The Tube, The Taxi, The Doubledecker

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This motley and diverse group of explorers answered riddles on historical landmarks of London, the sporting venues, roads, railway stations, restaurants and rock concerts. With plenty of chocolates to go around, grandfathers reminisced about their time there and another young tennis enthusiast revealed how strawberries and cream at Wimbeldon is overrated.  BCL also had a surprise: a photo-album which was won by our littlest tourist: Avani.

In January 2018, we conducted a poll for you to choose as to which topic would you like to explore in the next SparQ session. 'Landmarks of London' was the chosen topic.

The capital of the Nation of Shopkeepers (as Napoleon not-so-kindly put it), enters our life quite at an early stage: when a bridge falls down in a nursery rhyme. Since then, MI6 HQs, fictional addresses, Royal Wedding Processions and tourist photos beside the London Eye: all have meandered the image of the city into our consciousness like the Thames. On 24th March 2018, the Thinq2Win Tour Guides Omkar Dhakephalkar and Omkar Yarguddi gathered together curious minds and set-off on a ride around the city.

Some photos from the occasion (click for slideshow):

A few questions from the set. Answer by commenting on the blog post below!

Q1. In Japan, the word for a suit is 'Sabiro'. This is a reference to what street in London, famous for its bespoke tailoring?

Q2. Located in Dover Street off Piccadilly in Mayfair, London, this location takes its name from a certain insect whose work-averse behaviour fits well the stereotype of its contemporary, rich, idle Edwardian patrons. Which literary location?

Q3. Big B was the first Bollywood celeb to make an appearance here. He has been followed by people like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, and Narendra Modi among others. Which London landmark is this?

Q4. One of the most famous War photos, the Daily Mail even published an account of the photographer:
"I focused at intervals as the great dome loomed up through the smoke. Glares of many fires and sweeping clouds of smoke kept hiding the shape. Then a wind sprang up. Suddenly, the shining cross, dome and towers stood out like a symbol in the inferno. The scene was unbelievable. In that moment or two I released my shutter."
— Herbert Maso
What structure did he photograph, which legends say went unscathed during the War as German pilots used it as a navigational aid?