U30s Pimm’s in London

Pimms, sun and pedalo boats. Ann Bowen recalls the U30s weekend.

Rain may have stopped play on the balcony, but the U30s Pimm’s evening and weekend in London earlier this summer was still very much enjoyed by all. Following drinks in the Cumber Room members and their guests moved through to dinner, which was an interesting menu put together by the new chef. There were a number of both new and potential members present, who were all very warmly welcomed by existing U30s.

After supper everyone moved to the bar for drinks and a few members practiced their ballroom dancing in a side room. Dancing skills of a different sort were required as the majority took the short walk to the notorious local club Opal. For those educated at Cirencester the club brought back fond memories of our own special club, although sadly Opal lacked its pole and cage!

The fun continued on Saturday with a trip to the pedalo boats on the Serpentine. Amazingly, nobody fell in (or got pushed in), but a certain person’s boot did end up bobbing on the surface of the water after been captured by a pirate ship and thrown (in the general direction of its owner) by a certain member from the colonies. No harm was done to the boot and it was fished out and dried in the sun.

Saturday night saw a smaller group head to Brown’s restaurant via Simpson’s at the Savoy. After supper the hardiest of those left made their way to the Port House for cheese and port and some very amusing and competitive punning.

All in all, the weekend was, as one attendee put it: “A barrel of laughs.”

Anna Bowen
U30s member