Hello London (and wider UK) Primates. I am once again making my annual pilgrimage back to London, February 3-10. As last time, I’d love to get together and have a few drinks, maybe dinner once more. I even promise not to cut out to go meet a girl this time! The Bodeans where we met last time worked for me, but other suggestions are welcome.
This is quite a coincidence. I will be in London 8-14 February. My girlfriend and I are going to visit her sister and brother-in-law, but I may be able to meetup. We will be attending the West Ham-Watford game on the 10th. Phil Coorey made me into a Hammers fan ... but I don’t hold that against him.
If Vince is arriving around 6-7 AM on Friday (usual time for flights to get in from North America in my experience), we might best do an early evening meetup, which allows him to catch up on his sleep a little, and still take in a late show. Marlyebone to Waterloo suggests somewhere in the vicinity of Oxford Circus, like when Dial was here. Richard may have other plans for later Friday night, involving packing.
However, pubs are usually packed on Friday nights.
Those of us working from home that day might be able to meet late afternoon. Mazzeo’s in Whitehall, which probably has ‘travel afternoons’ on Fridays so those senior Civl Servants can all escape to their country residences.
Well I can get there for 7pm, or even 6.30, and I’ll be there (if anyone else is) until what used to be closing time in the good old days of licensing laws. So if you want to spend all evening with us, or just an hour or two, feel free. I expect we’ll be eating at some stage too so we can work around however you want to play it.
I don’t think we should go to a Pitcher & Piano. Just looking on a website, there is The #### on Great Portland Street or The Phoenix on Cavendish Square. I think the Phoenix would get my vote, but I’ve never been there. Someone second this and we can meet from 6-6.30 on Friday. We can always move on once everyone gets there.
Snow? I saw the temperatures from earlier in the week—balmy relative to the deep freeze here in Chicago—and I was looking forward to the weather in London. I guess that was my first mistake. Yes, we are coming via Heathrow, thankfully.
RB and I have met twice, but for everyone else, check the pictures on Wiki Gonz?lez.
Looking forward to meeting/seeing everyone tomorrow.