more information & and upgrade your membership visit: http://tastour.com/member-registration/

We have two fabulous wine festivals coming up, Wines of Chile on 25th September and Decanter’s flagship event on 4th November. You don’t need to be a paid member to attend and we would love for you to join us. If you did want to join as a member and would like a free ticket, please join through the link above and email me on info@tastour.co.uk to be added to the list.

What our members say:

“A terrifc way to try wines you haven’t heard of of were too afraid to buy.  As the day progresses everyone gets (or seems) so much more friendly (especially those without a spitoon!): I am yet to leave a wine festival without new friends I have seen again – some inside the bottle and some out.  Top tip: don’t book an evening activity afterwards.” – Gary, a Bon Vivant member

SPECIAL TASTOUR OFFER FOR DECANTER’S FLAGSHIP EVENT
http://www.decanter.com/decanter-fine-wine-encounter/
The Decanter Fine Wine Encounter
Sunday 4 November 2018 – save 25%
11am – 5pm, Grand Tasting Tickets only £60 (instead of £80) use code TASTOUR at checkout 

Bottomless Dim Sum with the Tastour dining club

Monday September 10, 2018 at 18:45

Bottomless Dim Sum with the Tastour dining club  Map and Directions

Join the Tastour dining club for bottomless Dim Sum in Chinatown. You’ll meet like-minded people, enjoy an evening of laughter, good food and dim sum (pun intended)

Guest will be welcomed with a glass of chilled Prosecco and be showered with baskets of unlimited dim sum for 90 min for only £40 per person. Bon Vivant members save £5, join here

Service charge, non dim sum food ordered and additional drinks not included.

Sample menu: Steamed Dim Sum (Xiao Long Bao soup dumpling) Pork and crabmeat xiao long bao Spicy pork xiao long bao Pork xiao long bao Chicken xiao long bao Black truffle & pork xiao long bao Vegetarian xiao long bao Prawn dumplings Pork & vegetable dumplings Vegetarian dumplings Black truffle & seafood dumplings Seabass & fennel dumplings Pine nut & vegetable crystal bun Crystal prawn dumplings Crabmeat & vegetable dumplings Chicken & sweetcorn dumplings Chive & prawn dumplings Prawn & spinach dumplings Cantonese shrimp dumplings Won ton in spicy sauce (Pork & Prawn) Spicy duck dumplings Sichuan style pork buns Juicy barbecued pork buns Minced pork & crab roe siu-mai Glutinous rice with chicken & pork sausage wrapped in lotus leaf Phoenix claws in black bean sauce Spare ribs in black bean sauce Mushroom stuffed roll Grilled and Fried Dim Sum Pan-fried beancurd-skin rolls stuffed with shrimp Grilled buns filled with minced pork Classic shredded turnip puff Pan-fried turnip cake with pork Pan-fried chicken dumplings Grilled minced pork & vegetable buns Prawn rolls stuffed with minced garlic Shrimp puff Deep fried dough stick Cheung Fung -This is a long pancake shape rolled and wrapped. Served with soy. Fillet seabass cheung fun Prawn & coriander cheung fun Roast pork cheung fun Pork with preserved vegetable cheung fun Scallop & vegetable cheung fun Fried dough stick cheung fun -Congee are similar to rice soup. Oyster congee Pork & preserved egg congee Sweet potato congee

 

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Wines to Drink with Friends miniTASTING (Free for Bon Vivants)

Thursday February 8, 2018 at

Wines to Drink with Friends miniTASTING (Free for Bon Vivants)

Join us for a fantastic evening tasting fine wines, and meeting fine people. You’ll enjoy an evening of socialising and an hour of interactive wine education.  We make learning about wine fun SOCIAL, entertaining, so expect a lot humour, fun facts, story telling and mixing with like minded people.

Theme: Wines to drink with Friends

Please note, this tasting starts at 7pm, however, you can arrive from 6pm to socialise. Easy to get to venue, one minute walk from the tube 🙂

Wines to Drink with Friends miniTASTING (Free for Bon Vivants)

Event Details:

Each month is a new learning theme…  Get a quick fix and learn a thing or two about wine with Tastour.

