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London Cultural School Trips & Tours

An exciting London cultural tour offers pupils the opportunity to cover many aspects of their curriculum in a short space of time. Almost 600 groups travel to London with NST every year.

By choosing NST, you’ll receive valuable advice and expertise on hundreds of visits, as well as excellent prices at top attractions, West End shows and pupil-friendly accommodation.

Prices start from£99pp

Price Shown includes

  • 1 night's 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 selected departure points in February 2021 and is subject to availability.


On-tour support

On-tour support includes...

  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices
  • Pre-booked and pre-paid London Underground tickets

Accommodation

Popular options in London


Top visits

Highlights of London Blue Badge Guided Tour

See the major sights of the city. An expert Blue Badge Guide will join you on your coach and bring the Capital to life for your group. Sights may include Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral.

The lastminute.com London Eye

A classroom with a moving view! Standing 135m tall on the South Bank of the River Thames, nothing says iconic like The lastminute.com London Eye.

Since 2000, this world-famous structure has taken over 75million people on a journey into London’s skyline. Be Inspired with our Skyline Workshops. At an additional cost, these enhanced in-pod experiences are delivered by our education hosts and include interactive activities and interesting facts on London's iconic skyline.

Developed in collaboration with education specialists, teachers can book either a KS2/KS3 version.

Thames River Cruise

Take in London’s best-loved sights on this enjoyable cruise. Your students 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.

West End Shows

A West End show is a magical and unforgettable experience and a must for 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.

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

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. Your Harry Potter World school trip is located at the Studios where all 8 films were produced.

45 minute workshops are also available, covering Art and Design, Business Studies, English and Drama, Film and Media and STEM subjects, as well as Primary.

 

Science Museum

The Science Museum is packed with awe-inspiring galleries, interactive resources and inspirational exhibitions. Your students can explore the hands-on galleries which cover a wide range of subjects areas including:

Wonderlab - Science and Maths:

Inspired by the power of wondering, Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery will ignite curiosity in science and maths through more than 50 cutting edge exhibits and immersive experiences. Along with high-energy shows, live experiments at our Chemistry Bar, live lightning demos at our giant Tesla coil, plus our brilliant Explainers to facilitate engagement, a school trip to Wonderlab is a must for KS2 and KS3 students. The gallery will enrich learning across the curriculum themes of forces, electricity, light, sound, matter, space and maths. The exhibits will encourage students to be curious, to look at close details and to be creative – skills that are invaluable to scientists.

Science: 
‘Who am I?’ - find out what makes you in this gallery that mixes intriguing objects with interactive exhibits. 

Psychology & Sociology: 
Psychology: Mind Your Head – a small exhibition exploring some of the stories, tools and puzzles that have engaged British psychologists during the 20th century.

The museum also offers a great selection of curriculum-linked schools events and shows, and stunning 3D films in their IMAX Cinema. Science Museum resources are also available and free to download.

Natural History Museum

On a Natural History Museum school trip, your students can explore the natural world and discover the amazing diversity of life that has evolved on our planet. Study a range of themes including climate change, evolution and the natural environment, helping to give your students an understanding of the impact that science has on their lives.

Exploring the human biology gallery, which covers memory and how our memory functions and an insight into the human body.

Stage School Theatre Workshop – Stage Combat

Your group will learn about the relationship between acting and fight choreography. Discover how fights are choreographed and hone your collaboration skills whilst creating your own combat.

Stage School Workshops are delivered by qualified teaching artists (so you can get involved too) and can be tailored to your chosen show, as well as your curriculum requirements.

Stage School Theatre Workshop – West End 101

A popular and versatile interactive workshop designed to enhance the participants’ night in the West End. In a fun and relaxed environment, students are taught skills and techniques used by professional actors inspired by the themes of the show they see. 

Stage School Workshops are delivered by qualified teaching artists (so you can get involved too) and can be tailored to your chosen show, as well as your curriculum requirements.

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.

Art Galleries

Appreciate works of art, both old and new, at the fantastic galleries on offer in the city.

