I’m going to tell you about one of the best kept secrets to a full and fun social life. It’s so good, I don’t want to keep it to myself.
Everyone knows, the more experiences you have in life and the more time you spend with friends and family, the happier your life is. That’s the whole foundation of Life Loving, doing things that are fun and make you feel happy, with people you enjoy being around.
Enter Thinking Bob.
What’s Thinking Bob? I hear you ask. Thinking Bob is really hard to describe. It’s a bit like a social club, it’s more social than social media, it’s an events company, it’s a joining of like-minded individuals but at the same time, a joining of individuals who don’t have like-minds, but who have similar interests. Confused? Read on, you won’t be soon.
Thinking Bob describes its self as on-to-offline social networking service. They provide a calendar of events which allow people to connect and create friendships, based on their interests, not just jobs and locations. They currently runs events in London, but soon to be expanding to other locations.
Thinking Bob was started by Rebecca, fondly known to the members as Becks. She had lived in London for almost a year and found that expanding her social circle was a bit of a challenge, so she decided to set up a fun, informal way of people to meet. Since that initial idea, Thinking Bob has expanded substantially and now runs around 60 events a month.
I was invited along to come and try out one of their events. It was an apprentice-style treasure hunt around Brixton, London.
So we arrived and were greeted by our Host, Atif. He is a seasoned Thinking Bob member and as such had been asked to host the event. The appointed host is the contact on the day, they will be the person to contact should you be running late, get yourself lost or for anything else. They are the glue that sticks the event together. Atif introduced me to the other members who were taking part and when everyone was assembled, we were split into teams and given our list of items to acquire. The rules were simple. 'Lord Sweetener' gave us a budget of £15 Brixton Pounds and the team who came back with the most money won the challenge. There were penalties for any item not purchased and you could earn bonus money along the way.
So my team mates and I scoured our list and then set off in search of the items, starting out in Brixton’s market.
We had a number of challenging items to collect, including an Ugli fruit, which we must have asked for in every single fruit and veg stall, but to no avail. A doily, which I fashioned out of a paper bag using my handy pocket-knife scissors. Plus an item from Sierra Leone, which we fulfilled by finding a gem of a shop, specialising in Sierra Leone groceries, allowing us to pick up a stock cube for 20p.
I had a lot of fun with my team, although it was a bit chaotic at times. Us trying to find places that would take the Brixton Pound and the last minute dash to secure a Brixton brewed beer and a 90s CD (Aqua’s album for £1), the chaotic nature added to the fun.
At 4pm, we were asked to assemble at the finishing venue, where Phil, one of the co-founders from Thinking Bob HQ, judged our acquisitions and totted up the scores. He also offered us a glass of well-earned bubbly on arrival at the finishing point. It’s thirsty work running around London!
As the items were presented and discussed, the validity of some the more questionable interpretations were debated. Finally the announcement was made that our team had won by the narrow margin of just under £3. We received a very snazzy medal to commemorate our win. Although I can honestly say that the day wasn’t about winning (although it was nice to). It was about getting out and about, meeting new people and having fun.
The people I met that day at the Thinking Bob event were lovely, welcoming me in as if I were a new member. We all seemed to enjoy each other’s company so much, that when the event concluded, we all decided to go out for dinner together.
I love the idea of Thinking Bob and I think it’s a great way to get yourself out socialising, having fun and living life to the fullest, particularly if you find yourself in a new place where you don’t know many people yet. Even if you’ve lived in London for years, you can never have too many friends, especially if your current circle of friends never want to try anything new.
Thinking Bob host many different types of events, from art workshops, film nights, dinners, city breaks abroad, poker nights, visits to exhibitions and museums and so much more. I challenge you not to find an event that would appeal.
Membership is free for your first month and then it is just £9 per month after that. There are some small top up fees for their signature events, but usually these are just a few pounds, so still great value for money. You can find out more about Thinking Bob and what events they have on offer.
Disclosure: Thinking Bob invited me to come along to one of their events, but as always, my opinions are my own.
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