I arrived at the new venue and asked one of the bar staff where the upstairs bar was only to be told "It's closed."
"Are you sure?" "Yes." "I thought we had it booked?" "Oh, you're one of those people," he sneered.
Made my way upstairs after he deigned to show me the way, to find a tiny room full of furs, heat and painfully loud music.
Tried to speak to mhisani, laini and d_raven for a few seconds but was unable to understand anything they said because it was so loud. Couldn't see sphelx who was the only person I'd promised to meet. Then I got in kurtbatz's way when he was trying to take a photo or something, and got snapped at, and decided I'd had enough.
Sat in a Starbucks' down the road nursing a Frappucino and wondering whether I could bring myself to go back, decided not.
Got the tube back home, hating myself.
Frankly the new pub is worse, and has ruder staff, than even Ye Olde London. My vote is cast for returning to our previous venue.