UPDATE: HubCamp London will be held at 3:00pm in London
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
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.
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/
Were you the one that tripped over the cable yesterday?
London is too expensive to get to and stay in, so I have no comments since I will not be attending.
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.
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
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?
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.
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!
Any chance you are organising an Ireland hubcamp around the same time?
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?
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!!!
If so I am in London sometime in May and perhaps I can make it.
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.
Might be able to make Crawley or London that week just depends on what day it is.
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.
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!
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 :
Weeknight/day? Or bank holiday weekend?
London proper? Or somewhere outside London?
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... )
Hope something can be mutually agreed, whether I can attend or not.
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?
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-
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....!
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.
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....!
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.
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...?
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?
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?
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.
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)
I would personally prefer central London, for totally selfish reasons - it's much easier and quicker for me to get to via public transport.
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?
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
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
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
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.
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!
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
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?
http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/pubsandbars … -2673.html
http://www.timeout.com/london/aroundtow … ondon.html
In my diary - can't wait to meet fellow hubbers in the flesh!
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
HubPages, would you ever consider a promotion to send a Hubber to a HubCamp? That would be so awesome! ~Marlo
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
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
is it a three o clock kick off?
Note the place closes at six, so is that home time?
three minutes on the tube from St Pancras/Kings Cross
what a good choice!
Is anyone interested in hanging on a bit after the hub camp. I am looking at the trains and just wondered,
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.
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!
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.
If the next one was either an evening thing or a weekend it would be awesome for those of us who have day jobs
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