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Last Minute London - Saturday 8 February

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NearTheWindmill and I are desparate for copious amounts of booze No, not quite the tone I was going for

My God I need a drink, anyone want to join me? Too boozy, try again

NearTheWindmill, in all her infinite wisdom, has come up with the brilliant idea of a meet-up in the very near future Bit poncy

Windy and I really, really, really need a few good drinks with a few great women. Possibly some nice food as well.

Got it!

Anyone else in? All are welcome, obv.

HepsibarCrinkletoes Fri 31-Jan-14 14:37:48

Awesome. DD is actually on a sleepover that night, how very handy grin


NymodigFruOla Fri 31-Jan-14 15:26:45

Oooh. Where? When? Thanks for the PM Hearts. Looking forward to a PM re venue, time etc!

(It's possible we might have to be somewhere else, but I'm not sure it's happening anyway.)

And then there were four! Brilliant.

I dunno yet about venue, somewhere with yummy food and wine, easy to get to from all corners of London, where they won't mind a bunch of loud women hogging a table all night.

Waterloo-ish maybe? We will put on our collective thinking caps and figure something out!

NymodigFruOla Fri 31-Jan-14 15:52:46

PMd you re a possible restaurant!

KatharineHepburnsTrousers Fri 31-Jan-14 17:54:20

I'm in!

KatharineHepburnsTrousers Fri 31-Jan-14 17:55:08

Hearts it's ME (check your inbox grin)


Lovely thread title, so dignified, I really feel it sets the tone.

I think I'm in, but must check with my husband (yeah, yeah ...).

(Oh, and thanks for the PM. I am transparently posting this to make clear I was invited, because I feel my alacrity in signing up to the booze-fest might otherwise mislead.)

Katharine, you saucy minx. Mwah mwah mwah <air kisses>

Yes but regarding the PMs no one should feel anything or otherwise about not receiving a PM, I mean it's not like it's a closed invitation list. Everyone is welcome!

LRD we will discuss erudite topics with pithy comments, but mostly I will sit there just listening because you are quite frankly quite fascinating quite a lot of the time especially on those new oral sex Cunning Linguist threads grin

Oh, sorry, I didn't mean that, I was just kidding. blush

I'm well erudite when I am tipsy, ohyes.

Erm ... grin


A gorgeous little group!

<whispers> I do admit to sending PM's to people I've met & enjoyed before to drum up interest <scurries away>

LCHammer Fri 31-Jan-14 18:39:45

Is this a lunchtime or evening thing?

BellaVita Fri 31-Jan-14 18:42:28

I would love to come, bit short notice for me though my roots need a lot of touching up I am booked into the hairdressers at 11am that day. I will be at the next big London meet though.

Hearts, it was you with your spreadsheet list of names wasn't it? grin bloody well loved that!

Helpyourself Fri 31-Jan-14 18:48:29

Yes please! Is quint still studying? She doesn't know me from Adam- can you point her in this direction windmill?

LCHammer Fri 31-Jan-14 18:56:01

So, daytime or evening? Daytime into evening? (I don't think I have the energy for that!)

BIWI Fri 31-Jan-14 18:57:01

Oh bugger! I'd love to, but we're going out to dinner with some friends that evening.

Have a large one for me grin

CrispyHedgeHog Fri 31-Jan-14 18:58:27

ooh I MIGHT actually make this one grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Fri 31-Jan-14 18:58:28


wine you say?

Bella it was indeed! I know what a geek I am. I'm an accountant by training so I love a good spreadsheet grin

BellaVita Fri 31-Jan-14 19:01:20


I only have a hall pass from DH (!!!) for the evening so I am thinking a 6 or 7 pm start, drinks then dinner. So evening for me, but some others might be enticed into day-to-evening dangerous

I wasn't going to get all fancy and organise food / payment beforehand since we will likely be a small-ish group. However now that I've also posted on FB we might have to re-think that approach!

