London English, Drama & Performing Arts School Day Trips & Tours

A theatre day trip to London is great way for English, drama and performing arts groups to enjoy a low cost experience in the capital city.

With so many unique workshops and theatre or English educational visits to choose from, together with the opportunity to take in the sights of this lively city, your English school tour will be jam packed with unforgettable experiences. We can arrange your visits, transportation, meals, travel insurance and free places. We also work closely with theatres and agencies in the capital to give you access to great group prices, fantastic theatre seats and great availability on the most popular West End shows so you can be sure to get great value for your English school trip.

Prices start from£39pp

Price Shown includes

  • Executive coach transport from and to school
  • Group travel insurance
  • 1 in 8 free place ratio

Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers departing from the Midlands, East Anglia and Central Wales in November 2017 and is subject to availability.


On-tour support

On-tour support available...

  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices
  • A choice of packed lunches for your group 

Top shows & productions in London

Wicked

Wicked tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz. The spectacular production and incredible story inspires discussion about propaganda, tolerance, bullying and friendship. 

On show at: The Apollo Victoria Theatre 
Times: Monday - Saturday evenings at 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm 
Running time: 2hrs 45mins 
School prices available: Monday - Thursday evenings, Wednesday matinees.

Educational packs available.

Matilda the Musical

Following a sensational sell-out season at The Courtyard Theatre, the RSC’s production of Matilda the Musical has now opened in London to extraordinary critical acclaim. Roald Dahl’s much-loved story bursts into life on stage. Your group will be delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination. 

On show at: Cambridge Theatre 
Times: Tuesday at 7.00pm, Wednesday - Saturday at 7.30pm. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm and Sunday at 3.00pm 
Running time: 2hrs 35mins 
School prices available: Tuesday - Thursday evenings and Wednesday matinees.

Educational packs available.

Matilda the Musical School Workshops are available and are designed to introduce your pupils to the story of Matilda, the key characters and the creative process of bringing it to life on stage. Led by RSC practitioners, these active 90-minute sessions can be tailored to meet the needs of pupils of all ages. Available Wednesdays at 10.30am. Groups are advised to book early.

Billy Elliot

Based on the international smash-hit film, this is an inspirational and feel-good celebration of one boy’s struggle to realise his dream against all the odds. 

On show at: Victoria Palace Theatre 
Times: Monday - Saturday at 7.30pm. Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm 
Running time: 3hrs
School prices available: Monday - Thursday evenings. Thursday matinees. Best available seats.

Educational packs available.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

This acclaimed production, based on Mark Haddon’s award-winning novel, is both a murder mystery and a tale of personal discovery for somebody on the edges of society. The production won 7 Olivier Awards including Best Play in 2013. 

On show at: Gielgud Theatre 
Times: Monday - Saturday at 7.30pm 
Running time: 2hrs 45mins
School prices available: Monday - Thursday evenings.

Educational packs available.

Les Misérables

Cameron Mackintosh’s legendary production is indisputably the world’s most popular musical seen by over 70 million people worldwide. This spectacular adaptation of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece continues to thrill audiences night after night. 

On show at: Queen’s Theatre 
Times: Monday - Saturday evenings at 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm 
Running time: 2hrs 50mins 
School prices available: Monday - Thursday evenings, Wednesday matinees.

Educational packs available.

The Woman in Black

The popular set text is now in its 25th terrifying year on stage. Over 7 million people have lived to tell the tale of one of the most exciting, spooky, gripping and successful theatre events ever staged. 

On show at: The Fortune Theatre 
Times: Tuesday – Saturday evenings at 8.00pm, Tuesday and Thursday matinees at 3.00pm and Saturday matinees at 4.00pm 
Running time: 2hrs 
School prices available: Tuesday – Thursday evenings and Tuesday and Thursday matinees.

Educational packs available.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Performance

Located on the bank of the River Thames in Bankside's Cultural Quarter, Shakespeare's Globe welcomes school groups to experience world renowned productions of Shakespeare every day.

