Where and when is it?
We have exclusive hire of the downstairs (as in basement) room in The Gardens (188 Broadhurst Gdns, next to The Gallery). It’s a good sized room with its own private bar. Should work perfectly. It’s on March 11th, starting at 7.30pm and going on until around midnight. There are usually a few people there at the very start, so don’t feel you have to be too fashionably late, but if you want to drop in on your way home after something else, we’ll still be there. And until 11pm a glass of house wine is just £2.
How much is it?
You mentioned prizes?
Yes I did. After successful prize draws at Whampgather I & II, this time we’re going all out with “Local Prizes for Local People”. The star prize is a 3-course meal for two incl. bottle of house wine at Walnut, West Hampstead’s ethical restaurant. We’re also giving away £30 to spend at West End Lane Books, Wet Fish Café martinis and tapas, £20 to spend at Social, and coffee & cakes for two at Bake-a-boo. More prizes to be annouced shortly. To be in with a chance of winning you’ll need to put your name down when you arrive and there is a minimum £1 donation to The Winch required to enter. The prize draw will be about 10.30pm.
What can I expect on the night?
This is the first time we’ve had private hire (big thanks to The Gardens for waiving all the usual fees and minimum spends for this event). This means we also have our very own resident DJ @DJStoney manning the decks. He’s very happy to take requests. Send a tweet to him/me with “#whamptunes” in it and we’ll see what we can do. You can even do that on the night (or just go up and ask him). Whampgathers are very social affairs. Most people come on their own or with a friend/flatmate and mingling is the order of the day. There are always new people at these events, so it never feels cliquey (my mantra when starting this was that they should be neither geeky nor cliquey). Everyone is welcome and it’s a mixed age-range from early 20s to… well, to older.
Sounds great, what do I do now?
It would be v.helpful if you can let me know if you are definitely / probably going to turn up. Just tweet me @WHampstead. I need a rough idea of numbers to help us with the last-minute planning. We had 45 people at the last one, and am expecting similar numbers this time give or take a few.
Thanks. See you there.