London meetup? April 20, 2009 9:17 AM   Subscribe

London meetup next week? There's a catch...

...I don't really know when I'm going to be there. I mean, I have a work thing on Thursday but I don't know if I have to also be in Koblenz on Tuesday. I haven't even gotten plane tickets yet! The absolute minimum amount of time I'll be there, though, is Wednesday afternoon through Friday morning (ha!). I am planning to take some vacation days while I'm there, so it's just a matter of when they will be.

So, just to poll everyone, what evening next week would be good? I think the best chance for me is Friday the 1st (and there's a chance I could be there all weekend). Any suggestions for a place to meet, too? I have no idea where I'm staying yet, either...

(My work thing is with the CAA - by Gatwick, I think? I realize that's kind of out of the way, but I don't mind getting into the city center if I end up with a hotel out in the sticks.)
posted by backseatpilot to MetaFilter Gatherings at 9:17 AM (34 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

Amazing timing: I'm moving to London from New York next Monday. My flight arrives in the evening.

So clearly, I'm down.
posted by CRM114 at 9:54 AM on April 20, 2009

I'm always happy to meet strange transatlanticans. Friday would probably be the best day for me too.
posted by Edwahd at 10:26 AM on April 20, 2009

Just stop by the Metafilter London Offices anytime. Make sure to bring your Metafilter ID card, and someone will show you into the 24HR LIVE VIDEO Meetup facilities where you will be able to interact with MeFites around the world. £6.95/min + £8.95 connection fees will apply, unless you have your MeFi Gold Card (which entites you to a 10% discount, and a free slice of bacon).
posted by blue_beetle at 10:43 AM on April 20, 2009 [2 favorites]

Sounds good to me in principle - I'd be up for it. We can nail down details of when and where when you know a bit more...
posted by flashboy at 10:43 AM on April 20, 2009

Hmm, I've been watching for an England meetup for a while and now one comes along when I'm probably too busy. Pah. I guess I'll just have to request/start one in the future. I'll keep an eye on this and see how it goes anyway.
posted by knapah at 5:08 PM on April 20, 2009

Amazing timing: I'm on door duty at the London offices next week, so say hi when you come in.
posted by chrismear at 4:56 AM on April 21, 2009

I can do Friday 1, amazingly. It'll be my last London meetup before Toronto.
posted by randomination at 5:37 AM on April 21, 2009

chrismear looks so cute in his bearskin.
posted by terrapin at 7:08 AM on April 21, 2009

Alright, finally bought tickets. Unless ze Germans decide they actually want to talk to us, I will be in London from the 29th through the 6th. It's on for Friday!

Um... where is it on for?
posted by backseatpilot at 12:25 PM on April 21, 2009

(I've added this to the calendar on the front page, because it's been bumped off)
posted by randomination at 1:20 AM on April 22, 2009

Wow! I should actually be able to make this one as well. Marvelous.
posted by sueinnyc at 4:46 PM on April 22, 2009

My work thing is with the CAA - by Gatwick, I think?

If you're coming in from Gatwick, we should find somewhere central that's close to a good train station for you -- I don't want to be partially responsible for a tipsy visiting MeFite trying to negotiate Tube changes in the Friday night crush and getting eating by the gat.
posted by chrismear at 5:23 AM on April 23, 2009

The work thing is on Thursday. I'm on my own Friday on, and I got myself a hotel near Paddington for my leisure time, so no worries about the public transportation.

It is dark. You are likely to be eaten by a gat.
posted by backseatpilot at 6:00 AM on April 23, 2009

As a broad suggestion for venues, I'm a big fan of Samuel Smith's pubs. They're very cheap and very traditionally-styled English pubs. A big long list (including lots not in London) is here.
posted by Edwahd at 10:50 AM on April 23, 2009

As a broad suggestion for venues, I'm a big fan of Samuel Smith's pubs.

Amazing! I didn't have to do anything, this one came pre-indoctrinated!!

*rubs hands*

I'm going to the Dover Castle tomorrow, maybe that could be a suggestion? Only mild problem is that it is almost as far as you can get from a tube station in Fitzrovia.
posted by randomination at 8:18 AM on April 24, 2009

That looks fine to me. Should we settle on that, then?
posted by backseatpilot at 12:57 PM on April 24, 2009

Could we pretend to have a furious debate about it for the sake of theatre?
posted by Edwahd at 1:46 PM on April 25, 2009

Dover castle?!! I'm outraged!!

Theatrics aside, hope to see you there.
posted by freya_lamb at 12:50 PM on April 26, 2009

We can argue about the time, if you really need some strife.
posted by backseatpilot at 4:23 PM on April 26, 2009

posted by chrismear at 4:18 AM on April 27, 2009

I'd rather die than see you at 7!
posted by Edwahd at 8:35 AM on April 27, 2009

That doesn't look remotely like a castle from the picture in the link. What are you trying to pull here, Brits?
posted by CRM114 at 8:42 AM on April 27, 2009

It's not in Dover, either. Not a cliff to be seen, white or otherwise.
posted by Grangousier at 9:36 AM on April 27, 2009

Sounds good. So, to recap:

Friday, May 1, 7:00 pm
Dover Castle, Marleybone (did I do that right?)

Hopefully I will not get horrendously lost.
posted by backseatpilot at 5:45 PM on April 27, 2009

Hopefully I will not get horrendously lost.

Here are directions on Google Maps from Regent's Park tube. There is an archway, easily missed, that you need to go under. I've marked it. Google Street View is not very helpful because of the one way system and because the Chinese embassy has basically removed about a quarter of Portland Place from the database.
posted by randomination at 3:37 AM on April 29, 2009


Marylebone. But don't go to Marylebone, go to Regent's Park.
posted by Grangousier at 7:54 AM on April 29, 2009


Ooooh just seen this.

That's sorta-but-not-quite on my way home. The Missus is meeting up with an old friend of hers as well tomorrow, so I already have permission to go out and play.


I'll probably get there about six though as I can't be arsed to hang around at work longer than necessary.

If you see a baldy man in a Sega T-Shirt lurking awkwardly at the bar and trying not to look like a registered sex offender then its probably me.

Either that or its an actual sex offender in which case, well, good luck with that.

posted by garius at 6:30 AM on April 30, 2009

Ah yes, I'm up for this.
posted by essexjan at 9:51 AM on April 30, 2009

Hopefully I'll be able to make it later on in the evening, but I'm at an event earlier on.
posted by flashboy at 11:33 AM on April 30, 2009

I'll have to give it a miss - I'm developing a cold, and as a sneezing person on the Tube is likely to be set upon by an angry mob at the moment, it's probably better if I keep my germs to myself.
posted by essexjan at 7:52 AM on May 1, 2009

For those still making you're way, we're safely ensconced at a table in the back.
posted by ahughey at 12:17 PM on May 1, 2009

I'm sorry but I'm not going to make it tonight either. I was rushing around to try to make it, but I still have a lot to get through. I really hope to make the next one.

I hope that those who are ensconced at the table in the back are having a great time.
posted by sueinnyc at 12:35 PM on May 1, 2009

Yikes - I got hijacked by a leaving do I failed to leave. Hope fun is/was had.
posted by freya_lamb at 2:59 PM on May 1, 2009

Note to self - do not go out drinking with British people if you have not eaten all afternoon.

It was a great time, and I'm mostly recovered at this point. Thanks!
posted by backseatpilot at 8:39 AM on May 2, 2009

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