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American Meetup: Christmas Day!

  • Dec 25, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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Some appropriate Christmas videos
http://www.meetup.com/americansabroad/messages/boards/thread/5988694/20#[masked]

A Christmas Story - a Clockwork Christmas:
http://www.meetup.com/americansabroad/messages/boards/thread/5988694/20#[masked]

 

Well it's Christmas Day here in the UK, or as I like to cynically call it "No transport and F-all to do day". Whether you are phoning loved one back home or settling in for a Morcambe and Wise fest on the telly here in the UK you might want to spend some of your day with others who are in the same boat - here's where we come in... 

THIS EVENT (specifically) is DO IT YOURSELF - There is no one event this time around, but several in as many parts of town, and you gotta make it happen. Feel free to post your area of London location, a time and a place -then agree to meet somewhere local! 

Simple as that... 

Since the cost of transport, even with a minicab is extortionate, and equivalent to what you'd pay for airline tickets to Thailand you're WAY better off finding folks local to you - use this comments section and the message board to find local area expats and share the eggnog. 

Meet and do a walk, find a local pub that is open (it's uber traditional to open for Xmas lunch). Other ideas include a swim in some open baths and lakes (!), Wagamama's Japanese Restaurant, a place in Farringdon which is hosting a £27 3 course Christmas Meal (bargain, believe me!) and a roof bar in shoreditch

Get creative, some further ideas to get you started are listed bellow, but for pete's sake don't be by yourself if you don't want to be. This is not so much an event, as the opportunity to make one.

Full service will be resumed in the New Year!

Merry Christmas, and all the best!  

 

Find a pub; lot's open Xmas - ALL over London

http://www.pubs.com/main_site/pub_blog.php?blog_id=95

 

The Dickens House Museum Christmas Victorian (and other cool stuff, like walks)

http://londonist.com/2011/12/london-stuff-open-on-christmas-day.php

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  • Murtaza A.

    Hi Guys, Anyone from South East London most welcome to join me tonight, as would love to meet & make new friends.

    December 25, 2012

  • David V.

    I'm an Aussie living in Bloomsbury at the moment. I'm a muso and I'm thinking of heading to the Christmas service at Westminster Abbey tomorrow purely to enjoy the music and pageantry (I've never really celebrated Christmas, not attending for religious reasons at all :)). Let me know if you'd like to join me, will probably head to the 10:30 service and head to a pub for Christmas lunch afterwards but I'm open to suggestions. David:[masked]

    December 24, 2012

    • David V.

      Alright, I'm lined up in the queue for the 3pm service at the front of the abbey. I'll help you guys queue jump :)

      December 25, 2012

    • Shudan z.

      Sorry Daivd I missed it... Apparently we over partied today. Hope you got in OK and had a great time. I will still check out their music at some point. Thanks for the great idea!

      December 25, 2012

  • Shivaz

    Where is the meetup?

    December 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any interest in Richmond, Putney, fullham, Chelsea?

    December 24, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey,yes sure ring me or text me[masked]

      December 25, 2012

    • Julia

      Hi - did you mean Walmer Castle in Notting Hill? Happy to join you as well. Please text me on[masked] if anyone would like to join. Happy Christmas! Julia

      December 25, 2012

  • Sofie

    Last year around St Pauls area, Starbucks was open, Cafe Rouge, Strada, a hotel restaurant, and places around Covent Garden and Leicester Square.

    1 · December 24, 2012

    • Wilber W.

      St Pauls area Starbucks will definitely be open tomorrow; I was in there tonight Have a great time whatever you get up to! x St Pauls Starbucks - Open 7am-7pm, Dec 25th, 2012
      EC2V 6BJ [masked]
      http://maps.google.co...­

      December 24, 2012

    • David V.

      Sophia, I just tried to spam you with my email etc, but MeetUp said you don't accept messages? Here's my mobile number and email for you to use as as you see fit :) :[masked] / [masked]

      December 25, 2012

  • Karri

    Hi is anyone doing anything today (Christmas day the 25th)- I saw some people might go to the Windsor Castle in Kensington / Notting Hill. Is that still on? I will pop by if so because I live very close. Anything else on - I don't mind walking or taking the bike (but hope it does stop raining!)

    Karri

    December 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi I'm johnny looking for something to do on Christmas any invitation anywhere I will travel on a boris bike I live near kings x station merry xmas

    December 25, 2012

  • Tom G.

    Anyone in Covent Garden?

    December 24, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm not too far - Earl's Court. I go to school at LSE, so I walk there a lot.

      December 24, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I live in Covent Garden.....I will be going to midnight mass at the church in Soho Square..

      December 24, 2012

  • Tom G.

    A few of us are meeting at 7:30 tonight (Monday) at Holborn station and will looking for an open pub nearby. If you want to stop by drop a message here and we'll let you know where we end up.

    December 24, 2012

    • Tom G.

      If you are curious who is will be there look at the comment history under Talise Q. Just threw it up here so people would actually see it.

