Art & Design Trips to London

Alongside New York and Paris, London is considered one of the most important cities in the art world.  All areas of the syllabus are covered from Fine Art, Textiles and Graphic Design to Photography and Sculpture.   What’s more, very few galleries or museums charge an entrance fee to see their permanent collection, giving you the freedom to include one of the cities famous tourist attractions, a West End show, or a ride on the Coco-Cola London Eye; guaranteed to make the students visit to the capital even more memorable.

 

Curriculum Topics Key Stage 4 & 5

  • Art, Craft and Design
  • Graphic Communication
  • Textile Design
  • Three Dimensional Design
  • Photography​

Prices start from£69pp

Popular itinerary

Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.

Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Group Rail travel to London, drop bags at your accommodation Visit Victoria & Albert Museum Dinner followed by West End Show or flight on the London Eye
2 Visit to the Tate Britain, take the boat to Tate Modern Visit the Design Museum Return Group Rail Travel
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Morning Group Rail travel to London, drop bags at your accommodation
Afternoon Visit Victoria & Albert Museum
Evening Dinner followed by West End Show or flight on the London Eye
Morning Visit to the Tate Britain, take the boat to Tate Modern
Afternoon Visit the Design Museum
Evening Return Group Rail Travel

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Places to Stay


Reasons to Visit

National Gallery

As well as housing one of the greatest collections of European paintings in the world, the National Gallery also offers specialist workshops for Key Stage 4 and 5. These one-and-a-half hour sessions for AS and A-level students will add a new dimension to your visit and are led by experienced Gallery experts.

National Portrait Gallery

The gallery houses over 190,000 portraits from the 16th century to present day. The portraits are of a wide range of famous people from all backgrounds such as sport, art, theatre, royalty and literature. The collection includes paintings, sculpture, drawings, miniatures and photographs.

Victoria and Albert Museum

Founded in 1852, it is well known for the wide variety of its collection. The items include furniture, fashion and textiles, sculpture, paintings, silver, glass, ceramics, jewellery, books, prints and photographs which illustrate the artistic life of many different cultures from all over the world.

Fashion & Textile Museum

The Fashion & Textile Museum aims not just to display and collect items relating to fashion, jewellery and textile design, but to offer inspiration to a new generation of creative's. The museum is a hub of learning, ideas and networking for the fashion and jewellery industry.

Tate Britain

The Tate Britain is the national gallery for British art covering artists from 1500 to present day. It holds the largest amount of British art in the world and includes work by the following artists; Blake, Constable, Epstein, Gainsborough, Gilbert and George, Hatoum, Hirst, Hockney, Hodgkin, Hogarth, Moore, Rossetti, Sickert, Spencer, Stubbs and Turner.

Tate Modern

Tate Modern is Britain's new collection of modern art. The museum contains works from 1900 to present day and includes Dali, Picasso, Matisse, Rothko, Warhol and more contemporary artists. There is also a wide range of temporary exhibitions and public programmes.

Saatchi Gallery

The art focuses on innovative and controversial young British and international artists from the 1980's to the present day. Works include Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst Sarah Lucas, Marc Quinn, Jenny Savillle and Rachel Whiteread.

Design Museum

The mission of the Design Museum is to promote the importance of design in our daily lives. The collection shows the history of modern design and how the current designs and technologies influence the future.

London Street Art Walking Tour

Beginning in the heart of Shoreditch outside Shoreditch High Street Station. Walk through the streets of this vibrant and colourful side of London. Over two-hours learn about the difference between Street Art and Graffiti and the rise of the artform in the East End. From enthusiastic locals to world-renown artists, their work can be seen on walls, streets, lamp posts, shops, and just about anything else that can be used as a canvas. Visit quirky places and see historical relics that will most likely keep you hovering around the area long after the tour has finished. This is a walking tour that will not only be enjoyable to all but also shed light on a rapidly growing area that is bordered by the start-ups of Silicon Roundabout and the City of London’s financial district. Walk away with a better understanding of pop art, the impact the art has had on the community and see work in a vast range of mediums from full-scale wall murals to installations and sculpture.

Royal Academy

Today it has an extensive permanent collection, however only a small part of it is on show at any one time. The full collection can be viewed in an appointment with a curator. The temporary exhibitions are constantly changing and are considered one of the highlights of galleries in London.

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

Featuring over 12,000 original items, the museum is a great addition to any Art & Design trip to London. Discover how well-loved brands evolved through their creative use of packaging and advertising. Student Worksheets are available for a variety of subject areas including Art & Design, Graphic Design, Packaging and Visual Communication.

Coca-Cola London Eye

The famous Coca-Cola London Eye is one of the world’s highest observation wheels, standing at 135 metres high. The wheel has thirty-two capsules, each of which holds 25 people and views possible as far away as twenty-five miles on a clear day.

