It’s not the lack of a bar so much as the lack of a communal area where people can get together and chat. There is the courtyard, but it’s cold and useless if it’s raining. The Commonwealth had a much more social atmosphere, in my opinion.
1. The Head of Steam is now called The Doric Arch. No change in content, though.
2. Nothing wrong with a non-bar venue but the lack of central meeting place, apart from the courtyard, is a problem.
3. If the main hall is so damn warm as it was, with audience falling asleep etc., a few fans to move the air around might be an idea.
Come on, folks; get it together! Give us the info!
At the moment it would seem that an UnCon for 2007 is highly unlikely. As it's becoming increasingly expensive to do it in a London venue - and the lack of a truly suitable one is an ongoing problem - Dennis Publishing, who do the practical organising of the event, are looking at other possibilties for UnCon's future.
Whether this means a non-London event, a series of mini-cons or something entirely different I can't say at this stage. But 2007 will most likely be a hiatus while these things are looked at in detail.
It's a shame, obviously, but we do hope that it won't ruin your year!
If and when anything further emerges, you'll be the first to know.