      December 24, 2012

  • laetitia

    hey guys! u are welcome to come to my place in Ealing Common. We can smoke a shisha, but you will have to bring your food and drinks coz I will not go mad about shopping today! The cheapest Cab company in London is called SKY EXPRESS CAB, Let me know if you are interested otherwise HAVE A NICE AND WARM XMAS and see you another time!...my mobile is[masked]

    December 24, 2012

    • Kurt

      I'm up for meeting in Ealing ... mobile is[masked] ... otherwise if people are meeting in Kensington ... it's not too far away for me

      December 24, 2012

    • laetitia

      i meant on xmas day, 25th...

      December 24, 2012

  • Louise

    Sophie, Angela, Amy, think I might be free too :-) do we need to book? And if anyone else wants to come from highbury let me know..

    December 24, 2012

  • laetitia

    hi everyone, I always run away from Xmas and usually I am abroad at this time but I need to slow down as I have just come back from India. But Xmas in the UK is a lonely time and all my friends will be away so it would nice to celebrate it with you guys. I live in Ealing so if anyone wants to share a lift or taxi, please let me know.

    December 17, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Laetitia! I am on the same boat so it'd be nice to be around people and make friends on Xmas day. Americans are always so friendly so this group sounds awesome. I live in Highbury on the other side of the city from you. But will see you there hopefully.

      December 21, 2012

    • Murtaza A.

      Hi Guys, it would be really nice meet new and like minded people on this Christmas day, if you guys do finalise with your plans, give me a shout, ll catch u den, cheerx

      December 24, 2012

  • Julia

    The Duke of Wellington pub on Portobello road will be open on Christmas Day.

    http://www.thedukeofwellingtonpub.com/findus.htm

    December 24, 2012

  • Wilber W.

    Feel free to post your Chritmas Day location to meet conversations here, in the comments section. http://www.meetup.com/americansabroad/events/95495792/

    December 24, 2012

  • Stephanie S.

    American Democrats Abroad UK invites you to its Inaugural Ball on Monday, January 21, 2013 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. It will be a stellar night of cocktails, a three-course seated dinner, a screening of the Inauguration, live music, and dancing until late. Purchase your tickets at:
    http://dauk-2013-london-inaugural.eventbrite.co.uk

    Non-US Citizen guests are most welcome, but tickets can be purchased ONLY by US citizens and qualified permanent resident aliens.

    December 21, 2012

    • Kurt

      I think it was a fair question ... even for the single tickets, you're asking for about $200 in USD ... so much for the Democratic Party representing the middle class ... In comparison, the election night events this year in London and the Hague were far cheaper and it looks like you are just fund-raising ... if so, please label the event appropriately

      2 · December 23, 2012

    • Wilber W.

      If ANYONE's feeling THAT generous with Christmas donations please give it to a REAL American hero:
      https://co.clickandple...­
      Give generously to a person making sacrifices this Christmas, and for the past two FOR our constitution, not a constitutional expert SHREDDING our liberties!
      http://www.meetup.com...­]

      December 24, 2012

  • Daniel

    My xmas plans got
    Put on hold so in the meantime I'm hoping this is a cool
    Place to meet some cool people :)

    December 24, 2012

  • Kurt

    can the location please be announced sooner than usual due to transportation difficulties this day ... I will attempt to come if it is central ... I will be coming from Ealing

    December 23, 2012

    • laetitia

      hi Kurt, I live in ealing too, a friend from brighton may come and if you want we could share a taxi?

      December 23, 2012

    • Kurt

      sounds good! hopefully we'll get the location soon

      December 23, 2012

  • Louise

    Iaetitia and ana - I am also in the same position. It would be lovely to share the day with some friendly people! I live in highbury too. Let me know if you find out any details. Perhaps we could share a cab? :-)

    December 23, 2012

  • Angela

    Has the secret location been revealed yet? Also, if anyone lives in West Kensington and wants to share a cab, give me a shout.

    December 23, 2012

    • laetitia

      salut Angela! i emailed the organiser asking for more details including the price but nothing so far :-(

      December 23, 2012

  • Ilona

    It seems this meetup becomes the American refugee camp for all kinds of nationalities stranded in London over Xmas. I'm tempted to attend but without public transport on the 25th I would have to pedal a lot on my bicycle. Anyhow, in case that I can only be with you in spirit I wish everyone a merry Xmas.

    December 22, 2012

    • laetitia

      hahaha! true! I live in west london, if u want to share a cab.

      December 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey
    Can a non-american attend ???

    December 22, 2012

    • laetitia

      by the look of it, YES

      December 22, 2012

  • Karri

    Hi ... I'm also staying in London with all of my friends out of town so ... would be very keen to meet up somewhere but where is the venue?

    December 21, 2012

  • Daniel

    I work until 4pm on Christmas Day, and then I will be looking for something to do! (off on the 26th and 27th!)

    December 19, 2012

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