@squirmelia and I have been trying for ages to organise another London meetup, but we keep getting stuck on the question of a venue.
It needs to:
I've been organising pubmeets in London for the past 15 years, and have probably personally visited around 200 London pubs in the past year alone, and I still can't come up with a single venue that meets all these criteria. Do you know one? If so then please please tell me and I will happily buy you several appropriate units of your beverage of choice. (It doesn't have to actually be a pub.)
I have tried to find a suitable Wetherspoons, since they generally tick most of these boxes by default, but unfortunately Wetherspoons inform me that it's not possible to search for their pubs by whether or not they have step-free access. We've had a couple of meets in the Wetherspoons near Victoria Station (the Willow Walk), but it fails on both noise and step-free-ness.
(Do note that if you personally are willing to organise a meet in a place that doesn't meet all of the above criteria then you should go for it! It's just that at the moment these are the necessary criteria for me to organise one.)
OK so I went and walked around Victoria looking for pubs and checking accessibility/prices/etc. Here are my findings.
It looks to me as though the two most plausible options are St George's Tavern and the Windsor Castle. The Windsor Castle has cheaper prices, and may be quieter, but has a more restricted range of drinks.
I'd greatly appreciate any input on these options from people who've been to or would like to come to a Computer Anonymous meetup in Central London!
After discussion with @squirmelia, we're trying out St George's Tavern on 3 June.
St George's Tavern was great! However, only three of us were there. @squirmelia and I agreed that we won't be organising any more London Computer Anonymous events — we feel we've done our fair share — but if anyone else does want to organise one, then St George's Tavern is well worth considering as a venue.