You leave the hotel after an early breakfast to begin our full-day tour of London’s top highlights at Victoria Coach Station. Here you will meet the local guide at 7:40 and board an air-conditioned coach to take you to St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, a Gothic church with royal connections.
You will then proceed to Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of the Queen, and possibly observe the Changing of the Guard. The next stop will be the Tower of London where your guaranteed entry will make us skip the ticket lines and appreciate the glittering Crown Jewels.
You then board a boat for a Thames River cruise, where you will admire London’s unique skyline and see other major landmarks such as Shakespeare’s Globe, the Shard, Tate Modern and Tower Bridge.
You will end the tour with a ride on the London Eye, where you will get to see London’s beautiful skyline.
You will begin this day with a visit to the National Maritime Museum. Here you will explore the special exhibitions at the largest maritime museum in the world, see Turner’s iconic painting of the Battle of Trafalgar and discover fascinating galleries including the Atlantic Slave Gallery, and Nelson, Navy, and Nation. You will also get to admire one of world’s largest collections of ship models, including the Mercury Collection.
The next stop is the Imperial War Museum. This museum offers an all-encompassing introduction to Britain’s war history, complete with military aircraft hanging overhead, army tanks flanking the central exhibition hall, and a recreated World War I bunker to crawl through. Exhibits spotlight not only military equipment and strategy but also the wartime experiences of soldiers and civilians.
The final activity for this say is the Kia Oval Educational Tours. This educational experience combines a 45-minute tour and a 45-minute workshop, which can be chosen from a range of topics including PE, Science, Art, History, Media and Marketing.
This morning you will London Olympic Park. The vast grounds and imposing stadiums that once hosted athletes from all over the world during the 2012 London Olympics have now been transformed into one of East London’s most impressive green spaces.
Next up is the Shakespeare’s Globe, where you will explore the life of Shakespeare in London with a guided tour of the theatre for which he wrote. You will discover the working Globe Theatre through an informative exhibition and a visit to the auditorium.
This afternoon you will have the opportunity to admire some great British and international art on the tour of Tate Britain and Tate Modern. With an art-expert guide, you will admire each gallery’s highlights, and enjoy a sightseeing boat trip along the Thames River in between. You will visit the Tate Britain, home to Britain’s national collection of paintings from the 16th century to ogle masterpieces by Turner, Constable, Hockney and others. Later, you will explore the spectacular Tate Modern and see pieces by artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Rothko and more as your guide provides expert insight into each.
You will visit the V&A Museum this morning. This museum hosts 2.3 million-strong collection of objects relating to art and design throughout the ages. Following an itinerary tailored to your interests, you’ll admire exhibits ranging from golden globes and Renaissance sculptures to south Asian tea sets and priceless jewelry.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Bank of England museum. This fascinating Museum, located within the impressive walls of the Bank of England, tells the history of the Bank from its foundation in 1694 to the present day. Its unique collections of coins, banknotes and artefacts are supplemented by audio-visual and interactive displays. You will even handle a real gold bar! Exciting new displays and exhibits have been added to the permanent galleries following a period of renovation.
In the evening, you will watch a Broadway show.
This day you board a coach in central London to visit three of England’s most popular attractions. First you stop at Windsor to explore the lavish State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel of Windsor Castle, an official residence of the Queen.
The next stop is Stonehenge, a 5,000-year-old stone circle whose purpose has escaped historians for centuries. You will get the opportunity to walk around the stones and enrich your knowledge of the enigma in the visitor centre.
The final stop for the day is Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed Georgian city famed for its Roman Baths. You will take a panoramic tour that covers Bath Abbey and the Pulteney Bridge, inspired by Ponte Vecchio in Florence.
After this you will board your coach to return to London.
This day is dedicated to the tour of some of London’s top universities. The first stop is the University College London (UCL). UCL’s main campus in Bloomsbury, central London is a fascinating place to visit. As you explore the campus, you will get a sense of what makes UCL stand out – from our wide range of facilities, our excellent reputation, our pioneering history and our greatest strength, the students and staff who study and work here. The guided tour will give you an opportunity to ask general questions relating to the application process, how to apply or look for accommodation and what it is like to be a student in London and at UCL.
The next stop is the School for Oriental and African Studies, University of London. The tour includes a visit to the SOAS library which is one of the world’s most important academic libraries for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. You will also get a chance to visit the student common room where students informally debate important issues outside of the classroom, as well as see the lecture rooms where study topics are introduced, and the tutorial and seminar rooms where they are discussed and analysed in greater detail.
The final stop is the London School of Economics (LSE), University of London. The tour is led by current LSE students and last for approximately 30 minutes, followed by 40 minute presentation outlining undergraduate, graduate and General Course study options at LSE, student life and the application process delivered by a member of staff from Student Marketing and Recruitment.
You enjoy free morning before your departure. You will be transferred to the airport by a shuttle to catch your evening flights.