London Residential 2018
On Thursday 7th June a group of 24 very excited children set off for a two day residential visit to London with Mrs Turner, Mrs Gratton and Mr Lock.
On arrival in the city centre we met our lovely guide, Em, who looked after us during our time there. Leading us with his Welsh flag (complete with flashing lights!), he took us to St James’ Park for a picnic lunch.
Our first activity of the afternoon was a visit to the National Portrait Gallery, where we looked at some amazing portraits of some familiar figures and some important people in history. We saw the famous portrait of Princess Diana, which was taken just after her engagement to Prince Charles.
We then went a short walk to Covent Garden, where we admired the fantastic architecture. We took the chance to do some shopping for souvenirs and presents at Jubilee Market.
Our next stop was Trafalgar Square, where we saw the famous statues of lions and Nelson’s Column. It was time for a sit down!
Then it was time for us to walk to the Rainforest Café for dinner. We had a great meal of cheeseburgers, chips, pasta, salad and ice-cream. The inside of the café is amazing – with rainforest scenery and sound effects and animatronic animals.
Finally, it was time to go to the theatre to see The Lion King. We had excellent seats and were amazed by the fabulous puppetry, singing and dancing. Some of the animals entered from the back of the auditorium – a rather large elephant made Mrs Gratton jump!
At the end an amazing first day, we made our way to our hotel near Heathrow Airport. Once there, we quickly allocated rooms and sorted ourselves out for some much needed sleep. Everyone agreed that the beds were very comfortable – in fact, the teachers struggled to wake some of us up the next morning!
After a HUGE breakfast in the hotel, we made our way back into central London for more sightseeing. Our first stop was Buckingham Palace, where we were lucky to see the Changing of the Guards. The soldiers and their horses looked incredibly smart and Em told us the standard bearskin hat of the British Foot Guards is 18 inches tall, weighs one and a half pounds and is made from the fur of the Canadian black bear.
From Buckingham Palace we went to Green Park to cool down in the shade and have a drink, before making our way back to the coach. We then travelled towards Westminster, with Em pointing out lots of famous sights on the way. We saw the Houses of Parliament and did manage to see one of the faces of Big Ben even though most of it is currently covered up for renovation.
We got off the coach near the London Eye and had a lovely picnic by the side of it. After a short rest we went a walk along the Embankment, spotting lots of famous buildings on the way.
At 2pm we boarded the coach for the final time and set off for home. After a very long journey, we finally arrived back at school tired but happy after an amazing couple of days.