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HubCamp London Changes

  1. Simone Smith profile image91
    Simone Smithposted 5 years ago

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    UPDATE: HubCamp London will be held at 3:00pm in London big_smile
    Go here to RSVP and share any final venue recommendations / see where we've decided to finally meet! I'm looking forward to meeting some of y'all in person big_smile


    Based on the feedback we've been getting on both HubCamps and HubMeets, we're making some changes to HubCamp London:

    1. We're changing the date- moving it from June to May

    2. We're changing the format - from a strict HubCamp style to a hybrid of HubCamps and HubMeets so that everyone's free to discuss only what they want to discuss

    3. We're opening up the location decision to YOU - instead of hosting it in a hotel meeting space, we're thinking of doing it at a cafe, garden, restaurant... or wherever you please!

    One final change is that, because of changes in travel plans, Paul and Robin can't make it, so I'm going instead.  wink

    Now here's where I open up the discussion-
    1. We can host this HubCamp on any day or time between Wednesday, May 25th and Sunday, May 29th.  On which day do you want it to be?
    2. Where would you like us to get together?



    Let me know what you want - and also, if you haven't already, RSVP for the event here: http://www.meetup.com/HubCamp/London-GB/32248/

  2. paradigmsearch profile image89
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    Were you the one that tripped over the cable yesterday? smile

    1. paradigmsearch profile image89
      paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Checking back.

      1. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Well, it was just SITTING OUT THERE and I wasn't looking...

  3. WriteAngled profile image92
    WriteAngledposted 5 years ago

    London is too expensive to get to and stay in, so I have no comments since I will not be attending.

    1. CMHypno profile image88
      CMHypnoposted 5 years ago

      Friday 27th or Sunday 29th would be good for me.

    2. Gordon Hamilton profile image97
      Gordon Hamiltonposted 5 years ago

      Was hoping to make it if this is to be the only UK venue, for the later date. May still be able to make it to London at this time but unfortunately won't know until the first week in May. Will RSVP as soon as I can.

      Would love to be there and will keep my fingers crossed that I can arrange it. smile

    3. CASE1WORKER profile image84
      CASE1WORKERposted 5 years ago

      it is the bank holiday weekend. London will be manic- not a good choice- not sure if i can make it- had scheduled holidays around previous date

      1. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Oh, drat!  Sorry for the change T____T

    4. EmpressFelicity profile image83
      EmpressFelicityposted 5 years ago

      Apologies if this is already mentioned somewhere else but what time in the evening do you anticipate finishing given the 3.00 pm start time?

      1. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        We're flexible on the timing now- both start and finish, so any recommendations are appreciated!

    5. Amanda Severn profile image91
      Amanda Severnposted 5 years ago

      London will be mad on a Bank Holiday weekend. How about somewhere quieter with good train connections? Say Lewes, Crawley, or Tunbridge Wells. I probably couldn't make London, but somewhere a little closer to Brighton would be great.

      1. CASE1WORKER profile image84
        CASE1WORKERposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        i would go to brighton or lewes- mum lives in seaford!

    6. jobizmi profile image62
      jobizmiposted 5 years ago

      These are great news. Is this event still active or?

    7. waynet profile image47
      waynetposted 5 years ago

      Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! bank Holidays = busy London and plus it chimes with my Mums Birthday too....

      See what I can do, but had pencilled it in at the original date, so chances are won't be able to attend!

    8. barryrutherford profile image32
      barryrutherfordposted 5 years ago

      You could change it to Australia tongue

      1. Marie McKeown profile image93
        Marie McKeownposted 5 years ago

        Any chance you are organising an Ireland hubcamp around the same time?

        1. Simone Smith profile image91
          Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          We'd love to, but it looks like it'll just be London this time around ^_^

      2. WriteAngled profile image92
        WriteAngledposted 5 years ago

        Even further SE means an even longer journey from Wales. If I am going to spend so much on a journey and hotel, I'd prefer to go to Ireland and make a mini holiday of it!!!

        Why not be really daring and hold the meeting somewhere NOT in the South-East?

      3. Amanda Severn profile image91
        Amanda Severnposted 5 years ago

        Personally I'd love to have a night in Wales cutting the mustard with other hubbers, but I suspect they'll probably choose the area with the greatest concentration of active hubbers and the best transport links. Saturday mornings are mostly a problem for me, so a 3pm start in Crawley (the nearest town to Gatwick, and only a little way off the M25 London ring road) would be great. But that's just me of course!!!