Pistey! You must come dahlink!

BIWI that's a bummer, Bella you too. sad Never mind, there are quite a few people who can't make it. Hully is blowing us off too >offended<

f1ump Fri 31-Jan-14 19:10:27

It's a yes from me at the moment, just need to double check with the hubby

Jennynero Fri 31-Jan-14 19:12:03

I'd love to come (if I can sort a sitter in time). Can I tag along? grin

Great news flump and Jenny yes of course grin


LCHammer Fri 31-Jan-14 20:07:01

I'll have to check with DH. I can do the first part and leave later (9ish) to go elsewhere. Please pm me if anything changes. I'll put this in my diary.

NearTheWindmill Fri 31-Jan-14 21:12:49

Wow, just wow grin smile wine
Here was I thinking it would be me and Hearts due to total lack of organisation! All this while I've been at work - just got home sad

NearTheWindmill Fri 31-Jan-14 21:21:15

pm'd Quint.
This is quite exciting. Thank you Hearts.

Great great great! I was procrastination itself at work this afternoon - can you tell blush grin


MrsSchadenfreude Fri 31-Jan-14 21:34:17

If you're meeting near Waterloo, I can waddle along.
I never turn down a drink. Oh no.

BellaVita Fri 31-Jan-14 21:40:00

Me too Exit!

NearTheWindmill Fri 31-Jan-14 21:51:15

MrsSchadenfreude I so want to meet you smile. I haven't have I?

NearTheWindmill Fri 31-Jan-14 22:07:24

Quints in grin

Quinteszilla Fri 31-Jan-14 22:09:48

Yay! Found you guys!

I'm in!

<waves to Quint>


MrsSchadenfreude will be lovely to meet you.


Fauve Sat 01-Feb-14 03:02:05

Could I join you, pretty please? I haven't been to an MN meet-up for years - the last couple I went to were organised by BIWI iirc, so I'm rather sad she's got Other Commitments. Still, I reckon she can vouch for my general good-eggery. grin Waterloo on Sat 8 would be very easy for me.

NearTheWindmill Sat 01-Feb-14 10:07:43

Of course - will be lovely to meet you


LCHammer Sat 01-Feb-14 12:01:07

I've checked and can join you for the first part. Keep me on the list smile

BIWI Sat 01-Feb-14 12:08:12

Fauve! Where have you been?! Yes, everyone - I can vouch for Fauve, and that she's not really a hairy handed trucker grin

If you're doing something in Waterloo I can join you for a quick drink before I go off to dinner - I work in Waterloo and we're going out in town, so that would work out really well. A 6 pm start would be perfect!

Fauve Sat 01-Feb-14 12:11:24

Aw, thanks, BIWI. smile It would be great to see you again. I lurk, I nc, I try RL, you know how it goes. One day I'll join your Bootcamp. Just not yet. wink

NearTheWindmill Sat 01-Feb-14 12:28:20

classic fail - I forgot to add Fauve to the list blush

Ha, Windy, you can't even blame the Sancerre grin

Pag has just PM'd me that she can't come either.

NearTheWindmill Sat 01-Feb-14 21:11:23

Just to make sure there is no confusion about this meet-up. Hearts has done all the leg work. Thank you Hearts.

BIWI Sun 02-Feb-14 09:41:43

Oh. blush. Have just twigged you're talking about Saturday. I'm not at work on Saturday so I won't be in Waterloo ...

BIWI - excellent that you get Saturdays off grin

However sucks for us that you cannot therefore grace us with your presence sad

You are all v welcome.

Now. As I just PM'd NearTheWindmill, I'm struggling a bit with ideas re venue and thinking about what kind of place we want.
- somewhere with OK food for people who want dinner
- not too expensive
- fairly close to Waterloo
- somewhere we can have a big table - in an area of our own maybe? Where we can mix and mingle and wander around a bit without bothering other diners?

