Turtle Tour 2010 (London)
posted December 5, 2010 11:24 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Mon December 27 at 7:00 PM, Queen's Arms (Pimlico)
11 Warwick Way, Westminster, London SW1V 1, UK (Map & Directions)
The wife and I will be in England, Wales and Ireland over the last 2 weeks of 2010, and would love to catch-up with old friends and make some new ones. However, our schedule is rather tight, so we hope folks will be okay with our selecting the date, while you lot pick a place to make merry.
The ideal date for us is 27 December. We leave on the 29th and expect to be having dinner with some friends on the 28th. Plus, after the last meetup we attended in England in 2007, we know we need to leave the next morning for hangover recovery time. For what it's worth we're staying in the Pimlico/Victoria area at the time, but are willing to travel to a tube stop-accessible place if the hive demands it.
posted by terrapin to Meetup (45 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

Right now the 27th looks good for me. I will try (very hard) to make it to this one.
posted by sueinnyc at 3:40 AM on December 6, 2010

27th should be feasible for me as well.
posted by Infinite Jest at 4:02 AM on December 6, 2010

I'll be in London around that time and would definitely arrange plans around this if it were possible. Also would bring dont_deceive_with_belief. Let's do it!
posted by alltomorrowsparties at 4:28 PM on December 6, 2010

We'll try to roll with whatever works for the rest of you. 26th would be better for us (27th is our last night). If it's Pimlico/Victoria, we can stay out really late since we're stumbling distance.

If not, I know we'll hook up with you.
posted by kaszeta at 4:52 PM on December 6, 2010

We will be attending Fulham/West Ham on Boxing Day with some friends, and then drinks afterward with same friends plus some others. So that's out for us as far as a meetup for us.

kaszeta, I emailed you about other possible times for us to get together.
posted by terrapin at 5:32 PM on December 6, 2010

99% of everyone I know is leaving London for Christmas, but I will be here. No plans for that day yet either, so I'll try to make it.

I'm going to a West Ham game that week as well, 2 days later against the mighty Everton. Say hi to Clint Dempsey for me.
posted by Put the kettle on at 7:58 PM on December 6, 2010

27th is OK with me.
posted by permafrost at 5:09 AM on December 7, 2010

I now can't do the 27th. Argh! Sorry. It sounds as though there will be a good crowd though, in any event.
posted by sueinnyc at 6:51 AM on December 7, 2010

Anyone have any meetup-friendly places to suggest?
posted by terrapin at 5:45 AM on December 8, 2010

Like many Londoners, I am heading out of town - to spend Christmas with the wife's family. Have fun, terrapin!
posted by vacapinta at 6:23 AM on December 9, 2010

Damn. Was hoping to meet you vacapinta.
posted by terrapin at 7:21 AM on December 9, 2010

Terrapin: If you are looking for something near Victoria/Pimlico, the decent places I know within reasonable walking distance are (assuming they are open, I know several of the pubs have limited hours or are closed around Christmas)

Star Tavern (a Mews pub, nicely hidden behind the German Embassy)
Nag's Head (another Mews pub, up towards Knightbridge)
Jugged Hare (Vauxhall Bridge Road, just down from Victoria)
Cask Pub and Kitchen (Charlwood St, a block S of Vauxhall Bridge Road)

I know from experience that a group of beer drinkers can hold down a table at Star Tavern or Cask for an entire evening without any issue. Cask has far and away the best selection, but all of these have a decent number of taps.

Two other places I've had nice outings include Founders' Arms (on the river by the Tate Modern, a Young's pub, but decent seating in the winter, and a nice patio in the summer), the Blackfriar (north end of Blackfriar's Bridge, but a bit dark) and The George (Southwark, but can get cramped if its cold out)

But I'm just a visiting 'merkin, so I'll let the locals chime in as well.
posted by kaszeta at 8:49 AM on December 9, 2010

Thanks, Rich. A friend of mine who lives in the area made this maps of what he considers the top places.
posted by terrapin at 11:36 AM on December 9, 2010

Nice. He had two on the list that I can confirm are good, the Phoenix and the Queens Arms.
posted by kaszeta at 11:59 AM on December 9, 2010

Let me repeat. The meetup need not be near where I will be staying. just getting the conversation started.
posted by terrapin at 12:04 PM on December 9, 2010

The 27th works for us, but not the 26th, boxing day is tough. Founders' Arms also sounds good, as I'll be at the Tate Modern earlier in the day, but wherever you pick, we'll make every effort to get there.
posted by alltomorrowsparties at 2:47 PM on December 9, 2010

Hooray! 27th is good for me. I'm tragically out of touch with central London pubs, so don't really have any suggestions to offer, but the ones that have been mentioned so far look good!
posted by chrismear at 3:24 PM on December 9, 2010

So, I take it that it will be the 27th, but where? We will be coming up on the train from Brighton that day and are, typically, going without concrete plans of where we'll be staying so as soon as it's decided where we're meeting, I'll be able to book accommodations within stumbling distance (hopefully).
posted by alltomorrowsparties at 11:59 PM on December 13, 2010

Terrapin: Let me repeat. The meetup need not be near where I will be staying. just getting the conversation started.

Selfishly, your area is great for me. And to be honest, wherever you choose, some of us will have to travel. I suggest you just pick somewhere from the suggestions and sidebar it :)
posted by Infinite Jest at 7:04 AM on December 14, 2010 [1 favorite]

We will be escaping this damned island (temporarily) on the morning of the 27th. Bummer. Have fun everyone!
posted by timshel at 4:47 AM on December 15, 2010

Mrs Mutant & I are gonna try to make this one and, in keeping with our MeFi meetup traditions, we'll bring strangers from Holland (Roel and de Dawg, non MeFites in spite of attending four meetups - or is that because they've attended four meetups?) and I shall bake something !

