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The shifting sands of London’s networking events is shifting again, and re-shaping into something approaching stability. The Social Media Cafe, or The Tuttle Club as regulars like to call it, is moving from its birthplace in an upstairs room in The Coach and Horse pub in London’s Soho (see my bad photo of the last event today) to a fascinating new location: The Institute of Contemporary Arts.

What is Social Media Cafe? Original founder Lloyd Davis originally said it was: “a place to meet, hook up, get groups together, socialise, train people, co-work etc… a confluence of the creative, tech and entrepreneurial tribes who are currently gathering around social media and online social networking.”

So, from Friday 10th October, the Tuttle Club will hold its Friday meetups at the ICA in The Mall. The plan means they will be able to expand beyond the 40 person limit. The ICA has capacity for up to 200 people. Admission will be through the “back door” in Carlton House Terrace at 10am and the networking runs to midday. The SMC will also be able to do more around the “intersection of contemporary art and social media” and move into early evening events. Thanks go to to Alastair and his staff at the Coach and Horses for their hospitality over the last few months. The prime movers behind Tuttle have been Mike Atherton, James Whatley, James Scroggs of Spinvox and of course Lloyd Davis. Well done guys.

Meanwhile, over at London OpenCoffee – a regular weekly meetup for investors and tech startups – they too have a new home courtesy of Tim Barnes who runs “Innovations @ UCL“. It will now be every Thursday between 1000-1200 (as before) in the foyer in UCL’s stunning new Roberts building, Torrington Place, corner Malet Place. It think it’s a Costa Coffee.

And if you have a tech/startup-related event then a good way to get on the TechCrunch radar is to add it to our TechCrunch Euro Startups Events group on Upcoming.

Lastly, I am thinking of starting a regularly weekly meetup for startups somewhere near “Silicon Roundabout“. Feel free to suggest venues in the comments.

  • Mazi

    Cool. At my previous company, Rareface, I was lucky enough to host one of the SMC evening events. I can’t attend all these days as I’m based in Brentford!

  • Rachel Bremer

    Hi Mike – I’d love a meetup in the Silicon Roundabout area. Will look around for good venues… would the Hoxton Hotel work?

  • David Petherick

    I have a sense of Déjà Vu (1999).

    I remember one of my Managing Directors, Ian Gardiner, starting up First Tuesday in 1999 in Edinburgh with Ross Laurie. My how we did talk and drink and talk and drink, and go to bigger and swankier venues, until one day…

    Yes, the bubble burst. However, at least this time around we have broadband, and the banks are all penniless for a change.

    Of course, it’s great for socmed types to meet up and talk, and a regular ’roundabout’ event sounds nice. I must add though, that the ‘VCs with money meet entrepreneurs with ideas’ format is probably best allowed to happen organically without too much prodding.

  • Ben Carey

    Hi Mike
    Re: Silicon Roundabout – The Tea Bar has loads of room; can get a bit crowded though.

  • Wildirishguy

    The Crown Tavern at Clerkenwell green easy to get to Farringdon Tube 2 mins/Barbican 10mins/ 55 bus from Oxford St 20 mins etc and has a back room and a function room

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