As there isn't an official thread yet, here's an unofficial one. @AKA Bob will be leading, here's his blurb from the email. "After the quiet winter months the first Friday Night Ride to the Coast of 2019 is almost upon us. On Friday 15th March 2019, as is traditional, we’ll kick off our 2019 season with the chance to enjoy the wonders of nocturnal two wheel adventures with friends as we make our way along the Thames Estuary to Southend-on-Sea. The Southend-on-Sea ride, like all London based rides, will start at Fridays Central which is located under Waterloo Bridge on the Southbank between the British Film Institute and the National Theatre. After the usual briefing we will set off at midnight. We’ll cross the Thames and follow the Embankment to the City, admiring the amazing views along the way. Here, instead of joining our usual route along the Mile End Road, we will take the Thames Path through St Katherine’s and Tobacco Docks and onwards to Wapping before we head east once again through East London and Essex. The halfway stop is the motorway services at Junction 31 which may not be great for food choice, but offers space and warmth if the weather isn’t being kind. From there we will turn north into the stunning Essex countryside before making our final approach towards Southend-on-Sea and breakfast. If the weather is against us we will take a more direct route instead. For breakfast we will once again be at the Beaches Cafe on the seafront with its south facing views across to the pier and Thames Estuary. The Southend-on-Sea ride is our shortest one and is a nice flat route, so makes the perfect way to start the season or experience your first Friday Night Ride to the Coast. It's also easy to get back to London. Registration is now open and the registration form can be found on the Southend-on-Sea ride page on our website. " I would add that the Junction 31 food choice is not merely less than great, it's terrible. Even before a bunch of lycra-clad locusts have descended on it. And terribly overpriced. I would strongly advise bringing sandwiches or other food of your own... I am, unsurprisingly, registered.