Last month the Samphire Club staged its first event in London at Northbank Restaurant on the banks of the Thames.
The aim was to bring together members from the South West with members of the Cornish Community in London to sow the seeds of greater links.
Members of the legendary Cornish Wreckers and the new London Cornish Gig Club mingled with tribe members based in London and others up from Cornwall.
Guests enjoyed canapés and prosecco along with beer from Padstow Brewing which was delivered by Gavin Hicks at Logisthicks.
Simon Burt from Truro commented: ' I make a couple of work related trips to London each year so I was happy to attend when the Samphire Club arranged an event at Northbank Restaurant bringing lots of contacts from the Cornish ex-pat community together in one place. It was surprising how many connections already existed but just weren't realised!
The mood was relaxed and informal. Much Cornish produce and beer from Padstow Brewing was consumed and the evening ended with several renditions of well known Cornish anthems. A great night was had by all and I will certainly be going to the next event!'
London member Mark Elton said:
' London's Cornish community have met regularly in recent years thanks to Kernow in the City and Wrecker's Wednesdays , but it was fantastic to mix a little business networking with pleasure when the Samphire Club came to town. With great great Cornish food and drink hosted at an iconic setting on the Thames it was great to talk opportunities and swap stories between those of us based permanently in !ondon, and visitors up from Kernow and others who regularly bridge between the two places- I even met with a school friend not seen for around thirty years! With a Cornish 'shout ' in the bar to end the evening, the first event in the capital was an undoubted success and we look forward to John and the Samphire crew returning in the future.'
The club will be hosting another event in the capital towards the end of the year.