While we get used to a much smaller world, and our London school trips are obviously currently a no go. You may be experiencing an extreme case of wanderlust. Adaptable Travel sees the current situation as no reason to stop exploring the wonders of this world. Instead, we see it as the perfect opportunity to explore new places from your computer screen!
We are aware of how pivotal external learning can be, and so, despite the closures of schools, venues and borders, we think students should still benefit from every world experience.
Each week we’ll be putting together a digital tour of our best destinations which you and your students can explore from anywhere! These resources are easy to share with your students and aim to help bring learning to life and support their learning as they cover topics at home.
Coach departing to LONDON in five, four, three, two, one!
Start your tour with a bird’s eye view of London allowing you to breathe in the vibrant city atmosphere from above the Thames. Here, you will get an aerial view of many of London’s most iconic landmarks. See for yourself how London has grown from a small settlement on the River Thames to one of the main metropolitan hubs of the world. Compare the cosmopolitan buildings to the traditional architecture to see how London has become a melting pot of many cultures, resulting in the diverse and exciting city we see today.
FUN FACT: Around 2,000 fireworks were set off from the London Eye itself on New Year’s Eve 2019. (Source)
You can enjoy a 360 degree of London from the London Eye from this website.
Our next stop is The British Museum, located in the Bloomsbury area of London. The first national public museum of the world allows you to explore an extraordinary collection of human history, art and culture. Take a journey through the stories of its eight million objects which span two million years of world history. Marvel at the splendour of the Great Court encased by a spectacular glass roof whilst you wander around the beautiful building. The bustling museum is a hit with anyone who wants a taste of world cultures.
FUN FACT: Between 1909 and 1929, the gates of the museum were guarded by a cat named Mike! (Source)
You can explore the galleries of the British Museum right from your own home, take a look.
Located in Southwark, The Imperial War Museum is a must-see for students to allow them to experience the impacts of war, both historically and currently. The museum offers an extraordinary insight into war as a thought-provoking and compelling experience. Keep an eye out for the Turning Points exhibition which depicts many personal stories of key moments of WWII. The museum offers moving, human testimonies into the reality of war.
Digitally, checkout #collectionspotlight on Twitter in which curators of the museum discuss their favourite objects in the museum’s collection.
FUN FACT: The museum is home to a mounted pig’s head called Tirpitz. The pig was rescued from a sinking German ship in the Pacific in March 1915, saved by a sailor on HMS Glasgow and subsequently became the ship’s mascot.
Our next stop finds us in South Kensington where we can explore our natural world and discover the diversity of life on Earth. Make your way through the four zones, each of which will relate perfectly to an educational subject. Everything from Biology to Geology to Zoology is catered for. Make sure to wander around the Dinosaurs gallery (located in the Blue zone) to unravel the complexities of life before humans. Additionally, why not check out the Wildlife Garden outside which is home to thousands of species of plant and animal life.
FUN FACT: The ceilings of Hintze Hall are made up of 162 panels of tiles decorated with paintings of plants from all over the world. (Source)
You can take an interactive tour here.
The Houses of Parliament, located in Westminster on the banks of the River Thames, provide students with an insight into how Britain is governed. Built during the Gothic Revival of the 19th century, this Grade 1 listed building is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside, you can explore the grandeur of the central lobby which is full of intricate statues and beautiful stained-glass windows. Take a trip to the Chambers to see where legislation is passed, and debates normally take place.
FUN FACT: The Houses of Parliament was built on the site of William the Conqueror’s first palace. (Source)
You can also take a virtual tour below, or on their website.
Our next stop sees us at the world-renowned Shakespeare’s Globe, also on the banks of the River Thames. With educational facilities like workshops and resources for all ages, this is a must visit on your trip. See first-hand how Shakespeare’s writing transformed the world of drama and how what he had to say is still relevant today. The open-top, circular wooden aesthetic along with rooms for performance viewers to both sit and stand gives it an incredibly authentic feel.
FUN FACT: At that start of each performance, admission collectors took boxes full of attendee’s money to a room backstage – this is the origin of the term ‘Box Office’. (Source)
As this virtual tour means no time constraints, it is the perfect opportunity to travel a little bit outside of Central London and visit The Crystal, one of the most sustainable buildings in the world. Designed to encourage students to take an active interest in urban sustainability and to encourage them to play a part in sustainable living, it is home to 14 interactive zones. The displays help change the way students think and explore how they can make a real change to the way they live, whilst helping save the planet!
FUN FACT: The London Docklands, where The Crystal is located, was once home to the largest Exotic Animal Emporium in the world, from which a Bengal Tiger once broke free! (Source)
You can explore The Crystal in full on this link, or take a look at Google Street View below.
That brings today’s virtual trip to a close, we hope you have enjoyed exploring London’s fantastically varied attractions. Check back on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for our next virtual trip!
If you are planning a school trip to London in the future, be sure to get on touch with Adaptable Travel and we will be happy to assist in creating the perfect school trip experience!
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