So does anyone have any bright ideas??

I'm sitting here watching Superbowl coverage (pre-game, kickoff isnt until 11.25pm!) Yes, yes I know but DH is a massive fan of American football. Well, so am I if truth be told blush grin Anyways a chance to sit here with google and trip advisor and find us a venue!

P.S. Go Broncos grin

I have found somewhere promising looking!

Will ring them tomorrow.

NearTheWindmill Sun 02-Feb-14 22:01:52

Hearts and I just cross posted the self same place on pm's. I think it looks like a runner. Wonders if we can get this on the fbook page tomorrow?

NearTheWindmill Sun 02-Feb-14 22:04:50

Is everyone happy if we use the meet-up page from last time? I am not too techie [eek]

LCHammer Sun 02-Feb-14 22:08:37

What meet up page and what FB page? Can someone pm me please when it's finalised. I'll go with whichever place and decision. Thx.

Fauve Sun 02-Feb-14 22:09:34

I don't really do FB, but if you PM me a venue and time, I'll be there. And I won't tell any hairy handed people, obv.

Fauve Sun 02-Feb-14 22:10:14

Ha, you and me both, LCHammer. smile

MrsSchadenfreude Sun 02-Feb-14 22:11:38

Can someone PM me where we are meeting? Will definitely come along for a drink, if not dinner. Can recommend:

Waterloo Bar and Kitchen

There are a couple of good Italians around there, but they tend to be a bit pricey. BFI? Somewhere else in Southbank?

Nothing has been posted anywhere yet folks! I'm working on it!

PMs to follow

OK PM's sent, please let me know if you are expecting one and didn't receive one!


Just to let you know (sorry to be slightly rubbish, but better to mention it, right?), I am a bit wobbly at the moment so there is a chance I might not make it.

I would very much like to, though, it looks great.

NymodigFruOla Mon 03-Feb-14 18:06:48

Thanks for the PM, Hearts, re the venue. Unfortunately, as per my PM to you yesterday, the thing I thought wasn't happening, is now happening; so it's a bummer I can't make it to this 'do' [humph]!

NearTheWindmill Mon 03-Feb-14 20:43:31

I hope wobbly doesn't mean unwell LRD sad.

Just home - gin poured.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 04-Feb-14 07:41:06

<hugs LRD>

Morning, thanks Hearts for doing this, I have had my PM smile

MrsSchadenfreude Tue 04-Feb-14 15:53:38

<strokes LRD's hair>

Fauve Tue 04-Feb-14 15:59:46

Thanks for my PM, Hearts, and thanks to both you and Windmill for organising it.

Really looking forward to meeting y'all. grin

LCHammer Tue 04-Feb-14 21:11:56

Apologies everyone. I was going to come for drinks only but I won't be able to make it. It's my birthday on Fri and DH has organised sthg for Saturday, starting earlier than I'd expected. Have fun and I hope to meet you next time. My last big night out was with MN-ers in Dec. Good fun too smile

NearTheWindmill Tue 04-Feb-14 21:25:30

Katharine Hepburn's Trousers
Mrs Schadenfreude

Begs forgiveness if I have missed anyone. Getting excited. This is the first Meet-up when DH has been away smile.

Are we all set?

So excited! I think I've managed to post on the FB page.

NearTheWindmill Wed 05-Feb-14 07:58:32

You have smile

Jennynero Wed 05-Feb-14 15:46:47

I've managed to get a babysitter so I'm in! Really looking forward to meeting everyone.grin

What's this Facebook page and how do I find it?

Excellent Jenny! I am really looking forward to it. smile

The FB page is one that was set up for the Christmas meet up last November. I'm unfortunately not an owner or admin on it so I can't add people (wouldn't know how to anyways... bit of a techno-idiot) and it is a closed group or a private group or something, to prevent the hairy handed from following us around, which means that you can't see it unless an admin type adds you. Clear as mud. I think.

