One of the world's most visited cities, London has something for everyone: from history and culture to fine food. The city's buildings are striking milestones in a unique and beguiling biography, and a great many of them – the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben – are instantly recognisable landmarks. There’s more than enough innovation (the Shard, the Tate Modern extension, the Sky Garden), but it never drowns out London’s seasoned, centuries-old narrative. Architectural grandeur rises all around you in the West End, ancient remains dot the City and charming pubs punctuate the historic quarters, leafy suburbs and riverbanks.
London remains one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities, and diversity infuses daily life, food, music and fashion. It even penetrates intrinsically British institutions; the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum have collections as varied as they are magnificent, while the flavours at centuries-old Borough Market run the full global gourmet spectrum.
Westminster Abbey is considered the finest example of Early English Gothic. It's not merely a beautiful place of worship – the Abbey is still a working church and the stage on which history unfolds. St Paul’s is one of London’s most magnificent buildings. For Londoners, the vast dome is a symbol of resilience and pride, standing tall for more than 300 years. Viewing Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece from the inside and climbing to the top for sweeping views of the capital is a celestial experience.
Shakespeare’s Globe was designed to resemble the original as closely as possible, which means having the arena open to the fickle London skies, leaving the 700 ‘groundlings’ (standing spectators) to weather London’s spectacular downpours. Visits to the Globe include tours of the theatre (half-hourly) as well as access to the exhibition space, which has fascinating exhibits on Shakespeare, life in Bankside and theatre in the 17th century.
The Natural History and Science Museums are also must-visit attractions when visiting the Capital. The unmissable Tower of London offers a window into a gruesome and compelling history. A former royal residence, treasury, mint, armoury and zoo, it's perhaps now most remembered as the prison where a king, three queens and many nobles met their deaths.
Another must-visit destination when in the region of south east is Windsor. The world’s largest and oldest continuously occupied fortress, Windsor Castle is a majestic vision of battlements and towers. Used for state occasions, it’s one of the Queen’s principal residences; when she’s at home, the Royal Standard flies from the Round Tower.
Frequent, free guided tours introduce visitors to the castle precincts, divided into the Lower, Middle and Upper Wards. Free audio tours guide everyone through its lavish State Apartments and beautiful chapels; certain areas may be off-limits if in use.
Arrive in London by flights and coach transfer to BCA
Trip to London – visit the National Science Museum
Visit the West End for a matinee theatre performance
Explore London – Westminster, London Eye, Tower of London, Trafalgar Square, Covent Gardens
London River Cruise
Trip to Windsor. Tour of the Castle and the Long Walk
Shopping in Windsor
Visit Oxford. Walking tour of Oxford
Trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon
Depart UK and trip home
Prices from £400 per student
Price based on a 6-day trip for 40 students and 4 group leaders. All trips are subject to availability.
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- Cultural Excursions
- School Integration
- Homestay accommodation
- Language Lessons
- Residential Accommodation
- Coach transfer from the UK airport to accommodation.
- Private coach for the full duration of the trip once you arrive at the airport.
- Public transport travel card if required.
- Stay with local host families.
- Residential accommodation is available with half board or full board options.
- Language tuition with qualified English teachers. Lessons can be tailored to the level of the student’s current ability and included chosen topics selected by the group leaders.