Social Networking: Girl About Town - Abigail

Parties with the beautiful people.

As a single gal, I was under no illusion that this Valentine's Day would be spent like all the rest - under the duvet with a large box of expensive chocolates. That was until the invite to Amora's Just Kiss party dropped through my letterbox. So, after perfecting my technique in the Art of Kissing workshop, I thought it was an apt time to share my party experiences of the past four weeks.

I started out with such good intentions, sticking to the raw-food bar and downing shots of pomegranate juice at Absolute Taste's Detox Retox party at St Stephen Walbrook church in the City. Next night, I took a cab to Dali Universe at the County Hall Gallery for Andy Wong's lavish Chinese New Year bash, where I tucked into food from Dish and enjoyed entertainment from My Beautiful City.

Later in the week I found myself at Battersea Evolution for a fundraising event on behalf of the Conservatives. The Black and White Party was designed by Anya Hindmarsh and brought to life by Fisher Productions and Smart Hospitality. Next morning, I hopped on a flight to Finland for European Events' agents incentive trip, where I spent time relaxing in the outdoor hot tub.

Back in London, I slipped into my stockings for venue Belowzero's Art of Burlesque evening, where I learnt how to perform a striptease from the queen of British burlesque Gwendoline Lamour.

Celebrating another February custom, on Shrove Tuesday I headed over to Savoy Place for The Westminster Collection's showcase of venues in the area, where I snacked on delicious pancakes filled with chocolate sauce, created by in-house caterer Charlton House.

Doing my bit for the environment, I attended the opening of eco-friendly venue the Waterhouse Restaurant in Shoreditch, where I munched on organic canapes inspired by the restaurant's menu.

The following day, I joined my friends from Conference and Incentive Travel and Event on their shared stand at trade show International Confex, which took place at Earls Court from 12-14 February. Afterwards, I hot-footed it to The Roof Gardens for Visit London's networking party, where mixologists from Squeeze taught me how to mix my own raspberry collins, before making my way to CC Club on Coventry Street for the red-and-black-themed exhibitors party.

I'm off to put my kissing and cocktail-making skills into practice now. Who said you can't learn anything from events?

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