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Two UK GTGs - Edinburgh 25 Aug., London 1 Sept.

Two UK GTGs - Edinburgh 25 Aug., London 1 Sept.

Old Aug 2nd, 2015, 08:00 AM
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Just booked my train tickets!

Looking forward to meeting you all.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2015, 08:01 AM
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No, just me. I'll check out the Coal Hole after I have my coffee.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2015, 08:27 AM
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Looks good & love the location.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2015, 11:36 AM
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<B>PatrickLondon:</B> Your scouting mission may not be necessary (but don't let us stop you ) Looks like the Coal Hole is a winner.

I won't book yet -- will wait for the report back in case you found some hidden gem.

If nothing better pops up I'll go ahead and book for the 6 of us on Tues. 1 Sept. 6PM OK, or is 6:30 better?

(still open for newcomers BTW)
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Old Aug 2nd, 2015, 11:50 AM
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Janis - doesn't matter to me 6 or 6:30 - I'll go with the flow.
I may just stay for drinks but I'll know later this week when I meet up with one of my travel friends for dinner in SF.
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Old Aug 2nd, 2015, 11:59 AM
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They are more than welcome to join us (some people like protection/back ups when meeting internet axe murderers for the first time )
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Old Aug 3rd, 2015, 06:36 AM
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Not sure I'd call it a hidden gem, but certainly an option - the upstairs Opera Room at the Chandos, on the coner of St Martin's Lane opposite the National Portrait Gallery. A long room, fitted out in comfortable lounge/clubroom style, with dividers so it feels like separate areas, and no piped music or TV. Standard pub food available until 9pm (6pm on Fridays), order and pay at the bar. It's quite well-reviewed on the different websites, but they don't reserve tables and there's no guarantee that in the early evening it won't be packed out with the after-work and pre-opera/theatre crowds.

A lot of pubs in the area look quite nice but are too small, too loud with piped music or sports TVs, or they don't serve food in the evenings. I leave it to jamikins and bikerscott to comment on The Maple Leaf in Maiden Lane.....

I'm happy with the Coal Hole (the downstairs dining room again, I take it?)
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Old Aug 3rd, 2015, 07:27 AM
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Thanks Partrick. I've been in the Chandos a couple of times (ages ago that I can remember) but never went upstairs. Sounds like it would be perfect if they'd let us book. Oh well . . .

I think we can go ahead and book at the Coal Hole.

I'll book a table for six for 6PM - as long as some of us are there others can wander in later if 6:30 works better . . .

If anyone else sees this and wants to join us, post here so we can add to the booking.
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Old Aug 3rd, 2015, 07:31 AM
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I've lost track--does 6 include my son?
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Old Aug 3rd, 2015, 07:42 AM
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OK -- now seven
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Old Aug 4th, 2015, 05:51 AM
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mission accomplished . . . sort of

I tried to book on line but it only allows up to six. So this morning I rang them up and the fellow said not to worry -- book for six since the tables downstairs have plenty of room to add chairs. Fine, so I go back on line and book for a party of six . . . and 6PM is not available. It is either 5:00, 5:30 or 8:30PM+. So we are booked for 5:30. I'm sure as long as at least one/some of us is there as a place holder it'll be OK. . . . The 'official' GTG is still 6PM but you can wander in any old time

I'm staying really near the pub so no problem for me to get there early.

6PM Tues. Sept. 1 (table available from 5:30)
The Coal Hole
91-92 Strand
(It is on the corner just down from the Savoy)
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Old Aug 4th, 2015, 06:40 AM
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Thanks Janis, see you all there.
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Old Aug 4th, 2015, 09:26 AM
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Thank you Janis.

I'll see you there.
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Old Aug 4th, 2015, 09:43 AM
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copy that!
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Old Aug 4th, 2015, 09:48 AM
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Great! Looking forward to the GTG, and London in general.
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Old Aug 4th, 2015, 02:19 PM
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OH! Wish I could join you all! Will be there for the London Open House, though, and hope to see some Fodorites, then! Finally able to travel again after a busy year!
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Old Aug 4th, 2015, 04:08 PM
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I hope to be in London during Open House some year . . .

Enjoy
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Old Aug 5th, 2015, 04:48 AM
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Yes, someday I'll make a GTG with you, Janis! I wish I could get to the UK as often as you--I'd improve my odds.
Have fun with lovely Patrick. (Haven't met the others...I'm sure they're very nice, too.)
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Old Aug 5th, 2015, 05:48 AM
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Jane got a message about the number 2 bus.It is not serving the Grassmarket area for the next few weeks probably due to the Festival congestion. If using the no2 bus get off at Lauriston Place ,walk along Forest Road and down Candlemaker Row(this is the road the passes between The Grayfriers Church and Grayfriers Bobby's statue), takes you right into the Grassmarket , around a 5 minute walk.
Alternatively 14,30 or 33 bus to the Royal Mile walk up to George the IV Bridge, down Victoria street and into the Grass market, probably a slightly longer walk.
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Old Aug 5th, 2015, 10:19 AM
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I'm sorry I'm missing the GTG in London it sounds like fun!

gailscout we talked about getting together in the East Bay to chat about London before your trip - if you have time, I'm heading to NY but will be around for the next week. You can find me at welltravbrit on Google's favorite - gmail
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