School trips to London

A cultural capital by anyone’s estimation, London is one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan cities on the planet. 

The city’s heritage means there’s nearly always something to learn around every corner, particularly if your focus is in literature, theatre, history, architecture, business, religious studies or general sightseeing. Samuel Johnson famously remarked that “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life” – and we can see just what he was getting at.

School trips to London offer young people a valuable new perspective outside of the classroom and a chance to experience the sights, sounds, hustle and bustle of a major global city. The capital also boasts a regular events programme that no other city can match, at least certainly not in the UK.

When it comes to the educational side of things, London offers a wide and diverse range of educational visits that will enlighten and expand the imagination of pupils across all age groups.

Take a look at some of our most popular London school trips - perfect for primary, high school, or college students. Alternatively, please get in touch for more information or advice, we’re always happy to help.

Browse our curriculum-linked school trips in London

History

With the curriculum changes placing greater emphasis on the history of Britain and its place in global history, London provides an ideal location for a history school trip.

Covering a large range of themes, the huge numbers of educational visits, museums, galleries and collections have tailor-made programmes required to suit the new curriculum. With our relationships with so many of these education departments, we can help you to maximise the educational benefit of your London visit.

Primary

An exciting London primary school trip enables pupils to cover many aspects of their curriculum in a short space of time. We can create a school tour itinerary package around any theme of your choice, from the Tudors and Victorians to Science and Nature.

Literature

For an English school trip that focuses on works of literature and how they can be adapted for stage and screen, you won't be disappointed with NST's London literature study tour.

Geography, Geology & Environmental Science

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.

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.

4 Designers Event - London - 18th Feb 2019

Inspire their future career at our Art & Design LIVE! event in London on Monday 18th February 2019.

This full day event created for students of graphic communication consists of four sessions, chaired by an expert in the field of design. Our speakers, who represent a broad range of design fields, will talk about their influences and the challenges of working in such a demanding and exciting industry.

Art & Design

Home to some of the world’s largest permanent collections and with a wide range of art on show, a school trip to London is guaranteed to incite a response from pupils and enrich and inspire their work.

In this exciting city, pupils will get to take in the latest thought-provoking collections, museums, galleries and innovative talent, whilst developing an understanding of British heritage and culture. Add to that the huge array of tourist attractions on offer and you’ll be guaranteed a trip to remember.

Music

The wide number and variety of performance venues available in London make it an ideal music tour destination for a groups of all ages and abilities.

These outstanding venues, along with the great range of amazing West End theatre shows, workshops, backstage tours and leisure visits, mean NST can provide a great value itinerary that engages, wows and inspires.

West End Tours

London is a fantastic destination full of opportunities to expose your group to music. So, even if you’re not planning a performance music tour, why not take your pupils to the capital for a few days filled with West End musicals and vocal workshops - they could even try their hand at Samba drumming!

Cultural

For a school trip that will inspire and engage your pupils you need look no further than our very own capital city London!

We can create a school tour itinerary to suit your tour objectives, the range of visits make it perfect for enrichment week, a cultural tour or a group bonding and reward trip. As well as being great fun, the visits offer pupils the opportunity to Experience big city life, widen their horizons, Learn new skills and develop resilience, independence and confidence.

Psychology & Sociology

A psychology trip to London offers immense value to psychology and sociology pupils, and is an ideal way to boost grades.

We can tailor an itinerary to suit your group’s exact requirements, from our exclusive mental health visits to a Jack the Ripper walking tour, you can cover a wide range of study topics to cover GCSE and A level curriculum themes in and around central London.

Religious Studies

A religious studies visit to London offers immense value to your pupils. Our itineraries can be tailored to groups’ requirements allowing pupils to see diversity of worship and investigate differing impacts of religious beliefs.

Explore topics (including the Holocaust) further, via a choice of focused study venues, all easily accessible from Central London.

Science

This exciting destination offers pupils the opportunity to explore a range of science themes at a number of intriguing visits and hands-on workshops, whilst also enjoying a big city experience.

We’ll tailor-make your science trip to London to suit your group’s specific learning requirements to include the best visits and attractions at great value for money learning outcomes.

Media & Film Studies

If you’re looking to take your media & film studies group to a great budget destination that comes packed with educational benefits, choose London.

Our strong links with renowned organisations – plus expert service and advice from your dedicated Educational Travel Advisor – will make bridging the gap between the classroom and the day-to-day reality of this dynamic industry easier for you.

Business Studies

Experience one of the world’s largest financial centres on a school trip to London.

The city is home to over half of the UK’s top 100 listed companies and offers fascinating visit opportunities for business studies groups. We’ll book educational visits that enhance your pupils’ learning, as well as group friendly accommodation, your leisure activities and even your meals – all at our great school group prices

Maths

Investigate the mathematics that makes the capital city of London work! From the Wembley Stadium arch, to the Bank of England, your pupils will be surrounded by maths during a visit to London.

Have fun calculating the height of key landmarks, such as Nelson’s Column, or take the opportunity to consider the mathematical challenges engineers faced whilst building the iconic London Eye.

