Caipirinha Club. What’s not to like? That was my reaction when Richard Lapper, editor of Brazil Confidential – a research facility from the Financial Times – invited me along one Thursday evening.
Caipirinha Club is run by Richard’s wife, Fatima Carvalho, a Brazilian who teaches Portuguese in London. Her aim was to create a social environment for her students to practice Portuguese. And practice it they do.
When I arrived at Las Iguanas in Spitalfields, Portuguese was the only language being spoken among the English students and Brazilian natives, who are also welcome to join the party.
It’s a monthly club, which takes place on the first Thursday of every month. Fatima runs a Facebook page, where members can stay up-to-date with news from the club. But it does more than that too; it’s regularly updated with posts on Brazilian news, literature, music, events, etc.
If you want to improve your Portuguese or mix with other Brazilians (or both), you should come along.