BIJOU - SATURDAY APRIL 12
ADVANCE GUESTLIST OPENS WEDNESDAY MARCH 26
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Elysion Events came into being...
...when we realised we wanted something a little different from a night out. After the initial excitement of launching our first ever event (Bijou) we realised that we actually had quite a few ideas for Lesbian events that we would like to attend and, therefore host, and needed a name in order to promote them. Robin was initially toying with the idea of calling our venture ‘Elixir’ but then stumbled across Elysion; the original Greek spelling of Elysium – an Ancient Greek paradise reserved for heroes to whom the gods had granted immortality. We thought it sounded rather special.
And here's a little bit about us...
Lauren started working life waitressing and working bars after school and through University where she studied Zoology in Edinburgh. She answered the call of adventure travelling extensively firstly in leisure time, and then through her job as a humanitarian aid worker where she was posted in often remote locations from South Sudan to Sierra Leone. Desiring a life less extraordinary and craving the comforts of cheese, bacon and chilled white wine on demand she returned to London for another stint at University and a major re-think. During those first decadent months of return she met Robin in a Soho club. Several months later they were dating, and several years later married. Since returning from living abroad Lauren has felt the draw to new adventures and the desire to be part of something remarkable and exciting – which is how the combined love of music, women, fun and fine tipples resulted in trying out our first event for women.
Robin started life dreaming of being a draughtswoman, making swings out of a skipping rope and a cushion and pulling bows out of her hair. Sadly her life was thrown into disarray when she was forced to attend school and actually study for exams – how cruel!! With many variations on a theme of ‘when I grow up I want to be….’ she started working for the Civil Service, followed by a very long stay with British Telecommunications and finally settled into the role of a Data Analyst for a housing charity. During that time she came out - aged 38 - and launched herself onto the Lesbian scene; initially attending ‘nights’, then becoming involved in organising Southbank Surfing - which has grown in the past five years to become one of the largest monthly Lesbian gatherings in London (and possibly the UK) and still managed to find the time to marry Lauren; develop and launch the concept of Bijou, and indulge her interest in architecture, astronomy, photography, keeping fit, reading, analysing, fine wine; dining and speaking out of turn.