Today consisted of a rather fun scavenger hunt that was (supposed) to end at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub. My team of two had to find our way to Selfridges, Harrod’s (two large department stores in London), the London Eye, and our final stop, Trafalgar Square. On our way between the London Eye and Trafalgar Square, we crossed the Hungerford Bridge. On that bridge, I was able to catch a glimpse of the clock face of Big Ben (but only the clock since the tower is under renovation and completely covered in scaffolding). The challenge blew by in a breeze and ended very early at the pub. Admittedly we cheated a little by hailing a cab for a couple of the longer intervals. Upon arrival, we discovered that Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese was closed for the holiday!
The group continued to congregate behind the pub in a little garden where I had a short photo shoot with Ryan and Mark. They were great models.
The evening ended up across the street at the Tipperary Pub. Though it isn’t the “great” pub where both Mark Twain and Charles Dickens were patrons, it has its own history. The Tipperary (formerly The Boar’s Head) was built in 1605 and survived the Great Fire of London. The full history of its location and composition can be dated back to a monastery built on an island between the River Thames and River Fleet in 1300. It is a small place but the staff is friendly and the atmosphere is charming and inviting.
“The Pub is Closed!” By: Jacob McDowell