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London Wikimedia Meetup Number 178[edit]

Date and time: Sunday 13 March 2022 — 13:00 onwards
(join at any time you can, no need to stay for the whole afternoon)
Location: Penderel's Oak Pub, Holborn, London WC1

A social gathering for Wikimedia enthusiasts, where we...

  • Drink coffee and/or beer and some of us have Sunday lunch.
  • Chat about Wikipedia and any other topics we fancy.
  • Exchange books, maps and other source materials.

Mainly a casual social event. You can expect to meet some very keen Wikipedians; however, this is also an open invitation to anyone interested in finding out more about Wikipedia, other Wikimedia projects, projects re-using Wikipedia, and other collaborative wiki projects. Feel free to come along and raise these discussions over a beer. Alcohol consumption is optional.

People of all ages and all Wikimedia projects are welcome. Complete newbies also welcome!

Please also invite any London Wikimedia people you know (or have had wiki dealings with) – spread the word!


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May be attending[edit]

Interested but not attending[edit]

  • Maybe one day, but I'm more than a day away from London for most of the year + Sundays are usually busy with singing. If there was a meetup more local to me I might be able to make it. If I have the time I might arrange one local to me, but I'm not sure how well attended it would be tbh. Dreamy Jazz talk to me | enwiki 00:49, 21 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    @Dreamy Jazz what sort of locations would be easier for you? Thryduulf (talk: meta · en.wp · wikidata) 23:14, 24 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    North East Scotland for most of the year, and preferably Aberdeen. Dreamy Jazz talk to me | enwiki 23:24, 24 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    I might have a think about where a meetup could happen, but this is likely to be some internet cafe somewhere in central Aberdeen for ease of access for everyone. Dreamy Jazz talk to me | enwiki 23:38, 24 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    From experience, the best venues tend to be those that are easily and simply accessible by public transport, flexible with seating layouts (they don't mind chairs/tables being moved), not too busy (so there is room for the group to expand if needed), where ambient noise levels permit easy conversation (a venue where people gather to watch sports on big screens will not work), and where staff are happy for a group of varying size to sit around for a few hours where not everybody is purchasing something and where they don't expect a single bill per table. Ideally the venue would welcome children, serve food (think town centre cafe rather than gastropub) and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at reasonable prices. That probably sounds like a lot, but it's not a rigid list more a loose guide. I've never been to Aberdeen so can't help with anything specific, but I've been known to make going to a Wikimeet an excuse to travel before. Thryduulf (talk: meta · en.wp · wikidata) 00:40, 25 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    Might be easier to compromise a bit and try Edinburgh? Easy enough to get to from Aberdeen, London and Greater Manchester. It's technically possible to do a day trip from London, just about. Ritchie333 (talk) 19:02, 11 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Thryduulf (talk: meta · en.wp · wikidata) 11:44, 10 February 2022 (UTC) Sorry I didn't make it but I was ill :(. Thryduulf (talk: meta · en.wp · wikidata) 16:01, 13 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

About the meetup[edit]

The Penderel's Oak in Holborn
Location of The Penderel's Oak

London meetups are generally casual social events where we...

  • Drink coffee, beer, tea and some of us have Sunday brunch. Sunday roasts are no longer offered but they do a reasonable pizza now and have a range of other snacks and dishes.
  • Welcome guests from around the world and other groups which meet there
  • Chat about Wikimedia or any other topics
  • Experienced Wikimedians help out new editors and share experiences about anything from copyright to editing tools.

You can expect to meet some very keen Wikimedians; however, this is also an open invite for anyone interested in finding out more about Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects such as Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata, and Wikisource.

New and prospective editors are also very welcome.

The pub is quite quiet and family-friendly on a Sunday lunchtime, so younger Wikimedians will also feel welcome and safe. Alcohol consumption is not compulsory!

Disabled access[edit]

The pub has an accessible loo on the ground floor. There are some sections of the pub that are only accessible by steps, but we always meet in the main step free section, usually opposite the main doors.

Location: Penderel's Oak[edit]

The Penderel's Oak is a Wetherspoons pub in Holborn.
Address: 283-288 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7HP (OpenStreetMap) (Google Maps)

It's easy to find us – we're usually the crowd with several laptops on the large tables straight ahead of you when you enter the pub. If not, then look for a tabletop Wikimedia/Wikipedia poster and laptops with Wikipedia stickers on them. Wikimania t-shirts can also be a good clue.

Getting there[edit]

Central line
Chancery Lane 0.2 miles

(350 m)

Central line
Piccadilly line
Circle line
Hammersmith & City line
Metropolitan line

Elizabeth line

Farringdon 0.5 miles

(800 m)

Circle line

District line


The Penderel's Oak is between Holborn tube station and Chancery Lane tube station. Farringdon station and Temple tube station are not too far. The pub is also within walking distance of Waterloo railway station (1.3 miles; 2 km), St Pancras railway station (1.2 miles; 1.9 km) and Kings Cross.

Several bus routes also go directly to Holborn station; if travelling from Waterloo, it is quicker to travel by bus than by tube.

Bike hire (TfL scheme) is in Red Lion Street, just opposite the pub.

Visit the TfL Journey Planner for more information about your fastest route.

Back-up plan[edit]

In the rare event of a kitchen closure or another problem at the Penderel's Oak, the meetup will be relocated to the Shakespeare's Head – another Wetherspoons pub located nearby. To get there from the Penderel's Oak, when exiting onto the street turn left, then when walking past Holborn tube station turn left again down Kingsway, and after a short walk the pub will be found on the left-hand side.