‘When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.’ Samuel Johnson, a leading literary figure in London in the 18th Century thought that too much of London was never a bad thing. At Inspire Education, we tend to agree. That’s why we don’t just make one trip to London, but two! Last time we brought you our EFL trip (Science Museum, Covent Garden research, West End Musical bonanza). This time we’re going back to London with a slightly different slant: we’re going to be tourists!
First stop: The London Eye (or for those of us that dare…The London Dungeons!)
The London Eye, built for the Millennium, has become an iconic landmark on the River Thames. It is Europe’s largest ‘ferris’ wheel, and used to be London’s tallest ‘building’ at 135m. However, when the Shard was built in 2014, the London Eye was knocked off the top spot by this 245m pinnacle. What’s more, just like the Eiffel Tower, the London Eye was only supposed to be a temporary structure; and yet, after 18 years, we think it’s staying for good. For students, this is definitely one of the overall favourite activities because it affords spectacular views over the River Thames and it is great fun to try and name as many famous buildings as possible.
We always have several options available for students to choose from, and so a few of us went down into the London Dungeons. The thrill of my life! A fantastic immersive experience, taking you on a roller-coaster ride through London’s history with plenty of surprises along the way – watch out, you never know who, or what, might creep up behind you…
Next stop: Landmark Walking Tour
After a quick picnic stop along the river, we head past some of London’s most stately and well-known buildings. From Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, to Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square, we weave in and out of parks, stopping to take pictures, learning some unusual and surprising facts, before we all have to stop for ice cream and sit on a bench to watch the world go by. Walking through London really is the best way to absorb British culture and see the sights – it’s almost as if you were a local!
Final stop: Oxford Street
After absorbing so much British history, there is only one place to head: the shops! Oxford Street, Regent Street and Piccadilly are known for their flagship stores. Strangely, students seem to get more excited about British shopping than British history, puzzling! Just off these principle streets are the quirky areas of Soho and Carnaby, the wealthy Saville Row and Bond Street, and don’t forget to take a peek in Fortnum and Mason’s, Hamley’s and Liberty’s – you never know what you might find!
With bags to drop, we pile back on the coach and head swiftly back to Bradfield College. Another day trip complete!
Now, this summer, Inspire is introducing a new day trip, so stay tuned to find out what and where next time…