Diary: Evening Out With ... ITN Online - Mark Tungate loiters by the loos with new-media’s finest

7pm Circus, Golden Square There appears to be a private party going on, but we crash it anyway and nobody seems to care. Commercial director Owen Pringle recounts a trip to New York, where he was snogged in a bar by a complete stranger. ’The funny thing was, I’d spent hours trying to chat up a completely different woman,’ he muses.

7pm Circus, Golden Square There appears to be a private party going

on, but we crash it anyway and nobody seems to care. Commercial director

Owen Pringle recounts a trip to New York, where he was snogged in a bar

by a complete stranger. ’The funny thing was, I’d spent hours trying to

chat up a completely different woman,’ he muses.



8.30pm Alphabet, Beak St The bar is thronged with new-media types, most

of whom seem to know Pringle. As we’re standing by the loos, they can’t

really avoid chatting to us. Techie-but-trendy friend Phil reveals that

Pringle has a collection of sand from around the world.



10pm Six Degrees, Frith St We chill out in this hip new lounge bar,

which for some reason is lit red like a sinking submarine. Things begin

to go horribly wrong when we start downing Absinthe, followed by

Martinis the size of goldfish bowls. Perhaps suspecting trouble ahead,

the ITN team begins to thin out.



1am The Troy Bar, off Tottenham Court Road Just Pringle and me left,

standing in a drinking establishment that defines the term ’dive

bar’.



Another complete stranger, who also works in new media, collars us to

fret about his receding hairline. But at least he doesn’t try to snog

us.



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