London Art & Design School Trips & Tours

Home to some of the world’s largest permanent collections and with a wide range of art on show, an art school trip to London is guaranteed to enrich and inspire your group’s work.

With the latest exhibitions, museums, galleries and innovative talent to see and many other exciting visits, this lively city is guaranteed to create memories that will last a lifetime. Here, your pupils can develop an understanding of British heritage and culture, whilst also taking inspiration from the many fantastic collections, museums and galleries.

Plus, when you book your school trip with NST, we’ll create an itinerary that includes visits to galleries and attractions that have been highly recommended by other groups that have travelled with us. 

Prices start from£99pp

Price Shown includes

  • 1 night B&B accommodation 
  • Executive coach transport from & to school & throughout your stay
  • Group travel insurance
  • 1 in 8 free place ratio

Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers departing from a Zone A departure point in November 2018 and is subject to availability.


On-tour support

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

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Top visits

National Portrait Gallery

The history of British portraiture from its beginning, through to the edge of abstraction. The most comprehensive portrait gallery in the world. Includes works by Holbein, Van Dyck and Reynolds, Gainsborough, Millais and Tissot, Cecil Beaton, David Bailey, and Patrick Heron.

The Photographers Gallery

The Photographers' Gallery was founded in London in 1971, and was the first independent gallery in Britain that was devoted entirely to photography. It is the leading centre for contemporary and historical photography with 3 exhibition spaces.

The Photographers Gallery - Visual Literacy Workshop

Visual Literacy workshops are led by a photographer-educator, and centre around an exhibition currently on show at the gallery.
Students take part in group discussion, image analysis and practical assignments responding to themes in the exhibition, all aimed at improving visual literacy. In the workshop, students will:
• Consider the formal elements and vocabulary used to describe photographs
• Explore how ideas, feelings and meanings are conveyed and interpreted
through images
• Reflect on how the context of an image shapes how we read it
• Develop an understanding of the term visual literacy
For Visual Literacy workshops, it is useful for pupils to bring cameras (iPads, phones, compact cameras, DSLRs) for the practical assignments. Pupils can share cameras in pairs or small groups.

The Photographers Gallery - Camera obscura workshop

In the camera obscura workshops, students will explore the history and science of photography using The Photographers’ Gallery’s own camera obscura. After experimenting with the camera obscura room, students will take part in a practical activity, working in pairs create their own hand-held pinhole camera obscuras.
In the workshop, students will:
• Develop an understanding of the science behind how a camera obscura works,
and its applications throughout history
• Work collaboratively to make functioning hand-held camera obscuras
• Explore different ways of capturing images using the camera obscure
For camera obscura workshops, it is useful for pupils to bring cameras (iPads, phones, compact cameras, DSLRs) for the practical assignments. Pupils can share cameras in pairs or small groups

Tate Modern

Britain’s spectacular museum of modern and contemporary international art. Themes include landscapes, environment, still life, action, and the body. The viewing level offers awe-inspiring 360ᵒ views of the London skyline from high above the River Thames, whilst The Tanks celebrate new art and showcase performances, interactive art and video installations.

National Gallery

An outstanding collection of Old Masters from the early Renaissance to 1900. A collection of Old Masters’ works from the early Renaissance onwards. The five floors and wings are arranged chronologically, making it easy for your pupils to track artistic progression. Examples include Giotto, Duccio, and many more.

Saatchi Gallery

Contemporary art by largely unseen UK artists and established international artists rarely exhibited in the UK. The Saatchi Gallery acts as a launchpad for lesser-known artists and houses brave, contemporary art. Well-proportioned rooms with high ceilings showcase works famed for courting media controversy and gaining extremes of critical reaction. This gallery is ideal for challenging more traditional ways of thinking.

The Hayward Gallery

One of the biggest temporary art exhibition centres in the world. The gallery has a reputation for presenting a diverse range of landmark exhibitions, casting new perceptions on prominent, established artists, and providing a platform for works of up-and-coming art and artists. The Hayward develops ideas and encourages critical discussions.

Royal Academy of Arts

An independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and Architects.  The Royal Academy of Arts has a unique position in being an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and architects whose purpose is to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate.

 

Whitechapel Gallery

A touchstone for contemporary art internationally. For over a century the Whitechapel Gallery has premiered world-class artists from modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo to contemporaries such as Sophie Calle, Lucian Freud, Gilbert & George and Mark Wallinger. The Gallery is a touchstone for contemporary art internationally, plays a central role in London’s cultural landscape and is pivotal to the continued growth of the world’s most vibrant contemporary art quarter.

 

London Town Walking Tours - Street Art Walk

The Old Street, Spitalfields and Shoreditch areas have become London’s capital of street art. There’s a dazzling array of images to see, and the great thing is the art is continually changing. You’ll visit the well-known street art spots and see favourite spots that are a little off the beaten street art tourist track. You’ll learn something about Banksy too.

Charles Dickens Museum

Charles Dickens lived in this house - now museum - from 1837 until 1839 and wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby whilst living here. This museum offers pupils the chance to experience what Dickens’ home would have been like, as well as learn more about the life and works of the great novelist and social commentator. Here, you will find one of the most important collections of his artefacts in the world. Every museum visit also includes an opportunity to explore the house following a self-guided activity worksheet.