Drama & Performing Arts

From the magic of a West End show to interactive dance or theatre workshops or debating at the Royal Courts of Justice, a school theatre trip to London is guaranteed to inspire your pupils!

Whether your group is interested in performing arts, drama, English or literature, you’ll find it all on an English school tour to London! Plus, we 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 school theatre trip. That’s why around 600 school groups choose to travel to London with us each and every year.

Computer Science

A computing and computer science school trip to London offers pupils the opportunity to explore a range of computing and computer science themes at a number of intriguing visits and hands on workshops, whilst also enjoying a big city experience.

Choose from an app making workshop to a tech city guided walking tour where students can take a first-hand look at the businesses – such as ASOS, Spotify and Zoopla!


Experience the excitement of London with our 90 second video

London trip highlights – our groups love...

Highlights of London Blue Badge guided coach tour

See the major sights of the city.

West End shows and workshops

Be wowed at the theatre then take a show-related workshop.

Coca-Cola London Eye

Spot famed landmarks and take in the 30-mile panoramic view.

Thames River Cruise

Learn about the many layers of history that have built up along the river.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

The Making of Harry Potter - Go behind-the-scenes.

Science Museum

Awe-inspiring galleries, interactive resources and inspirational exhibitions.

Natural History Museum

Discover the amazing diversity of life that has evolved on our planet.

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. 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

Discover groundbreaking new WWI galleries and more!

London school trip experts

Hundreds of groups travel with NST to London every year, and members of our team regularly visit to London to really get to know the ins-and-outs of the area, from logistics and visits to our range of student-friendly accommodation. Your dedicated Tour Co-ordinator will use their knowledge of London to create an itinerary that’s tailor-made, perfectly timed and meets your exact school travel needs. They’ll be able to share their first-hand experience, suggest options you might not have considered and give you insight into the feedback other teachers have given us too.

Planning your first school trip?

If you're planning your first school trip, our essential guide will take you through each step of the process...

  • Choosing your destination
  • Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head
  • Promoting your tour in school
  • Confirming your booking
  • Tailor-make your tour
  • Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment)
  • Quick reference timeline
  • Pre-tour checklist

Additional support, resources & information

Tour planning service

With NST, you’ll get your own dedicated, knowledgeable Tour Co-ordinator who’ll work with you from start to finish. You’ll benefit from their unrivalled destination knowledge, and their experience gained from working with many other groups too. They’ll tailor-make your itinerary from scratch and take care of everything for you:

- Pulling together an itinerary that runs smoothly
- Planning the right balance of visits every day with realistic timings
- Pre-arranging and pre-booking your visits, entrance tickets, passes and meals

You’ll receive your final itinerary a full 4-weeks before you travel too.

FREE school trip promotion pack

We’ll support you and provide everything you need to advertise your school trip around school and to parents. Our free school trip promotion pack consists of:

- Parents’ letter & permission slip template for you to complete A3 posters to promote your trip around school
- PowerPoint presentation templates which you can tailor to your own needs
- Parents’ leaflets covering how NST manage safety, financial protection and details of our travel insurance
- Online parents’ video which showcases the benefits of taking a school trip

For selected destinations, we’ll provide a trip launch web page using video footage and imagery. This web page is provided by a weblink and can be shared with pupils and parents in many ways.

Risk assessment support including preview visits

Risk assessment plays a vitally important part in the planning and organisation on any school tour.

Our risk assessment guide aims to help you understand more about your obligations and how you can more effectively manage group safety on your next educational visit and provide you with risk assessments for your trip.

Planning first school trip

Organising your first school trip can appear to be a daunting process.

If you're planning your first school trip, our guide will help to take you through each step of the planning process, answering frequently asked questions and providing tips and support along the way.

Our helpful guide covers the following:

- Choosing your destination
- Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head
- Promoting your tour in school
- Confirming your booking
- Tailor-make your tour
- Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment)
- Quick reference timeline
- Pre-tour checklist

View our essential guide to a successful school trip here.

Get live updates on your group's tour location

NST's new trip tracker, Locate My Trip, is the easy, convenient way for your school to follow your group's location whilst on tour.

Our app has been specifically designed to provide reassurance to both parents and teachers.

Watch our short Locate My Trip video here.

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Save time and stay on track with your school trip admin with our online orgnaniser - designed to help busy teachers like you.

With My Tour Manager, you'll be able to download FREE resources and access trip paperwork online and in one place. Your personalised checklist details what you need to do and by when, plus you'll receive fortnightly reminders too.

What's more, you can take all your trip documents on the go whilst on your tour with our app, My Tour Manager-On-the-Go.

Find out more and watch out short My Tour Manager video here.

FREE classroom resources

We've created a range of free resources and educational posters to brighten up your classroom!

Take a look at our downloadable posters here.

Why choose NST...

  • Value for money

We’re committed to bringing you the best possible value trips to help make every penny count.

  • Peace of mind

Your group’s location can be followed with our trip tracking device - Locate My Trip - plus you’ll have 24/7 support from us whilst you’re away.

  • More than 50 years’ experience

With over 50 years’ experience, with NST you can rest assured that your group is in safe hands.