London time 30th May 8pm Update from Mr. Hartland
Today was about one thing: walking. We walked and walked and walked....and then, once we’d got tired of walking, we walked some more. We passed over 30,000 steps over the course of the day.
We began having a leisurely continental breakfast before getting the underground to Southbank. We passed by the London Eye again before coming to London bridge. This was photograph heaven with the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben standing behind us, London bridge beneath our feet and the Thames flowing past with boats, ferries and ships bustling about.
Then we started walking and followed the Thames downstream. We passed some fabulous buildings with a huge array of different architectural styles. We stopped where we felt like it – we found an underpass which had been converted into a skate park with some incredible graffiti which we stopped to admire. Ancient ships were beached along shore which investigated along with a giant battleship and numerous statues, displays and artwork wherever we looked.
We went under the Millennium bridge, famous for it’s role in Harry Potter and finally made our way to Tower Bridge. After marvelling at the views, we ambled past the Tower of London with it’s grisly history before heading back on to the subway to visit Buckingham Palace. An incredibly intricate structure, we were unable to get too close but did manage to enjoy some photo opportunities. After this, we walked back through the park to take the subway to Arsenal’s homeground, the Emirates Stadium.
Although not nearly as wonderful a football club as Derby County, our tour guide was enthusiastic and gave us a fantastic tour of the ground including the players changing room and the pitch itself. After receiving a certificate and browsing the shop, we found we were early so decided to walk back to the hotel. And walk...and walk...and walk.
We discovered some of the less famous parts of London on our travels, but also cut through King’s Cross before we collapsed, hot, dusty and tired, back at the hotel for a well-earned evening meal and an early night.
At BSB, we are constantly seeking ways to inspire, engage and enthuse our students into getting the most out of the premier education that we provide for them. As such, we have organised a trip to London, England to provide students with an experience of British culture and is a great opportunity for all students including those studying English as an additional language, and students with a passion for History, Geography, English Literature and Art & Design.
The 2017 London Trip runs from 26th May to 2nd June, 2017 under the guidance of Ms. Bramley, Mr. Hartland and Mr. Zheng. The students will visit Parliament, The National Gallery, Tate Modern, The British Museum, the West End Theatre, a day trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon, the home of William Shakespeare, and other interesting places.