      4. Leptirela profile image71
        Leptirelaposted 5 years ago

        Open to everyone? !

        1. Simone Smith profile image91
          Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          But of course!

      5. Amanda Severn profile image91
        Amanda Severnposted 5 years ago

        I'm assuming so.

      6. Leptirela profile image71
        Leptirelaposted 5 years ago

        If so I am in London sometime in May and perhaps I can make it.

      7. thisisoli profile image64
        thisisoliposted 5 years ago

        If you are willing to slum it, there is a decently priced hostel right in the center of London. Also don't forget couch surfing and air bnb.

      8. Azure11 profile image89
        Azure11posted 5 years ago

        Might be able to make Crawley or London that week just depends on what day it is.

      9. Princessa profile image86
        Princessaposted 5 years ago

        London sounds great, I am always looking for an excuse to go there (especially during the sales)

        I'll try to make it regardless of the date but the end of May is great for me.

      10. Richieb799 profile image63
        Richieb799posted 5 years ago

        should of made it April, Ive been in London for a week and a half but I am going to Derby in a days time...I may come back to London in May though..I don't want to leave because I met a cute girl who does SEO!

      11. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 5 years ago

        Alright- so let's start with the basics then, since there appear to be a lot of different votes and I want to make sure we make it as convenient as possible for everyone big_smile:

        Weeknight/day?  Or bank holiday weekend?

        London proper?  Or somewhere outside London?

        1. Gordon Hamilton profile image97
          Gordon Hamiltonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Not sure I should be answering this as I unfortunately won't know for a couple of weeks yet whether I can attend (it is that whole week that is a potential problem for me and not any particular day.)

          If I can attend, the day makes no difference as it will mean I have been able to free the week up from another commitment.

          As I will need to fly to either London Heathrow or London Gatwick, only London itself is really feasible for me (unless Glasgow counts as an option for being outside London... big_smile )

          Hope something can be mutually agreed, whether I can attend or not.

        2. CMHypno profile image88
          CMHypnoposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Travelling in London on Bank Holiday weekends can be a nightmare as they tend to shut down a lot of the tube lines and rail services, so maybe a weekday would be better?

        3. CASE1WORKER profile image84
          CASE1WORKERposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          ok, weekday preferably-
          outside London,  have you considered that  birmigham is actually the centre of the country? There are good rail and road links and accommodation is cheaper if people wish to stay overnight-

      12. Princessa profile image86
        Princessaposted 5 years ago

        Central London would be great for easy transport.

      13. Merlin Fraser profile image78
        Merlin Fraserposted 5 years ago

        Why London ?

          It's not as though it's actually central to anything or for that matter anybody. 

          Just for the record do we have any idea of just how many UK Hubbers there are and where they are located ?

          It seems logical to me that we may need to organise more than one meeting and in more than one location so that everybody has a chance to meet up and join in.

          However if it has to be London you can count me out, it's too far away, too big, too many people, way too expensive and one of the places not on my Bucket List....!

        1. WriteAngled profile image92
          WriteAngledposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I am in South Wales and it takes me a minimum of 3.5 hours to get to London by train. Then there is also the unpleasant experience of travelling on the Tube to get to wherever in London I need to be!

          Going by car takes as long as the train, and parking in London costs more than most people can afford.

          1. Merlin Fraser profile image78
            Merlin Fraserposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Possible tip for you or anybody who has to drive to London for the day from the West like you and I.

            Don't drive into the centre hoping to find a place to park, even if you find it I doubt you will be able to afford it !

            Drive up the M4 to the Heathrow/Uxbridge junction and head to Uxbridge.  There is a Multi storey car park there much cheaper.

            Uxbridge is the end of the line for London Underground and you can get all over the city from there.

            Still not going to Hubcamp if it's in London Though....!

            1. Amanda Severn profile image91
              Amanda Severnposted 5 years ago in reply to this



              Me neither, Merlin. London is expensive and crowded. Not fun on a bank holiday weekend. If the idea is possibly to meet up in an open space, you'd never guarantee the weather, and the moment there's a shower everyone will pile into the nearest cafe or restaurant. That's never going to be easy in central London.

