London Bloggers Meetup

Last night I went to what sounds like the nerdiest event I’ve ever been to — the London Bloggers Meetup. I’d read about it on Londonist, but was a bit iffy about hanging out with a room full of blogger-strangers, but I found out I knew one person going (Mike), so decided to check it out.

The walk to the pub, the Camel & Artichoke, was rather scary — it involved walking through some underpasses and down dark, quiet streets and really made me wish I had some pepper spray just in case, or a better route to get there — but I made it there safely, met quite a few new people and had a few drinks courtesy of Qype. I even met some Canadians and Americans, including a guy who also went to USC and graduated 2 years after me.

It seemed like every other person I met was from Londonist, and thankfully they’re a really nice crew. I feel like I just went on and on about how much fun I’m having here and all the things that are totally foreign to me to anyone who would listen. My wildlife experiences in St. James Park got a few laughs, which was good. Though apparently last summer a pelican ate a pigeon right in front of everyone — now THAT would have been something for me to write about! I also finally figured out how to properly write my phone number (Thanks for the tutorial, Andy!).

I did a much better job getting back to the train station since I walked with a few people who knew the back way in. I had a bit of trouble finding my train, since the line wasn’t marked from the top of the escalator, but I ended up making it home just fine.

5 Responses to “London Bloggers Meetup”

  1. rashbre says:

    Hi Francine – good to have met you yesterday at the Camel and Artichoke. I was ‘in the corner’ when we were chatting about the sundry pigeons and wombats you’d spotted on your jogging expeditions. And yes the exit ramps to Waterloo can look a little strange.


  2. Francine says:

    Hi Rashbre. Thanks for stopping by! Glad the wildlife made some sort of impression :)

  3. Mike says:

    Gah – sorry Francine. I should have met you at Waterloo and walked you. I forget what a stupid old city this is sometimes :/ Glad you had fun!

  4. Rob says:

    Hey Francine, glad you enjoyed the evening.

    It’s strange because Lower Marsh (the street that the Camel and Artichoke pub is on) a lovely market street during the day and has some fantastic shops on it, but at night it can get a bit spooky, especially if you’re on your own.

    At least next time (26th of February by the way) you’ll know lots more people!

    Thanks again for coming.

    Rob – Community Manager, Qype UK

  5. Francine says:

    I think the scary walk was mostly my fault, since I took the wrong exit from the station and ended up spending more time than I had to on dark, mostly deserted streets in an unfamiliar neighborhood. That sort of thing always makes my mind wander, though a group to walk with next time would definitely be appreciated.

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