What we're about

This is a group for people who would like to explore art & music, theatre & museums and attend talks and lectures in the city of London. There are a huge number of these in this city at any given time and we ought to make it out to see, hear and experience them. It is particularly nice to do all these things in a large group so that we could identify other like minded people while also being able to discuss our experiences after our meetups.

We will visit these venues every week and after the visits meet at a cafe or bar for some refreshments or a meal where we can chat and discuss.

Upcoming events (5+)

18 to 39 - Speed friending! No pressure way to make friends! Over 30 expected

Please join us as we help you make new friendships with both ladies and gentlemen without any of the pressure, shyness and nervousness normally associated with meeting new people. This is for ladies and gentlemen between the ages of 18 to 39. (It is fine if you are a few years either side of these parameters) For our last Speed Friending social we had over 20 members present and this time we expect over 30! Please click on the link below to purchase your tickets in advance: Fatsoma: http://fatso.ma/HTHd OR Eventbrite: https://18to39speedhimani.eventbrite.co.uk Please be aware that this meetup has an event fee. It costs you less to attend if you purchase your tickets early. Tickets start at £5 and increase to £10. If you prefer not to buy advance tickets then you can pay £15 cash when you attend. WHY SPEED FRIENDING? In our speed friending, we arrange for you to meet and chat with each other. This gives you an easy and convenient way to meet new people in a way that completely dissolves barriers. This is NOT speed dating and so you will be meeting both ladies and gentlemen in mixed groups. The intent is to create friendships. One of the greatest benefits is that this tears down the walls of shyness. Many people have deep-seated anxiety when it comes to talking to people they don’t know. But when you push outside your comfort zones, this speedy connection opens up the door to allow you to easily communicate and work together with other members of the group. Speed friending allows you to identify other people with common interests. The conversations that take place don’t have to be deep, profound or even scripted; simply discussing likes and dislikes may lead to future friendships. Often, people want to make new friends, but they aren’t quite sure how to go about it. With speed friending, you can start pursuing that goal without appearing socially awkward or desperate. Speed friending is the easiest and most effective way to build connections and relationships in a short amount of time. Here’s how it will be set-up: 1) Half of the group (mixed gender) will be in a fixed place and the other half of the group (mixed gender) will rotate. During these intervals, each pair of people will get the opportunity to talk to each other. 2) Himani will be hosting the evening and she will organize the speed friending. She will indicate when you should move to the next person. 3) We will meet from 6.00pm onwards. You should get yourself a drink and also any food before 7.00pm. 4) The Speed friending part will start exactly at 7.00 pm onwards and continue till about 9pm, so please try and be there on time. If you are late then you can join the speed networking midway. 5) Our function room is booked for Himani /Meetup. The Jewel Bar has 3 or 4 function rooms over 3 floors. Please be sure to read the events board to know which room is ours on the day. You can also ask the security guard on the ground floor. 6) Please be aware that over 85% of attendees are attending for the first time and over 95% of attendees come alone. You will not be alone. Himani will welcome you and help you get comfortable. Have a look at photos from our recent meetups and see what you have been missing! http://bit.ly/MeetupPictures -------------------- Event Cost: Early Bird tickets - £5 each (plus charges) Regular tickets - £10 each (plus charges) If you do not purchase your tickets in advance then you can pay £15 cash at the meetup to Himani. Please click on the link below to purchase your tickets in advance: Fatsoma: http://fatso.ma/HTHd OR Eventbrite: https://18to39speedhimani.eventbrite.co.uk -------------------------- This meetup is organized with www.connectwithlocals.com Please watch the video below to see why you should attend our meetups. http://bit.ly/whyattendoursocials

