It had been a few months since the last London meet up back in November last year. So when Alison started talking about the launch of her next book (Successio) I wanted to make sure I was going to be free on a couple of the weekends for Philofaxy meet up events.
We started doing meet ups back in November 2010, I've lost count of the number I've attended of the years and in different countries.
If you have never attended a meet up yet, then you should add it to your list of things to do in the next 12 months. People are always friendly, although you might be meeting people for the first time or for the first time in over 6 months or more, it is just like meeting old friends. Their names will be familiar from comments on Philofaxy or you might have read their blog or watched them on You Tube, or any of the other numerous social media channels.
So on Saturday we all met up in central London at just after mid-day. It was dry and sunny and quite warm in the afternoon. As usual we did our usual introductions and then went in to the restaurant to occupy a table tucked away on the upper floor away from the crowded area of the restaurant.
Organisers came out and people started to share and compare their set-ups and diary layouts, there was a lot of 'organiser stroking' and 'leather sniffing' going on... now you know why we pick a remote area of the restaurant..... And of course lots of chattering and smiles and laughter.
After our meal we went shopping in John Lewis and Selfridges both stores had quite a reasonable collection of Filofax organisers and inserts. Selfridges also stock some of the up market brands too such as Aspinal of London.
By about 6pm we started to say our good byes and make our way home via our respective stations... and other stationery stores! It has been a great day.
Thank you for everyone who came along to support the event, it was great to meet you all.
Next week..... Glasgow!