Arriving at 1pm outside the hotel after many hours of trains, tubes and lugging Max’s ginormous suitcase, the group were ready for some sightseeing- the first stop was the V&A museum. Full of various objects, famous costumes from legendary plays and musicals all over the world, and some of the most beautiful wedding dresses ever photographed, everybody headed off to explore and it was safe to say the actors were completely engrossed in the theatre section!
After several hours of looking around the V&A and a five minute stroll past the ice rink at the museum of Natural History, the group were back at the hotel and ready to get glammed up.
Emerging an hour later, everybody looked the picture of perfection and hopped on the tube for an ‘all-you- can- eat buffet’ at Pizza Hut. The Woman in Black also proved to be a success that night as everybody left terrified that the ghost would be stood in their hotel room when they arrived home!
Saturday morning, and after a VERY early start, it was the tube against and then the train to Hampton Court, home of many kings and queens, most notably Henry VIII. There were hundreds of rooms including a chocolate kitchen and its very own chapel in which some of the students lit candles in remembrance.
Many rooms and strolls of the gardens later, the group met up again and after a quick lunch headed off to the Tower of London. 888,246 poppies were placed in and around the moat of the Tower to mark the centenary of the First World War and we were lucky enough to capture the scene on camera, a memory which will be taken away by all of us. We were reminded of how fortunate we are to have people fighting for our country. The Tower of London was extremely busy considering the poppies outside and was buzzing with live role plays, many interesting displays and the Crown Jewels (if you were willing to queue!).
After a fantastic meal at Planet Hollywood and a few tube stops, Covent Garden was the next destination. Christmas had already started involving late night shopping, Christmas lights and festive buskers. It was nice to enjoy some downtime with everyone without the usual mayhem and panic of the Underground and Piccadilly, and by the end of the night everyone was in the festive spirit. Some relaxing at the hotel was enjoyed as people packed their suitcases and then it was time for bed.
The last day proved as brilliant as the others with a trip to the Globe Theatre to see the exact reconstruction of Shakespeare’s famous stage. This was a fantastic opportunity and our tour guide proved extremely entertaining, teaching us that Shakespeare wasn’t all love stories and death. Before we went on to do a whistle-stop tour of some famous sights, we gathered outside next to the Thames and at eleven o clock we had a one minute’s silence, along with Big Ben and the rest of London. We paid our respects and then went on to visit Big Ben and the London Eye briefly before running to catch our tube back to the hotel. What would a trip to London be without seeing a celebrity? Mrs Hill was thrilled as she spotted Gareth Malone (Do you think he heard you shouting Miss?).
There was then a mad dash back to the hotel to grab our suitcases and say goodbye to the staff. A quick last glance at the Museum of Natural History opposite the Menninger and we were off back home. It was a brilliant weekend enjoyed by everyone- a massive thank you to Mrs Hill and Ms Green for putting up with all of our antics!