Looking for Clues in All the Right Places
By Allison Mazur
June 6, 2016
Last Thursday we had to go on a scavenger hunt through London. When I first heard of this activity, I was not thrilled because running around London did not seem particularly exciting. It sounded sweaty. Then Troy told us the prize: tickets for the London Eye. On the first day we were in London I went by the London Eye and knew I wanted to go on it sometime in these two weeks. But the line was long and the ticket prices are a little steep (upwards of 20-30 pounds). So when my group heard what the prize was, we were determined to win.
10:10 a.m. St. Pancras International Rail Station
The rules of the game were to go to three designated places in London and take selfies at each stop to prove you were there. We were team 2 (or as we called ourselves, the Green Team because GO STATE!) and our three destinations were the British Museum, the Diana Memorial Fountain, and the Twinings Tea Shop. Then we had to meet Troy at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, one of the many pubs that claims to be the oldest pub in London. At 10:10 a.m. we were shown the list, and once we got a picture, we immediately ran toward the Underground entrance (I can’t lie, our group was pretending to be contestants in The Amazing Race). Our first stop would be the British Museum because we had been there earlier that week and knew where it was.
10:27 a.m. The British Museum
After a quick Tube ride on the Central Line, we ran up the escalators in the station to set a good pace. But then we were out of breath for the whole six minute walk to the museum. We took a quick selfie at the gate and then ran back to Holborn Station to jump back on the Tube. Next stop was the Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park because we found out that the Twinings Tea Shop was just down the street from Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, which was our final destination.
10:55 a.m. Diana Memorial Fountain
We got off the Tube at Holborn Station and walked about 15 minutes through Hyde Park to get to the memorial fountain. Hyde Park was gorgeous with a bunch of gardens and rolling lawns. Plus plenty of dogs. But thanks to many inconsiderate tourists who were throwing bread to the birds, we almost got attacked by the swans and pigeons. Thankfully we made it out alive, although we were all sweaty from booking it to our stops, and we got to see a beautiful park. Then back on the Tube for our final stop: Twinings Tea Shop.
11:33 a.m. Twinings Tea Shop
We got off the Tube at Holborn Station (again) and subsequently got lost while trying to cut through the London School of Economics campus because there was construction. But we ended up on the other side of the Royal Courts of Justice, which was across the street from Twinings. We took our last picture and ran down Fleet Street toward Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese.
11:37 a.m. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
We walked down the alley to Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese and we were greeted by two of the pub’s employees. We asked them if they had seen a bald man by the name of Troy, but they said they hadn’t. We sat down and called Troy, who said he was around the corner at a coffee shop. We were the first group to get there so we won the tickets for the London Eye, which we are all excited to go on. Then we got to finish off the morning with great British pub food – make sure to try the Steak & Ale Pie if you’re in a pub!