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Birthday Picnic and Eurolympics

  • Aug 3, 2014 · 3:00 PM
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London European Club is four years old and growing from strength to strength. This picnic will be marking our birthday and all members are welcome! Instead of birthday presents we'd appreciate a voluntary donation to the European Club to cover the costs for organising the picnic.

If you want to attend please bring food and some drinks which we will share between us, just as we did last year. Please do not bring too much food and please clear the rubbish before you leave!!!!


Feeling competitive?!? You better be, because there are great awards waiting to be won. But before you win anything you have to run, scramble, hop and possibly even wrestle.  All in good fun and on a voluntary basis of course.

We will have:-

• sack (not sex) race
• egg & spoon race
• tug of war
• gender balanced three-legged race
• Mini-marathon
• 50m sprinter race
• Slow bike race (organized by Andy)
• Petanque competition (organized by Mehdi)
• and anything else we can think of, so bring frisbees, badminton rackets, balls, hula hoops...

Penny will organize:

• a stretching competition and 
 a Wheelers' race: one lap of nearby Lincoln Inn's field square (prizes are yoga, pilates and indoor cycling vouchers kindly offered by Cadence Cycling). 

You can race the Wheelers race on anything with wheels which doesn't have an engine, including your bike, a skateboard, a Boris bike, your rollerblades, sitting on your Samsonite suitcase (!), on a wheelbarrow (!!)....

A special prize will be assigned for racing on the most funny vehicle, so be creative!

The egg and spoon race is not as easy as you think so start practicing well before the picnic date.

We need strong men for the tug of war!

And strong (willed) women!

Practice to run as fast as you can and to jump as high as you can!

The gender balanced three legged race will bring you closer to your fellow Europeans.


Red Lion Square Gardens is an open Gardens situated on Red Lion Square.  There is a small cafe which is open 7 days per week.  There is nearby Conway Hall and a pub when nature calls.

Closest tube is Holborn, which is on the Central and Piccadilly Line.  Come out of Holborn tube station.  You will be on the junction of Kingsway/High Holborn.  Turn right into High Holborn, pass Krispy Kreme and when you come to a T-junction where a building spans across the road, cross High Holborn and walk under the building up Procter Street (Gym Box on the right).  You will come to a pub called The Square Pig and the Gardens are just across the road from the pub.  Walk from Holborn tube to the Gardens is about 2 minutes. We'll mark our picnic spot with some blue and yellow balloons, you can bring along some more if you want to.

This event is not limited in numbers and is a perfect opportunity to meet a lot of Europeans.

Don't forget to may just win a special prize!


Only RSVP YES if you are certain that you can come to this event. London European Club is run by dedicated volunteers, who aside from being gorgeous and very clever don't have time to waste with people who don't show up at events.  If you don't show up to three events that you have RSVPed to, you will be banned from the Club.  Changing your RSVP in the last 24 hours prior to the event is strongly discouraged and may result in an immediate ban.

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  • fg

    Good summertime fun in the park. Big thanks to the organisers that made it all happen once again! see you at the hike.

    August 4, 2014

  • Mehdi

    I had a lot of fun and it was great to catch-up with everyone and meet new people too!

    August 4, 2014

  • Tony


    August 4, 2014

  • Daniela

    hi guys was anybody going to participate on my wheelers race and stretching competition? I need to fly home as I lost my driving licence and need to renew it asap (as driving is part of my work!) so I was wondering if there is anybody who can stand in for me? maybe Andy for the bike race and Emmylou for stretching.. as I think Andy is an expert in bike (slow) race and Emmylou is last year's winner? I can send you the prizes via email (vouchers) .. i really need to fly home as my job is to organize cycling trips and I need my driving licence to drive a van for a trip in August so.. PLEASE PLEASE any standin for this last minute emergency..? if yes, pls send me an email.. x x THANKS SO MUCH

    August 2, 2014

    • Daniela

      thanks Emmylou! Who is the winner? Can email prize vouchers (and bike race winner too) x

      August 4, 2014

    • Emmylou

      My pleasure! I got the voucher you sent - thanks - and passed it on to the winner Evelina :)

      August 4, 2014

  • Santiago

    Thanks to all the organisers ... I'll carry on training my spitting skills for next year.

    August 4, 2014

  • Richard

    Great afternoon - thanks so much to the organisers.

    August 4, 2014

  • Maja

    Thank you all for coming to our birthday celebration. I look forward to more fun in the year ahead. Special thanks to all the organisees who made this event possible and to the photographer of the day.

    August 3, 2014

    • Henning

      Thanks for all :-)

      August 4, 2014

  • Ulli

    Thank you all so much for organising this, you are amazing! :)

    August 4, 2014

  • Dmitry

    Such a great day out, I didn't want to go home! Cheers to organisers and all who attended!

    August 3, 2014

  • Hortense J.

    I had a great time this afternoon. Met many new faces. Thanks for organizing Maja and all those who came up with games.

    August 3, 2014

  • Philip

    Great afternoon. Many thanks to the organisers for all the effort and energy expended to make this event such a success.

    1 · August 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed my first time in the group today as every one was warm and friendly

    Thank you

    August 3, 2014

  • Ulli

    I hope to be there by 5 the snacks I'll bring are in the oven :)

    August 3, 2014

  • Simon

    How late will this event be going to?

    August 3, 2014

    • Marion

      Not sure. Last year we headed off to the pub around 8 I think.

      August 3, 2014

  • Robert

    Yeay !! we can do weightlifting ! someone bring an Olympic bar & weights along ! :oD (at least 400K of disks)

    August 2, 2014

    • Robert

      Also a nice safe one is lifting a dumbel with one hand, a test of your gripping strength. if anyone can lift all the weight then we go for number of reps.. :oD

      August 2, 2014

    • leo

      i'd give it a go

      August 3, 2014

  • Marion

    Are there any amateur photographers coming who would be willing to take photos for our Facebook page? The organisers will be quite busy with arranging the games and won't have much time to do so. Thanks!

    1 · July 31, 2014

    • Arlene

      Hi Marion - I'll definitely have my camera clicking and as per Maja's description. Look forward to seeing most of the Macedonia crowd too! ;)

      1 · August 1, 2014

    • Harvey S.

      As a very passionate film maker I'll capture some of the lovely moments:-)

      1 · August 2, 2014

  • Monika P

    Happy birthday LEC! Wish I could be there to celebrate. But someone has to work and keep saving lives. Enjoy the day! :-)

    2 · August 2, 2014

  • Hortense J.

    OOOH look forward to seeing every one! My nephews are here from France. It will be fun for them

    July 29, 2014

  • Maja

    Children of all ages are welcome as long as they're accompanied by a parent.

    1 · July 27, 2014

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