How it all started
Hi, I’m David Bradley, founder of Revellers’ Club.
Just the other day, when I was young, I organised a lot of parties.
I did so, informally, for friends. House parties, dinner parties, punting parties, Halloween Parties, spontaneous lunch parties where tens of people came. Trips to pubs, nightclubs and to exotic fun party places such as the deliciously louche (but now chic) Sea Club in Mallorca.
Then, in October 2015, slightly out of practice, I organised a trip to the James Bond premier (the real one, on the Kings Road, off which the Ian Fleming’s James Bond lived in a “tree lined square”). I had to block-book tickets in tens, so booked them in pairs of seats, nearest to the isle. That way people could escape to the loo half way through, without contemplating the “stagger of shame” along a row of seats.
Well, it’s not that we’re old with weak bladders. It was because I’d arranged a drinks party before, in a room above a nearby pub, and people tend to drink a lot at such dos. I handed out the tickets as people quaffed back gins, vodkas and the then fashionable Prosecco. It was a novelty and a hoot. People turned up who weren’t the least interested in James Bond, seeing it as an opportunity to catch up with friends. The film was dull. But some of us afterwards trooped across to the 151, sweet-talked the bouncers who got us past the queues (some of us with the excuse of extracting our drug sniffing teenage children from the loos) and embarked on an evening of revelry.
So, when’s the next film night, many asked. So something had to be done!
The response to that evening suddenly gave me the idea of Revellers’ Club. I was on a train to a meeting, and the dodgy Internet connection just about enabled me to check GoDaddy. The .com name was available. So I registered it. When I mentioned the idea to the guy I was meeting, he boomed with enthusiasm “I love it. We could have a Revellers’ Club tie!”
Well, we don’t have a Revellers’Club tie (yet), nor do we have a large Nash designed Club House in Carlton House Terrace.
What we do have is a network of Revellers who meet regularly for, yes, film trips, but also trips to Peralta, Tuscany, Backgammon evenings, dinners and lunches, as well as debates and talks, from politics to Bitcoin. Take a look at “past events” on the menu above.
Everyone who joins does so by invitation from another Reveller. Despite this, we number in the hundreds now. But we do tend to laugh at and appreciate the same sort of things.
Lately there’s been bit of a change.
People have been asking if I could mention in emails to Revellers that they have a spare room to let out during weekdays. Or for some it’s a weekend barn they wish to let. Or people want to get tickets to a Hurlingham ball. Some have approached me because they want Revellers to invest in their new businesses.
So in response, Revellers’ Club is in addition introducing Noticeboard, where all these queries can be posted and reviewed by Revellers.