" Meeting people the modern way” by Dr. Kathrine Bejanyan

Please come and join us while we host another spectacular speaker evening. "Meeting people the modern way” by Dr. Kathrine Bejanyan Have you gone on more dinners with someone you meet for the first time than you can count but are left feeling even more discouraged about finding the right person and creating a meaningful relationship? Is meeting more people in hopes that the right person will eventually come along the only solution? The rules of Meeting people the modern way and hook-up culture are vastly different than just a decade ago. It can be a struggle to keep up with the ever-changing do’s and don’ts of meeting people and relationships, while new and trendy apps keep increasing your number of potential relationships. But instead of rejoicing, most find themselves discouraged by the sheer volume of people available to them online. When did choice become such a problem and starting relationships feel like a job? We have become conditioned to go on lots and lots of dinners with lots and lots of people, but in the process, we often start to lose the site of individual worth and relationship values. Without a more deliberate approach to your love life, the modern ways of meeting people can eventually become brutal, turning you into a pessimistic cynic from a hopeless romantic, after you’ve been playing for a while. In this talk, we will discuss the issues many faces with our modern ways of culture, how to meet and approach in a manner that is more effective from the perspective of building a meaningful relationship and what to do to give your relationship the best possible outcome. --------------------- Our speaker: Dr. Kathrine Bejanyan Dr. Kathrine Bejanyan is a practising therapist and relationship consultant in Central London. She works with individuals and couples on relationships and focuses on building deeper intimacy, connection and authenticity in relationships. Outside of her private practice, Kathrine also does consulting work and has taught university courses on social and cultural psychology. She holds a PhD in Social Psychology and a Master’s in Counselling Psychology. She is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy with a license as a Marriage Family Therapist from the United States. Her PhD research focused on romantic relationships cross-culturally where she studied love, mate selection and anticipated difficulties in marital life in the East and West. PLEASE CLICK LINK BELOW FOR TICKETS Eventbrite: https://incisivetalkkatherine.eventbrite.co.uk OR Fatsoma: http://fatso.ma/HTQC --------------------------- Programme: 6.30 pm to 7.30pm - Arrival and settle down 7.30 to 8.00pm - Speaker session 8.00 to 8.15pm - Comfort break 8.15 to 9.00pm - Speaker session and Q&A 9.00 to 10.00pm - Networking/Social with attendees ---------------------------- Venue: The second floor Parlour Room of the Jewel Piccadilly Bar. Please arrive in good time. Ideally please get yourself a drink and buy any food before you come to the second floor. ----------------------------- We have only 30 tickets available TICKETS IN ADVANCE - £10 Early Bird - £15 Regular tickets PLEASE CLICK LINK BELOW FOR TICKETS Eventbrite: https://incisivetalkkatherine.eventbrite.co.uk OR Fatsoma: http://fatso.ma/HTQC Tickets at the door/at the event: £20 in cash to be paid to Himani ----------------------------- - All members come to learn more about a subject that interests them and learnings which they can apply to their lives - Please be aware that this talk is announced on a wide range of meetup groups and platforms and so there will be a large group of people attending. Please do not rely on the RSVPs on this group to judge how many people will attend. -------------------------- This meetup is organised with www.connectwithlocals.com. Please watch the video below to see why you should attend our meetups. http://bit.ly/whyattendoursocials

Meet new friends with a Graduate Degree! (21 - 35) (FREE DRINK/HOSTED)

BY POPULAR DEMAND we are hosting this meetup for members between the ages of 21 and 35 who have a Graduate Degree (or higher). Our members tell us that those who are educated to a similar level are likely to be much more like-minded and have similar aspirations and objectives in life. We intend to bring together such like-minded ladies and gentlemen with degrees who can talk about similar things and make like-minded new friends. Our last Graduate Degree social we had over 50 members present, this time won't be any different! Book your cheaper advance ticket now:- Eventbrite: https://graduate21to35carla.eventbrite.co.uk OR Fatsoma: http://fatso.ma/HTHC You will be welcomed into the group by Carla and will be able to meet and interact with other single ladies and gentlemen in a safe and comfortable environment. We are organising our event at Kitty Hawk Bar & Restaurant which is quiet and cozy and provides for a fabulous venue to meet people and socialise with new friends. First 40 members to arrive will get a FREE drink, so please come as close to start time as possible. You have absolutely no excuse not to come out and make new friends in your age group! No more nervousness, no awkward silences, no fiddling with phone or staring into glasses. You will find your self saying more hellos, shaking more hands and making more friends. Please come early as it is far easier to meet new people then. Please request Carla for help with introductions. Have a look at photos from our recent meetups and see what you have been missing! http://bit.ly/MeetupPictures Some important points: - We will start at 6:00 pm. - We have our area booked for Carla/ Meetup. Please ask the bar staff for our area and they will help you find us. - Carla is hosting the event. She will welcome you warmly at the venue and will also give you a group wristband. Please wear this wristband as it will help other members identify you as a group member and you will be able to identify others. All you have to do is say hello to anyone else wearing the wristband as they are all our members and there to attend our meetup and make new friends. - Please be aware that about 95% of those who attend come alone and about 75% are attending for the first time. You will not be alone. We know how you may feel and so Carla will take care of you. - We have 18 meetup groups in London with over 117,000 members and we will be inviting members between the ages of 21 to 35 from most of these groups. You will meet a lot of new people. (Members of other groups who RSVP are included as guests of the organiser in order to give you an idea of expected numbers.) - Everyone attends these events to meet other members and so there is no reason to be shy or bashful. Also be aware that most people come alone. Carla is there to look after you and make you comfortable. ------------------------------ EVENT COST: Early Bird tickets are only £5 each Regular tickets are only £10 each If you have not purchased your ticket in advance then you can pay £15 cash per person to Carla when you attend. Book your cheaper advance ticket now:- Eventbrite: https://graduate21to35.eventbrite.co.uk OR Fatsoma: http://fatso.ma/Hqgz - Dress code: This is a laid back venue so dress comfortably - you can dress up or dress down - smart casual or jeans and a tee. - ID : Please be sure to carry Government issued ID to prove your age is over 18. - Guests are very welcome. Please sign them up as your pluses -------------------------- This meetup is organised with www.connectwithlocals.com. Please watch the video below to see why you should attend our meetups. http://bit.ly/whyattendoursocials