Anyways you are not missing out by not being on the FB page because there is no action on there right now apart from my post with the same details that I PM'd people... did you get my PM? Let me know if not and I will re-send it.

NearTheWindmill Wed 05-Feb-14 18:37:44

>>waves<< Pistey might have been an admin you know??? Anyway on my way home now to practice drinking wine smile

Jennynero Wed 05-Feb-14 21:57:30

Ok, thanks hearts, I'm a complete techno idiot too smile I did get your PM, just hoping I can find it ok as I have no sense of direction either confused

Cool beans.

Thanks for various strokings/pattings. smile

NearTheWindmill Wed 05-Feb-14 22:44:55

Where are you coming from Jennnynero. PM to let us know. Heart and I are from opposite ends of London. I think we have to be there quite early but if you get lost you can post on this thread and we will come and find you grin.

LRD - are you OK?

LRD I hope you are ok

<<strokes hair>>

Oh, sorry! I am feeling much better, meant to imply that with my previous post.

Looking forward to it. smile

NearTheWindmill Thu 06-Feb-14 19:38:44

grin grin grin so pleased to hear you are better.

*Katharine Hepburn* can you still hear me? Are you still coming? Crosses fingers and toes. Also for everyone else but KH said she was coming last time sad.

Sadly Heps has texted me that she can't make it sad

But - We are going to have FUN FUN FUN

I'm actually really excited.

NearTheWindmill Thu 06-Feb-14 20:00:01

sad. I will do another list, probably first thing so keep news coming smilej

Oh, what a pity. But we will have a lovely time.

Hello all - is there space for another small one? I can get to Waterloo easily and would love to meet you all smile

Shufty Thu 06-Feb-14 20:16:44

Bum im coming to london but seeing someone ...pm me where?

NearTheWindmill Thu 06-Feb-14 21:31:33

You will be extremely welcome shufty

NearTheWindmill Thu 06-Feb-14 21:32:12

And whattodoforbest my apologies, dd distracted me mid post smile

Shufty Thu 06-Feb-14 21:41:16

confused okay maybe then

NearTheWindmill Fri 07-Feb-14 18:08:04

Hearts (confirmed)
NearTheWindmill (confirmed)
Katharine Hepburn's Trousers
LRD (confirmed)
Mrs Schadenfreude (confirmed)
Quint (confirmed)
Fauve (confirmed)

Some confirmations from thread, some from pms - Hearts may have more. Any more for any more.

Thanks Windy x

Been out to the theatre all cultural like this evening. So so looking forward to tomorrow. Shufty & Whattodo would be fab of you to join us!

Shufty Sat 08-Feb-14 08:12:58

Hmmm not sure I'm coming up but staying at lbg due to the weather... have a coffee with a friend... and I don't have a pm as to where it is smile if someone could let me know i'll see and come here later x

Jennynero Sat 08-Feb-14 09:32:23

Really sorry guys but I can't make it hmm Had to drive back to Yorkshire yesterday evening at very short notice.

Hope you all have a fantastic evening and hopefully I can make it to the next meet up hmm

NearTheWindmill Sat 08-Feb-14 10:26:41

Oh and the best laid plans. This was inspired by DH being away this weekend and me carte blanche. He had a crisis at work yesterday and missed the last reasonable train to the frozen north. Anyway I have a pink ticket until about 10pm grin.

NearTheWindmill Sat 08-Feb-14 10:27:08

Hope all's well Jennynero - thank you for letting us know.

Shufty I've PM'd you.

10pm better than nothing Windy!