The Tower of London

Help to develop pupils’ understanding on the nature of authority and attitudes to crime and punishment in the early modern period on their school trip to Tower of London. An ideal opportunity for a more in-depth study of Guy Fawkes and his  attempt to destroy the Houses of Parliament in 1605.

Imperial War Museum

After a major redevelopment in 2014, the museum now features groundbreaking new WWI Galleries which will present the story - how it started, why it continued and its global impact - through the lives of those who experienced it on both the front line and the home front. The Witness to War atrium displays iconic larger objects including a Harrier, Spitfire and V2 rocket suspended from above.

3D Printing Workshops

Take a 21st century approach to embedding technology learning in school, and introduce your students 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, students will get hands on with 3D computer modelling and see designs turned into real life on a 3D printer. All students 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.

The Royal Courts of Justice - Court In Session

Suitable for KS3-5, this exciting visit to the historic Royal Courts of Justice will have your group talking for weeks! You can choose from a wide range of quality learning experiences. 

This two-hour session takes place in a working court room and around the courts. 

Students will:

  • Be introduced to the Royal Courts of Justice and what happens there
  • Prepare and enact a trial based on an ex-offender’s experiences
  • Explore roles in a court room and meet a legal professional where possible
  • Discuss and debate real sentencing options

Jack the Ripper Walking Tour

Discover at firsthand the historical context of Whitechapel in the late 19th century as well as in-depth historical knowledge on Jack the Ripper. 

This eerie yet informative evening activity led by expert guides provides an insight into the mindset of this renowned murderer and maps his trail of terror. The site is also near Cable Street so the study visit can include work on 20th century protest.

London Dungeons

The London Dungeon has been delighting audiences for over 40 years and brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, scenes and rides in an exciting walk-through experience that lets you see, hear and smell historic London and its perilous past. Get pupils thinking about spoken language and stage directions as they review script writing and explore the physical creation of a show as they look at the design process, including room layout, make-up and costume design and highlight the importance of historical accuracy in relation to topic, characters and set design. 

St Paul’s Cathedral - themed tours

At St Paul’s Cathedral, students can study an iconic Christian place of worship and learn about the beliefs and practices of the Church of England through a number of themed tours suitable for KS3-KS5, including: The World of Worship, The Bible: Is it Relevant in Today’s World?, The Big Issues, ‘Jesus’ Fact or Fiction for Today’s Society and Christianity Through Art & Design. General guided tours suitable for different age groups can also be provided.

Madame Tussauds

The world of the Media is a creative and inspiring one, where ideas combine with drama, excitement and humour to keep us entertained and engaged. A fully interactive experience, Madame Tussauds will inspire, enthuse and immerse pupils in celebrity culture and modern media as they walk among the stars!

Disney's The Lion King Education Workshops

Everyone from beginners to professionals can experience the thrill of the West End through these hands-on explorations of theatrical performance that are led by expert Disney teaching artists. Options include: 

Spotlight on Acting - ages 9 +

Spotlight on Movement & Music - ages 7 +

Spotlight on Singing - ages 12 +

Spotlight on Dancing - ages 14 +

 

 

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 group 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.

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

Harry Potter London Walking Tour

Take a Harry Potter Walking Tour into the magical world of wizardry in London! Learn about London’s rich muggle and wizarding history, amazing facts about the books and films and see many of the Harry Potter film locations used in London, including the Ministry of Magic and the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron. The tour features familiar Harry Potter film locations as well as iconic London landmarks and attractions including St Paul’s Cathedral, Millennium Bridge, Tate Modern, Borough and Leadenhall Markets and Monument.

London Film Locations Walking Tour

This guided London film locations walking tour is action-packed with sites from Comic Book movies. You will follow on screen heroes such as Batman, Wonder Woman, Jack Ryan and the Thunderbirds as they fight to protect London and defeat the forces of evil.  You’ll see how London has been used by movie makers from all over the world to represent both the British capital – home to on screen heroes such as James Bond and Sherlock Holmes, but can also stand in for numerous other locations from across the globe including St Petersburg, Switzerland and even Gotham City!

