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What People Think About Village Drinks

What People Think About Village Drinks

So, you've heard about us. But what do our guests and members think?

Feel free to send us any feedback on how to do things better. We like to be kept on our toes!

James Caan

"Village Drinks is an organisation driven with such passion, conviction and motivation, that I'm delighted to be involved in its success and the success of its members by sharing with them later this year my experiences in the world of business."

James Caan, Entrepreneur and Dragons Den panellist


"Barclays are delighted to support the Village Drinks summer event and I am pleased that colleagues from across the Barclays group will be attending. social networking events such as this provide a valuable opportunity to connect like minded individuals, unite communities, break down stereotypes and promote better understanding of the issues that face gay people in modern professional life"

Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe, Head of Diversity, Barclays

Nick Boles

"A world of possibility and surely needed... thank you very much indeed for asking me along"

Nick Boles - Chief of staff to Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Margot James

"This venture, and the direction it is taking, is truly exciting. Well done!"

Margot James, Vice Chair, Conservative Party

Andrew Pierce

"Great events - a great community. Brilliant!"

Andrew Pierce, Deputy Editor, Telegraph

Norman Baker MP

"I'd like to congratulate you on establishing this group. I enjoyed attending and speaking, and hope your members got something out of it"

Norman Baker MP - Lib Dem Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

Stephen Williams

"I had a really fun evening. It was a genuine pleasure to meet your members and to speak at your political event. Thank you"

Stephen Williams MP - Lib Dem Shadow Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills

Howell James

"I was delighted to support your group and its members by attending and speaking last year. Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable evening"

Howell James - Former Permanent Secretary, Government Communications and Presently Head of Corporate Affairs at Barclays

Johann Harri

"I had a really enjoyable evening - thank you!

Johann Harri - Award winning journalist, The Independent

Gay Lawyers

"Gay Lawyers welcomes the opportunity to support the new business networking group of Village Drinks. This event will assist in bringing together open-minded professionals and also provide a platform for business opportunities within the gay community."

Gabriele Giambrone, Managing Partner Gay Lawyers (LGBT division of Giambrone Law LLP)

Martin Popplewell

"A fabulous night out, if you haven't been yet - go!"

Martin Popplewell, Broadcaster and Journalist

Matthew Parris

"Just what London needed"

Matthew Parris, The Times

Public Affairs News

"The fantastic Village Drinks "

Public Affairs News

Ken Livingstone

"I congratulate Village Drinks for establishing itself as a key social and professional network for lesbian and gay Londoners over the past two years.


Professional social networks such as Village Drinks unite communities, break down stereotypes, and open up opportunities for lesbian and gay Londoners."

Ken Livingstone

Sir Michael Bishop

"It is important that gay businesses everywhere learn the value of inclusion and acceptance within the workplace.


I am delighted to be sharing my own experiences in the business world with the members of Village Drinks."

Sir Michael Bishop CBE, Chair BMI Airlines

The Independent on Sunday

"Village Drinks has been a Godsend"

The Independent on Sunday

Rachel Elnaugh

"Gay Businesses help root and develop the gay community and, indeed, wider society. Village Drinks is a very fine example of that; a social enterprise that has made a tangible difference to the lives of thousands of gay people in this country.


I am delighted to support their mission to champion enterprise, wherever it is found."

Rachel Elnaugh, Entrepreneur

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"I think Village Drinks is absolutely fantastic. All the events that I've been to have been thoroughly enjoyable and gave me the opportunity to meet lots of interesting people. I'm sure the organisation will continue to go from strength to strength. Keep up the good work!

Alex Bryce, Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate - Oct 2008

"Great organisation!"

P.G. - Oct 2008

"Thank you and your team for a most enjoyable night"

A.E. - Oct 2008

"I went to your last event and I thought it was brilliant. The matching cards idea was very good to get people to talk to each other and I hope in your next event you'll do something similar, if not the same.

Thanks again for a very pleasant evening!"

S.C. - June 08

"I'd like to congratulate you all for last event. Was a real success! I really enjoyed it!"

S.C. - June 08

"Congratulations on the idea of the Village events. It's just the coolest social event of the month. Just what London needed."

C.S. - June 08

"Village Drinks is with out a doubt the friendliest, fun and sociable organized event I have ever been to. The calibre of people who attend, the occasional speakers and general buzz has inspired me to recommend it to a number of my good friends. We always have a great time and have made some wonderful new friends along the way. It's about time we had a well run, inclusive and professionally inspired networking event."

L.M. - Jan 08

"I go to village drinks regularly with my male friends. It's very different to anything esle for gay people in London, and much better than other events for gay professionals. It offers something which is genuinely different. People go to have a good time, and make new friends. It would be good to see more events like this."

Kate McKay, Village Drinks Member

"Village drinks is a breath of fresh air! There has been a real need for something a bit different for like minded professional people. The venues are always great and the nights are well organised and fun. I just wish they occurred more than once a month. I have made some great new friends and business contacts and I am sure it will go from strength to strength"

Ben Couldridge, Duke and Co

"Village Drinks is brilliant! I started going at the invitation of some gay laywer friends of mine and was soon hooked. It's an amazing and unique opportunity to get together with a friendly group of like-minded guys and gals in a non-scene environment. The caliber of people who go along is very high, and I've met some unexpected high-fliers in both the private and public sectors! It's streets ahead of other similar events. My only criticism is the hangovers...."

Rolf Kurth - Former British Royal Navy


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