We have worked closely with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre for many years and are an official ‘Friend of the Globe’. We offer fantastic group prices on tickets for strongly curriculum-linked Shakespeare performances. 

Furthermore, as there is a requirement in the new curriculum for pupils to study two Shakespeare plays, this is a perfect opportunity to introduce your group to various Shakespeare texts. 

The Globe’s 2017 Programme - 'SUMMER OF LOVE SEASON 2017'

Romeo and Juliet - 22 April - 9 July

Twelfth Night - 18 May - 5 August

Much Ado About Nothing - 14 July - 15 October 

King Lear - 10 August - 14 October

Tristan and Yseult - 13 - 24 June

Boudica - 8 September - 1 October

Nell Gywnn - 2 - 13 May 

Call us for details and further information regarding current Globe productions. 

The Lion King

Disney’s award-winning musical combines dazzling staging and wildly creative costumes, masks and puppets. The result is a theatrical experience like no other, which is guaranteed to capture the imaginations of your pupils and to teach them about the wonderful world of live theatre. 

On show at: The Lyceum Theatre
Times: Tuesday - Saturday evenings at 7.30pm, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2.30pm 
Running time: 2hrs 30mins 
School prices available: Tuesday - Thursday evenings, Wednesday matinees.

Educational packs available.

Disney's Aladdin

Brought to theatrical life by a legendary creative team, Disney’s new Broadway musical ALADDIN will sweep you into a world filled with beauty, comedy and breath-taking spectacle. Featuring the timeless songs from the classic film including A Whole New World, Friend Like Me and Arabian Nights along with new music written for the production, ALADDIN is an extraordinary theatrical event you will want to be amongst the first to experience.

On show at: Prince Edward Theatre
Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm

To find out what’s involved in a pre-show workshop click here to view a short video.  

School of Rock

Based on the iconic, hit movie, this irresistible new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a supply teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out?  

On show at: New London Theatre
Times: Wednesday - Sunday 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm


Top visits in London

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.

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane Tour

Through the stage door is the UK’s first interactive theatre tour! History is brought to vivid life through key characters, writers and actors from the theatre’s 300 year past.

Royal Opera House Backstage Tour

Visit the backstage and the front of house areas as the Royal Opera House prepares to open its doors for an evening performance. Your group will enjoy an introduction to the colourful history of this theatre, its magnificent backstage technology and redevelopment.

Les Misérables Theatre Tour

Step behind-the-scenes of one of the longest running shows in West End history! 

NST 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, pupils are taught skills and techniques used by professional actors inspired by the themes of the show they see. 

NST 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.

NST Stage School Theatre Workshop – Step by Step

A fun, interactive session that will immerse your group in the music and movement of the show. It will provide them with new knowledge and skills plus some serious moves that they can perform again and again.

NST 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.

NST Stage School Theatre Workshop – Stage Combat

Pupils 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.

NST 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.

NST Stage School Theatre Workshop – Song in Performance

Learn singing techniques and how to act through song with a West End musical director. Share all you have learnt in a performance for a cast member from the show you are seeing. You can suggest a song of your choice or one can be picked for you - it’s up to you!

NST 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.

City Academy Design, Make-Up & Theatre Lighting Workshops

Learn about all aspects of the stage and performance in these interactive workshops. Options include: 

Fashion, Costume & Set Design – Participants will be introduced to basic theory and technique to design which can be specified for fashion or stage. 

Stage Make-Up – Tailor your workshop to both fashion and theatrical requirements, and introduce pupils to techniques to create flawless, up-to-date techniques. 

Lighting for Theatre – Introduce pupils to the basics of lighting a show on stage.

 

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.

London School of Samba – Samba Drumming 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.

This workshop offers the perfect chance to make noise - and lots of it! Learn to play Rio-style samba, samba reggae, afoxê, Ilê Aiyê, and Mozambiqué. Fun, furious, and funky, and suitable for all abilities.

