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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.

The Intrepid Fox public house

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The Intrepid Fox public house, 15 St.Giles High Street

The Intrepid Fox public house, used to be situated in Soho, and was (in)famous as a music venue which attracted "alternative" lifestyle people. After the original site was sold to property speculators, it has moved to take over the former Sanctuary public house, in St.Giles High Street, in the shadow of Centre Point.


In this former guise, as the Sanctuary, it was the location for the overspill book signing of Virtual Light by William Gibson, back in 1994, which due to happen in the old Forbidden Planet bookshop, which was then on New Oxford Street.

This makes it very close to both of the Ground Zero events - the book reading / signing event locations at the Trades Union Congress conference centre in Great Russell Street on Tuesday 28th August at 7pm, and the signing at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, in Shaftesbury Avenue,on Wednesday 29th at 1pm - 2pm.

The pub has retained the decor of the old venue, but has more space,and, importantly for some, now that the "no smoking in public places"law has come into force in England, a bit of a walled patio where smokers can perch themselves, whilst still being "not more than 50% enclosed", without spilling out into the traffic.

It is a strong candidate venue for William Gibson Board tourists to meet up at before or after the events for a drink.


GPS grid coordinates:
Latitude: (WGS84) N51:30:58 ( 51.516017 )
Longitude: (WGS84) W0:07:45 ( -0.129101 )

N.B. this whole area around Centre Point, St.Giles High Street and High Holborn is not a safe place to be on your own at night - there is a lot of street crime from aggressive beggars, drug addicts, muggers etc. who uphold the old historical tradition of the notorious 18th and 19th Century slum The Rookery, which used to occupy this area, and which was illustrated by the engraver William Hogarth in Gin Lane etc.


Forbidden Planet Megastore, 1pm - 2pm Wednesday 29th August 2007


A Spook Country book signing session is scheduled at

Forbidden Planet Megastore 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London,WC2H 8JR
Wednesday 29th August 2007, from 1pm to 2pm.


Forbidden Planet Megastore location map via

Latitude: N51:30:54 ( 51.514896 )
Longitude: W0:07:39 ( -0.127591 )


TUC conference centre, 7pm Tuesday 28th August 2007


“Evening with William Gibson” event on Tuesday 28th August 2007, 7pm at the Trades Union Congress conference centre at 28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS

Tickets £7 (£5 for concessions) via Blackwell’s Bookshop
- telephone line +44(0)845 456 9876 Mon - Fri, 9.30am to 6.00pm


TUC conference centre location map - via

Latitude:N51:31:02 ( 51.517275 )
Longitude: W0:07:43 ( -0.128473 )



Those of you who went to the similar Pattern Recognition event may recall that the conference centre is in the basement with the stairs and lobby hand side of this building.

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