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Birthday Boys

Happy Birthday Edward Richard and Edward Charles Lewis!!

We arranged to meet the two Ted's at ClueQuest, which is a 'live escape game'. You basically get locked in a room and you have an hour to solve the clues and escape otherwise the world explodes, so no pressure. Ted was running late so we started without him. We'd just made it out of the first of three rooms when he joined us. It was actually really good. You had to work as a team, using different expertise to solve the clues, unlock drawers and doors to finally escape. They gave us an extra 10 mins as we only had three people for part of the game and managed to get out with 7 of those 10 to spare.

After the game we wandered down Shoreditch High St and stopped off for some lunch. Now I'm not 100% sure what a 'ballon' is but they take them very seriously in Shoreditch.

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We made our way to Brick Lane and the Brick Lane Mosque, which was originally a Huguenot church. We stumbled upon a chocolate shop and had hot choccies - all different flavours, Susan had plain, Ted had ginger, Teddy had cinnamon and I had chilli. The guy in the shop was hilarious and after he spilled my chill hot choc everywhere, made up for it by given us some free handmade choccies.

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As we walked around we found ourselves in Spitalfields admiring the old Huguenot silk weavers houses. I noticed the names on the streets and mentioned we were in Jack the Ripper territiory, so we stopped off for a drink in the Ten Bells, an old haunt of the Ripper victims.

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The plan was to get the Tube to London Bridge and have a drink in the bar at the Shard, but when we arrived it was closed off, we think prob because it was Guy Fawkes night and there would have been great views of the fireworks.

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Instead we walked along the river to Tower Bridge and Shad Thames and stopped off for a drink.
We left our yacht moored alongside.....

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Teddy had to leave to celebrate with his Uni mates, so we walked across Tower Bridge and he headed off to the Tube whilst we walked around the Tower to see the installation of poppies.

I wasn't sure what to expect. I'd seen photos but until you actually see it you don't grasp the enormity or vastness of the sea of red. There are 888,246 ceramic poppies that fill the moat around the Tower. One for each British fatality during WWI, which of course this year is the 100th anniversary. It's very impressive and a fantastic and moving work of art.

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The three of us caught the river bus back to Greenwich and finished off the evening with some Frangelico and lime.

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Posted by RUMissingUsYet 12:51

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Your photographs are stunning.

by Keith King

re: ClueQuest - you're taking this Mission Impossible stuff seriously! Thank goodness Shoreditch is ballon free now - I've been worried! The chocolate guy spilled your chilli chocolate because you made him laugh, right? I wish I could go to see the poppy installation as well, it really is a stunningly impressive art work. What a brilliant idea. PS: love your yacht

by Elizabeth

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