Year 13 Geographers have recently returned from their trip to London where they stayed two nights and undertook a number of visits relating to their case studies for both Changing Places and Contemporary Urban Environments. On the first day they travelled down to Kings Cross by train, then onto the London Underground (a first time for many) and checked into the hotel having also looked at urban living at South Kensington. We then returned to the tube to see the London Eye, London Bridge and took on a history of london tour via the London Dungeons. After some rather scary moment and a long time in the dark being taunted by various gory historical characters we walked via Westminster over to Mayfair to eat at Hard Rock Cafe before returning to the hotel for the night.
The following day we undertook a full guided tour of Stratford and the Queen Elizabeth Park where the London 2012 Olympics took place, visited the second largest shopping centre in Europe and took the plunge down the ArcelorMittal Orbit, the worlds longest tube slide – which at 178 metres long has 12 twists and turns ending with a corkscrew section as it descends the UK’s tallest sculpture. That evening we travelled by tube and overland to Covent Garden for our evening meal at the Rainforest Cafe.
On our final day we spend several wonderful hours at the Natural History Museum, which was conveniently placed right opposite the Meininger Hotel that we were staying at, before travelling over to the South Bank where we embarked on our final adventure – a twenty minute speed boat trip on a Rib down the Thames where, during our fast adrenaline rush from the roar of the twin turbo engines we enjoyed a guided commentary and saw the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, the City Hall, Traitor’s gate, the regeneration at the Docklands and the mighty skyline of Canary Wharf.
A rather packed three days; we all returned exhausted but having had a fabulous experience our students are certainly ‘case study’ ready while equally having had a once in a lifetime trip to the capital. Next stop exams… and then onto University or Apprenticeships. Good luck to our wonderful students!