Around 40-50 wine lovers gather at this event – it’s more informal than a guided Tastour tasting and it’s just as much fun.

At this tasting you’ll learn the difference between the classic wine regions, plus a few fun nuggets to share at your next dinner party.

 

Cost of the wine tasting:

£15 for Non Members, £20 if not booked online 48 hours in advance

FREE for Bon Vivant Members, why not join today? Upgrade your membership for only £70 per year and enjoy up to 10 socialTASTING’s, and tickets to various tastings hosted by our partners such as Decanter for free. We also organise private dinner parties, discounted Michelin Starred dining, BYOB restaurants, theatre, secret super clubs and many more exclusive events, just for our Bon Vivant Members. For more information & and upgrade your membership visit: http://tastour.com/member-registration/

Or pay as you go as a Tastourian through this event invite.

If you would like to pre-pay and receive the advance price, the link above will redirect you to the Tastour website, where your money will be collected via paypal or credit card. It is quick and easy! If you have problems with paypal, please contact me.

What’s included:

You’ll enjoy a presentation on three to four fine wines, from different regions.  The wines will be of exceptional quality.  You will receive 125ml of wine.

The formal part of the guided tasting will last around onw hour with some socialising mixed in, however, many guest will continue to network throughout the evening.

You will leave this event, feeling well educated and hopefully a few new friends to explore London with.

Time: The doors open for check-in at 6:00 pm.  The  tasting starts at 7:00pm and ends at 8:30pm.  Our private area closes around 11pm

After the tasting: The food at the pub is really great. Your host will organise an optional delicious sharing dinner for everyone that is interested after the tasting; which includes steak, prawns and all sorts of yummy veggie treats too. The cost is £10 and is collected in cash on the night.

Wines to Drink with Friends miniTASTING (Free for Bon Vivants)

Venue:

The Walrus and The Carpenter takes its name from a poem by Lewis Carroll. The verse is recited by Tweedledum and Tweedledee in ‘Through The Looking Glass’. We stand in the shadow of history, in view of The Monument to commemorate the Great Fire of London. The column’s height marks the distance to the site of Thomas Farynor’s bakery in Pudding Lane where the fire began.

Nearest Tube:

Monument (1 Minute Walk)

Also nearby, Bank (Central & Northern Lines) Cannon Street, Fenchurch Street, Tower Hill), London Bridge

 

Attending on your own?  Don’t worry!!  Most attendees will be on their own and our events are designed to make you feel like your one of the regulars as soon as you arrive.

 

About the wines:

All of our wines are carefully selected to highlight the particular theme of the night.  They are usually between £10-30 retail, but can cost up to £100 per bottle.

 

About Tastour

Tastour, UK Wine Educator of the Year*, makes meeting people and learning about food and drink fun, easy and engaging. With a diverse range of events, priced from £5, there is really something for everyone – from epicurean tastings and exclusive dinners, recipe swaps and walking tours to day trips and social networking nights.

Bring a date, your mates or come along on your own, we hope to see you at a Tastour soon!
To buy tickets or for more information about Tastour and our award-winning weekly epicurean events and private parties visit www.tastour.com or phone 07919053064

* Awarded by the International Wine Challenge 2010

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Burns Night: Whisky, Haggis and Poetry (1 min from Monument)

Thursday January 25, 2018 at 18:45

Burns Night: Whisky, Haggis and Poetry (1 min from Monument)Map and Directions

Join us for a fantastic evening tasting fine whisky’s, reading poetry and learning about this historical event. You’ll enjoy an evening of socialising and an hour of interactive education.  We make learning about food and drink fun SOCIAL, & entertaining, so expect a lot humour, fun facts, story telling and laughter with like minded people.

Please note, the tasting starts at 7, however, you can arrive from 6 to enjoy a drink, social & bite to eat before. Please try to arrive before 6:45. Thank you

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR TICKET

Burns Night: Whisky, Haggis and Poetry (1 min from Monument)

 

Event Details:

Around 40-50 food and drink lovers gather at this event – it’s more informal than a guided Tastour tasting and it’s just as much fun.

