The diverse requirements of the curriculum make it hard for one location to satisfy the needs of multiple excursions. After all, what one place offers monuments to antiquity, the best in modern art, the highlights of theatre, lessons in literary context and the finest in architectural design, all within a short distance of one another?
London is such a place. The history and culture of the city provides an unparalleled width and breadth of educational options.
Take in a Show
London has a long and colourful theatrical tradition. This tradition is alive and well in the many mainstream and alternative theatres that dot the city. Students on school trips here will not have to try to hard to find intelligent and captivating plays and performances. The sheer variety on offer also makes it easy for teachers to plot an excursion that fits the texts and goals of the theatre and drama curriculum. Whether they participate in a theatre workshop or see a West End play, students will have their dramatic muse piqued.
Dig in to History
Few cities can rival London for the colour of its history, and many would envy the way the sheer diversity of its past has been preserved and memorialised to this day. Students on school trips will be reminded as they walk through the city of the storied and lengthy past that lies behind the modern busyness and glamour. Landmarks like the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace all have so many stories to tell that it would take many an excursion to hear them all. The world’s most recognised museums lie in the city, such as the British Museum and the Museum of Natural History, and they open students to history from around the world covering almost any curriculum.
Tour the Architectural Sites
Students who study design and architecture must see the great buildings to truly appreciate them. Some cities are now only famous for the great constructions of yesteryear; London, on the other hand, offers students a city with great architecture from the past as well as the present, and much more. When on school trips here, students can marvel at the construction of St Paul’s Cathedral or the bridges across the Thames, while taking in the entire vista of the city from modern design marvels such as the London Eye or the Shard.
Enjoy the Sporting Tradition
Many schools encourage school trips that motivate students to lead active and healthy lifestyles. London is also an ideal place in this regard. It has long drawn the best in the sporting arena. A visit to the Olympic sites or Wimbledon Tennis Club will inspire students with the myths surrounding the achievements of great sports men and women. Moreover, there are ample facilities around the city to hold tournaments or physical education sessions in fresh and invigorating surrounds.