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Alina Matei  Identity Verified
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Venue proposal Nov 23, 2006

After lengthy consideration, I have decided on a more specific location. However, still struggling with the venue. Too much choice!!!

We're meeting in Greenwich, at 1 pm (or 13:00), on the 16th December.

The following locations seem quite good and have got good reviews:

The North Pole Bar and Restaurant (http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/info_pubbar_2591.html )

The Spanish Galleon
(http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/32/3255/Spanish_Galleon/Greenwich ) - this is very, very close to the Cutty Sark, which might add a bit of atmosphere to the proceedings

or The Cutty Sark: http://www.pubs.com/pub_details.cfm?ID=170 . It's a bit further away, but it seems to have more character than other pubs.

I'm taking votes(a very democratic process, following my dictatorial choice of location). It would be realy nice if everyone could state a preference for one of the places Just post a note on the discussion thread with the name of your preferred venue.

With a bit of luck we'll have some nice weather and we can take a stroll around the market. Whaddya all say?


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Tina Colquhoun  Identity Verified
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North Pole Nov 23, 2006

Considering the crowds anywhere in Greenwich on one of the last Sats before C'mas, I prefer the North Pole which is slightly out of the fray...

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Arianna Tremayne  Identity Verified
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@Tacol Nov 24, 2006

I do understand your concern, but ist't going to be like that anywhere in London one Saturday before X-mas? If you have a good alternative, why don't you suggest it?
To be honest here, it was my idea (which I suggested to Alina) to meet in Greewich, because I just love this area. However, it is still early and we can agree on another venue!


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Tina Colquhoun  Identity Verified
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Good alternative Nov 24, 2006

I did in a way. Greenwich is great and so is the North Pole which is in Greenwich, but not bang in the centre.

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Katharina Wawrzon-Stewart  Identity Verified
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I love Greenwich, too Nov 24, 2006

I visited many pubs in Greenwich on various occasions, but unfortunately forgot their names. So I'll be a sheep and go with the majority vote

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Alina Matei  Identity Verified
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Greenwich is great Nov 25, 2006

And Arianna was a star for suggesting it.

To be honest, I'm not too concerned about the crowds: we went to Camden and Covent Garden before - both pretty busy places regardless of the season. Needess to say, everything was fine.
I'm pretty happy to go with any of the places I listed. Keep providing feedback I'm quite happy to make a choice myself, but would like everyone - or the vast majority to be happy with it.


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Magan  Identity Verified
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Happy with the majority's decision Nov 26, 2006

I don't know Greenwich area (this will be my first time, as usual). We have had quite a good luck with the previous places, if Arianna knows the place I trust her choice. Hopefully there would be a nice corner somewhere for a nice chat.

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Thomas Pfann  Identity Verified
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Same here Nov 27, 2006

I don't know Greenwich well, so "I will follow you - follow you wherever you may go".

Maybe I even manage to combine the meeting with some Christmas shopping in the morning (still haven't started yet, and - knowing me - by the 16th I should be pretty desperate for good ideas and presents).


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Alina Matei  Identity Verified
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The North Pole? Nov 27, 2006

Hi all. Shall we say the North Pole? I quite like the place, it would fit in quite well with any last minute shopping any of us might have to do, as well (Thomas, you are not alone there:)

So, unless we have some strong objections within the next three days, I'll try to reserve something there.

By the way, it would be really helpful if you could confirm your attendance as soon as you know one way or another. Pleeease.

See all of you soon, hopefully.


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Arianna Tremayne  Identity Verified
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The North Pole looks good Nov 28, 2006

Following the link Alina provided it looks like a good place. And if Alina books we have enough room.

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Alina Matei  Identity Verified
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Better website Dec 3, 2006

Found a better website for menus, decor etc in the North Pole

http://www.northpolegreenwich.com/


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Katharina Wawrzon-Stewart  Identity Verified
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How about Secret Santa? Dec 3, 2006

Are we still doing it? I really like the idea.

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Leon Hunter  Identity Verified
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Reservation Dec 3, 2006

Hi Everyone!

I'm a bit worried about the pub being busy on that particular day. Is anyone giving them a ring to check? If 15 people suddenly descend on them, they might not be too happy about it.

I'm willing to help with the organisation as I've organised Powwows before. So, if you need anything, Alina, just give me a shout, won't you?

What about getting the boat back to central London? I've checked the boat operator's website. The boat runs from the Cutty Sark to Tower Bridge, but there may be other ones as well. There are discounts for groups of over 15 people and also 1/3 discount for TFL travelcard holders. http://www.bateauxlondon.com/cat/cat_p2pprice.htm

It might be a bit chilly, but I'm sure we could just sip hot coffees indoors and enjoy the view.


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Arianna Tremayne  Identity Verified
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I love boat trips! Dec 4, 2006

Could be an unforgettable pre Xmas time we could have heading back on a boat. Only thing is that it could be dark by the time we travel back. But if we get our hats and scarves on we could still be outside. I think it even goes as far as Embankment...
Alina, what do you think?
Any other things we could bring to make it Christmasy?


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Leon Hunter  Identity Verified
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Boat trip - second thoughts Dec 4, 2006

Actually, you are right. It'll probably be dark, so maybe it's not such a good idea after all. We can save that one for the next Powwow.

I still think the pub - North Pole - looks like a great idea.


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