NST Stage School Performing Arts Workshop – A Song & Dance

Apply singing, dancing and acting! Work with a pianist and cast member from the show your group is seeing and gain an insight into a true West End rehearsal. You’ll even have the chance to rehearse a song and create your own choreography.

NST 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.

NST Stage School Performing Arts Workshop – Puppetry Now

A West End show has multiple ways of conveying meaning and communicating different moods and effects. Puppetry is one of those ways; it stimulates children’s imagination, encourages creative play and is a wonderfully interactive way to introduce narrative. This workshop is highly recommended for groups seeing War Horse.

NST 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.

NST Stage School Performing Arts Workshop – Audition Essentials

Develop your group’s audition techniques by performing material for a West End casting director and watching a West End professional perform. You’ll get to spend an hour with a West End director/casting director and enjoy a 30 minute Q&A session with a West End professional.

NST 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.

NST Stage School Performing Arts Workshop – In the Spotlight

Take this opportunity to ask questions of a performer from the show your group is seeing. Includes a piano-accompanied private performance from your workshop guest artist.

NST 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.

Rambert Dance Experience

Dance has the power to transform lives. Rambert delivers a range of activities that will engage your pupils in contemporary dance. Workshops, led by a Company Animateur (a professional dancer and teacher), can be tailored to meet your group’s needs and focus on a selected piece of work from Rambert’s existing repertoire including Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances and Swansong. Each workshop contains: 

  • A contemporary dance warm-up 
  • Repertoire – an opportunity to learn sections of the focus work
  • Choreography – pupils follow set tasks to choreograph their own work
  • Sharing – pupils perform and discuss their work together

 

Sadler’s Wells Dance Experience

Sadler’s Wells is a world leader in contemporary dance presenting a vibrant year-round programme of dance of every kind - from tango to hip hop, ballet to flamenco, Bollywood to cutting-edge contemporary dance - bringing the best of international and British dance to audiences at their three theatres in London. We can also book tickets for your group to see a performance of your choice.

Karen Hardy Studios Dance Experience

Karen Hardy Studios has designed a fun and structured children’s dance programme that teaches a wide range of dance styles and promotes all the important life skills necessary for a child’s development.

Classes are designed to build confidence and raise awareness of health and fitness. Beginner and intermediate routines are designed by experienced teachers personally trained by former Strictly champion, Karen Hardy.

Pupils will enjoy a fun structured 90-minute workshop, made up of half choreography and half technique to ensure each child leaves having had fun and developed a new life skill.

Move It!

The ultimate dance experience at the UK’s biggest dance event! Share your passion with 20,000 fellow dance fans. Watch performances, take classes, shop for dancewear and meet dancing stars and experts all in one place. It’s the biggest celebration of dance you will ever experience and we want you to be part of it! The next Move It! is due to take place in February 2016. Box office opens in October 2015.

NST Stage School Dance Workshop – West End Dance

Exclusive to NST

Whether it’s ballet or ballroom, flamenco or freestyle, tango or tap, there’s a dance class for you! Tell us what dance style your group would like to explore and we’ll do the rest. 

You’ll be provided with a West End studio and a dance instructor who specialises in the style of your choice. 

Learn about the stylistic features of the dance, the development of techniques and its representation in the West End. Guaranteed to get your energy pumping. Workshops can be introductory, intermediate or advanced.

NST 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.

Central School of Speech & Drama – Interview Skills Workshop

Exclusive to NST

This workshop has been designed specifically for NST by this well-known London drama school, and can be tailored to your exact educational requirements. This session aims to give a practical insight into Central’s undergraduate courses for the production of theatre and live performance arts, how to prepare for an interview and what to include in your portfolio.

Central School of Speech & Drama – Audition Workshop

Exclusive to NST

This workshop has been designed specifically for NST by this well-known London drama school, and can be tailored to your exact educational requirements. This session gives a practical insight into the experience of auditioning for drama school and/or university. It looks at what will be expected in an audition and how best to prepare, including monologue choices and suitability and format of the audition.

