So, i think I was kind of set up by our Deputy editor last Friday. I just received several e-mails from Andy suggesting I and Jeff were cordially invited to a cool Penthouse party called Social Concierge. Apparently, their publicist Kevin May had called the office a few times requesting our presence. Since i am not one to turn down a good penthouse party literally next door to the office at Beautfort House, we decided to venture out. We arrived at Beaufort House to be escorted by a very well dressed Kevin upstairs to the third floor where we walked into a casually stimulating environment with a mixture of light hearted music thrown in equal measure. We then sat at our table and the waitress arrived with a bottle of Champagne to kick off proceedings. Perfect! As myself and colleague Jeff Armstrong cheered up to what had been an interesting week.
We were suddenly joined by a rather model-esque looking Alice who explained that she once had ambitions of being a babysitter, singer/songwriter, and part-time escort. Although for the record, the ‘escort’ bit was just Alice’s attempt to break the ice. I also noticed her tattoo which read ‘Alice in Wonderland’ just in case anyone forgot her name! But what i was more interested in was her singing obviously… I just wished I had brought a guitar. She seemed like a beautiful soul in her own wonderland..the thought that ran through my mind was ‘I wonder what kind of music she makes’ ? As I was busy wondering, in came Nana who was introduced as the founder… She insisted we took shots which we did and I decided to buy a round in return. It was starting to feel quite social so in came another lady who I can’t remember her name but I recall she was Online Editor from another magazine and seemed to be very proud that she was working for a certain well known Fashion Editor..I promise it’s not Anna Wintour.. (I would have remembered!!) . What i do recall is totally ‘thinking’ whilst I was talking and obviously ‘drinking’ was that ‘why does this conversation sound weird??’…as she admitted having never done something like this before! Then on my trip to the bar, I met Jennifer who was explaining her type of men being tall,dark and handsome… Fair enough!! I was just there to order shots.. Anyway, It was only when I bumped into a conversation with a guest who explained to me what social concierge was all about that the penny finally dropped. It suddenly made sense.
Social concierge is a private member dating club launched in January as an exclusive dating app for young professionals. According to their press release, “After three years of matchmaking 20/30 something smart, successful corporate professionals the agency knows what its elite clients want: to get offline, get social and be allowed to be picky”.
Now, as I already have a girlfriend and I am in a happy relationship this was certainly not where I expected to be on a Friday evening. I mean, I am known for never going on dating sites, dating events, etc so this was the Chelsea Monthly office well and truly setting us up. However, it was a great night and i can see the attraction to this form of offline dating so as I and Jeff made our lucky escape. We concluded, that if you are single and ready to mingle.. You will definitely love social concierge. It seems like great fun, with a really interesting and nice mix of people and it gets our thumbs up!!