It’s been a couple of weeks now since the ninth edition of the local get-together known as #whampgather.
Fifty of us took over the front half of The Black Lion on West End Lane while a sudden, if brief, monsoon arrived in West Hampstead.
The afternoon went well – it was great to see so many familiar faces and welcome lots of newcomers to their first whampevent. It’s the first time we’ve had so many people at a sit-down gathering, and thanks are definitely due to Martyn and the staff at The Black Lion for looking after us.
A smattering of folks hung around for more drinks until we got booted out as those who’d reserved tables to watch Italy beat England arrived.
I’ve said it before, but it feels like a long time since the very first whampgather when I wasn’t sure if anyone would turn up. Now, we’re heading inexorably towards the 10th, which will be sometime in the autumn. We’ll be returning to the usual Thursday evening drinks & music format and I’d recommend booking the next day off work.
In the meantime, here are some ropey pictures of Whampgather IX by me, and some better ones of the food by Anthony.