Drinks in the Smoke 2

How does the evening of Tuesday 12th sound for a get together and some drinks? I can also do Wednesday 13th, but judging by the responses 12th is a bit more inclusive, to use an HR term.

Can anyone who knows London recommend a suitable venue for this sort of thing? A Wetherspoons somewhere, maybe? I’m guessing somewhere vaguely central or near a  station would suit. Suggestions welcome.

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15 thoughts on “Drinks in the Smoke 2

  1. Hi Tim, a couple of suggestions:

    1. The Parcel Yard pub in Kings Cross station. Surprisingly big inside, although can get busy 5-7pm. Kings Cross is super easy to get to though.

    2. Drake and Morgan bar, also by Kings Cross. Normally pretty quiet on a Tuesday evening and large. Alternatively to the Parcel Yard if you fancy a bar rather than a pub

    3. If sunny: Draft House on Charlotte Street. Likely to get busy but can stand outside in good weather, has a decent selection of beers and is right by loads of restaurants if you fancy food.

    I may show my face as a long time lurker, occasional commenter if that’s alright?

  2. There’s a big Wetherspoons nr Bank called The Crosse Keys that might do the trick. Often busy though, but it might be a lighter crowd on Tuesdays.

  3. On the Tuesday I can only be there before 7 or after 9 (I’m busy at Angel in the interim period, so in fact either Bank or KX works well for me from that perspective).

    I know both the Parcel Yard and Crosse Keys and endorse your readers’ good suggestions 🙂

    I can also do Wednesday if that becomes the preferred choice in later comments.

  4. I can do both Tuesday and Wednesday. And all of those bars are good…

    DK

  5. Tuesday in the Kings X area suits me very well, Tim. Got to be up in London that day anyway, so it’d be good to get some fun out of the trip!

    (Hopefully the trains out of there won’t be too bad later on. Dunno if you’ve seen it in the UK news but the regional railscum are somehow outdoing themselves in malicious cuntishness at the moment. And that’s coming from someone who is trying to tone down the swearing.)

  6. Sadly I can’t join you for health reasons, but I have (I hope) lobbed in a tenner which should buy about half a pint in London. (Let me know if there’s a problem with the payment). Have a good time.

  7. As a long-time reader who works in London, I’d be up for coming along – venues by Bank or King’s Cross would be great. The Parcel Yard is v convenient for then rolling back to North Herts afterwards.

  8. Bank? Near me! Tons of places in the city. Some even quite nice, all crowded and noisy on a nice day though.

    Ideally you need somewhere easy to meet up, easy to allow people to escape if you turn out to be a nutter, or the readers do too, and not crowded. That leaves outside venues really.

    The Globe – junction of London Wall and Moorgate – open area outside if fine – hell to get served

    The Royal Exchange – bar upstairs. Very nice indeed. Not a booozer but a bar. Harder to escape but there are exits in the corners near the toilet. “Just popping for a pee” is the code phrase for “Tim’s a nutter and i’m Off”

    the Counting House on Cornhill – pub in an old bank. Hard to escape from so scratch that.

    Jamaica Wine House – actually an old city pub in an alley (st michael’s alley). Lots of routes out in the alleys of the city. Nightmare to find though.

    The Lamb Tavern – Leadenhall Market – have to drink outside with the insurance industry – the brokers with the red faced who have been drinking all day

    South Place Hotel – trendy bar just off Moorgate

    Further afield but fine and expensive, even for London – Sky Lounge in the DoubleTree by Hilton – lots of open space on the roof of the hotel. Actually scratch this as that might be a bit risky if Tim, or his readers, are a bit crazy

  9. @Tim N

    Put your event on TimW, Longrider, OOL and bishop-hill.net/untreaded too

    .
    @Andrew again

    +1 on subtle escape routes

    Sadly I can’t attend – 900 mile round trip for a pint is not sensible.

    Best wishes to all.

  10. I can do Tuesday. Looking forward to the conversation, I’m a project engineer and HR manager………

  11. Market Porter Borough Market. Great ale and loads of good eating places nearby.

    Captain Kidd Wapping. Great ale and nice beer garden by the river.

    Hope and Anchor Smithfield. Start at 6am with a steak and beer for breakfast.

  12. Of all things, I arrive in London on the 12th at 19.10 at Gatwick for a meeting in Hampton Court on the 13th.

    Meeting my daughter near Victoria for dinner. I’ll be watching to see if I can make it.

  13. I may show my face as a long time lurker, occasional commenter if that’s alright?

    Absolutely!

  14. Sadly I can’t join you for health reasons, but I have (I hope) lobbed in a tenner which should buy about half a pint in London.

    Many thanks!

  15. “Just popping for a pee” is the code phrase for “Tim’s a nutter and i’m Off”

    Heh!

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