Year 13 Study Trip to London
Us students of Mrs. Hix’ and Mrs. Stichauer’s English advanced courses took our study trip to London and had an amazing time in the British capital.
On October 17th we all met early in the morning at Frankfurt Airport to check in. Our flight took off at 9am and we landed at 9:45am. As we arrived at the Wombat’s Hostel close to Tower Bridge, we first went to a supermarket to get some food because we were all very hungry.
After that we started our walking tour through Westminster, the heart of London. At every important sight two assigned students held mini presentations including interesting fun facts, for example the reason behind the new blue uniforms of the Beefeaters that protect the current King Charles. We visited Westminster Abbey, Westminster School, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. In the evening, we had dinner together at a pub. After that we had some free time until midnight and with that our first day in London ended.
On day two, we ate breakfast that was provided by the hostel. We took on our daily walking tour to see Tower Bridge, the Globe Theatre and the Sky Garden. At the Globe, we had a guided tour and learned more about the place where Shakespeare advanced his career as an actor and playwright. Our tour guide was a Shakespeare enthusiast and he told us fun facts and stories about the theatre, the life back then and, of course, about Shakespeare and his most famous plays. As we finished the guided tour, we visited the Sky Garden on top of the Walkie Talkie (a skyscraper) that provided a beautiful view of the city. We ended the productive day with free time and met up later for dinner in Covent Garden.
On Wednesday, we started our day with breakfast at the hostel as per usual and explored the east side of London with our regular mini presentations at St. Paul’s Cathedral and Postman’s Park with memoirs of people who sacrificed their lives to save others. Then we had more free time to roam around the city centre before meeting again for delicious dinner at a Thai restaurant. And that’s how we ended our “last day” in London!
On the next day, we ate breakfast and had to pack our luggage. There was some time left before we had to leave again for Heathrow Airport and go back to Germany. To reach the airport, we took the brand-new Elizabeth Line which is the fastest underground line in London. Our flight took off at 4:30 pm and we were back in Frankfurt airport at 7 pm. One of our classmate’s mother was one of the flight attendants on board, which was a huge surprise. As we arrived in Frankfurt, she wished us good luck for our A-level exams over the microphone, which was a very special and motivating gesture and ended our trip on a very good note.
All in all, the trip to London was worth it and we highly recommend London as a study trip destination for the next English advance courses to come.
Bye bye from Lateefat, Larisa and Noel