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    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2009
    @Encephalo Ray - - you can run a journey planner from there - if you're staying three miles from the expo, there is bound to be a bus!
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    Should we start arranging a Whitechapel drunken meeting before the expo? Something hopefully ending up in a load of drunken Ellis fans puking on the clean white steps of the Excel centre just before the staff open the gates for frighteningly pre-pubescent cosplayers?

    Or is that just me?
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    Leopold road or something. It's shit far from the Excel centre.

    @Reynolds - I was thinking the same thing, a drink up is essential.
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2009
    There are a few pubs right by the Excel, though they may be pretty full. There are a couple more near Canning town which might be a good option as its on the jubilee line and only two stops on the DLR from Excel
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2009
    The DLR is doing something ridiculous that day and may not be running to Canning Town, and maybe not Excel either, so please don't rely on that :)
    • CommentTimeMay 10th 2009
    ha ha, you are right. but the Jubilee is running from London Bridge to Stratford (but not Stanmore to Waterloo) so people can always hop the rail replacement or just walk from Canning town.

    also for once the district/circle are running so there are ways around.
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    Well, I can tell you which pubs have had murders in them, and to avoid them (these are not your cheery, cheeky chappy sort of murder pubs, these are where you will get your head kicked in for being a bit 'strange').

    Actually, come to think of it, there isn't a single pub in Canning town that I would be caught dead drinking in...
    • CommentTimeMay 13th 2009 edited
    I used to live on the Isle of Dogs, nothing around that way is worth it barring the gastropub on the island called 'the gun', which is expensive, but lovely. Also nice is the Memsaheb restaurant, a favourite of wosserface TV Cook/Norwich City chairwoman.
    Instead, catch a bus/cab/FEET to Greenwich and sample any number of lovely places (The Yacht, Richard I, Plume of Feathers). As you can see, I prefer places which are less big and boisterous, and more smaller, homely, or just good. The Yacht overlooks the Thames (and has good fish and chips), Richard I can has Youngs, and the Plume is just a nice little pub.

    My favourite hidey hole was Olivier's. I don't have a firm link, but it's an underground "Jazz Bar". Don't take that to heart, I've heard various passable indie musics in there, and it's all lovely. Plus it is underground, so even if it isn't remotely Parisian, it somehow feels like it, to me.
    The landlord, or the guy that runs it, Oliver ... he also seems like a good one ... despite hearing him grumble about foreigners whilst smoking outside. Mind you, that may have been irony, I think that he's not from around those parts. Anyway, he sports a great tache, which is reason enough to like anyone, right? It's not unlike mine in my profile picture, only it's:

    1. not worn by a total prick

    2. bigger

    3. white

    Anyway, it's under The Spread Eagle on the lower town-side corner of the park. Map/G-Map.

    If you see Oliver/Olivier, don't say I sent you ... because he has no idea who I am.
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2009
    if its at all nice on the weekend, Greenwich will be full of people and all pubs will be full. also not so hot on the DLR that weekend so it'd have to be bus.

    the gun is lovely but really, the Isle is fuck off out of the way for everyone and should really think of a meet up somewhere on the jubilee line, which is limiting.

    the isle really isn't that bad! my local is The George right by Crossharbour (the other, is funny enough, the gun). its sprawling an has a lovely beer garden but again, out of the way. there certainly are some chav bars but its a pretty decent area with some nice pubs.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2009
    @ Sillypunk
    I know that bar very well! And its VERY Near the DLR

    If you guys are looking for Isles of Dogs/East London i recommend the following

    The Nelson - Good for food and the service is friendly
    The 5 bells aka 5B Urban bar - A personal favourite of mine, about 5 mins walks from Westferry DLR. Ask for mark the lovely american barman Mark.
    The north Pole A great little place eight next to Canary wharf and is very much like a traditional east end boozer.
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    Right then, advice is needed. I'm a twat, therefore need specifics as to the location of this Expo. It's the building, right?

    I don't want to turn up at an entirely different location. The comic's village is within the Expo building, yeah? And all will be well signposted? In case you hadn't guessed, it's my first time doing this.

