Are you coming to this year’s Bash? It’s on the 19th May and there are no competing attractions, however keen you are on Royal Weddings and FA Cup finals. I’m mean, seriously? Competition? Pah!
If not, why not?
Here’s where you can get tickets.
If you are booked, then this is what you need to know.
The Bash is held this year at The George IV pub in Chiswick. Here’s a link to said welcoming hostelry. We will take over the Boston Room for our glorious meet up.
The fun starts at 10.30 and runs until 4.30. Here’s a link to the agenda post with details.
Before I get into more details on travel and admin on the day there’s one big thing I’d like help with. As there will be a fair few of us coming and we are in a pub that serves food, the options for lunch are, as you will appreciate, tied to the Pub’s catering. With this in mind we have negotiated a short but succulent menu with both meat, non meat and vegetarian/vegan options which you will find by following this link.
If you want to wait, or go to one of the cafes/sandwich bars nearby that is, of course fine and you will see we have left space in the programme for this.
If you do order, like me, then on the day, Helen will be in charge of liaising with the pub to make sure your food is delivered to the table you’ve chosen. Please work with Helen as instructed to make this as simple as possible.
Now to travel. For those people, most of you I expect, who will be coming from central London, and probably a main line railway terminal, please note that , of course, London Underground are living up to the song of the same name, to the tune of the Going Underground by the Jam
You’ll guess what the bleeps are I’m sure.
Point is, there will be no District Line service between South Kensington and Turnham Green where you need to alight to get to the venue. However, in one of those serendipitous moments that happen to me, as in I had no idea when I found this pub, but the Piccadilly Line also calls at Turnham Green so, yipp-de-dodah, we can catch that instead. Just make sure you’re on it before or at South Kensington or, well, it’s the replacement bus service… and while I’m sure that will be fine, who on earth knows how long it might take. 2019 anyone?
The above shows you the route if you go to South Ken and change. I assumed a journey from Victoria, hence the 4 minutes at the start. If you want a guide you can use this ‘plan a journey link’.
If you are driving, the pub doesn’t have car parking but there is on street parking in the side streets nearby at, gulp, £1.20 an hour… phew! And you will have to pop out and shift the car at least once sadly… but
…there is a car park of sorts run by Eur Parks
but I don’t know the tariff. It is close by, however – see above map, it is on Chiswick Common Road.
Ok, so you have found your way to the front door and you hesitate. Will I be ok? Will they be nice? Is the bloody pub open yet?
Yes, to all of the above. Go in through the main double doors – as you face the pub these are the ones painted red in the middle – and you will be met by a hug and a grin, but, we are promised no shorts, that makes Hugh such a perfect meeter and greeter.
He will point you on your way but if he’s absent or tied up or he’s unfortunately tried to hug a member of staff unused to such a tactile Welshman and is embroiled in an imbroglio then look to your let and a sign, which really you can’t miss on a dark Thursday in Sidcup so you’ll have no problems here, sat
Now let’s be clear. We’re not holding this outdoors. Sure we are a rash bunch of ne’er do wells and numpties but outdoors in May? I think you not.
Nope, you pass through the ‘garden’ which you’ll realise is about as accurate as any David Davis statement on the Brexit negotiations, before entering
The Boston Room
What does that bring to mind? Stranglers? Red socks? Tea parties? It’s the Bash peeps. It’s where it happens.
Here, unless we’ve already captured your details because we’re so efficient, you will
- confirm your lunch order if any and be told by Helen how the arrangements will work on the day
- be pointed to the toilets and the bar
- be given a name badge
- be sold raffle tickets with fab prizes
- have the secret on the day competition explained to you – the prize is awesome and it is only available to attendees and is worth more than the ticket to the Bash.
It is entirely possible that we will only manage 1. and 4. before someone who knows you and has already gone through 1-7 leaps at you, squeals and drags you off.
As Doris said so eloquently
As I say there will be a manned bar in the room – I’m looking at you Lucy – where drinks are available as are beverages. Ideally you’ll order during the day but if you need to go to the main bar, then that’s easy too. Just make sure you’re back for Sacha’s bit; she really does like an audience.
We do have to vacate by 5 pm, but there are many eateries and the bar nearby to continue the love-in. It will be special. And there’s a guarantee that the only royalty in attendance will be blogging royalty.