Idea: 24/7/365 Intellectual Entertainment London Venue

When the inevitable text message exchange pop-ups on my phone on a Thursday afternoon and I juggle back and forth with friends, “any plans for tonight – where should we meet?”, I aim to suggest something different than simply “going out for a drink” but surfing through Time Out London, Londonist or one of the city guides for inspiration, I quickly become overwhelmed with too-much-choice anxiety.  I also conclude that although many of these options sound unique and quirky, the truth is I really don’t want to enroll in a glass-blowing workshop this weekend, nor visit the botanical gardens, neither am I in the mood to try a new Basque-Burmese pop-up fusion restaurant where the tapas are designed like tulips. What I think there is more of a need for in big, diverse cities like London and New York with deep, diverse and sophisticated demographics are more well-curated, late-night, social, intellectual entertainment events. An ideal formula I believe should have three ingredients: intellectual entertainment: a purpose to a gathering needs a back-drop, something that will stimulate thought and a conversation: like a short film, a performance, a guest speaker, journalist, an author, inspiring entrepreneur cool food & wine venue: the topic isn’t the only thing that creates an atmosphere and generic coffee and croissants of a static hotel bar won’t do.  But some simple, high-quality food and wine and good tunes will encourage a crowd to linger on, chat and feel like they’re having fun, not at a stuffy work conference. demographic: who is in the room is also a key-factor. A live audience and a smart crowd will enhance a Q&A session, offer...