[ANNOUNCE] [SOCIAL] The Star, Belgravia - Thursday, October the 5th
simon at thegestalt.org
Wed Sep 27 16:27:32 BST 2006
Remember, remember the 5th of October. Oh, wait. No. That's November.
The 5th of October is, fact fans, exactly 10 years to the day since I
started college. Not that you care really. Not that I care really. I
woke up 4 years later on a beach in Thailand wearing nothing but a
mortar board and Tattoo saying "Miranda 4 t3h w1N!!!11!!1"
Good times. Good times.
After the shock discovery last month that The Penderels Oak has had the
good bits downstairs removed and replaced with some sort of cheesy teen
disco extravangaza we've retreated to lick our wounds and plot revenge
and a sensible place to do that is the upstairs room of The Star in
The Star was famously used to plan The Great Tarin Robbery (starring
Phil Collins) so we'll be steeped in the right kind of history. Also the
beer is good (we've persuaded the Landlord to open up the top bar) and
the steaks are tasty (The Landlord has laid in some extra steaks
because, well, it's us and we eat a lot of them).
If you don't like steaks there's plenty of other food and apparently the
vege stuff is pretty good. I can't really complain, I mena my garnish
always looked nice but ...
Now the standard blurb ...
Social meetings are a chance for people to meet up face to face for a
quiet drink (alcoholic or not) A fair chunk of Perl is talked at the
meetings, but also people who have no interest in the language often
pop along to socialise. There's no charge to enter, no agenda, and we
tend to think of it more as pleasant drinks rather than any serious
People normally turn up after work, and many stay until closing time.
Food is normally consumed at the pub by those wanting nourishment
though sometimes small groups of people head off for food either
during or after the meeting.
The Star is in walking distance of Victoria, Sloane Square, Hyde Park
Corner and Knightsbridge. It is located in a little cobbled street
behind the German Embassy. Below are directions to get there from
>From Sloane Square
Essentially you want to take the north exit off the square and head up
Sloane Street and then take a right down Pont street till you get to
the embassy, and then down the cobbled mews till you find the pub.
So, in detail: Come out of the station. Standing as you are with your
back to the station you want to go up the road diagonally opposite on
the right (so turn right, cross the crossing, and on the other side
turn left and walk for a bit till you come to Sloane Street - a big
wide street - on your right.) You want to keep going up Sloane street
till you come to Pont Street, the junction of which has traffic
lights on it.
Turn right (east) down this street and keep going. The road will start
to veer off to the left, and at this point you should see a large
white building with black windows that is the German embassy on the
left hand side (north) side of the road. In a big, tall, archway under
the embassy there should be a cobbled street. Head up this street and
The Star is on the end on the left.
Essentially you want to cross the road out of the station and then
head up Lower then Upper Belgrave Street so you get to Belgrave
Square. From here you want to take the second left exit to Pont Steet
and turn right though the German embassy up the cobbled mews to the
In detail: From the tube lines, follow signs for main station and get
to the surface. Turn left and walk past starbucks and pret a manger -
you want to get to Buckingham Palace Road which is the road the busses
enter the bus station off of. Cross the road at the traffic lights and
use the other set of traffic lights to the left to get off the
mini-island you're on. You should now be in front of the deserted Usit
campus office. go left (west) along Buckingham Palace Road then take
the first right (north) up into Lower Belgrave Street. Continue up
this street, passing drinking establishments such as "The Victoria" on
your left, and the "The Plumber Arms". This road turns into "Upper
Belgrave Street" - just keep on going until you come to Belgrave
square. Here, turn left and take the second exit off the square (the
one that goes directly west) down Pont Street. Almost immediately on
your right you should see the German embassy (a big white building
with black windows) and a large phallic like statue. There should be
an archway here under the embassy leading up a cobbled street. Go up
this street and The Star will be on the end on the left.
Essentially you want to get out of the tube and then head south down
Sloane Street until you come to Cadeogan Place. Turning down here you
simply want to walk east for a short while until you come to the north
end of a cobbled mews that the pub is located on.
In detail: To get out of the tube, take the exit signposted for Harvey
Nichols or Knightsbridge (south side) or Sloane Street (east side)
[it's signed differently in different places but these are all the
same exit, to the right as you come out of the Tube barriers]. When
you come out of the exit turn right round 180 degrees so that you are
on the left pavement of Sloane Street heading south. Walk down here
for a few minutes (past one left turning, which you should ignore)
and turn left into Cadogan Place.
At this point you want to keep heading in a straight line (east.)
Don't follow Cadogan Place round to the right, but instead keep
heading roughly in the same direction. Take the zebra crossing onto
the right-hand pavement, and still heading in the same direction
eastly direction cross over Lowndes Street into West Halkin Street.
Follow West Halkin Street as it bends slightly to the right. Shortly
you should see a cashmere shop on your right on the corner. Turn down
this road and then you'll see an entry directly ahead of you into a
The Star is in that cobbled street, on the right just after the entry.
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