Over the past few years, it has been very difficult for us to get support for running rides starting and finishing at Cutty Sark. This was mainly because Greenwich was facing competition from Southwark and Newham. This has been especially true of shorter rides, which are the only ones that have a group forming capability. Some longer rides have been organised, but with these, people often peel off to go home leaving hardly anyone at the start point when the ride finishes.
However, the new "group of 6" rule is changing things. It is helping to ensure a more equitable distribution of riders between the rides organised in different boroughs.
On this occasion, we were pleased that all six places on our ride to Maryon Wilson Animal Park and Charlton House were taken. The Thames Barrier cafe was closed and the cafe in Charlton Park was to busy for us, but we were able to stop off at Mycenae House (http://www.mycenaehouse.co.uk), where the cafe was open.
This link shows our route: https://www.strava.com/activities/4179164100