Year 12 Take London by Storm

10 June 2024

Arriving in London by train, we headed to Leicester Square for dinner before enjoying an evening of The Crystal Maze Live Experience. Three groups completed timed mental, physical, skill and mystery tasks to win crystals and ultimately, time in the famous dome to frantically collect gold tokens. ‘Will you start the fans please?’ Team Winder Winners won with 155 tokens, followed by Lynn’s Legends with 153. Whilst Team Tiger successfully won the most crystals, they forgot to deposit their golden tokens so only gained 129. This was a fantastic experience which the students thoroughly enjoyed. It was a huge compliment when the scientists went out of their way to thank us at the end of the experience. We were the best school group they’d had in terms of positivity, enthusiasm and engagement.
We then made our way to the YHA hostel just next to St Paul’s Cathedral. The bells chimed every half hour, day and night so the hotel earplugs were greatly appreciated! On Saturday morning we climbed 529 steps to the top of St Paul’s Cathedral to fully appreciate the view and impressive range of architecture across the city. We walked across the Millennium Bridge to spend time in The Tate Modern where we absorbed the thought-provoking art exhibitions and questioned the nature of knowledge, asking ourselves – what is art?
Everyone appreciated their free time around Covent Garden with its street entertainment, shops and cafes. A couple of students even managed to squeeze in watching a rugby match in Wembley.  Laden with goodies, we took our seats to watch The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre. We were not disappointed and were mesmerised by the giraffes, gazelles and birds who brought the story of Simba to life. The music and the talents of the cast was captivating; we felt we were transported to the top of Pride Rock.
After such a busy day and over 21 000 steps exploring, we spent a second night at the YHA. Our Sunday started with a trip to the vibrant and diverse Camden Market. It was buzzing with energy! We also strolled up to Primrose Hill, another great viewpoint of the city, whilst surrounded by parkland. Then it was time to travel home. Our students reflected on the highlights of the trip and the wonderful experiences they had.
This is the second year the London trip has run and it has now become a tradition within our Sixth Form.  We are already planning exciting experiences for next year. Watch this space for London 2025!

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