Chris and Amy's trip to the UK

Started by AmyG, Aug 21, 2017, 08:34 am

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AmyG

We can discuss our get together at @Gordonb's place or any other get togethers here.

So to recap, Chris and I are now coming back to London after traipsing around northern England and Scotland on October 14 -- a day earlier than was previously planned, making the 14th doable for a get together. Dinner is fine by us. In fact, if it's the 14th, it pretty much has to be dinner as we will probably be on a train at lunch time. 

I hope @Leighton can come on the 14th. 

We will be in London from October 3-5 and again October 14-19. The 19th the day we fly back to Los Angeles. Between October 5 and 14, we will be traveling around England and Scotland.

Vera Charles

Dinner on the 14th would be perfect for me ...  ;D
I could also be in London on the 17 or 18.

Leighton

The 14th is as do-able as the 15th for me; but not 100% sure yet whether I can do either.  I'll confirm once term starts and I can see what my weeks are looking like (if that's ok?)

Gordon, where are you based?
Self indulgence is better than no indulgence!

Gordonb


Leighton

Oh lovely :) my weekend looks tentatively free, and as it is the weekend before half term I imagine I won't be back in Wales ... so pencil me in, and if it looks problematic I'll let you know.

Are we thinking evening meal?
Self indulgence is better than no indulgence!

Gordonb

So it's looking like dinner at our place Saturday 14th. Who's driving, taking the train, car-pooling?

Vera Charles

Quote from: Gordonb on Aug 22, 2017, 02:32 pmSo it's looking like dinner at our place Saturday 14th. Who's driving, taking the train, car-pooling?
I think I'll probably drive to my Dad's in Vauxhall and leave my car there, then stay overnight with him on the Saturday and drive back Sunday morning ... 

AmyG

Yay! I'm so glad I finally get to meet you all. This should be fun. Gordon, thanks for playing host. We'll be coming from St Katharine's Way, London, England, E1W 1LD. Near the Tower of London. @Gordonb, you can PM me your address and I'll plug it into Google Maps for public transportation directions. Though you would likely have better advice than an automated system.

Gordonb

Quote from: AmyG on Aug 23, 2017, 09:20 amYay! I'm so glad I finally get to meet you all. This should be fun. Gordon, thanks for playing host. We'll be coming from St Katharine's Way, London, England, E1W 1LD. Near the Tower of London. @Gordonb, you can PM me your address and I'll plug it into Google Maps for public transportation directions. Though you would likely have better advice than an automated system.
It looks as though you'll be at the Tower Thistle Hotel right? There are lots of public transport options but the simplest will be a nice/interesting 15/20 minutes Thameside stroll from the Hotel to London Bridge Station, and from there it a pretty regular 15/20 minutes train journey to Blackheath station where I will meet you.

If we're smart maybe Mairi @Vera Charles could meet you at  London Bridge ...

AmyG

Yes, that's the one. According to Wikipedia, it was twice voted the second ugliest building in London. They don't say which was the first. We are staying in lots of quaint and character-rich guest houses and airbnb's on the trip. This will not be one of them.

The directions seem very simple. Thanks. 

Leighton

Quote from: AmyG on Aug 23, 2017, 10:26 amThey don't say which was the first.  
Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre.
I will get the train from Reading to London and I imagine I will aim to arrive at Blackheath with everyone else.  
Or I could meet you all at London Bridge if that ends up being the plan :)  
Self indulgence is better than no indulgence!

Chris L

Wow, I'm thrilled this is coming together so well. I've been letting Amy make the arrangements, but I can't tell you how excited I am about getting together with you guys. We've known each other for years and this is our first chance to meet in the flesh. I'm looking forward to this get-together as much as I'm looking forward to seeing England and Scotland for the first time in my life (though that's pretty exciting too ;) ).
But us, old friend,
What's to discuss, old friend?

Gordonb

Quote from: AmyG on Aug 23, 2017, 10:26 amYes, that's the one. According to Wikipedia, it was twice voted the second ugliest building in London. They don't say which was the first. We are staying in lots of quaint and character-rich guest houses and airbnb's on the trip. This will not be one of them.

The directions seem very simple. Thanks.
I wouldn't have put it anywhere near the top of my list - it certainly is no beauty but location-wise it is hard to beat. I think that back in the distant past when I had a real job I went there a few times for conferences ... it's that sort of hotel, but quite comfortable I imagine.

Vera Charles

Quote from: Gordonb on Aug 23, 2017, 09:38 amIf we're smart maybe Mairi @Vera Charles could meet you at London Bridge ...
Quote from: Leighton on Aug 23, 2017, 10:52 amOr I could meet you all at London Bridge if that ends up being the plan :)  
I think that sounds like an excellent plan.

AmyG

Aug 23, 2017, 05:22 pm #14 Last Edit: Aug 24, 2017, 06:48 am by AmyG
Quote from: Vera Charles on Aug 23, 2017, 04:33 pm
Quote from: Gordonb on Aug 23, 2017, 09:38 amIf we're smart maybe Mairi @Vera Charles could meet you at London Bridge ...
Quote from: Leighton on Aug 23, 2017, 10:52 amOr I could meet you all at London Bridge if that ends up being the plan :) 
I think that sounds like an excellent plan.
Great! That will keep Chris and me from doing something stupid like getting on the train going the wrong way.