Geography School Trips & Tours to London
Packed full of enthralling visits and attractions, a geography school trip to London provides a massive range of geography visits that will excite, inform and educate your group. London's role in the 2012 Olympic Games has truly changed the face of this global city, making it an ideal geography trip destination in which to see the impact of hosting such a worldwide event.
We’ve teamed up with London’s famous Blue Badge Guides to offer a unique geography tour on which your pupils will see for themselves the transformation that the east of London underwent as part of a vast urban regeneration programme. Plus, we have school-friendly accommodation in a central location with our exclusive partner MEININGER - helping your group to see even more of the city and the Olympic sites during your stay!
Price Shown includes
- 1 night's B&B accommodation
- Executive coach transport from & to school & throughout your stay
- Extensive group travel insurance
- Free place ratio of 1 in 8.
Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers from a Zone A departure point Nov 2018 and is subject to availability.
On-tour support available...
- Pre-booked meals at great group prices
- Pre-booked and pre-paid London Underground tickets
- A choice of packed lunches for your group throughout your stay
Top visits for geography trips in London
The Legacy of London 2012 – Guided Olympic Site Tour
HALF & FULL DAY OPTION AVAILABLE
Come and witness the legacy of London 2012 and see the Olympic Park area following the exciting urban regeneration programme which transformed the face of East London. Your Blue Badge Guide can take you even closer to the venues, driving right next to the Velodrome, the BMX track, and the Olympic and the Paralympic Villages. The coach will travel around the edge of the Olympic Park before making a stop at the Olympic Stadium, the Aquatics Centre and the Orbit. The tour also affords fantastic views of the International Broadcast Centre and the Copper Box venue. Weather permitting, there are opportunities to get off the coach and explore.
You’ll then head to the Royal Docks to view ExCel, which hosted seven Olympic sports and five Paralympic sports. Then to Woolwich to see the magnificent facade of the Royal Artillery Barracks, the venue for shooting and for the Paralympic archery. The tour ends at Greenwich with a walk in the Park where the Equestrian events and the Modern Pentathlon had such a spectacular setting. Tours can be tailored to a group’s specific requirements.
Pupils coming on a tour can see first-hand how waste and recyclables are managed at the 40 acre LondonWaste EcoPark site. Pupils studying geography can incorporate what they have learnt into their study/course work. EcoPark tours are held every Wednesday and they accept pupils from 14 years and upwards and tours are free to pupils in the UK. Pupils are able to visit the following areas:
The Compost Centre – makes compost from food and garden waste collected from the seven north London boroughs. Once EcoPark compost is matured it
is used by farmers, allotment holders, community growing projects, schools and for compost giveaways.
The Energy Centre – produces energy from black bagged waste. Around 20% of the energy is used to power the LondonWaste EcoPark and the remaining electricity is transferred to the National Grid.
Control Room – a chance to talk to engineers about the Energy Centre.
Thames Barrier Visits & Talks
The Thames Barrier is one of the largest movable flood barriers in the world. The barrier spans 520 metres across the River Thames near Woolwich, and it protects 125 square kilometres of central London from flooding caused by tidal surges. An Information Assistant will give your group a guided tour of the Information Centre and deliver a talk covering topics such as the history of the River Thames and the risk of flooding in London, as well as describing the environment and wildlife of the river. The talk lasts approximately an hour and a half. When visiting on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday (when the centre is closed to the public) exclusive use of the conference room with refreshments and cakes is also provided.
The Crystal – A Sustainable World
This new exhibition showcases global trends, challenges, and existing technological solutions to build environmentally sustainable, prosperous cities. Across ten zones, your group will be encouraged to change the way they think about our cities, now and for future generations through exploring a range of issues including city trends, urban planning, smart buildings, energy and many more. The ‘Future Life’ theatre, invites students to imagine how London might look in 2050. Guided tours are also available.
WWT Wetland Centre
London Wetland Centre is unique in being the first created wetland habitat to have been developed in any capital city in the world. Over five years the area has been transformed by WWT from 43 hectares of concrete reservoirs into an impressively diverse wetland reserve and visitor attraction.
Royal Observatory Greenwich
The exhibition includes time pieces, a history of the building as a working observatory, the Greenwich Meridian line, the history of time and astronomy and the giant refracting telescope.
Coca-Cola London Eye
For a fantastic bird’s eye view of England’s capital city, take a ride on the Coca-Cola London Eye. Spot famed landmarks and take in the 30-mile panoramic view. Plus enjoy fantastic group prices with NST.
Educational resources are available for engineering, maths, ICT and primary school groups.
Thames River Cruise
Take in London’s best-loved sights on this enjoyable cruise. Your pupils will gain an insight into the many layers of history that have built up along the river, from the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge to the Coca-Cola London Eye.
Filled with 14 exciting, interactive zones and the excellent Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience, Madame Tussauds London combines glitz and glamour with incredible history with over 300 wax figures, including David Beckham, Lady Gaga, the Queen and many, many more. So, who do you want to meet?
Star Wars at Madame Tussauds
Created in close collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm, Star Wars at Madame Tussauds is a unique, immersive experience starring extraordinarily life-like wax figures of the favourite heroes and villains of Star Wars Episodes I-VI. The figures appear in authentic walk-in sets inspired by key scenes from the movies. Dynamic special effects add to the immersion, as you can step right into, and star in, some of the most iconic moments in film history.
At a height of 1,016ft, The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe, and has redefined London’s skyline. High speed lifts will transport pupils to the Shard’s viewing galleries with 40 mile views across the city – at almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in London.
West End Shows
A West End show is a magical and unforgettable experience and a must for school groups visiting the city! Catch a show at one of the capital's famous theatres with tickets to an array of award-winning plays and spectacular musicals, including the Lion King and Wicked!
There are so many popular options to choose from and we can book any show for your group. Plus, our dedicated in-house theatre team and our links with the best ticket providers means we’ll be able to reserve your first choice tickets.
Appreciate works of art, both old and new, at the fantastic galleries on offer in the city.
- Ice skating
- A quiz or disco at your hotel (most hotels can provide a room for groups to use in the evenings)
- Tourism impact
- Land use
- Sport as a catalyst for urban development
FREE Educational Resource Pack
We understand that you want a study visit that delivers the curriculum. To help you achieve this, our free London Educational Resource Pack - developed by experienced geography teachers - contains a wealth of highly relevant information for you to use before, during and after your tour.
You’ll be able to use its contents as a pre-visit planning aid, print off full-colour pupil activity sheets for your group to use at each site whilst away, or even refer to its contents post-visit to assist with case study completion.
Click here to view a sample of our resources.
Available from any location in the UK, our executive coaches are fitted with seatbelts, toilet facilities, air conditioning, DVD and reclining seats.
Giving you full support throughout
Before your tour
- Your own dedicated NST contact
- Bespoke tour itineraries
- Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
- Curriculum linked visit programmes
- Great value for money - no hidden costs
- Free group leader inspection visits
- Risk assessment guidance
- Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits
Whilst you're away
- Free educational resources
- Group-friendly accommodation
- Exceptional standards of coaching
- On-tour support from our reps on the ground
- Support & assistance from our specialists guides throughout your tour
- 24/7 support just a call away
- Extensive group travel insurance
On your return
- Priority rebooking services
- Rewarding your loyalty with our reward scheme
- You say, we listen - we're committed to continuously improving our tours
- School travel company of choice since 1967
“Our Olympic tour guide deserves a medal himself! A wealth of knowledge... we also covered some of the city and London Docklands development. Fast, furious and informative. Not a moment wasted.”
Marion Nugus, Swinton Community School