            2. Gordon Hamilton profile image97
              Gordon Hamiltonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Yes. Used to live in Uxbridge and there are plenty of parking options. Metropolitan line takes on average around 45 minutes to get to Central London and Piccadilly line about an hour. Maybe I could get accommodation with one of my old friends in the area, as it's only fifteen minutes on the bus from Heathrow...? big_smile

              1. Charles James profile image85
                Charles Jamesposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                From the North I usually park near Watford British Rail station and do the rest by train.

      14. Amanda Severn profile image91
        Amanda Severnposted 5 years ago

        Presumably Simone will fly into either Gatwick or Heathrow? I'm willing to travel if HubCamp falls mid-week, but Friday and Saturday morning  are totally out for me that week. From a purely selfish point of view I'm happiest if it stays in the South-East, but obviously Write Angled and Merlin are further West. From that point of view, maybe we should consider places West of London on train routes?

        1. Amanda Severn profile image91
          Amanda Severnposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Just had a look at the train route map. Guildford, Reading or Oxford all have good links and would be easy for someone flying in to either Gatwick or Heathrow.

      15. mcdevices profile image61
        mcdevicesposted 5 years ago

        have a look and found that it is useful

      16. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 5 years ago

        Alrighty big_smile

        Sounds like everyone prefers a weekday, so let's say Thursday, May 26th. 

        We established London as the meeting location because that's where the highest population of Hubbers in the UK is located.  If we host the event outside of London, I therefore want to make it somewhat accessible to anyone living in the city who would also like to come.

        Amanda Severn - you mention Oxford- that's pretty easy to get to from London.  So which would be best for everyone? Oxford or London?

        1. CASE1WORKER profile image84
          CASE1WORKERposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          oxford, or London, but Oxford preferably. if we start in the afternoon it will be possible to take advantage of cheap train  fares  For example an early morning return from Leicester to London  is £150, but in the mid day it falls to something like £50- not being mean, but it will save quite a lot.

          1. CASE1WORKER profile image84
            CASE1WORKERposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            simone, can a plan be made in the next week, and a date and time published and stuck to. Reason is that if we book tickets in advance they are so much cheaper but they wont accomodate changes in venue and timings etc. I have just looked on trainline and even changing trains by 2o minutes can save £15, so  its quite an issue with us. ( unless its Oxford where i will drive)

            1. Simone Smith profile image91
              Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Absolutely! This should be solidified by Friday big_smile

      17. EmpressFelicity profile image83
        EmpressFelicityposted 5 years ago

        I would personally prefer central London, for totally selfish reasons - it's much easier and quicker for me to get to via public transport.

      18. Charles James profile image85
        Charles Jamesposted 5 years ago

        Dave Digger and I can go more or less anywhere anytime. "Dave Digger's Victorian Mansion" (Hubnugget winner) currently has 3 empty bedrooms (one en suite), so putting you up is easy. Juat outside Huddersfield it is an hour or less from Manchester Leeds Bradford and Sheffield. If you are in the UK for 5 days could you come up to civilisation as well as see London?

      19. Richieb799 profile image63
        Richieb799posted 5 years ago

        If I come I'll be staying near Slough so central London is best...you can get a bus into the centre for like a fiver and £1 return in evening

      20. CMHypno profile image88
        CMHypnoposted 5 years ago

        Trouble is if its Oxford, I will have to go all the way into London, so that I can then catch a train/coach out to Oxford.

        I think that poor Simone is never going to be able to suit everyone, so should just choose a time and place, and those that can will go

        1. CASE1WORKER profile image84
          CASE1WORKERposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          i totally agree, but the main point is that it should not be altered, either time or date so that those of us well away can take advantage of pre booking cheap train fares

          1. Polly C profile image87
            Polly Cposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Yes, if I head into London i would want to prebrook tickets to get a good deal, I think most people would. Sometimes you have to do this quite some time in advance to take advantage of any offers.

            I'd like to go to the hubcamp, but probably only will if it is in London. 26th is quite good for me, my son's b'day is on the 30th so I was hoping it would not be on that day, or the day before.

            For me, Oxford is too far.

          2. CMHypno profile image88
            CMHypnoposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Totally agree Case1Worker - agree a time and place that won't be changed and then we can all work out whether or not we can make it, and the cheapest way to get there!

      21. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 5 years ago

        Awesome! Looks like a majority of the votes are for London, so Central London it is!