Central School of Speech & Drama – Stanislavski Workshop

Exclusive to NST

This workshop has been designed specifically for NST by this well-known London drama school, and can be tailored to your exact educational requirements. Your group will undertake a practical exploration of psychophysical acting. Through meeting a professional actor, they will learn how this technique is applied and consider the Stanislavski method as it was and as it is today.

Central School of Speech & Drama – Acting Masterclass

Exclusive to NST

This workshop has been designed specifically for NST by this well-known London drama school, and can be tailored to your exact educational requirements. Working with an industry professional, your group will take a practical approach to exploring acting techniques.

Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition & Tour

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

Exhibition: Based under the Globe Theatre, this engaging and informative exhibition explores the life of Shakespeare, where he lived in London, and the theatre for which he wrote. Imagine the Globe as it would have been: the centre of what was once London’s most notorious entertainment district, surrounded by raucous taverns and bawdy-houses. An audio guide is now included in the standard admission price.

Tour: Our 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. The self-guided exhibition should take approximately an hour, and the guided tour approximately 30 minutes.

Shakespeare’s Globe Live Demonstrations

If you’re planning on visiting the Shakespeare’s Globe exhibition then you have the option to add on a 30-minute live demonstration for your group. Options include: 

  • Stage Fighting 
  • Elizabethan Dressing 
  • Printing the Plays

 

Shakespeare’s Globe Lively Action Workshop

This 90-minute session, led by a Globe Education Practitioner, includes: 

  • A 30-minute guided visit to the theatre 
  • A one hour workshop based on a Shakespeare play of your choice. Through practical exploration, pupils will be encouraged to develop an understanding of Shakespeare’s characters and stories, and to engage with the text as a script for performance. Different dramatic techniques are used to explore Shakespeare’s plays and deepen your group’s critical understanding. Alternatively, pupils at a higher level may concentrate their workshop time on the performance conditions at the Globe, by exploring how this shapes playing style and language and by making connections between time and literary traditions.

 

NST Stage School English & Drama Workshop – Making a Scene

Work from a scripted scene from a show or play of your choice. Pupils will learn how to bring the text to life in a truthful, imaginative way. Explore acting methods, vocal techniques and character development designed to encourage bold and creative acting choices.

NST 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.

NST Stage School English & Drama Workshop – Theatre Improvisation

Exclusive to NST

This team-orientated collection of non-stop theatre games is perfect for high energy groups. After physical and vocal warm-ups, pupils stay active through team-building and improvisational games designed to heighten focus, creativity and sensitivity to others.

NST 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.

NST Stage School English & Drama Workshop – The Director’s Chair

This interactive workshop introduces pupils to the art of directing theatre. Focusing on textual analysis and stage craft, group members will examine techniques for working with actors and staging scenes too.

NST 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.

NST Stage School English & Drama Workshop – Behind the Mask

Your group will learn the rules of the mask and explore different mask performance techniques through improvisation and non-verbal communication. Content in this workshop is non show-specific.

NST 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.

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. 

Pupils 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

The Royal Courts of Justice - Motion To Appeal

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.

Pupils will:

  • Be introduced to the Royal Courts of Justice and what happens there
  • Prepare for and debate an appeal case which has been heard at the Royal
  • Courts of Justice (this can be a broader debate or one that focuses on a particular point of law)
  • Explore roles in a court room and meet a legal professional, where possible

Communication, Presentation & Public Speaking Workshops

Equip your pupils with the confidence and skills to communicate effectively. City Academy’s three workshops home in on effective techniques, tips and tricks, the importance of audience, how to manage nerves, and more. Options cover:

  • Beginner’s communication skills
  • Beginner’s presentation skills 
  • Beginner’s public speaking

 

Charles Dickens Museum & Workshop

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.

Dr Johnson’s House & Workshop

Dr Johnson’s House is a charming 300-year-old townhouse, nestled amongst a maze of courts and alleys in the historic city of London. Samuel Johnson, the writer and wit, lived and worked here in the middle of the 18th century, compiling his great Dictionary of the English Language in the garret.

