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01 October, 2017 by webmaster
We left with Wolf Cubs of 2nd Goring and Streatley to go by train to London Paddington. After arriving at Goring station, we took the Bakerloo line and Jubilee line to London Bridge Station. After taking a picture with Tower Bridge in the background, we boarded HMS Belfast and explored her. The Wolf Cubs enjoyed the turrets, bridge, sickbay and the engine room.
It was then time to take the Jubilee line again, but this time go on to Westmister Station. We were now hungry, so after a 10-minute walk we arrived at McDonalds at Whitehall.
Once we had finished lunch we walked towards Downing Street.
I had written to the Downing Street correspondence office several months ago, and wonderfully, they granted my request for us to enter Downing Street and have our picture taken outside the famous door.
So, just before Downing Street we assembled and made sure that our uniforms were very smart. During this time, we had no less than 20 different tourists ask if they could take our photo!
We then proceeded to the gate and showed the Police Officer on the gate the letter. He checked the adults’ photo ID and then allowed us through the gate into Downing Street. The Police Officer was very impressed with the smartness of our uniforms. After a quick security check, we could then approach the famous house. Sadly, the Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office (Larry the cat) wasn’t about, but apparently he had been around in the morning. The Police Office told us a bit about Downing Street and took our picture of us outside the famous door of Number 10. The Police Officers were very friendly and accommodating, and we were made to feel very welcome.
After a quick look at the PMs armoured Jaguar, we thanked the Policer Officer and left the street (which is interestingly actually a col-de-sac).
We passed some traditional phone boxes, so we decided to see how many Cubs we could fit in it; we managed seven.
After this, we returned to Westminster Station and travelled 17 stops to East Ham. The underground was getting quite busy by this time, but we all stayed together.
After a 15-minute walk, we entered ‘Flipout E6’. This is a very large trampoline venue that is two floors of wall-to-wall big and small trampolines, and other activities including caving, and laser mazes. Once we arrived in what appeared to be a very popular and busy venue, we changed our socks to green ones with grippy bottoms, and watched a short safety video. Because we had 30 minutes until our two-hour jump time started, we all had a slush and attired ourselves to be more jump-friendly. All very much enjoyed the jumping and were hungry and thirsty again afterwards so we ordered some food.
After this, it was time to make ourselves presentable again and head back on the tube to Paddington, and from there back to Goring station.