In July, this summer, I arrived in London a day too late to catch the London First Thursday edition; in August, it conflict with Worldcon; in September, I finally made it to a London First Thursday in its current home, Walker's of Holborn. Except, you see, I only showed up for half-an-hour, since that's how much time I had spare before dinner and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang called me away to other parts of town.
It might only have been half-an-hour, but it felt so natural to be back with a First Thursday crowd, although half-an-hour isn't enough time to make a fair comparison. The eightsome people who showed up before 5:40 pm asserted that the numbers generally rose to sixty or so later in the evening. We had Worldcon in common. The fanziner who showed up first knew the Penneys and M. Moore and other Torontonians, and had been to the Toronto Worldcon. There was far greater talk of fanzines and LJ, but then the fan community here seems much more internet-oriented than that in Toronto. The mixed drinks were inexpensive, and the room reserved entirely for our use. So far - albeit, with so little - I am quite content with my second First Thursday crowd.
Note: I'm catching up on various things this week - correspondence, dissertation edits, travel planning, and posts which I could have made weeks or months ago and never got around to it. By the end of the week, I'd like my dissertation to be at least half cleaned up, and my backlog of intended posts to be written up.