An enjoyable evening with an ex-colleague (straight female). We met outside the Thistle Hotel at Charing Cross. I’d wanted to take her to Gordon’s – the oldest wine bar in London and an old favourite – but a seat couldn’t be had for love nor money.
So we left and looked for somewhere else. London is alive with revellers at this time of year so everywhere was packed.
We ended up at Retro Bar, a gay bar on a quiet street not far from Embankment (tube) and Charing X (overground). I’m not a big purveyor of the gay bar experience but it’s really chilled out and down to earth and we had a good evening catching up on the latest. I like the atmosphere of gay bars. Very non-threatening, blissfully devoid of the braying and quite ultra tedious ‘after work’ types (granted, I probably fall into that latter category, but even so). Just seems much more relaxed and mercifully free of the Waynes and Waynettas you inevitably find in the Weatherspoons, Pitcher & Pianos, All Bar Ones, Slug & Lettuces, etc.
The last time S saw me I was really in the doldrums telling her how singularly awful my job was. Which it was. Since then I’ve quit that job and started at the new place at which – six weeks in – I’m happy. So it’s all good.
Yesterday we had a departmental lunch here which was lovely (I had steak). Not cheap, though on the company so price hardly relevant. A two hour lunch followed by a two hour meeting (same team) made for an eventful afternoon!
I like this time of year in London.