Posted by jetdoc on May 18th, 2011
I have started a new thread for this because people may not notice just another comment appended to the existing one.
Directions for getting to The Ship & Shovell: from Charing Cross tube station, take Exit 2, for Villiers Street. Walk a few yards down Villiers Street and turn right, down The Arches (the sign says ‘leading to Craven Passage’). The pub is at the top of the steps, at the end of that passageway. There are two entrances, to the left and right of the passage.
We have negotiated a deal with the manager to use the upstairs room, which is called The Crow’s Nest. It is above the left-hand bar, which opens at 5:00. If you arrive between 4:00 and 5:00, you will find me (Jane), and possibly John and others, in the right-hand bar.
A condition of using the room is a minimum spend of £200. John has already used his card to guarantee £50 upfront. So — to be sure that all our spending counts towards that total — we suggest a ‘whip’ arrangement: £20 for people staying a while; £10 for people just dropping in and/or not drinking much. At least at the beginning of the evening, I (Jane) will be whip-mistress. From 5:00, I will be in the left-hand bar, wielding my lash.
We anticipate leaving the pub to head for a restaurant at about 8:00–8:30.