Looking forward to this evening. smile

I just realized, I'm really terrible at spotting people (I know I've met several people coming before), so if you see a confused-looking woman in a red dress peering around the pub, please give me a wave! grin

Will do. Same here grin

RatherBeOnThePiste Sat 08-Feb-14 14:42:12

Hey lovelies, am sorry not to be joining you this time, my DD is having a bit of a time of it and I just need to be at home with her. Have a lovely evening, and tomorrow, I will really need to hear ALL ABOUT IT



NearTheWindmill Sat 08-Feb-14 14:55:52

Hearts (confirmed)
NearTheWindmill (confirmed)
Katharine Hepburn's Trousers
LRD (confirmed)
Mrs Schadenfreude (confirmed)
Quint (confirmed)
Fauve (confirmed)

Not long now smile

Hi sorry I won't be able to make it after all, am needed for taxi driving duties but I hope you all have a lovely time

NymodigFruOla Sat 08-Feb-14 15:44:11

Same as Pistey, having originally said I could come along - and then said that I now can't [humph] - I would love to hear that you all have a great night out (without me, <sobs>!!) grin

f1ump Sat 08-Feb-14 15:55:39

ladies, I have the venue details, but what time are we meeting?

NearTheWindmill Sat 08-Feb-14 17:09:29

From about 6ish for the early drinkers and going on elsewhere - anytime after that for everyone else - probably 7.30ish I'd say but Hearts and I will be there from 6 - at popular request!

Just getting ready to go!

f1ump Sat 08-Feb-14 20:41:32

oh crap! fell asleep on the sofa and just woke up.blush blush epic fail. so sorry ladies. hope you all have a good night.wine wine wine wine

Fauve Sat 08-Feb-14 23:05:47

Thank you so much to Hearts and Windmill for organising a great night out. I had a really good time and it was such fun to meet you all. smile Hope everyone gets home safely! thanks

Helpyourself Sat 08-Feb-14 23:14:13

Darn I hoped to be first to post grin
It was a lovely evening! Thank you for organising flowers

It was so great to see / meet everyone! I'm just toddling off to bed and NOT setting the alarm for the morning grin

wine not!

I had a lovely time - thanks so much, and esp. hearts and windmill.


NearTheWindmill Sun 09-Feb-14 09:14:36

It was lovely - nice to talk as well as to drink wine. Good luck tomorrow LRD. Only me and Fauve know about the "best" bit - our Chariots of Fire sprint to our train with the whistle blowing where Fauve took gold and I took silve grin

Fauve Sun 09-Feb-14 09:29:33

Nearly killed me! wink blush


Glad you both made it!

NearTheWindmill Sun 09-Feb-14 21:53:32

I think we should all thank Hearts for taking up the baton and keeping the momentum going.

Quint coffee next week?

LCHammer Mon 10-Feb-14 00:24:45

Sounds like you had a good evening. Sometimes things work out better when organised last minute because you have more of an idea if you can make it or not (and no time to get c

LCHammer Mon 10-Feb-14 00:24:59

... cold feet.

I didn't wake up until 11am blush

I blame everyone else grin

NymodigFruOla Mon 10-Feb-14 16:57:11

Oh.Golly.Gosh.Now grin

It sounds as though you all had a blast?!

I quite fancy another lunchtime one in May, when the weather should be better <hollow laugh> and we can meet at an outside venue, similar to the one last May.

NearTheWindmill Mon 10-Feb-14 22:13:05

I liked the May one. Was nice to see daylight grin. You can get your flip flops out again.

NearTheWindmill Mon 10-Feb-14 22:13:34

Fruolescent flip flops no less.

NymodigFruOla Tue 11-Feb-14 11:27:31

"Fruolescent flip flops no less." grin grin

I think it will have to be the green ones this time - but I'm not going for matching toenail polish with those ones!

Fauve Wed 12-Feb-14 15:45:45

Impromptu meet-ups are good for me. You lot are lovely - can't wait to meet you again - just say the word. smile

NymodigFruOla Mon 17-Feb-14 19:10:19

Oh hell - I meant my LIME GREEN flip flops grin

Jemimaclare Thu 06-Mar-14 18:27:36


Moved to putney recently with my husband and four month daughter, is there any meet ups as new to area


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