West End Meetup
posted May 20, 2014 9:02 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat May 31 at 2:00 PM, The Crown Tavern, Clerkenwell Green
43 Clerkenwell Green, London EC1R 0EG, UK (Map & Directions)
I don’t know about the rest of you, but the recent upheavals around these parts have left me in sore need of several stiff drinks and the company of some like-minded friends. Let's meet at the Crown Tavern on Saturday 31 May to doff our caps and wave goodbye to the inimitable jessamyn, goodnewsfortheinsane and LobsterMitten!
27 May: Just to let you know that we're going to be joined by a couple of special FaceTime guests (well, one's definite, the other's a probable), and I'm hoping for three....
posted by HandfulOfDust to Meetup (39 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

During the day on Saturday would be perfect for me, I'm actually in London anyway (but busy in the evening). Open to suggestions as to where, perhaps lunch?

(Borough Market is an awesome place, though I'm not sure it'd be good for a meetup.)
posted by katrielalex at 1:42 AM on May 21, 2014

Sounds interesting - Friday night or Sat would be fine for me. Could pass a hat around for Mefi fundraising as well!
posted by adrianhon at 2:21 AM on May 21, 2014

30th is bad for me, but I could potentially do the Sat night
posted by bonaldi at 9:32 AM on May 21, 2014

Irritatingly, I'm probably not able to make this, but I definitely agree with the sentiment. I'll put myself down as a maybe, and if I can't come then I might look into organising something else in June.
posted by knapah at 11:28 AM on May 21, 2014

Either day should be fine.
posted by ersatz at 11:29 AM on May 21, 2014

I vaguely favour Saturday daytime too (sorry Bonaldi – can't you try and swing it somehow? You too, knapah!). How about a late lunchtime meetup – say from 2pm – in a central-ish pub somewhere? I love Borough Market, but it's always rammed on Saturday afternoons and generally too hectic for a meetup, I think.

So – what about the 'where'? We passed through The Crown Tavern in Clerkenwell on an epic meetup a couple of years (!) ago – it does nice food, and there's a great outdoor space if the weather's up to it. There's also the good old Windsor Castle in Kensington – the food's all right, the garden's lovely – although personally I'd prefer somewhere east-ish.

Any other suggestions/thoughts?
posted by HandfulOfDust at 11:45 AM on May 21, 2014 [1 favorite]

If it's Saturday daytime then I have more of a chance of making it, it's just my girlfriend's parents are visiting that weekend, so I might have to be elsewhere.

I'd be happy with Crown Tavern as a destination though.
posted by knapah at 11:58 AM on May 21, 2014

Alas, I can't make it as I'll be out of town.
posted by acb at 12:04 PM on May 21, 2014

I too will try and make it. I've missed several in the past few months. Although my daughter will be 19 days old that day so, it's still a maybe till I figure out how it all works.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 12:32 PM on May 21, 2014 [3 favorites]

Oh! Congratulations, Just this guy, y'know! How lovely!!!
posted by HandfulOfDust at 12:42 PM on May 21, 2014

Clerkenwell works for me. We could also just sit outdoors in one of the big parks, depending on the weather.
posted by katrielalex at 2:07 PM on May 21, 2014

I wondered about a picnic in a park, but it's so weather dependent... Maybe it's best to stick to an indoors venue (with outdoor possibilities)?
posted by HandfulOfDust at 2:56 PM on May 21, 2014

I can do Friday for an early meetup but later that night is the awesome piano bar run by MeFite sueinnyc, which I'm going to. Maybe we could turn up as a mob. It's massive fun, show tunes and singing. The piano bar is at Leicester Square.
posted by essexjan at 3:24 PM on May 21, 2014

Just realised I'm going camping that weekend so I can't make it sadly. Wish me sun, and have a good one :)
posted by greenish at 1:55 AM on May 22, 2014

I vaguely favour Saturday daytime too (sorry Bonaldi – can't you try and swing it somehow? You too, knapah!).

Oh, sorry, yes, I was just assuming night - I can most likely do Sat day as well
posted by bonaldi at 3:15 AM on May 22, 2014

That's a shame, greenish – have fun and I hope you have to bust out the sun cream and not your wellies! But good to hear that Satur*day*'s possible for you, bonaldi.