The East End works best for us but we're mobile, will travel for suitable debauchery.
posted by Mutant at 10:33 PM on December 15, 2010

FYI, Cask is closed from the 25th through 28th for the holidays.
posted by kaszeta at 4:52 AM on December 16, 2010

I can only really suggest the old standby Sam Smith's pubs again (London locations), especially Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street, which has a big long table deep in the basement that you can claim if you are early or intimidating enough. But I'm not sure if they'll be open on the 27th, which might be the main limiting factor.

I'm sure wherever we settle on will be made merry by the company!
posted by lucidium at 1:19 PM on December 16, 2010

Kaszeta, yeah, I just heard about Cask being closed. Friend suggested Queen's Arm as a backup and said that there is a room which can be reserved. I plan to ring them up and investigate.

lucidium, last time the wife and I tried to go to Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese it was inexplicably closed. I really want to go there as I have heard great things. Does anyone know if is open on the 27th?

I'll check in on Friday to see where we are.
posted by terrapin at 1:57 PM on December 16, 2010

If I have a chance I'll check on the Queen's Arms for you.
posted by kaszeta at 3:07 AM on December 17, 2010

Ah, just gave the Cheese a call, and they're closed on all the bank holidays unfortunately. They don't reopen until the 29th.
posted by lucidium at 8:04 AM on December 17, 2010

I came over all public-spirited and phoned the Cheshire Cheese – unfortunately it is closed on the 27th (re-opens on the 29th). I’ll stay out of the ‘where to meet’ debate, as I’m not sure whether or not I’ll be able to come along to this meetup, although I hope to. All of Tristeza’s suggestions look great, though.
posted by HandfulOfDust at 8:32 AM on December 17, 2010

Argh! Should have previewed...
posted by HandfulOfDust at 8:33 AM on December 17, 2010

Guys The George in our neck of the woods will almost for certain be open as will the curry houses along Commercial Road. We've had a couple of meetups finish at ths pub, I don't have any currency pictures but this set from July 2006 certainly captures the spirit well and its hasn't changed much since (at least not for the better).

Less mainstream than some of the other pubs mentioned plus a dicier crowd as well as live bands or performance art, well how about it?
posted by Mutant at 3:54 AM on December 18, 2010

ahemm -- "I don't have any current pictures ..."

Yes indeedy I banker.
posted by Mutant at 3:55 AM on December 18, 2010

nice, i've just moved here a couple months ago and will try to come out; live in NW3 but willing to go pretty much anywhere..
posted by dubold at 10:09 AM on December 21, 2010

Kaszeta checked and the Queen's Arm is open and willing to host us so I am calling it. They would like a head count though so please RSVP here as soon as possible so we can alert them. There are a lot of new to me names interested in attending so I am really looking forward to meeting people!
posted by terrapin at 1:58 PM on December 21, 2010

I am a maybe, will be out at Twickenham for the Quins game in the afternoon but could be here for roughly the start of the meet up.
posted by biffa at 2:16 PM on December 22, 2010

I'll be in the vicinity and would like to think I'll be coming but am, admittedly, a total flake when it comes to meet-ups. I'll say a maybe tho'...
posted by freya_lamb at 2:16 AM on December 23, 2010

Hey! I think I'm going to take the train down (if it's running) on the morning of the 27th, head to the British Library's Evolving English exhibit, and then make it to the meetup too! Looking forward to meeting you and Mrs. terrapin.
posted by iamkimiam at 9:13 AM on December 23, 2010

I called the Queen's Arms and we have a reservation for 19:30!

Looking forward to this!
posted by terrapin at 8:42 AM on December 24, 2010

Turtlegirl and I stopped in tonight to check this place out and we were very impressed with the service, the food (pies and burgers and an amazing sticky toffee) and the atmosphere. So if you ae coming, consider having dinner as well.
posted by terrapin at 12:47 PM on December 26, 2010

Yikes, the trains are ~£80 each way. Next time, friends!
posted by iamkimiam at 2:15 AM on December 27, 2010

Sorry to hear iamkimiam, but completely understand. We spent £60 on taxis on Xmas.

FYI the reservation is under "Metafilter"

See folks soon!
posted by terrapin at 9:23 AM on December 27, 2010

Grar, have come down with a cold and really need to make sure I get over it (flying long-distance in a few days).

Have a good time everyone.
posted by Infinite Jest at 9:47 AM on December 27, 2010

Seeing that we're 2 minuts away, we'll probably show up early. My brother and sister in law will drop by for at least a bit, too.
posted by kaszeta at 10:00 AM on December 27, 2010

Sorry guys wanted to make it to what probably will be the last London 2010 meetup, but we're all in The East End and Tubes aren't cooperating. Have a great time and hopefully we'll see you all soon !!
posted by Mutant at 10:01 AM on December 27, 2010

Thanks to all who came out to the pub! It was great to see so many familiar faces and meet some new folks. I'll post what few photos i took when we get home.

Apologies to jessamyn for the drunken telephone call, but at least the time difference was in her favour!
posted by terrapin at 2:28 AM on December 28, 2010

My limited photos are now up.

I think it was qxntpqbbbqxl's +1 who said that for a English meetup, the meetup was very low on English people! Thanks to chismear, lucidium and permafrost for representin'.
posted by terrapin at 7:32 AM on January 3, 2011

Pic posted...
posted by kaszeta at 2:53 PM on January 9, 2011

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