As of 9pm tonight, Goldman bankers must stop working for 36 hours. As we reported earlier, the bank has told its juniors that they must stop work at 9pm on Friday and can only start again at 9am on Sunday (Blackberry-monitoring not withstanding).
So what should you do if you’re a young Goldmanite with a frightening amount of free time on your hands?
We’ve started a list of possibilities below. If you have any suggestions to add, please write them into the comment box at the bottom of the page.
1. Go for a late breakfast at Villandry
London’s Great Portland Street ‘Grand Cafe’ has an all-day dining menu, which includes breakfast and brunch. Eat. And then go for a stroll in Regents Park, or a trip to London Zoo.
2. Go for brunch at the Lobster Joint
If you’re in New York, try the Lobster Joint on Lower East Side. It serves a brunch including ‘Fried Oyster Scramble’ from 11am. Eat. And then go rollerskating in Sarah D. Roosevelt Park (or maybe you might want to do this before).
3. Go and hang around outside the Southhampton Bath and Tennis Club
If you’re in New York, head to the Southampton Bath and Tennis Club . You won’t be able to get in: the club is supremely exclusive. Lloyd Blankfein is, however, a member – suggesting plenty of other senior Goldman bankers are too. Try running the streets around the club with a view to accidentally bumping into a senior Goldman banker who could become a mentor.
4. Go and watch Watford Football Club
If you’re in London, head for Watford. Watford FC isn’t exactly Manchester United, but it is the favoured club of Michael Sherwood, the co-chief executive of Goldman Sachs International. You may not see Sherwood there, but you will have plenty to talk about if you come across him in the elevator.
5. Lie on the couch
In a recent interview, Lloyd Blankfein confessed that he dreams of lying on sofas at weekends. In fact, he spends a lot of time reading briefing notes for the week to come.