Cost of the  tasting:

£20 for Non Members & Guest, £25 if not booked onlined 48 hrs in advance

FREE for Bon Vivant Members, why not join today? Membership is £70 per year and includes 10 socialTASTING’s, and tickets to various tastings hosted by our partners such as Decanter. For more information visit: http://tastour.com/member-registration/

If you would like to pre-pay and receive the advance price, the link above will redirect you to the Tastour website, where your money will be collected via paypal or credit card. It is quick and easy! If you have problems with paypal, please contact me.

What’s included:

You’ll enjoy a presentation on three fine whisky’s, from different regions as well as the cutting of the Haggis.

The formal part of the guided tasting will last around an hour with some socialising mixed in.

You will leave this event, feeling well educated and hopefully a few new friends to explore London with.

Time: The doors open for check-in at 6:00 pm.  The  tasting starts at 7:00pm and ends by 8:30pm.

However, most people stay on for a bit of social and drink after the tasting.

Venue:

The Walrus and The Carpenter takes its name from a poem by Lewis Carroll. The verse is recited by Tweedledum and Tweedledee in ‘Through The Looking Glass’. We stand in the shadow of history, in view of The Monument to commemorate the Great Fire of London. The column’s height marks the distance to the site of Thomas Farynor’s bakery in Pudding Lane where the fire began.

Nearest Tube:

Monument (1 Minute Walk)

Also nearby, Bank (Central & Northern Lines) Cannon Street, Fenchurch Street, Tower Hill, London Bridge)

Attending on your own?  Don’t worry!!  Most attendees will be on their own and our events are designed to make you feel like your one of the regulars as soon as you arrive.

Refunds

Unfortunately due to the low cost of this event, and planning required to purchase food and drink, we are unable to offer refunds, however, your ticket is transferable to a friend.

About Tastour

Tastour, UK Wine Educator of the Year*, makes meeting people and learning about food and drink fun, easy and engaging. With a diverse range of events, priced from £5, there is really something for everyone – from epicurean tastings and exclusive dinners, recipe swaps and walking tours to day trips and social networking nights. Our signature speedTASTING events, filled with one-liners and quirky facts, are all served alongside quality food and drink. Bring a date, your mates or come along on your own, we hope to see you at a Tastour soon!
To buy www.tastour.com or phone 07919053064
* Awarded by the International Wine Challenge 2010

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The New Douro – Wine Festival with DJ's at Soho's Vinyl Record shop -6 FREE TIXS

Monday November 6, 2017 at 17:00

The New Douro   Wine Festival with DJ's at Soho's Vinyl Record shop  6 FREE TIXSMap and Directions

Love good music and fine wine? Join us at this hip venue in Soho to taste and enjoy the art of this undiscovered region. We have 6 free tickets for Bon Vivant members (please see details below)

This event starts at 5pm, however you can arrive anytime before the end at 9pm

Or buy your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.de/e/the-new-douro-2017-tickets-37595399853

The New Douro   Wine Festival with DJ's at Soho's Vinyl Record shop  6 FREE TIXS

 

WHAT IS THE NEW DOURO?
Expect a tasting show with the best producers and young creatives from Oporto and of the vibrant Douro valley.
A tribute to the blossoming Portuguese wine and culinary scene.

