We had a housewarming/birthday party on Saturday night. Had a
fabulous time with loads of good friends. Such a good time that I
forgot to take any photos.
London's transport system causes an interesting phenomenon with
parties in the suburbs. Parties tend to start pretty early compared
to Aussie parties, and people tend to turn up on or close to the
notified time. That's pretty different for Australians who turn up to
an eight o'clock party around ten or eleven.
Just before midnight, there tends to be a mad dash for transport as
people rush off to make the last tubes or buses. Anyone staying after
midnight is committed to staying through the night, or spending a
large amount of time or money getting home.
It's an interesting dynamic. Most of the parties I would go to in
Sydney occur in a pretty small geographical area. You can walk or
cycle home or catch a relatively inexpensive taxi, so the leaving time
is much more flexible.
I guess the upshot is that you can work out how successful a party
is by how many people are still around after midnight. Then again,
woe betide the host who wants to sleep before seven in the morning
when the tubes start up again...