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Searching For A Secret Party

CREATE11 teams up with Sing London for their latest venture; a treasure hunt with a difference

Written by . Published on July 8th 2011.


Searching For A Secret Party

IT is essential that you keep the 23rd July free in your diaries. Why? What’s going to happen then, you say? Oh, just a day of mystery, madness, clues and capers, leading to the coolest party ever. Nobody knows where it is going to take place or what exactly this epic party will entail, but word is out, it’s not one to be missed.

The bombastic event is inspired by the Parisian version of the treasure hunt, or La Chasse aux Trésors de Paris.

The Search Party is part of the annual counting-down-to-the-Games celebrations – the Open Weekend. This year’s event, sponsored by BP, is taking place on the weekend of the 22nd July. The ‘one year to go’ mark will engage all of the UK in uproarious festivities, with more than 1,000 events across the UK. However, the most mysterious and secretive of all will take place in London: an unusual treasure hunt for a secret party.

CREATE is very good in keeping all information about the secret shindig strictly confidential. On the other hand, they also know how to advertise; they have given out some essential information that makes this party ooze appeal even more.

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Whispers coonote that the party will be housed in a grand building of ‘huge historical importance’, and promises free food and cocktails, plus live music from a secret band. In addition, there will be lessons in cookery from none other than the chaps from Jamie’s Ministry of Food – and rumours suggest this will include Jamie Oliver himself.

Under the slogan ‘a good party is worth searching for’, Search Party organisers, CREATE, have come up with a mad, clue-driven hunt, which promises to turn East London upside down and which will turn the area into a grownup urban playground for the day.

There are three different trails to choose from, covering Shoreditch, Hackney and Canary Wharf, which each lead to the party pleasures. All possible routes to the merriment cover about two miles and – malarkey aside – should take about two and a half hours.

The route will take you through hidden gardens, remote back streets and secret local hotspots. Clues can be hidden anywhere. Literally. Pay attention to, amongst other things, unusual looking street signs and watch out for actors masquerading as passers-by. Hunters are expected to keep their eyes wide open, including the ones in the back of their heads.

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We can only wildly imagine what can happen during this hunt. Perhaps it includes a trip down the sewers, ripping a sheet with clues away from a fat rat? Or could it entail rapidly translating a foreign language picture from a film-projecting bicycle? Or making a perfect croquembouche under the scrutinising eyes of a master chef?

In any case, this is not a party to be missed. The bombastic event is inspired by the Parisian version of the treasure hunt, or La Chasse aux Trésors de Paris. Since 2005, every summer, La Chasse has taken treasure hunters on an Odyssey through the hidden gardens and secret passageways of Paris. As for the London search party, the first prize is kept a secret, but past prizes have included a private concert on the top of the Eiffel Tower.

La Chasse has become massively popular over the years and nowadays takes over 40,000 hunters on a mysterious trek. It’s going to be the first time around for the London Search Party, but it has already been proven popular on Facebook, with over 420 likes in the last couple of days. Get in there quick!

The Search Party

23 July from 2pm

The Hunt is taking place in East London and ends at a secret location

The party won’t cost you a pound, but you can only attend if you find it!

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