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London Trip 2018

posted 11 Nov 2018, 08:23 by Zak Warren   [ updated 11 Nov 2018, 08:25 ]

Read Tom's report on Ellen MacArthur Troop's trip to London and the Houses of Parliament below: 

After spending the previous Monday planning our trip, we met outside the scout hut and headed up to London. After reaching the South London Scout Centre (SLSC) we split into two teams and navigated our way to the local train station. We traveled into Central London and worked out which tube line would take us to the Science Museum.

We spent the morning of the Sunday exploring the Science Museum, experiencing different activities and activities. We learnt about aviation and technology through hands on experiments. In the afternoon we explored the Natural History Museum, trying out the earthquake simulator and seeing an animatronic T-Rex as we made our way through the exhibits. The girls especially enjoyed the diamond exhibit.

We walked to Hyde Park from the Museums to have a rest but soon we had traveled up to the Princess Diane Memorial Park to burn off some steam. The park had a pirate and boating theme which was perfect for the scouts and we all enjoyed climbing all over the huge pirate ship in the very centre, including our leaders!!!

We caught the bus onto regent street and from there walked down past all the shops into Piccadilly Circus. We watched some street performers and enjoyed our pizza before we moved onto St Paul’s Cathedral to visit the nine Harry Potter wands between the Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge which linked nicely with our Harry Potter themed Summer Camp. We then traveled over the Millennium Bridge (which was attacked during Harry Potter: The Half Blood Prince) and from there traveled back on the bus to the SLSC and promptly went to bed.

The following morning, we woke up excited and packed up very quickly. We made our way back into London and then onto Downing Street where we met our local MP Suella Fernandes who had kindly arranged for us to go inside Downing Street. We took photos with her and the door and we even manged to get a photo with the security guard who was stood outside Downing Street.

From there we walked to the Houses of Parliament where we were toured round the entire complex and got to see where all are laws and big decisions are debated. We also visited the Jewel Tower, one of the few buildings to survive the Great Fire of London where we got to see where Henry the Eighth stored all of his possessions.

We then explored Leicester Square and the Covent garden market where we watched a street performer and then we went to the Sky Garden and watched the sunset from one of the Highest points in London.

We made our way back to the SLSC and traveled out of London and arrived back at our HQ at the end of an amazing adventure around London.