Emirates Aviation Experience Guided Tour

Explore the Aviation Experience with this interactive one-hour guided tour. Learn about different aspects of the aviation industry, including what happens to aircraft on the ground, the roles and responsibilities of cabin crew and the advances in aircraft technology. Then discover the science behind flight and examine a real Rolls-Royce jet engine. This session is accompanied by a range of props and equipment to help make full use of the exhibition.

To further your students’ experience, you can also add a flight simulation experience and get to choose from a selection of additional one-hour workshops covering a range of topics: 

• The Act of Forces: The Science Behind Aviation

• Redesign, Recycle, Reduce: Creating Sustainable Aircraft

• Let’s Go Green: Sustainable Travel and Tourism (Key Stage 5)

• Emirates Airline: Aviation, Travel And Tourism

• From The Ground Up: Emirates Customer Services (Key Stage 5)

Walk Eat Talk Eat - 3 hour food & drink walking tour

Take a walking tour through the streets of London to share a great food experience. You will try modern and traditional dishes, British treats and food from far away. The tours centre around a few different food and drink stops where you may sit down and dine at the venue, pick up the food and taste it outside, or just walk and talk with the food.

There are three different tours to choose from:

Portobello Tales - Ladbroke Grove to Kensington Palace tour

You will try cold cut meats and cheese sourced locally, bubble tea, handmade Swedish traditional baked kanelbulle and delicious doughnuts from a doughnutry that has truly made its mark on Portobello Rd – offering a twist from your normal conventional flavours. You will also indulge yourself in some incredible street food called Arepas from South America and will taste some caviar just off Notting Hill. We will finish just in front of Kensington palace and who knows, we might even be able to say hello to the royals.

The east end / Brick lane food and drink walking tour

Starting at Spitalfields market the group will make their way to Brick Lane. From there you will have the opportunity to grab some sweets from a quaint little Bangladeshi sweet shop, and experience the incredible cuisine influenced by the waves of migrants coming to the area from the French Huguenots, Irish, Jewish and most recently the Indian and Bangladeshi. Then indulge in some truffles from the well-known chocolatier on Brick lane called Dark Sugars. Next stop is Beigal Bake, one of the last still owned Jewish Bakery's that is situated around the area that harks back to a time when the whole area was predominantly Jewish in the 1800s. Then grab a sweet and savoury pizza ring which is filled with Nutella and Ricotta.

Tower Hill to Borough market tour

Open on Friday, Saturday and Sundays, in the market you can find the Venezuelan street food called an Arepa. The Arepa is a staple in Venezuela. Traditionally made from white ground 'corn' and cooked on a round griddle called 'budare'. Monday to Thursday instead your will try a new Swiss (French) import that called Raclette’s. A Raclette is a semi-hard Swiss cheese which is traditionally served in a particular manner.

Next stop is Texas Joe’s slow cooked meats, where your group will learn more about their method of BBQ and getting to sample their incredible brisket that is slowly cooked for 10 hours. The tour will also visit shops loved by locals which champion produce from around the local area and get to try cheese from Neal’s yard Dairy.

Finally, your group will get to try Oysters at Richard’s Oyster bar in Borough market and then finish off the tour with a mouth-watering Doughnut overlooking the Thames which was made that morning at bread ahead bakery located in Borough market.

ClueQuest - The Live Escape Room

The escape rooms at clueQuest provide an array of unique, cooperative and intuitive logic-based tasks. These are designed to ensure that no prior knowledge is required, making them perfect for all age groups. Which are nonetheless challenging and therefore make for a rewarding work-out of the following crucial soft-skills: Communication, teamwork, problem-solving, attitude and leadership.

ITV Daytime Studios Tour

As one of the busiest working studios in the UK, producing over 2,000 hours of much talked about TV a year, guests have unprecedented access into the day-to-day operations of a live studio with stories and filming insights from the studio floors shared with them along the way.

