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Yes, it won't be long now until the 2012 London Spill Party. Hopefully all of you have found accommodation, and have you flights and tickets booked, if not, you'll need to get it done pronto. ;)
I'm posting this up to pass on a little info to the Spilleos who will be visiting the party for the first time, but all of it in general should be useful, and make sure you have a great weekend in the city of London. Consider it a little checklist, to be sure you have everything in order.
First up, don't forget your printed ticket for admission to the party! This will act as your entry fee, and pass to the VIP area, keep it alongside your passport so you won't forget it. If you haven't got one already, there's a link on the page to purchase one, each costs about £10.
Plan your route on the Underground. This is by far the best way of navigating London, you can pay by cash, credit card, or with an Oyster Card. The nearest Tube Station to Miabella is Tottenham Court Road, so it'll be good to have an idea of how to get there from your accommodation. It's not recommended to use them at night, as they can get very crowded and unpredictable.
Dress code for Miabella is smart, but casual. No baggy jeans or trainers! You don't want to end up being turned away at the door, so be sure to dress accordingly for the event, Miabells is a pretty nice place, so try and match it.
Most food in London is well priced, and suits all budgets. You can plan ahead by seeing what resteraunts and fast-food places are near to you, you don't need to be ripped off by paying for over-expensive grub. Browse around, and you'll definitely find something to suite your taste.
Make sure you have everything in place for your accommodation. Some hostels will charge for security lockers, towels, phone charging booths, etc. etc... so be sure you bring along everything you will need. Some national photo I.D.'s will not be accepted, so always use your Passport, but, make sure you keep it in a safe place! It will most likely be the most important item for your trip.
Don't walk alone during the night. You'll know this by now, and we'll all be sticking together for almost all the night, but it's important that you don't venture off alone to get a taxi, or without telling someone where you're going. It's very easy to get lost, or worse, so try to plan on getting a shared cab with people if you can. If you need to go and grab some food or cigarettes from a shop, ask someone to come along with you.
And finally.... have fun! Whether you're shy or it's your first time going to a Spill event, make the most of it. ;) Everyone will be very friendly and you'll always find someone to chat with or share a drink with. This party is a celebration of Spill.com, but also an excellent way to make some new friends. Have an awesome time, and be sure to get plenty fond memories.
Well, that's all the info I can offer. It won't be long until we all will meet in London, so get your preparations in place, and see you there! :)
Well done Neil, that was some really good info and advice. Couldn't have said it any better :)
Cheers mate, that coming from you is high praise indeed. :) I thought I'ld pass on all the info I didn't know for the meetup last September, and had me freaked out several times back then, lol :D
I forgot to mention one or two other things in this post that may be important. First off, even though it will be the end of April, the U.K. weather is... unpredictable at best. Hopefully we'll get some good weather for the weekend, but bring a rain jacket or coat just in case. Keep an eye on the forecasts aswell to plan ahead, generally speaking the weather will be mild and humid there.
And one last bit of advice, be sure to get yourself a printout of any timetables you may need for the trip, such as the Stansted Express, bus routes, local maps near your area, etc. All will be available to you at the train stations and tousist offices, but it will be one less job to do to have them already at hand before you go. ;) A map of the Underground is definitely recommended aswell, or even better, download the Apps on your smartphone for the best convienience.
Trainers as in sneakers? That's a shame, because sneakers is the only type of shoe I own :/
Any way, if a pair of new shoes is what it takes not to get rejected at the door, so be it.
They don't need to be totally formal, but not the likes of a pair on Nike or anything like that. ;) The dresscode for these places is usually "smart but casual", I got mine from Burton and they worked great at the past party. :)