London 2017

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Date: Saturday 6th May 2017
Venue: The Blacksmith and The Toffeemaker, 292-294 St John Street, London, EC1V 4PA
Admission: £8
Doors open: 11.30am for a 12pm draw
Hosted by: Champion of Champions semi-finalist and tiara owner Jen Steadman
Games to be played: 6, plus the grand final
Finishes by: 6pm
Wheelchair accessible?: Yes ♿️

Jen says… “-WHAT?-
With more than 70 Co-events under the community’s belt, you may have thought you’d seen and done everything… until now. Prepare for glitter, tiaras, #FashionWatch2k17 and aubergine emojis. And that’s just on me.

But for those of you with a less glittery constitution, fear not: all the normal Countdown stuff will take precedence. Everyone will play 6 games of 9 rounds, Lincoln style, after which the top 2 players will play each other in the 15-round grand final. There will be prizes – not just for the top 3, but for other achievements throughout the day, plus spot prizes. Not to mention all the FOCAL points you can pick up! And hopefully there’ll be lots of Countdowners, both new faces and old, who you can play against, socialise with and befriend. (For an idea of what Co-events are like, please have a look at www.focalcountdown.co.uk – there are plenty of pictures to see and reports/experiences available to read, plus FAQs and further resources!)

-WHERE?-
This will all be happening in London (as you may have gathered from the event title), making it the first Countdown tournament held there since 2014, and FOCAL’s first ever event there. Whether you think our capital city is a historic, multicultural, creative and vibrant metropolis or a shithole full of shit twats who have a cereal café and pay £6 for a slice of toast, it’s kind of a big deal.

Specifically, it’ll be taking place in central London at a pub named The Blacksmith and The Toffeemaker, just five minutes’ walk from Angel tube station on the Northern Line, or within 45 minutes’ walk of most major London terminus stations – including King’s Cross, Euston, London Bridge and Liverpool Street – if you’re feeling brave. The venue does very reasonably priced food (menu here: http://www.theblacksmithandthetoffeemaker.co.uk/food). As it’s a pub, the lower age limit to attend is 16 – sorry!

-WHEN?-
Doors will open at 11.30am with the draw being made at midday, which gives you plenty of time to travel up on the day, or have a lie-in if you’re nearby. We’ll be vacating the room at 6pm – the plan is to move into the main bar area afterwards.

-HOW MUCH?-
To ensure you can put more cash towards having a good time, entry is just £8. Send the money via PayPal to jennifer.steadman@rocketmail.com, or email focalcountdown@gmail.com to arrange alternative payment. (But PayPal would be easier.)

-STAYING OVER-
If you want to make a weekend of it – and you should, because it means more pub time with the Countdown #lads and #ladettes, and you get an opportunity to see all the good stuff London has to offer outside of the usual tourist traps! – you may notice that London accommodation is frighteningly expensive! Here are some websites where you may find a cheaper bed for the night.

– AIRBNB: Rent someone’s room or flat – but hurry, London’s a popular destination! http://tinyurl.com/colonairbnb
– COUCHSURFING: If you’re feeling brave, sign up and get the chance to stay on someone’s couch for free. Hosts get reviewed by guests, so you can stay safe by picking someone with good reviews! https://www.couchsurfing.com/
– HOSTELWORLD: Hire a dorm bed for the night if you’re a heavy sleeper and don’t mind sharing your space. http://tinyurl.com/colonhostels
– EASYHOTEL: Their no-frills rooms in Old Street are a steal, and it’s just 15 minutes’ walk from the venue. http://www.easyhotel.com/
– TRAVELODGE: There are several within walking distance of the venue, from as little as £25 a night (if you share with 2 people). https://www.travelodge.co.uk/

There are plenty of sites offering cheap hotel rooms online too.

-WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?-
Yes (only the women’s toilet is big enough for a wheelchair, but the venue is fine with men in wheelchairs using it).

-WHAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT IT-
“The biggest pop-culture event since I dropped my self-titled album” – Beyonce Knowles
“Nearly as exciting as my seminal #1 album 1989” – Taylor Swift
“Not quite as good as It Wasn’t Me” – Shaggy
“It might not be a disaster” – Jen Steadman

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Former winners of London events:
2014: Zarte Siempre
2013: Conor Travers
2012: Innis Carson
2011: Matt Bayfield
2010: Innis Carson