UK Meetup August 29, 2004 8:18 PM   Subscribe

Continuing the meetup theme, UK anyone? Step inside.
posted by amberglow to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:18 PM (38 comments total)

London? Brighton? Oxford? Manchester? I arrive in London Sept. 8th, and leave the 15th. My only definite booked trip outside of London so far is Manchester--Sat the 11th, so hopefully sometime before 8pm that day? (i got a 22pd rt) : >
posted by amberglow at 8:20 PM on August 29, 2004

Damn, I'll be Away till the 11th! :)

After then might be possible for me though?
posted by plep at 2:12 AM on August 30, 2004

I'm in fucking Spain. DAMN YOU SPAIN.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 3:32 AM on August 30, 2004

ok, plep--let's do London after the 11th? or are you in Manchester?
posted by amberglow at 4:57 AM on August 30, 2004

Why in hells name are you going to Manchester.
I mean, it's a great city to live in, but I wouldn't want to visit.

But, yeah - I can do Manchester on the 11th.
Just say when, and where.
posted by seanyboy at 6:02 AM on August 30, 2004

well, why not? all the music i liked in the 80s came from there, queer as folk is from there, i like victorian buildings and grime and stuff, i like northern accents, and i got a great deal on virgin trains. ; >

Where in Manchester I have no idea, but when should be maybe at 4 or 5pm? I have to be at Piccadilly on an 8pm train back, unfortunately.
posted by amberglow at 6:26 AM on August 30, 2004

I could be there, it's not too far from me. I don't really know Manchester though.
posted by devon at 6:51 AM on August 30, 2004

Isn't there a wiki?

Why yes, yes there is.
posted by Vidiot at 7:01 AM on August 30, 2004

Have you any idea of what / where you want to go to. It's quite a big place, and getting round it in 4 hours seems ... well ... impossible.

For a general meetup, and to get a feel for Manc Gay culture, Canal Street may be an idea. I think it's also quite near Man Pic station. Maybe someone from Manchester could tell you more. Unfortunately, I'm from the other side of the pennines where knowing stuff about Manchester is still punishable by death.

Actually, do you just want the meetup for 4 hours, or will you be in Manchester for 4 hours? That probably makes a difference on what you can do.
posted by seanyboy at 7:13 AM on August 30, 2004

For your cultural fix, maybe try Urbis and the millenium quarter. (The millenium quarter is the area of Manchester rebuilt after IRA bombing of '96)
posted by seanyboy at 7:31 AM on August 30, 2004

Doubt that I'll be able to make Manchester on the 13th, but I'll see Amberglow and any one else in Oxford for the 11th [either for a mini pissup or for cultural purposes].
posted by dash_slot- at 8:40 AM on August 30, 2004

Come to Scotland, peeps. It's top.
posted by bonaldi at 12:34 PM on August 30, 2004

lol....ok: i'm in Manchester only on the 11th, from midmorning (9:30-10am til 8pm. I'm in London or Oxford or Brighton on other days. I was thinking we should meetup in Manchester late afternoon of that day, after i've been running around for a while, and seen the sights--i'm planning on going to Cornerhouse, and either the Whitworth or the Manchester Art Gallery or the Urbis thing, or all of them, earlier in the day. : >

dash, what day do you want to meet in Oxford?

(i did Scotland a few years ago, bonaldi--i'll definitely be back in Glasgow someday)
posted by amberglow at 1:10 PM on August 30, 2004

and let's do a London meetup, if anyone wants to, on the 12th, 13th or 14th. (i'm such a meetup whore)
posted by amberglow at 3:38 PM on August 30, 2004

ok, how about Monday the 13th for Oxford? pick a place someone.
posted by amberglow at 6:14 PM on August 30, 2004

Sorry! Meant to say Mon. 13th [you're in Mancland on the 11th... d'oh!], as in email. But am currently very flexible [underemployment and yoga].
posted by dash_slot- at 6:22 PM on August 30, 2004 pick a place, Mancunians and Oxfordites(?).
posted by amberglow at 8:46 PM on August 30, 2004

Shit. I might actually meet some MeFites.

Amberglow, I've emailed you. I'm free the 11th and can show you round Manchester, if you'd like.

As for meeting up later, Urbis is a great space and is very central. Its bar is a little bland though. My favourite pub is also central. It's an old Victorian Chop House. My favourite part of Manchester is Castlefield. There are a good few bars there, including one which serves Marble beers (local Micro brewery). It too, is central.

Anyone else here got a preference? Or am I the only person here who's in (or knows) Manchester?
posted by davehat at 2:32 AM on August 31, 2004

Oxford on the 13th is good for me! I say we do the same drill as last time - meet up at a bar or pub, move onto a restaurant, dash_slot gets collared by the police, and then go onto another bar.

Last time we met up in Cowley, which is a little ways out from central Oxford. While Cowley is also good for me, being that I live there, I think we should go somewhere else this time. Maybe Jericho? There are lots of good bars around there and a fairly decent selection of restaurants nearby. It all really depends on your preferences, amberglow - what kind of food do you like/dislike?

