Design Bridge London summer away day
For our annual Summer Away Day, last Thursday Design Bridge London closed its doors and sent its staff out on a Quest…. or was it a Quiz?
The truth was, nobody quite knew, such was the secrecy surrounding the event. All we had to go on was the posters placed around the building in the days before the event that mysteriously contained only the letter Q.
We were told to meet for breakfast at Spitalfields Market where we were split into teams with a range of distinctly east end themed names like The Ruby Murray’s, The Jellied Eels, The Shoreditch Shiners and The Krazy Krays. Each team was given a canvas bag which contained fabric pens, an envelope containing a map, clues riddles and some cash.
The teams had different starting points, and the clues and riddles led them to various places on the map, which became the answers for the clue sheet. One of the requirements was to prove we had actually been to all the locations as opposed to just filling out the sheet whilst sitting in the pub, (which, let’s face it, was likely, we know how people work).
In addition to finding all the correct places there were tasks to be completed throughout the morning at various points, such as:
Purchasing the quirkiest and cheapest item we could find at the antiques market. A particular delight from that task were a couple of sets of teeth!
Decorating our canvas bags in the most creative way with the pens provided. Team ‘Albert Squares’ went one further and created a Tracy Emin themed tent from theirs.
Striking the best celebrity style /rock pose possible in the Rough Trade photo booth, which was no mean feat with so many people trying to cram in there.
Once we’d found all the clues the teams were sent to find Juanita who was in fact dutifully sitting in a pub ready to check the photos and provide teams with the final clue. The final clue, an anagram made up of letters from each of the places we had visited on the map gave us the final destination..
We gathered on the roof garden of the Queen of Hoxton for much needed liquid refreshment and a BBQ to refuel after our ‘Jane Fonda’ around east London.
Prizes were awarded to the most creative teams of the day and if there were a prize for enthusiasm Pete Droy would have won it twice!
The biggest mystery of the day though was “where was the rain?”
In: Ooh that's nice, What are we up to? · Tags: London, Spitalfields, Summer Away Day, Treasure hunt