Essexjan – I love the sound of the Piano Bar, and I've meaning to go to it for ages, but I'm leaning more and more towards a pub meetup on Saturday afternoon – it looks as if more people are free on the 31st (including me, now, although I'd give the event I've been asked to on Friday the bum's rush in favour of a meetup if the consensus is Friday after all). But... does that mean you wouldn't be able to make it? Say it ain't so.

So – Saturday afternoon? In Clerkenwell? How does that sound to everyone? Speak now (well, by this evening) or forever hold your peace!
posted by HandfulOfDust at 6:07 AM on May 22, 2014

Saturday afternoon would be great. Especially in Clerkenwell, as I can drive there and park for free after 1.30 on Saturdays.
posted by essexjan at 8:26 AM on May 22, 2014 [1 favorite]

Tentative yes for Saturday afternoon.
posted by inire at 11:50 AM on May 22, 2014

OK, I've called it for Saturday afternoon. Look forward to seeing you all there!
posted by HandfulOfDust at 12:34 PM on May 22, 2014 [2 favorites]

Dammit! I have to go to a dullsville family do on saturday. Do you think you'll still be going in the evening? If so I could swing by later.
posted by freya_lamb at 5:01 AM on May 23, 2014

Gosh, who knows! If we pace ourselves very carefully, anything is possible. It'd be a huge shame not to see you. Have you any idea of the earliest you could arrive?
posted by HandfulOfDust at 6:05 AM on May 23, 2014

Hmm, probably not til way into proper evening. There may yet be hope of a reprieve though so if I can swing it I'll try to make the afternoon.
posted by freya_lamb at 8:28 AM on May 23, 2014

*crosses fingers for freya_lamb's reprieve*
posted by HandfulOfDust at 7:45 AM on May 24, 2014 [2 favorites]

27 May: Just to let you know that we're going to be joined by a couple of special FaceTime guests (well, one's definite, the other's a probable), and I'm hoping for three....

I'm calling it now: Is the third man Orson Welles?

posted by ersatz at 4:32 PM on May 27, 2014 [1 favorite]

I'm going to try and make this - a first. Hope someone will spread out a bright blue or dark green tablecloth so I can find you!
posted by mister_kaupungister at 3:29 AM on May 28, 2014

It'd be good to see you, mister_kaupungister. We're usually quite easy to spot (er, in a good way!). I'm thinking of reserving a table outdoors – the BBC Weather website claims it's going to be sunny and 20 degrees (wowsers) on Saturday, hard though that is to imagine at the moment.
posted by HandfulOfDust at 6:13 AM on May 28, 2014 [1 favorite]

OK, barring eventualities I should be there, with a NonMeFite in tow. We'll have to prepare the induction ritual...
posted by katrielalex at 1:53 PM on May 29, 2014

I'll post in here a bit beforehand if I can make it. I'll be keeping an eye out for updates too!
posted by knapah at 10:35 AM on May 30, 2014

OK - I've reserved an indoor table in my name (Diana) for 2pm. They won't let us book an outdoor spot, but if I arrive and see a free table outdoors I'll grab it and update here - and if anyone arrives before 2pm and sees a free space outside, please do the same! The forecast's quite good.

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow!
posted by HandfulOfDust at 12:54 PM on May 30, 2014 [1 favorite]

We've nabbed a table outside!
posted by HandfulOfDust at 6:00 AM on May 31, 2014

Are you likely to be there for a while? I can come for a bit but probably not until between 4 and 5...
posted by knapah at 6:13 AM on May 31, 2014

We'll probably be still here at 4 - but you're likely to miss the FaceTime fun.
posted by HandfulOfDust at 6:37 AM on May 31, 2014

On my way, but I'll probably take about 40mins
posted by knapah at 6:55 AM on May 31, 2014

I hope to make it there also but not for an hour or two.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 6:58 AM on May 31, 2014

Great - see both of you soon!
posted by HandfulOfDust at 7:03 AM on May 31, 2014

That was fun. Sorry I couldn't stay longer! Nice to meet you all!
posted by knapah at 10:06 AM on May 31, 2014

And good times were had. Thanks, everyone!
posted by ersatz at 11:49 AM on May 31, 2014

Yeah it was fun! Thanks to HandfulOfDust for organising.
posted by mister_kaupungister at 3:25 PM on May 31, 2014

Thanks guys, it's always good to see you in the real normal human world.

Also, here are links for our conversation later on.

Specifically this one.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 4:10 PM on May 31, 2014

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