/me looks forward to another glorious Mefi meetup, almost exactly a year after the first UK one.
posted by adrianhon at 3:21 AM on August 31, 2004

For a general meetup, and to get a feel for Manc Gay culture, Canal Street may be an idea. I think it's also quite near Man Pic station.

About 5 minutes away....

As an aside, I wonder if the sign that says "Canal Street" still has the "C" and the "S" rubbed out (think about it).
posted by SpaceCadet at 4:41 AM on August 31, 2004

I've heard that too, Space. : >

for Manchester: Let's make it somewhere nearish Picadilly Station if we can (within 10-15 blocks?), so when i run to catch my train back down to London, it won't be too far or too much of a pain. Also, I'm going to be spending the afternoon around town with davehat and co. so if anyone else is interested, we're meeting at noon somewhere. (maybe that Chop House place for lunch, davehat?)

for Oxford: I'm up for pretty much anything, foodwise--is there any local speciality? (i've heard there's a great ice cream place, but ice cream and beer don't mix well for me.)

and London? anyone up for a drink there?
posted by amberglow at 8:54 AM on August 31, 2004

14th in London is good for me at the mo...
posted by plep at 9:42 AM on August 31, 2004

cool...let's meetup on the 14th : >

pick a London place/time.
posted by amberglow at 11:12 AM on August 31, 2004

Is 5 pm too early for you? Could make it later.

How about just outside the gates to the British Museum and take it from there?
posted by plep at 12:56 PM on August 31, 2004

Anytime is good for me...and i'm staying right near the BM. Let's do it.
posted by amberglow at 3:49 PM on August 31, 2004

I'll try and make the London as well. I'll be in Bath and I'm not sure what obligations I have there but I could try and get up to London for the first part of the evening.
posted by carter at 12:46 AM on September 1, 2004

carter :- sounds good. If you can make it, please do so... drop me a line via email as I'll be out of the country as of the end of this week, otherwise I'll be at the British Museum at 5pm on the 14th...
posted by plep at 5:12 AM on September 1, 2004

cool : >
posted by amberglow at 9:23 AM on September 1, 2004

Re : London on the 14th...

How about the Museum Tavern - as mentioned here - as a place to sit in till at least 7 pm? Just in case anyone wants to meet up then. It's an easy pub to find as it's right opposite the BM, also as I recall does fairly ok food...
posted by plep at 11:14 AM on September 1, 2004

sounds good.

And for anyone who wants, there's a Brick Lane Festival i'm going to go to on the me.
posted by amberglow at 12:19 PM on September 1, 2004

oh, and a Battleship Potempkin/Pet Shop Boys thing in Trafalgar Sq. that night. : >
posted by amberglow at 12:57 PM on September 1, 2004

So...where are we meeting in Oxford then? I prefer something that doesn't have such loud music that it's impossible to talk - and such places are in short supply in central Oxford.
posted by salmacis at 7:31 AM on September 2, 2004

The Eagle & Child? (St. Giles, Tolkien & CS Lewis's old place)
The Royal Oak? (Woodstock Road, decent food I think)
The Bookbinders? (OK pub nr. St Barnabas Church in Jericho.)
The Harcourt Arms? (basic beer and fags pub)


G & D's Ice Cream Cafe (made on the premises, also bagels /pizza)
Browns Restaurant (maybe for afternoon tea?!!?)
Somewhere in Gloucester Green?
Pizza Express?
All Bar One? (great wine list + imported beers + food)

We kinda did the Cowley road last time, but not exhaustively so - could be a gig on. Maybe, we ought to drop some culture on him, in the city of the oldest public depository library and oldest museum in christendom...

MOMA has a good cafe! 2 birds, 1 stone?

Just a few ideas - any other bids?
posted by dash_slot- at 6:10 PM on September 2, 2004

I'm good for anything in Oxford. All Bar One has been decent when I've been there, as far indeed all the places you've mentioned (although I think the Bookbinders and Harcourt Arms are maybe a bit far to go). Supposed to be a nice new noodle place in Gloucester Green.
posted by adrianhon at 8:10 PM on September 2, 2004

I'm up for anything--you guys decide : >
posted by amberglow at 12:33 PM on September 3, 2004

Ok, i leave tomorrow night, and we've got a place for manchester: KRO2 on Oxford rd. near the bbc bldg. 5pm til...

how about oxford?

: >
posted by amberglow at 2:57 PM on September 6, 2004

Ok, can't find any gigs, so there's no need to leave Oxford city centre.
I've arranged to meet amberglow at the station at 12.05pm, so any other oxford mefites are also welcome to meet & greet. Then - we make it up as we go along!

See the wiki - don't be shy about adding your ideas.
posted by dash_slot- at 8:03 PM on September 6, 2004

New thread.
posted by dash_slot- at 10:45 AM on September 8, 2004

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