    EDIT: Are plans in motion for a WC Drink-Up after the event? I think I have a steampunk ball to attend later in the night, but evening drinks would be welcomed. And a WC greeting must be established.
    • CommentAuthorUrbanAngel
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2009 edited
    The Expo takes place in the ExCel which is a convention centre. The hall is signposted (last year it was the first hall to the left..) and everything takes place within that huge hall. The different 'villages' mentioned on the website are not really separated from each other or the rest of the convention. The toilets and refreshments area is in the main hallway and if there is any other convention happening on the same day in a different hall, it can get pretty busy.

    There were complaints last time as some kind of Islamic convention took place on the same day and apart from the whole place being way too crowded, many Expo goers felt uncomfortable being stared at and some were even criticised for the costumes they were wearing.

    The DLR station should be Custom House, however the station is closed during the Expo. There is a forum on Expo's website and the admin have written the following statement: 'Due to work on the DLR with upgrades for the Olympics Custom House DLR will not be open. Getting to Excel on Saturday is actually easier, you get the Canning Town and there are FREE shuttles for the half mile to Excel. Shuttles drop you directly out side the building.'

    Of course, you can always double-check on Google Maps as to its exact geographical location.
    • CommentAuthorUrbanAngel
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2009 edited
    And because I'm in a nice mood:,+excel+Exhibition+Centre&sll=51.508742,0.027831&sspn=0.00633,0.013733&ie=UTF8&ll=51.511387,0.016994&spn=0.01266,0.027466&z=15
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2009
    UrbanAngel has it spot on. The 'villages' are just names for sections of the hall. The Comic Village will be towards the back left corner of the hall when you enter and comprises the artists alley, the comicvillage stage and the art competition area.

    The expo hall will be well signed once you get into the excel centre.

    A note on the Islamic convention last time that shouldn't have amused us as much as it did:
    It was a convention for the pursuit of peace...right next door to a mahusive geek event. Fine and dandy. We're all about the peace and love in geek-land. On the saturday night there was a 'stabbing' the Islamic convention. Nothing major, but some one had a knife or something. On the sunday - there were metal detectors and huge security setups at the main doors....but only for the Islamic event.
    So you had a surreal scene where nice, gentle looking men and women in robes were being frisked for weapons, and crazy kids with huge fuck-off cosplay weapons were walking right past. Very odd.
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2009
    @icenlandbob - The Nelson used to be my sister's local when she lived on the Isle of Dogs - & it was always a fun & lively place, esp. on the day of a Millwall v West Ham derby...
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2009 edited
    The Excel people did promise us Expo-ers that they wouldn't ever put the two (the Expo and the Global Peace and Love Islamic thing) together again, though. (A lot of us made complaints, after some nasty words were exchanged). It did seem a bit silly having them both on at the same time. I was fairly sensibly dressed - a cosplay that you'd not know was a cosplay unless you knew it, and would pass for normal dress) and even I got comments, despite being dressed in jeans and a t shirt, and with my 3 year old. It made me a little sad 'cause of there's one thing we are, it's friendly and welcoming. (Hang on...that's two...). I *did* find the 'weapons detectors' amusing. My friend had a 4ft 'sword' on his back and waltzed in joyfully. Another friend almost had her hair extensions pulled out by someone who took offense to them for no apparent reason, though.

    Even without that, it'll still be crowded. :) Always is.

    ETA Mr Ray, drop me a mail at my user name (as in, clairefun, I mean) @ and I'll send you my mobile number. If you get lost or confuzzled at Expo, text me or whatever and I'll come save you. I'm the ripe old age of 32 now (as of last Tuesday) so obviously entirely sensible and reliable (heh). Either way, I do at least know my way around that there Expo.
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    This is now less than a week away. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
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    @warrenellis Oh stop your moaning - you always ask for nurses... Well I'll be there.
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    @warrenellis - That reminds me, after booking my flights and preparing everything else, i've now to buy a ticket for the expo itself. Why I left it this late, I do not know.
    • CommentAuthorrjphillips
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2009 edited
    wish i could come but ive got to go to my brothers wedding on saturday which makes going to the expo on the sunday redundant [ unless ellis can be tempted to be there for one more day - PLLLLEEEEAAASSSEEE?? ]
    the bummer is that friday is my birthday [34 for those slightly curious] and a trip to get a signed copy of the GNs would have been a brilliant pressie - hell if i could find any i could have brought some chocolate chikinnz as a pressie.
    as it is it probubly be manchester for the day for me [mmmm wagamama's [drools]