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Rebecca Wayman

The new members' club aiming to combat loneliness in freelancers

The Oblique Life is a new London members club said to be attracting people to socialise and network at unique events and experiences in partnered venues across the city.

The Oblique Life creates welcoming environments with social events that encourage people to socialise and make real connections - both personally and professionally.

Romi Sumaria, CEO and co-founder of The Oblique Life, said: “While many of our members love the freedom and choice that comes with being self-employed, there’s no denying that it has its pros and cons.

“Running your own business or freelancing can quickly become isolating, and our aim with The Oblique Life is to open doors and make introductions by bringing together like-minded people to be part of a genuine community.”

Chikara Ono, 24, moved to London in 2017 to start Fuzed Innovations. After a year working on the startup full time, Chikara was beginning to find it difficult to meet new and interesting people in the city.

After hearing about The Oblique Life through friends at Hatchery, UCL’s business incubator, Chikara decided to try one of the club’s events Sunday Night Live.

Chikara commented: “When you run a startup, it’s easy to end up isolating yourself. Once I discovered The Oblique Life, I thought it was a great opportunity to meet new people and was genuinely interested in the community that the Sumaria brothers are building.

“I’m amazed at all the new people I meet at each event who are open to having a good time and enjoying the experience together. I’m now a regular at The Oblique Life events, especially the music nights like Sunday Night Live and Jazz Joint.”

The Oblique Life members can also take advantage of the on-demand lifestyle management service, helping professionals make the most out of London by handling anything from daily life admin to restaurant bookings and travel suggestions.

Members also receive access to special offers, discounts and benefits from over 75 partner brands, including Absurd Bird, Burlock, The Lucky Pig, and Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Parlour.

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