If you want to feel like a character in a dystopian near-future sci-fi novel, take the Waterloo & City Line from Waterloo to to Bank at 6pm on a rainy day and behold the gray hordes in long travelator tunnels, all plugged into some piece of technology or another.
I did that yesterday, on my way to Odette Toilette's fabulous fragrance event, "Superhero Scents". Odette (Lizzie) holds monthly events at "The Book Club" (a pub, styled very carefully not to appear like a pub and to appeal to people who prefer Macs to PCs). The basement is like a little secret cave away from civilisation - although one is reminded of the existence of people outside the space whenever someone walks across the pub floor, above, as the basement ceiling is covered in old light bulbs which rattle in that special hollow, slightly eerie lightbulb-way every time that happens.
The guests this time were two Givaudan experts, well known in the industry and knowledgeable about the art and science of perfumery. I think Lizzie has done an amazing job in creating un-pretentious, engaging and fun events that explore our sense of smell and make smelling things into a form of novel entertainment.
Next time you're thinking of something fun to do for an evening out in London, see if there is a Scratch & Sniff on. It's well worth it, even if you're not hugely into perfumes; just want to do something a bit different.
One thing that particularly tickled me was a brief reference to the Battlestar Galactica remake. When Lizzie asked "Do any of you know this?" I chose not to shout out that my ring-tone is the low machine hum of a cylon.