London 2018


Date: Saturday 12th May 2018
Venue: The Blacksmith and The Toffeemaker, 292-294 St John Street, London, EC1V 4PA
Admission: £8
Doors open: 11.15am for an 11.45pm draw
Hosted by: FOCAL 2017 runner-up and tiara owner Jen Steadman
Games to be played: 6, plus the grand final
Finishes by: 6pm
Wheelchair accessible?: Yes ♿️

Jen says… “You wanted some. I gave it ya. But you wanted more, so…

Saturday 12th May 2018. Doors open at 11 and the draw will be made at 11.45, so please be there by then. (Do as I say, not as I do.) It will finish by 6pm.

The Blacksmith and Toffeemaker, London. It’s 5 minutes’ walk from Angel tube station, or if you’re too Northern to work out how the tube works (srsly? it’s much easier to understand than getting a bus), it’s a 20 min walk from Kings’ Cross and a 30 min walk from Euston.

The afterparty will be at the Old China Hand, which doesn’t serve food but you’re allowed to take food in. It also has darts, pool and loads of fancy beers.

6 9-round games of Countdown in the ‘Edinburgh’ style of tournament. The top 2 players after 6 games will play each other in the grand final. [Edinburgh style is briefly explained here.]

Only Connect champion, Countdown champion and existence champion Graeme Cole will be there. (He hasn’t actually confirmed this, but he will.) Also, you’ll meet great people, have a nerdy laugh, see some utterly disgusting conundrum scrambles, and you might even win a prize – there’s a range of prizes for people of all skill levels!

Also, I’m *actually* not running this again next year because I want to use my holiday allowance for actual holidays to exciting places like Russia, Slovenia and Liechtenstein, so this is your last chance to experience the gruesomely garish girlfest that is a Jen Steadman-run tournament.

The only thing in London that’s cheaper than up North, London is (probably) the cheapest Saturday event on the FOCAL calendar! Entry is just £8 per person. Payment should be made through PayPal to (PLEASE SELECT PAYMENT TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY – OTHERWISE I DON’T GET THE FULL AMOUNT), or if you don’t have PayPal, message me for bank transfer details. There is no option to pay on the day, unless there are last-minute cancellations or spaces.

The event is NOT FOR PROFIT – the fee pays for venue hire, trophies, other prizes, an event magazine (that may feature topless pictures of Giles Hutchings), and pens. Food isn’t included, but the venue serves delicious, very reasonably priced vegan food [menu here], or there’s a Sainsbury’s over the road if you just want a sandwich or some probably not vegan Cheesestrings.

Tl;dr about getting there on a budget: coaches/advance train tickets for cheap transport, AirBnB/hostels/Travelodges/couchsurfing for cheap accommodation.

How could you not be convinced?? Sign up now to confirm your place, and you’ll get a badly-drawn picture of you!”