MEETinLONDON will lose two great members before 2008 comes to an end. Michelle, our Queen, CEO, and President of MiL (hmmm...can't recall her official title) will return to the land Down Under. Silvia, another great woman and trusted member, will travel the other direction. She will move across the pond to Boston, Massachusetts for a new life in a new country led by a new president. So before either one leaves our fair city for a new chapter in their respective lives, it is only fitting that we LONDONers gather, cheer, toast, and roast these two fellow MEETin-ers.
New members are welcome, too! When I first came to the UK I didn't know anybody and MEETin helped me to make friends. I met Michelle and Silvia at different events and became friends with both of them within just a few months of moving here. Admittedly, I am very sad to see them go, but the unselfish part of me is happy for them. If you're a new member, maybe you, too, will meet a future friend if you attend this event. You won't know unless you join us!
The venue is The Player in Soho. Their website has this description:
"Dick Bradsell opened The Player in September 1998 and made it into an instant classic. For a while it was the only place in the West End that made a decent drink if you were tired of getting past that idiot on the door at The Atlantic.
With its late lounge, below-ground atmosphere and brilliant drinks, The Player soon became the hidden gem of London's rediscovered cocktail culture and a favourite of the local music, film and fashion crowd. It was always good for an early evening livener or late night reviver. Dick held court for a year or so but after almost three years of ups, downs and turnarounds, the doors finally closed in June 2001. Gone for good - our favourite little lounge bar in Soho. One of the originators, a place where great drinks were invented, woman arrested, morals affronted, romances started and marriages ended. We had to do something. So, after three months and a little refurbishment (don't fix what ain't broke), we reopened the joint in October 2001 and now, with some serious help from the King of Cocktails, Mr Dale DeGroff, we have great pleasure in welcoming you to The Player."
I have made reservations for us.