With the promise of plenty of picture and selfie opportunities on the well-loved and instantly recognisable sets, a wander down the production corridors where the green rooms, wardrobe departments, make-up areas and production offices are housed, as well as walking amongst industry producers and crew, each tour will be full of TV magic.

 

Shakespeare’s Globe Guided Tours

Open all year round, the Globe guided tour gives you an opportunity to learn more about this unique building and its most famous playwright, Shakespeare. 

Expert guides will take you on a fascinating tour of the iconic Globe Theatre, bringing the space to life with colourful stories of the 1599 Globe, of the reconstruction process in the 1990s, and of how the ‘wooden O’ works today as an imaginative and experimental theatrical space. 

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.

National Theatre Backstage Tour

Go backstage at Britain’s largest theatre complex to discover the secrets behind bringing productions to the stage. Your group will get exclusive access to unseen parts of the building, including the workshops where sets and props are created, on a tour led by an experienced and enthusiastic guide.

Wembley Tour

Visit the new stadium and take a 90-minute tour. See England’s changing rooms, the players’ warm-up zone, VIP reception area, the Royal Box, dugouts, the post-match interview area, press conference room, treatment rooms and the Bobby Moore Statue. You can even ‘Lift the Cup’!

Museum of London

Discover the history of London and its people.   The Museum of London overlooks the Roman remains of the City wall and reveals the history of the capital from prehistoric and Roman times through to medieval, Tudor and 18th century expansion, and the bustling multicultural London of today. Spectacular collections, immersive spaces and interactive exhibits transport you through the capital's tumultuous past, rich with drama, triumph and near-disaster!

Witness for the Prosecution

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Step inside the magnificent surroundings of London County Hall and experience the intensity and drama of Agatha Christie’s gripping story of justice, passion and betrayal in a unique courtroom setting.
Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth. The stakes are high - will Leonard survive the shocking witness testimony, will he be able to convince the jury, and you of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose?
Don’t miss this landmark stage production on London’s Southbank.

On show at: County Hall 
Times: Tue – Sat 7.30pm, Thu & Sat 2.30pm, Sun 3pm
School rates available: Tuesday – Friday performances 

Exclusive to us - Meet & Greet Experience.   Following a matinee performance, groups can stay, explore and take photos in the historic setting for the play, originally the debating chamber of London County Hall, and discuss the verdict with a member of the company. 


Activities & enrichment week trip ideas

STEM Week

Your pupils will have a week of learning about science, technology, engineering, and maths!

With many intriguing visits and hands-on workshops, this four-day trip to London will be both practical and fun.

• Visit the Emirates Aviation Experience for a guided tour.

• Spend a full day in the Science Museum:

The Interactive gallery

‘Engineer your future’ presents a series of interactive experiences based on key engineering skills used by real-life engineers.

The object gallery

‘Tomorrow’s World’ presents topical science and technology stories, from the most surprising, the biggest breakthroughs, to the headline-grabbing gadgets. Using displays and touch-screen interactives, gain insights into:

• Advances in modern science and technology.

• The way scientists work.

• Social and ethical implications of scientific and technological developments.

• Take part in an app making workshop where your pupils will be able to start planning how they would approach making an app themselves.

• Visit the fascinating BodyWorlds Museum.

• Have a fun afternoon in Madame Tussauds.

• See the city sights on a cruise up the River Thames.

• Take a ride on the London Eye.

Photography Week

Take your budding photographers out for a fun-filled four days in London, experiencing different types of shots.

Combine this with one-day back at school with a lesson on photo manipulation, followed by a presentation from your pupils of their pictures and what they’ve learnt during the week.

• Visit the Photography Centre at the 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.

• Take part in a Lion King workshop with expert Disney Teaching Artists, perfect for your pupils to take some fun action shots of each other.

• Take a ride on the London Eye and practise cityscape and panoramic photography followed by a walking tour of London, capturing the urban environment - you never know what or who you’re going to come across on the streets of London, from street performers and street art to architectural landmarks and a plethora of impeccably designed buildings.

