[ANNOUNCE] [SOCIAL] Penderels Oak, Holborn - 7th of September

Simon Wistow simon at thegestalt.org
Mon Sep 4 19:22:16 BST 2006

Since August the 6th was 8 years since the first London.pm meeting and 
since mongers are incredibly bad at dates and because that was held at 
the Cittie of Yorke this month it was decided that we should return to 
our old favourite The Penderel's Oak


As a Wetherspoons the beer is varied and tasty,m the food cheap and 
there's no crappy pseudo dance music playing at just the right level in 
the background in order to render conversation difficult whilst not 
quite being loud enough to actually hear properly.

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. 


  On High Holborn- a main road going East-West between the City of 
  London and the City of Westminster.

By Tube

  5 minutes from Holborn or Chancery Lane tubes- both are on the Central 
  Line, and Holborn is also on the Piccadilly. About 15 minutes walk 
  from Tottenham Court Road (Northern, Central) and Temple (District, Circle).

By Bus

  Numbers: 8, 25, 242, 501 and 521 pass PO on High Holborn.

  Many more go down Theobolds Road (19, 38, 55), Kingsway (1, 59, 68, 
  91, 168, 171, 188, 243, X68) and Gray's Inns Road (17, 45, 46, 341), 
  all of which are about 10 minutes walk from the pub.


  We tend to meet in the Cellar Bar, in the, erm, cellar, if we can as 
  it has more space.

  This was the standard meeting place for all social occasions, it is 
  still used frequently.

  Bar food is available in the evenings.

  The pub gets its name from the oak tree belonging to a 17th-century 
  nobleman called Richard Penderel, which stood in the estate of his 
  country home, Boscobel. On May 29th, 1652, King Charles I, fleeing 
  from execution by Oliver Cromwell's troops, was given shelter in it by 
  Penderel and successfully avoided being killed. This led to May the 
  29th becoming the traditional English celebration known as Oak Apple Day. 

  More information about it may be found here .


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