Out of Office attracts a discerning, stylish crowd and for the past six years we’ve visited some of the best venues in town, enjoying hospitality and making new friends.

For a while we’ve been thinking about doing something different alongside the regular get togethers. We’ve had invitations from venues and businesses around the city and after considerable thought, have come up with what we think is an exciting start to an extra-curricular OoO calendar. We’ve got drinking fairly well covered, so now it’s time to tackle those other LGBT essentials - shopping, dressing up and eating.

The first (and free) event is an exclusive evening with independent jewellers Rex Johnson and Sons at their Corporation Street store. Birmingham is at the heart of Britain’s jewellery trade and the Rex Johnson team are some of the best experts in the business. Think Antiques Roadshow meets Cash in the Attic with bling and you’d be wrong. This is much more sophisticated, but because their stock is pre loved, there are so many bargains to be found.

For our event we suggested they concentrate on watches because who wouldn’t want a half price genuine Rolex or something by Jaeger-Le-Coutre? But if gold or diamonds are more your thing, they have those too.

Two generations of the Johnson family and their team will be on hand to chat about what to look for in pre-owned jewellery and also what to avoid. They’ll also be able to do valuations and appraisals of your own pieces, because they buy as well as sell.

For the OoO crowd they’re providing fizz, canapes and most importantly, a discount.

We'll be heading for a drink somewhere afterwards, taking concensus on the evening.

It’s a small shop, so we’re limiting the numbers to keep it comfortable.

Book tickets here.

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