Welcome to London – Metropolitan city and one of the financial hubs of the world
As you may know if you’ve been following my Facebook / Twitter, I’m currently in UK, London. For the past 2 months, I’ve been traveling around West Europe – From Holland (Noordwijk, Hoofddorp, Amsterdam, Den Haag, Gooi, Amstelveen), Germany (Bonn, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Einbeck, Berlin), France (Paris), Belgium (Brussels – quick drive through) and now finally London!
As I mentioned in 30BBM Day 12 update, London is a *huge* metropolitan – nice tall buildings, busy streets, multitude of cultures/races/nationality, never ending flow of people. Very much like Singapore/New York, but with an English twist! I absolutely love this place. It’s easily a place I can call home, to be honest.
My good friend Dennis, showing me around Central London. He has stayed here for over 15 years and knows the place like the back of his palm!
After several requests by EU readers to arrange for a meet-up, I’m finally writing a post to check if anyone will be interested in a UK meet-up!
At this moment, I have no idea how many readers we have in UK – I gather there is a sizable number based on ongoing feedback in Facebook and forums, but my sense is everyone is scattered across the country, so it may be hard to gather everyone together in a meet-up. My plan is to meet in London – specifically, Central London as it’s the most accessible spot for everyone. Date-wise – probably the upcoming weekend (either Aug 20 or Aug 21).
If you’re in UK, please let me know if you’d like to join in the meet-up in the comments! If you’d like to join but can’t due to some reason, please let me know as well – it’s good to know who we have here, as it’ll help with planning of future meet-ups (in UK). I’ll wait for responses in the next 48 hours and confirm whether it’s a go/no-go by Wed, Aug 17.
I’ll only be proceeding if there is enough response – e.g. at least 5; ideally 10 or so. If there are not enough responses, we’ll not go ahead with it.
So, post away!
Update Aug 16 ’11: The meet-up has been confirmed and it’ll be in Central London!
Originally I wasn’t sure if we’ll have enough participants to move ahead, especially since the Personal Excellence readers are scattered across the world, and I wasn’t sure about the readership base in UK (which while sizable, is still scattered across the country). To my pleasant surprise, we have quite a few sign-ups in past 2 days since the announcement was posted, so we’ll be proceeding with the meet-up this weekend!
Here are the details:
- Venue: Vita Organic Cafe – Vegan cafe that serves organic and raw food too (Website)
- Address: 74 Wardour street in the heart of vibrant and funky Soho, and near to Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square Underground Stations (Google Maps)
- Date: Aug 21, Sunday
2pm3pm* (Note that time has been changed to 3pm)
I’ve made the reservation of about 15 people under my name (Celestine Chua), so just let them know you’re there for me when you reach. I imagine I’d be there at around 2:50pm or so. We already have more than 10 people attending, but I don’t think it’s a problem as the cafe should be able to accommodate for more guests. I just hope that it won’t be too busy / noisy as it’ll be a Sunday afternoon in Central London!
There is no specific agenda for the meet-up, other than to get to know each other and connect with one another. I imagine we’ll be sitting in groups of 2-3 and talking to one another, then rotating so everyone gets to speak to one another. It’s very flexible, so don’t worry about having to conform to anything! The only thing you need to bring is lots of love and joy, so we have plenty to share around.
I think this meet-up is a great idea because not only does it let me acquaint with the readers here in UK, it also allows you to meet other fellow readers, who undoubtedly share similar values and passion for growth as you would! It’s a great way to expand your social network.
If you’d like to join in, please let me know via replying this blog post. I’d appreciate knowing who’s coming vs. having surprise visitors!
- Celes (me!)
- Hanna Sharpe
At mentioned above, we’re meeting at 3pm. I’m not sure how long we’ll be there for (maybe one to two hours or so?). It all depends on how everything goes and everyone’s agenda for the day. Please arrive on time (i.e. 3pm) – the earlier you come, the more time we have for each other!
Just in case you can’t find your way there, the number to reach the cafe is 02077348986.
See you guys this Sunday, Aug 21, 3pm! Look forward to meeting all of you very soon!
Update Aug 24, ’11: The meet-up is over and was a complete blast! Thanks to everyone who turned up! Read more: Personal Excellence London Meet-Up (Aug 21, 2011) – Pictures and Afterthought