Please note that our pub events have been put on hold, due to the coronavirus outbreak.
In the summer of 2005, a group of us hatched a plan to meet once a month for drinks in a Central London pub. Nobody would have predicted that this arrangement would last as long as it has.
Our Founding Event
Our first pub night took place at the Lowlander Grand Café at 36 Drury Lane, in October 2005. This establishment serves traditional Belgian beers, and is very popular. And there was our problem: It was so crowded that we were unable to hold a sensible conversation all evening.
The Penderel’s Oak
For eight years the Penderel’s Oak in High Holborn, a Wetherspoon’s pub, used top be our regular home.
It is situated at 283-288 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HP. It occupies the ground floor and basement of Penderel House, named after Richard Penderel, who in 1651 helped the future King Charles II to escape from Cromwell’s Roundhead troops after the Battle of Worcester, by hiding the royal fugitive in an oak tree on his country estate.
Our 100th pub night was held on 10th September 2013.
Then, a mere three months later, in December 2013, disaster struck…
One of our group – we won’t mention his name here to spare his blushes – got into an argument with the pub manager when he was overlooked waiting to be served at the bar, and he was promptly banned from the premises. In his defence, the whole affair was a bit of a misunderstanding. But the upshot of this debacle was that we had to find a new home in a hurry.
The Liberty Bounds
So at the start of 2014, we moved to the Liberty Bounds, another Wetherspoon’s, situated on Tower Hill, where we celebrated our 10th anniversary on 10th November 2015, and our 150th pub night on 13th February 2018. March 2020 was our 173rd such event.
Unfortunately the coronavirus pandemic has forced the Liberty Bounds to close for the time being.
Let’s hope that life will get back to normal soon, and that we can resume our monthly gatherings. In the meantime, our subscribers will continue to receive our regular newsletters.