Instead of going out all lonely to see the stars, let's share stargazing time and views for safer and more social, better experiences (and learn more)!
We do this locally in South West London (with occasional events elsewhere) and as often as the organiser's schedule/weather permits. Events may be at short notice (~2 days) sometimes if the skies suddenly clear. Hence our calendar can be somewhat random, but we try for at least one event per month, including: star-parties (in a public common/park), socials (pub/cafe), and occasional trips to exhibitions/observatories/other places of interest to astronomers.
We continue to meet in summer. I aim to choose stargazing locations with nearby lit public access (eg. pubs) to reduce night-time worries where possible. Feel free to suggest events/locations!
For sharing views through different telescopes/binoculars, and knowledge about the constellations/deep sky objects and how to find them. Some members have telescopes and bring them to some meets. Late evenings are much easier in Winter of course with earlier nights.
Note: due to the weather, meetings may come up at relatively short notice or be cancelled if its terrible, but I plan on both weekdays and weekends. If a meeting is described (in title or main description) as tentative or unsure, then please check with the organiser whether it is still on, close to the day of the meet (by phone/text/email, allowing at least a couple of hours ideally in case of delayed response). Otherwise you take a slight risk going.
Use the message board to make random invites if you're planning a session a night or two ahead. It feels much safer and more fun sharing the wonders of the night sky with others.
Its easy to find talks to go to around/near London to learn and the web always has plenty of news and info, so this meetup group is primarily for meeting up in the evenings to see the stars, the moon, planets or deep sky objects (if there are suitable telescopes around).
Common meeting grounds might be Tooting Common, Streatham Common or similar - tried Wimbledon/Crystal Palace - all areas further away from the constant light pollution we suffer as stargazers. I'll try to keep public transport in mind as obviously dark skies tend to be further from public transport. You'd be surprised what you can see on a good night when away from immediate streetlights though, especially through any enhancing equipment (regular binoculars will do, telescope even better).