11-Day Adventure to Quito & The Galapagos Islands - 29th March 2019

Explore Ecuador's Galapagos Islands with us! Legion: B:Breakfast L:Lunch D:Dinner 29th March 2019 - Day 1 – Arrive Quito (D) Upon arrival, hotel transfer. A welcome dinner will be arranged for your first night. Overnight in Quito. Day 2 – A city tour of Quito. Overnight in Quito. Day 3 – Quito / Isla Santa Cruz (B,L) Early morning flight to Island of Santa Cruz. Hotel transfer for check-in and go to Charles Darwin Research Centre to learn about conservation. See Galapagos tortoises here. Overnight in Isla Santa Cruz. Day 4 – Isla Santa Cruz (B,L) Visit higher part of the island to see giant tortoises and amazing lava tunnels! Go for a kayaking excursion down Itabaca Canal, followed by snorkelling. Overnight in Isla Santa Cruz. Day 5 – Isla Santa Cruz / Isla Floreana (B,D) After breakfast free time to explore. Take speedboat to Isla Floreana. Check-in and go for snorkelling excursion at Black Beach. Overnight at a community guesthouse on Isla Floreana. Day 6 – Isla Floreana (B,L,D) After breakfast, return to Black Beach for snorkelling or swimming. Please be sure you are a confident swimmer. The rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight on Isla Floreana. Day 7 – Isla Floreana / Isla Isabela (B,L) Speed boat to Isabela Island and enjoy kayaking near Tintoreras to observe whitetip reef sharks. Go snorkelling in the area. Overnight on Isla Isabela. Day 8 – Isla Isabela (B,L) See Sierra Negra Volcano. Weather permitting, take a hike up the rocky mountain. You’ll head back downhill on bikes. Visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre. Overnight in Isla Isabela. Day 9 – Isla Isabela / Isla Santa Cruz (B) Day spent at your leisure. We’ll head back to Santa Cruz and explore Puerto Ayuda. Overnight in Santa Cruz. Day 10 – Isla Santa Cruz / Quito (B) After breakfast, head to the Baltra and fly back to Quito (approx. 3 hours). Hotel check-in. A group dinner will be arranged for your final night in Ecuador. 8th April 2019 - Day 11 – Depart Quito (B) Transfer back to the airport for international flights home. INCLUSIONS:- - Sharing a twin room at 3-star hotels and guesthouses (single supplement £459) - Transportation throughout (including airport transfers if travelling on suggested flights) - Quito City tour - All excursions mentioned in the itinerary - 2 Internal flights - Meal as mentioned (B,L,D) EXCLUSIONS:- - International flights - All other meals & drinks - Tips - USD$100 per person Galapagos Islands Park Entry Fee (payable at the airport upon arrival to the park – must be paid in cash – funds go towards park maintenance, ecological study) - USD$20 per person Transit Control Card (payable at the airport in Quito before boarding domestic flight) TOUR COST: £[masked]. Includes 2x internal flights. Please get in touch for help with flight bookings. Tours without flights are TTA bonded. DEPOSIT: To secure your place on the trip, you will have to pay a non-refundable deposit of £300.00 via bank transfer, Paypal or Credit Card. **Kindly RSVP if interested to join this tour. We will send you a link to make the deposit. If we don’t receive your deposit within 3 days of RSVP, your RSVP will be changed to "not going" and your space will be released.** By paying a deposit you will agree to the following cancellation policies: http://bit.ly/BookingandCancellationPolicy Visas are not required for British passport holders, if you hold an alternative passport get in touch. Please ensure you have 6 months validity on your passport and at least 2 blank pages. Please note that the check-in time is 14.00 typical at most hotels. If you are arriving early, please let us know if you would like the room to be booked from the night before (for an additional cost). **There will be a lot of physical activities so you’ll need to be relatively fit to make the most of it.** It may sometimes be necessary to make small, last-minute changes to our itineraries or hotels for reasons beyond our control. We will update you.

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