Johnson’s Dictionary & Language Change 
This KS5 workshop will put Johnson, his Dictionary and the language of the period into context for your pupils and will introduce them to Johnson’s Dictionary, its predecessors and its long-term impact. The curator-led workshop is structured around a tour of Johnson’s former home which is interspersed with language activities.

Literary Walking Tours

These walking tours will give your pupils an inspirational insight into the life and times of writers across the ages. Options include:

Bloomsbury Artists, Writers & Philanthropists Walk – See where the famous Bloomsbury Group lived, loved and worked. Learn about Virginia & Leonard Woolf, the Bells, Strachey, Grant, Fry, Keynes and Forster, as well as Dickens, Yeats, the Shelleys, William Morris, Rossetti and Hughes & Plath. 

Dickens London Walk – Visit places where Dickens lived and worked, and locations nearby which he used in his books, such as Fagin’s Den, the Thieves’ Kitchen and Mr Tulkinghorn’s house. See where he had a fateful meeting with his first illustrator, the spot where he was given his first break, as well as other literary points of interest.

Forensic Outreach Lecture: Whodunnit? A Mystery & Crime Fiction Crash Course

Run by Forensic Outreach, this workshop for young writers takes pupils through a tour of the genre since its popularisation in the early 1800s. During the session, your group will be introduced to the most prolific writers in its history and then, following a review and brainstorm of creative writing techniques, will have the chance to put their skills to the test by writing their own mystery flash fiction story.

Creative Writing Workshops

Learn about writing scripts for the screen in a workshop designed to explore different techniques using practical exercises to help kick-start your group’s work. Options include: 

Scriptwriting for Beginners – Learn how to bring ideas for TV, radio and the stage to life. 

Sitcom Writing Taster – Find out what makes a sitcom work and what doesn’t!

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

Step onto 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 eight films were produced.

Educational workshops
A programme of educational workshops has been created to complement the Studio Tour. These workshops are delivered in a purpose-built classroom and use the Harry Potter™ film series as an example of the wider context and theories surrounding filmmaking. You’ll even get access to free downloadable pre- and post-visit resource packs to use in the classroom. 

Workshop options include:

  • Pitching
  • Instructional Writing
  • Script to Screen
  • Costume Characterisation
  • The Distressing Process

Teaching resources for all workshops available online - https://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/learning/teaching-resources

 

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.

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.

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 & Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral.

The Shard

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.

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’!

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.

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: 

The Rhythm of the Pridelands: Disney Teaching Artists will transport you from a West End studio to the African savannah. Explore one-of-a-kind choreography and world music from the award-winning West End show.

I Just Can't Wait To Be King! In this engaging workshop, you will use scenes from the West End script to develop your own take on characters who challenge Simba’s point of view: Timon, Pumbaa, Nala and a few hysterical hyenas!

 

Disney’s Aladdin Education Workshops - Arabian Nights Movement & Music

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

Arabian Nights Movement & Music - The group will learn vocals and choreography from the opening number to the show "Arabian Nights". Workshop can be adapted to suit all ages and abilities.

To find out what’s involved in a pre-show workshop click here to view a short video.  

Disney’s Aladdin Education Workshops - Scene Study Acting

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

Scene Study Acting - The group uses extracts from the show script to look at context and characterisation, status, comedy, voice and physicality. Workshop can be adapted to suit all ages and abilities.

To find out what’s involved in a pre-show workshop click here to view short video.


Educational resources

Free educational resource packs

A number of West End shows produce free educational resource packs that groups can use prior to and after seeing their show of choice. These packs often contain lesson plans and guidance for discussions to explore a show's central themes, characters, story and staging. Combined with a show performance, use of these packs can help to aid understanding and inspire learning too.

 


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.

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“Our English, drama and performing arts trip to London was excellent. The workshop with a cast member of Les Misérable, Marius, was first rate. On seeing the high standard of the pupils who came on the visit, he tailored his workshop to a professional standard, which was very pleasing. I requested a specific scene to work upon and he did exactly that. Excellent.” 

Tracey Bell, Airedale Academy