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The Feast of Strangers is putting conversation on the menu

Isabelle Aron

Londoners don't exactly have a reputation for the being the friendliest of folk. We tend to avoid striking up the chat with strangers unless it's to complain about the incessant rain or how we can't believe there's ANOTHER tube strike. But this weekend, Londoners are being invited to put their stiff upper lips aside and share a meal with a stranger. The feast of strangers was started three years ago by Oxford historian Theodore Zeldin, who celebrated his birthday by bringing a load of strangers together for a meal. Okay, it sounds like a weird way to spend your birthday, but apparently it was a big hit and now he's encouraging people around the country to host their own feast of strangers on August 22.

You'll be paired up with a total stranger and spend the next two hours having a good old chinwag. To avoid any awkward tumbleweed moments, you'll be given conversation menus with suggested topics so you don't fall at the first hurdle and get stuck on 'the weather'. But conversation isn't the only thing on the menu – your ticket also gets you brunch and a drink. And you never know, you might even meet your new BFF.

Find out more and get tickets here.

The Feast of Strangers is on August 22, 2.30pm-4.30pm at The Proud Archivist, 
2-10 Hertford Road, 
N1 5SH. £15.

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