In the summer of 2005, a group of us, all members of the Luxembourg Society, hatched a plan to meet once a month in a Central London pub. Nobody would have predicted that this arrangement would last as long as it has.
Our first pub night took place at the Lowlander Grand Café at 36 Drury Lane, in October 2005. This establishment serves traditional Belgian beers, and is very popular. And there was our problem: It was so crowded that we were unable to hold a sensible conversation all evening.
So we moved to the Penderel’s Oak in High Holborn, and continued doing so for eight long years. Numbers of guests would vary month by month, but even on those occasions when only a handful of people turned up, the evenings were very enjoyable. Our 100th pub night was held on 10th September 2013.
Then, a mere three months later, in December 2013, disaster struck…
One of our group – we won’t mention his name here to spare his blushes – got into an argument with the pub manager when he was overlooked waiting to be served at the bar, and he was promptly banned from the premises. In his defence, the whole affair was a bit of a misunderstanding. But the upshot of this debacle was that we had to find a new home in a hurry.
So at the start of 2014, we moved to the Liberty Bounds on Tower Hill, where we celebrated our 10th anniversary on 10th November 2015, and our 150th pub night on 13th February 2018. It continued to be our venue until the coronavirus outbreak in March 2020.
Let’s hope that life will get back to normal soon, and that we can resume our monthly gatherings. In the meantime, our subscribers will continue to receive our regular newsletters.