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Fitzrovia - Be The Reds / Cyberia cyber cafe [currently shut]


Update 20th August 2009 - currently shut for re-furbishment - will it ever open as a cyber café again ?


Just behind Goodge Street Tube Station, parallel with the Tottenham Court Road, is the site of what was the pioneering Cyber Café which started on 1st September 1994, with a single 64Kbs leased line and ten or so computers.

This is now currently run by Korean business interests as the Be The Reds (named after the South Korean world cup football team slogan) internet and gaming café , with a downstairs basement bar, and Karaoke booths, and an upstairs online role playing or shoot 'em up gaming parlour.

They deliberately have no website,but are located at 39 Whitfield Street (corner with Scala Street), W1T 2SF, telephone 020-7209-0984, fax: 020-7813-2825



GPS grid coordinates:
Latitude: (WGS84) N51:31:12 ( 51.519987 )
Longitude: (WGS84) W0:08:06 ( -0.135036 )

British Museum


British Museum
Great Russell Street


GPS grid coordinates:
Latitude: (WGS84) N51:31:08 ( 51.518970 )
Longitude: (WGS84) W0:07:35 ( -0.126501 )

The British Museum is close to the TUC conference centre, and the Forbidden Planet Megastore, where the William Gibson readings and signings from Spook Country are scheduled (see the Ground Zero category links)


The Great Court is an elegant roofed over central courtyard, with cafés and restaurants which is open

Sunday – Wednesday 09.00–18.00
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 09.00–23.00

See Ground Floor Plan showing the Great Court, and the cafes and bars and shops etc.

The British Museum houses a vast array of exhibits, some of which may be of interest to, CyberPunk fans of Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, such as cuneiform clay tablets and seals from ancient Sumeria etc.

Covent Garden - The Ivy - West Street

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If you have a Hubertus Bigend style corporate expense account, then one of the top restaurants near to the William Gibson book promotion events is

The Ivy
1-5 West Street


GPS grid coordinates:
Latitude: (WGS84) N51:30:47 ( 51.512946 )
Longitude: (WGS84) W0:07:42 ( -0.128247 )


Here you can see the rich , famous and powerful at work and play, or at least you can see their limousine chauffeurs and the paparazzi photographers hanging around outside.

Chinatown - New Laughing Buddha restaurant - Macclesfield Street


There seems to be a growing consensus amongst the William Gibson Board tourists (see the Hacking the Gibson, in London! discussion thread) that they will meet up for a Chinese meal at the

New Laughing Buddha restaurant
12 Macclesfield Street,

although precisely when, is as yet unclear.

Macclesfield Street is about halfway along Gerrard Street, the main street in Chinatown.

The restaurant is next door to the De Hems public house which specialises in beers from the Netherlands, which is not too crowded in the afternoon, but is usually packed out in the evening.

Macclesfield_Street_New_Laughing_Buddha_1_300.jpg The New laughing Buddha is to the right of the Chinese ceremonial gateway in this picture, looking away from Gerrard Street.


GPS grid coordinates:
Latitude: (WGS84) N51:30:43 ( 51.512040 )
Longitude: (WGS84) W0:07:52 ( -0.131224 )

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