Earlier this year, the European Study Tours team travelled to some of the most popular destinations with our groups. On a trip to London the team got to experience some of the many opportunities for learning outside the classroom.
Tuesday 2nd July 2013
On Tuesday evening we arrived at our home for the next two nights, Equity Point Hostel, Paddington. We were greeted by friendly staff and directed to our en-suite room. The room was clean and spacious; downstairs was a meeting area and large dining room.
For dinner we headed to the Hard Rock Cafe on Old Park Lane. The service was great and portions were huge; dining amongst rock memorabilia was a fun and excitable experience. After dinner we went to the Hard Rock Vault – a must-see on any London visit.
After a very filling, 3-course meal we headed back to the hostel for a good nights sleep.
Wednesday 3rd July 2013
We were up early to meet our on-tour group – Nanjing Foreign Language School. After introductions and breakfast we headed off for our first visit of the day, Chelsea Football Club for a stadium tour. This guided tour of Stamford Bridge was fun, informative and an unforgettable experience. We visited the home and away dressing rooms, player’s tunnel, pitch side, dugouts, press room and much more. The tour ended with a visit to the fantastic museum which tells the story of the club through exciting interactive exhibits, user-friendly touch screens and pioneering audio-visual shows.
Next we headed to London Zoo, grabbing lunch along the way. London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo, making it a great educational visit. With over 650 species housed at the zoo, it provides unique opportunities to get close to amazing creatures and really bring the curriculum to like with case studies and activities.
After a fun and inspiring afternoon we headed to Haymarket for an evening meal at Pizza Hut, a great restaurant choice for a group. We were seated downstairs in our own private dining area with an unlimited buffet and soft drinks bar.
After dinner the group spent the evening at Ripley’s Believe It or Not; a unique, interactive, must-see London attraction with over 700 cultural artefacts and artwork from across the globe.
Thursday 4th July
After another comfortable nights sleep we were up early for breakfast with the group and to check out. We stored our cases in the luggage room and headed to Shakespeare’s Globe. The Globe exhibition and tour gave the group an opportunity to learn more about the unique building and its most famous playwright, Shakespeare.
Our next and last visit that we accompanied our group on was to Tate Modern to explore the collection of modern and contemporary art from 1900 to the present day.
Touring with our group came to an end, the European Study Tours team headed back to the office while the group went on to explore Tate Britain, Thorpe Park, The London Eye and London Dungeons over the next few days before their flight home to China.
At European Study Tours it’s really important to us that our staff have travelled themselves to the destination we offer, allowing them to share their own experiences and knowledge with our customers.
“This was a great trip for an international group exploring the UK’s capital and visiting some of London’s top tourist attractions. Shakespeare’s Globe was a favourite; the guide really captured its audience and delivered the Globes entertaining history.” Melissa, Product & Marketing