No fresher?s week in Skempton would be complete without the traditional CivSoc ?Bridges? pub crawl, now in its fourth year. This year?s crawl was one of the most successful to date, with more than 70 civ-engers, including a large contingent of freshers, forming the cluster travelling from one drinking establishment to another along the river Thames. We enjoyed our first beverage at the Princess of Wales on Villiers Street before traversing the first of our quartet of river crossings, the Hungerford footbridge. The next pub, Hole in the Wall is situated just opposite Waterloo station and always amongst the favourites.
Crossing back over the river via Waterloo Bridge lead us to our third bar, the Duke of Wellington where we were met by members of the RCS Motor Club and their vintage fire engine, Jez. Like last year, she proved to be the highlight of the evening, with the engine ferrying large numbers of students between pubs for the rest of the night, making sure as much time as possible was spent inside the bars! We visited two more pubs (Walkabout & The Black Friar) on the embankment before crossing Blackfriars bridge for our second trip south of the Thames. Both Doggetts and The Founder?s Arms are situated right on the river bank and enjoy impressive views of the London skyline lit up at night.
The good weather allowed us to sit outside at both locations.
After navigating the Millennium footbridge we arrived, a little behind schedule but in good spirits, to our eighth and final bar - The Ochre. After savouring a final drink, everyone made it to Blackfriars station in time for the last tube and managed to get home without too much difficulty, although there was some hangover-nursing to be done for those unlucky enough to have a lecture scheduled for the next morning. Despite this, the bridges pub crawl still goes from strength to strength and continues to act both as a welcome to the new freshers and a chance for other students to catch up after the long summer break.
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