CONCEPT Tasting fine wines from 24 of the Douro’s most exciting wineries, offering over 130 white, red and Port winesPortuguese tapas (Petiscos)Experiencing Portuguese design and crafts DJs playing from Fado to Bossa NovaInsider travel information and tips for Oporto and the Douro valley

THE MOST EXCITING PRODUCERS FROM THE DOURO VALLEY

Casa Ferreirinha (Sogrape Vinhos) / Chryseia (Quinta de Roriz- Prats & Symington) / Duas Quintas (Ramos Pinto – Port & Douro Wine) / Duorum / Niepoort / Nova Quinta do Sagrado / Poeira / Quinta da Boavista& Quinta das Tecedeiras / Quinta da Gaivosa(Alves de Sousa) / Quinta de São José / Quinta do Crasto / Quinta do Passadouro / Quinta do Pessegueiro / Quinta do Vallado / Esporão Quinta dos Murcas / Quinta Nova / Quinta Vale D. Maria / Quinta do Vale Meão / Real Companhia Velha, Porto / Sogevinus / Symington Family Estates / Vertice / Wine & Soul

THE VENUE
The Vinyl Factory Soho
at Phonica Records,
51 Poland St, London W1F 7LZ
Underground: Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus

THE DATE
Monday, 6th of November
5 pm till 9 pm

AN INVITATION TO ENJOY DOURO FINE WINES, PORTUGUESE FOOD, DESIGN AND TRAVEL?
YES, we want you to venture along the ‘Douro river’ to sample a variety of more than 130 fine wines (including Ports), Portuguese tapas and food artisans, designers displaying their contemporary Portuguese artwork and DJs playing the sound of wine.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN MY £30 TICKET?

Entry to the event

Unlimited sampling of the wines of 25 exciting wine producers from the Douro, offering a total of over 130 white, red and Port winesFree tasting of fabulous extra virgin olive oils from the Douro regionPortuguese Petiscos (small tapas)Learning more about the travel destinations of the Douro valley and Oporto

GROUP TICKET:
Group ticket for £110: * Get 4 tickets and save £10!

Free tickets:

I have 6 free tickets available to yearly Bon Vivants members.  Bon Vivants pay £70 per year and attend out monthly wine tasting for free, as well as special tickets such as this.

For more information on joining please visit http://tastour.com/member-registration/

Terms and conditions of free tickets:  New joins, those that have never received a free ticket and who have been unable to use their membership may be granted priority. Ticket allocations will be announced on 3rd November.

To register in the draw for a free ticket please post a comment on this meetup invite.

Or buy your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.de/e/the-new-douro-2017-tickets-37595399853

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Social: Cocktails at Mahiki Night Club

Friday April 21, 2017 at 18:30

Social: Cocktails at Mahiki Night ClubMap and Directions

Our monthly social always bring together a great group of people to share an evening of drinks, laughs, friendship and dancing. Join us at the world famous Mahiki Bar and sample a taste of their iconic treasure chest.

Nestled within Mayfair, close to Green Park station, Mahiki is the ultimate party destination. With its Tiki decor, delicious fresh fruit cocktails and tropical flowers adoring every Honolulu Honey’s hair, this will be a unique London experience and I hope you will join us!

This is an event open to all ages.

Most will be 30-50.

We are expecting 40+ people.

Gender is usually split 50:50

Location: Mahiki Night Club, 1 Dover Street

Time:

Low music for meeting, greeting & interesting conversation from 6:30-9.30pm.

Please aim to arrive as close to 6:30

Light nibbles will be served at 7:30

The event is advertised to finish at 10pm but our pre-party is designed so that guests can stay on and enjoy the after party together from 10pm to 3am. The party doesn’t stop until last call!

Cost:

£20 in advance, £25 on the door.

Bon Vivant members and guest free

Whats included:

Access: Entry to private party at Mahiki. Plus Mahiki club entry afterwards (usually £20)

Drink: A share of a famous Mahiki Treasure Chest between 12. Delicious cocktail served with lots for flare and fun in a real treasure chest. (usually £140 per chest)

Nibbles: Light nibbles will be served at 7.30pm

Bonus: 50% off drinks until 9pm

Social: Cocktails at Mahiki Night Club

Getting here: The nearest tube station is Greenpark.

 

Please note: This is not a hook up event. We encourage females to talk to other females, and males to talk to males. This event is a focused on friendship & is very relaxed without any pressure to meet others or forced introductions.

Please feel comfortable coming on your own. I’m happy to chat with you and give you some pointers on meeting new people if this is something new for you. I’m also very good at making introductions for those that need them.

 

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