        That makes this HubCamp in Central London.  It'll be in the afternoon-early evening on Thursday, may 26th big_smile

        Now that the time and area are set, let's get a place - any suggestions?  Because we're doing more of a hybrid of social meetups and HubCamps, a hotel meeting room doesn't work so well.  Any ideas of of good spot with internet?

      22. CMHypno profile image88
        CMHypnoposted 5 years ago
        1. Simone Smith profile image91
          Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Oh, thanks so much for those links, CMHypno!  I'll poke around to see if one of these places has enough space for a bunch of us and wouldn't mind us hanging out for the afternoon-evening big_smile

      23. CASE1WORKER profile image84
        CASE1WORKERposted 5 years ago

        yes, count me in.

        simone, you choose somewhere and I am sure it will be loverrly.....well it will be once we get there. Just make sure it has a roof cos it tends to rain when we least expect it

        1. Simone Smith profile image91
          Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Awesome!  And roof: check!

      24. MarloByDesign profile image84
        MarloByDesignposted 5 years ago

        HubPages, would you ever consider a promotion to send a Hubber to a  HubCamp? That would be so awesome!  smile  ~Marlo

        1. Simone Smith profile image91
          Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          We've definitely considered it as a contest prize and the like and might offer this in the future, though I don't think we'll be doing it for HubCamp London (wish we were, though!) smile

      25. MarloByDesign profile image84
        MarloByDesignposted 5 years ago

        Thank you for your response.

      26. Gordon Hamilton profile image97
        Gordon Hamiltonposted 5 years ago

        Just wondering if there is a precise date by which you need numbers for this, Simone. I would love to attend but it now unfortunately looks like I won't know until the week before the event whether I can make it sad

        1. Simone Smith profile image91
          Simone Smithposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          There's no precise date needed, Gordon Hamilton.  I'll set a place and be there!  It'll be nice to know who we can expect to see ahead of time, hence RSVPs are helpful, but I know how it goes with timing big_smile

      27. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 5 years ago

        Hey everyone!
        The location is set: we'll be meeting at the Fleet River Bakery: http://www.fleetriverbakery.com/
        It's at 71 Lincoln's Inn Fields, right off the Holborn stop.

        Here's a link to the place page on Google Maps if you're looking for directions: http://maps.google.com/maps/place?um=1& … 7461467475

      28. CASE1WORKER profile image84
        CASE1WORKERposted 5 years ago

        looks nice,
        is it a three o clock kick off?
        Note the place closes at six, so is that home time?

      29. CASE1WORKER profile image84
        CASE1WORKERposted 5 years ago

        three minutes on the tube from St Pancras/Kings Cross
        what a good choice!

      30. CASE1WORKER profile image84
        CASE1WORKERposted 5 years ago

        Is anyone interested in hanging on a bit after the hub camp. I am looking at the trains and just wondered,

        1. Gordon Hamilton profile image97
          Gordon Hamiltonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          If I manage to attend, (should know by the end of this week,) I will be flying down Wednesday night and back Friday, so will be in a hotel in the area. I'll have no choice but to hang around! smile

      31. EmpressFelicity profile image83
        EmpressFelicityposted 5 years ago

        I will not be coming to London this Thursday.

        What with all the stuff that's been going on here recently, I find it harder and harder to be positive/enthusiastic about Hub Pages, and I feel that my efforts (professional and social) are better directed elsewhere.

      32. Gordon Hamilton profile image97
        Gordon Hamiltonposted 5 years ago

        Unfortunately, I have to admit defeat and confirm that I will not be able to make the Hub Camp, due to being unable to sufficiently reorganise prior commitments.

        I very much hope that everyone has a wonderful time on the day and that you enjoy your jaunt across the pond, Simone! smile

      33. WriteAngled profile image92
        WriteAngledposted 5 years ago

        Hope it went well.

        I decided against coming, because it's a long and expensive journey from South Wales for such a short period, especially since it was set up more as a social occasion in a pub than as a learning event. Had it been a whole day of lectures and workshops, or even a whole weekend, I would have been more inclined to attend.

      34. Amanda Severn profile image91
        Amanda Severnposted 5 years ago

        Sorry I couldn't make it. Was it fun?

      35. GoingOnline profile image61
        GoingOnlineposted 5 years ago

        If the next one was either an evening thing or a weekend it would be awesome for those of us who have day jobs smile

       
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