Task your pupils with colour and black and white imagery.

• See the city sights on a cruise up the River Thames.

• Spend some free time shopping in Covent Garden.

• Visit the National Portrait Gallery - The Photographic Portrait - Explore and make connections between photography and a wide variety of other portrait processes within the Collection.

Consider the relationships between contemporary and historical approaches and works.

Theatre Week

Unlock your pupils’ inner thespian by taking them on an exciting trip through the world of theatre with four days in London – combine this with a day of in-school activity such as writing and performing their own small-scale show!

• Watch a West End Show of your choice.

• Take part in two practical workshops;

We offer a range of expert-led workshops to suit your specific needs whether your focus is on theatre, performing arts, English and drama, literature and creative writing or dance.

• Take a backstage tour of The National Theatre and discover the secrets behind bringing productions to the stage. You’ll get exclusive access to unseen parts of the building, including the workshops where sets and props are created.

• Visit Shakespeare’s Globe exhibition & tour followed by a 30-minute live demonstration, options include:

• Stage Fighting

• Elizabethan Dressing

• Printing the Plays

• Plus, experience a ‘stand in the yard’ outdoor evening performance

• Have a fun afternoon in Madame Tussauds.

• See the city sights on a cruise up the River Thames.

• Allow some free time shopping in Covent Garden and watch the street performers.

Film Week

Who decides whether a film gets an ‘18’ or a ‘U’ rating?

Your pupils will get to meet the people who decide the ratings of films, DVDs and games on this exciting four days of film fuelled activities.

• Visit the British Board of Film Classification for an interactive lesson on the BBFC’s history, function and all aspects of censorship and the age ratings process. Take advantage of their free online resources and ‘Rate A Trailer’.

• Visit the London Film Museum, home to the largest collection of James Bond vehicles used

by 007 on film! featuring over a hundred original cars, boats, bikes, and gyrocopters from the film series, together with scripts, concept art and storyboards.

• A three-hour programme at London Film Academy – workshops and seminars will cover key areas of cinematography and storyboarding.

• A hands-on practical teaching session with City Academy for a workshop in filmmaking and photography. Instruction on storyboarding, camera, lighting, and sound.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter tour plus workshop, options include:

• Pitching

• Instructional Writing

• Script to Screen

• Costume Characterisation

• The Distressing Process

• Camera Choices

BFI Imax - Get the pop-corn out and sit back and watch a recent release on Britain’s biggest screen or, enjoy a private morning viewing from a choice from their extensive library.

• Shopping time in Covent Garden.

Entrepreneur Week

Have your pupils got what it takes to become successful in business? London is home to over half of the UK’s top 100 listed companies and offers fantastic opportunities for your budding entrepreneurs. Combine this with a ‘pitch your idea’ challenge back in school for the best business start-up ideas.

• Start this four-day tour with a visit to the Museum of Brands, a treasure trove of design and memories, plus take part in a workshop, options include:

• Brand Evolution Challenge

• Graphic Design & Packaging

• Customer Profiling

A tour of Chelsea FC providing an exciting insight into operations at the club. Focusing on merchandise, marketing, finance and staffing.

NEW! Social Media Masterclass. This workshop, led by social media expert Andrew Davis, shows you the business end of social media and how companies are using it to make money, acquire customers and keep existing ones. Understanding how business works online is what all organisations are trying to achieve and this workshop will show you how it is done.

• Visit The Bank of England Museum with a presentation on the role of the Bank, explaining why low inflation and a safe and stable financial system matter to the UK economy, and how the Bank contributes to this.

• Enjoy a West End show and none more fitting than Les Misérables - produced by Delfont Mackintosh, your pupils can discuss how Cameron Mackintosh started life as a stage hand at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and has become one of the most successful producers in the world, turning the West End musical into a global franchise.

• See the city sights with a Thames river cruise.

• Shopping time in Camden market.


Evening activites

  • West End Show
  • Jack the Ripper walking tour
  • Bowling
  • Imax cinema

Transport

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

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