The Author’s Craft Workshop 
This taught manuscript workshop looks at how Dickens crafted his work. Pupils understand how texts relate to the social and historical context in which they were written and learn to shape meaning and evaluate ideas and effect in their own writing. The workshop will culminate in a new collaborative manuscript based around a particular setting or theme.

3D Printing Workshops

Take a 21st century approach to embedding technology learning in school, and introduce your pupils to the world of 3D printing where a solid object of virtually any shape can be created from a digital model. 

In our Introduction to 3D Printing workshop, pupils will get hands on with 3D computer modelling and see designs turned into real life on a 3D printer. All pupils will receive a certificate of attendance and will take away a 3D printed item too.

Other workshops include:

Understanding 2D and 3D
Create 2D and 3D shapes through designing a house in Sketchup. Look at the difference between a 2D representation of the shape and the 3D model itself. What is a plan and how would an architect use 2D and 3D shapes to represent their project?

Natural Geometries 
Create simple shapes like triangles, squares and arcs. And through learning simple ideas such as angles and rotation, turn these shapes into amazing nature-like structures such as snowflakes and shells.

For maths groups, we can also offer full day workshops at The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park combining a tour of Bletchley Park, a visit to Colossus (the first electronic computer) and a hands-on processing or 3D printing workshop.

London School of Samba – Costume Making Workshop

Exclusive to NST

The London School of Samba offers high quality, fun workshops and aims to entertain, educate, and engage people in traditional Brazilian carnival arts for cultural, social and educational benefit.

In this workshop, pupils will be sewing, cutting, beading, sticking and any number of other ‘ings’… so no matter what the skill level of your group, there’s always an opportunity to get involved. Participants can expect to assemble a piece of costume, such as a head dress, or work as a team to complete or adorn a pre-made costume piece.

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.

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.

Explore Covent Garden

A trip to the capital isn’t complete without a little shopping time! We recommend Covent Garden as a suitable area for groups to explore and watch the street performers.

London Dungeon

Discover the all new, bigger and bolder London Dungeon, with a full cast of 20 brilliant actors in 18 new shows, rich sets, special effects and two new exciting rides, we’ll take you on a unique 90-minute thrill-filled journey through 1000 years of London’s murky past.

Madame Tussauds

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.

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.

The View from the Shard

The View from The Shard offers a unique education experience – it is the only place where students can see the entire city at once; both old and new! Two high speed kaleidoscopic lifts will transport your class to the viewing platforms on Level 69 and Level 72 where you can encourage your student’s fascination with the history of London and enjoy the unparalleled 360 degree views.

School visits can support learning across both the National and London Curriculum, including History, English, Maths, Geography, and Art and Design.

Support lessons in advance of your visit and enhance pupils' learning experience with free downloadable resources - https://dmtrk.net/26L-5MU6X-1UN8ZU-34HMZG-1/c.aspx

 

Sketching in Covent Garden

Let your pupils develop their sketchbooks in this bustling area of London. Here, they can draw inspiration from the many street performers and passers-by. A great way to inject new life into exam prep work!

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

Harry Potter is a behind-the-scenes walking tour which will truly immerse pupils into the world of film-making. Step on to authentic sets, discover the magic behind spellbinding special effects and explore the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Harry Potter film series. Tread the original stone floor of the iconic Hogwarts Great Hall, encounter animatronic creatures and wander down Diagon Alley. Located at the Studios where all 8 films were produced.

Design Museum

Take your pupils on a self guided visit to the Design Museum, to view designs from around the world including architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, product and transport. Design is a continually evolving subject which the Design Museum explores through its exhibitions programme, permanent collection, learning and research activities.

Tate Britain

This, the country’s main gallery of British art, offers portraits and narratives from the early 18th century, including Thomas Gainsborough, as well as works leading into the 20th century, including examples from Lucian Freud and post-war painters.

V&A Museum

The world’s largest collection of decorative and applied arts. Some areas focus on the history of costume and are of particular interest to pupils studying textiles. The holdings of ceramics, glass, costumes, jewellery, furniture, sculpture, prints and photographs are among the largest and most comprehensive in the world.

EW Photography Centre at the V&A Victoria & Albert Museum

The V&A has been collecting photographs since 1856, and it was one of the first museums to present photography exhibitions. The museum has now added the Royal Photographic Society collection to its holdings, which contains around 270,000 photographs, an extensive library, and 6,000 cameras and pieces of equipment associated with leading artists and photographic pioneers. To maximise the impact of the expanded collection, the V&A is developing a new photography centre which is due to open in Autumn 2018.


Evening activites

  • Jack the Ripper tour
  • Evening ghost bus tour
  • Ice skating
  • Bowling
  • Host a quiz at a function room 

Transport

Available from any location in the UK, our executive coaches are fitted with seatbelts, toilet facilities, air conditioning, DVD and reclining seats.

Coach

Rail is a convenient travel option for small groups, with ideal for connections to Eurostar, major airports and travel to many city destinations.

Rail


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

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  • Rewarding your loyalty with our reward scheme
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  • School travel company of choice since 1967

The street art walking tour was in-depth and extremely exciting! The tour guide was incredibly patient with our pupils who wanted to stop and take photographs of everything. Top marks!”

Caroline Wightman, Stover School