What started in New York City, and spread across the U.S. has finally crossed the pond: Grouper Social Club is now live in London.
Why London for our first European outpost? Because of you! The young, hungry and time crunched. The famous nightlife, the London eye, the clean streets of Mayfair and the gritty alleys of Shoreditch.
We also know how hard it is to meet new people outside of work these days, and we’re really excited to help YOU, our members, make new friends, 3 at a time.
Last Wednesday, April 9th, we set sail back to the Elizabethan “offline” era to mark the occasion in the most symbolic of ways. Here’s a taste of our epic London Launch Party, brilliantly put together by the infamous party planners…
With famed creative events agency Bompas & Parr, we were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to “Drink Like Drake” aboard the Golden Hinde, the famous ship captained by Sir Francis Drake himself, which circled the globe twice during the 16th century.
Although its glory days are over, it now rests along the Thames River in London. We stepped into the famed adventurer’s shoes for the night and time travelled back to 1563.
Upon checking in, guests were given a scroll with their itinerary for the night.
After some drinks and chatting, guests formed into groups in true Grouper 3-on-3 style.
A mixologist shared the history behind the cocktail, which story has it, was invented by Sir Francis Drake. Because water harboured bacteria in the 1500s, most sailors drank alcohol, which they’d invigorate with spices from the ship’s cargo.
The mixologist taught guests how to concoct their own cocktails, before bottling it up to be judged at the end of the night.
Following the cocktail festivities, guests could explore the boat and stop by the fortune teller to see into their future.
Finally, it was time for a surprise…
… and in trotted a gorgeous white horse who stole the spotlight for the rest of the night!
In true Grouper style, our special London guests had the chance to do things a bit out of the ordinary and mingle with new people. A night that will live on in our history!
Just so you know, London isn’t going to be our last stop. We’ll be launching in other UK cities over the next few months so stay tuned for updates and more spectacular Grouper events!