For the second year in a row Scouts from the 38th Rossendale made up of Members from Grey, Purple and Red Troops met in the early hours of the morning at Preston Railway station to catch a train to London!

The 15 Scouts were subdued during the journey but that soon changed when we arrived at London Euston.

The whistle-stop tour of our capital city started off with a visit to Buckingham Palace.  The Queen did not meet the Scouts but a very friendly Policeman did come to the gates for a chat.

Off then to the Science Museum where amongst other things the Scouts viewed an exhibition on space travel which included a life-size model of a Lunar Lander.

Another quick tube dash then to the London Eye to catch a Thames Cruise for a tour of the famous sites in the area including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge.

There was time then for a mooch around the Christmas Market.  The Churros proved popular with the Scouts.

A walk past 10 Downing Street followed before making their way to the Hamleys Toy Store.  A highlight for many of the Scouts.  With 10 minutes allocated to each floor this exercise took about 90-minutes.

Another tube ride took the Scouts to the O2 arena where they feasted on an all you could eat buffet with a variety of dishes to suit all tastes.

A final tube ride back to Euston railway station to catch a train arriving back in Preston for 11:15 pm rounded off the long, tiring but enjoyable day.

All the Scouts involved were a credit to the Group.  Well done to the Leaders for successfully navigating the Scouts around London during start of the busy Christmas shopping season.

For more photos from the day, view our Facebook Album.

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