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EC London Drinks - Karun: Misadventures On Iran’s Longest River

  • Prince of Wales 150-151 Drury Lane London, WC2B 5TD United Kingdom (map)

Meet like-minded people. Get inspired. Everyone welcome. WEDNESDAY 17th February

6.30pm Doors open at Prince of Wales in Covent Garden. We'll meet UPSTAIRS on the first floor 

7.30pm: Tom Allen will introduce his film Karun (which he made with Leon McCarron)

Join us for an amazing opportunity to hear Tom Allen introduce his new film, Karun, which saw him and fellow adventurer Leon McCarron travel by foot, bicycle and inflatable kayak across Iran.  After the film there will be a Q&A session so we can quiz Tom on his experiences.  

Tom Allen, 32, of Northamptonshire, and Leon McCarron, 29, of County Derry, travelled by human powered means through the mountainous south-western region of Iran, finishing their six-week journey at the Iraq border near the Persian Gulf. In stark contrast with the typical portrayal of the Middle Eastern nation, both Allen and McCarron were overwhelmed by the welcome they received from local Iranians they met, reinforcing the country’s long-standing reputation among intrepid travellers for hospitality. Rather than use public transport or join a guided tour, Allen and McCarron decided to travel independently, travelling by foot, bicycle and inflatable kayak, and using the course of Iran’s longest river – the Karun – to inform their route.

“This was my first real adventure in Iran,” says Allen, whose wife was born in Tehran, “but even being married to an Iranian, I wasn’t prepared for the extent to which the country’s reputation would prove true. Almost every night we were invited to stay with local people. The experience was really humbling.”

£5 on the door / £3 to EC CLUB members

Please no food to be brought onto the premises. The Prince of Wales does a good value menu and killer burgers

Prince of Wales 150-151 Drury Ln, London WC2B 5TD