This month the team are celebrating a full five years of L3 Analytics, from its first day (one analyst, no clients – more the start of a 90s slacker movie than a company) to now, a healthy nine-strong organisation with multinational clients, an approved Google Analytics Certified Partnership and a posh office with sparkling water on tap.
So what did we do to kick up our heels? Well, we’re geeks, so first up we went to an Escape Room. We were split into two teams and were sent into a room each; one Egyptian themed, the other futuristic. If you have no experience of an Escape Room, here’s what happens: you and your friends are locked into a room with a series of logical and lateral puzzles (two of the Ls in L3) and you have to solve them all, with more than a bit of laughter (the third L). There’s a host you can talk to via walkie talkie, who will give you hints when requested, and also answer yes/no questions.
The idea is to finish it within an hour with no more than three hints. Did we make it? Well…
To celebrate/commiserate, we then headed over to Alcoholic Architecture, a Bompas & Parr installation in a former monastery, in the shadows of the Gothic 800-year-old Southwark Cathedral. The renowned “experience designers” have created a mist of gin and tonic, which you walk/shuffle/dance through while wearing a stylish plastic hooded poncho a la Niagara Falls due to the 140% humidity, ingesting the cocktail through your skin and eyeballs. Lovely stuff. There’s a limit of 50 minutes in the misty room, which they reckon equates to one drink.
Following this, we thought we had better all have a sit down, so we headed up to tiny little Back in 5 Minutes for dinner. The 28-seater restaurant is behind a curtain in a clothes shop on Brick Lane, and we felt privileged to be there – like the best of secrets. The servers were fun, the kick-off cocktails and amuse bouches were a delight, and the straightforward but delicious menu served us – amongst other things – lamb’s tongue and scallops. We were lucky enough to have a wine expert eating with us, so we knew we were making the most of the combinations!
After that, we attempted to find a karaoke bar; but who knew they got booked up so quickly?
All in all, we feel like L3’s five years have been fully and properly celebrated, and we can’t wait for the next five.