The Shard

The view from the Shard is situated on floors 68, 69 and 72, almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in London, where you can take in all of London at once with 360 degree views of up to 40 miles long.

Sightseeing Tours by bus

Hop-on hop-off bus tours are great for general sightseeing, giving access to all the major sites. Departing from Grosvenor Gardens it includes Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St Paul's Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, London Eye and Piccadilly Circus.

Thames River Cruises

A great opportunity for you to discover the 'must-see' sights in London. Watch as the River Thames weaves its way through the heart of London and see the history of this city around every bend. Cruises depart frequently from Westminster Pier, Waterloo (London Eye) Pier, Tower Pier and Greenwich Pier.

The Emirates Air Line

Rising to a height of 90 metres, Emirates Air Line offers you an exciting 1.1km cable car journey across the Thames on the UK’s only urban cable car. Emirates Air Line connects the Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Victoria Dock.

The London Dungeons

Transport yourself back to the darkest moments in the capital's history within the deep depths of the London Dungeons.

London Christmas Markets

At Christmas the South Bank of the River is transformed into a wintry wonderland, where global cuisine and an artisan Christmas market come together in one sparkling location.  Amble past wooden chalets which line the banks of the Thames and pick up gorgeous stocking fillers from the Winter Market. Or, tuck into some Christmas fare underneath the glittering Christmas lights.

In Hyde Park, you can truly immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere of Winter Wonderland, one of the biggest Christmas markets in London.  Other locations for Christmas Markets in London include Leicester Square, London Bridge City and Greenwich.  Many of these pop-up London markets appear in mid-November and stay open until the New Year

Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds is one of London’s most popular tourist attractions with over 400 wax works of celebrities, politicians, pop stars and actors.   A fully interactive experience, Madame Tussauds will inspire, enthuse and immerse pupils in celebrity culture and modern media as they walk among the stars!

Downloadable lesson plans are available to enhance and support your visit which will explore the media, fake news and celebrity culture.   

ArcelorMittal Orbit

The ArcelorMittal Orbit in the Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford which is the iconic structure of the London 2012 Games and has the longest and tallest tunnel slide in the world. 

Take the lift up to the viewing platform, 80 meters high, and after marvelling at the view take the slide down which lasts a thrilling 40 seconds! Go back to the top and take some time learning about the city on the interactive touchscreens or making use of the free Key Stage 1-4 resources before walking back down the winding staircase with its 455 steps.

You can book with or without the slide and you can choose to stay the whole day in the park by taking a behind the scenes tour at the iconic London Stadium, swimming at the London Aquatics Centre or visiting the Lee Valley Velopark; alternatively, explore the parklands and waterways with a local Blue Badge guide.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge, which crosses the River Thames, was built between 1886 and 1894 and is an iconic symbol of London with its two towers and bridge deck which opens to allow tall ships through. You can walk across the lower bridge deck but the twin towers and high-level glass walkways and Victorian engine rooms are part of the Tower Bridge Exhibition.

West End Theatre Tickets

The majority of student groups who visit London like to round off their trip by seeing a show. We can also book pre-theatre meals at nearby restaurants for you. Save up to 50% on the normal ticket price by attending a midweek (Mon-Thurs) evening or matinee performance. The majority of top West End shows offer these affordable discounted tickets to student groups year round (excluding school holiday dates).

Wicked

THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE WITCHES OF OZ...

WICKED tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda's unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba's determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences for her future. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

WICKED is suitable for a general audience. As a guide to parents and guardians, it is recommended for ages 7+

(Source: https://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/london/about/synopsis)

NOTE: There are other shows/plays on offer not featured. All are subject to availability.

School of Rock

Based on the cult film and with a rocking new score from Andrew Lloyd Webber, School of Rock follows slacker Dewey Finn as he turns a class of straight – A  students into an ear-popping, riff-scorching, all-conquering rock band! As they prepare for the Battle of the Bands, can Dewey make them embrace the empowering message of rock?

Recommended for ages 8 and above.

(source: https://schoolofrockthemusical.com/)

NOTE: There are other shows/plays on offer not featured. All are subject to availability.

Matilda the Musical

Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

Recommended for ages 6 and above.

(Source: https://uk.matildathemusical.com/about/the-story/)

NOTE: There are other shows/plays on offer not featured. All are subject to availability.

Mary Poppins

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s multi award-winning musical Mary Poppins returns to the Prince Edward Theatre, it's original West End home, this October.

The magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny is triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. 

(Source: https://disney.co.uk/shows/mary-poppins-musical-tickets)

NOTE: There are other shows/plays on offer not featured. All are subject to availability.

The Lion King

Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney's multi award-winning musical uses breath-taking masks and puppetry to create pure theatrical magic. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba - the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.

(Source: https://disney.co.uk/shows/the-lion-king-musical-tickets)

NOTE: There are other shows/plays on offer not featured. All are subject to availability.

Mamma Mia!

Set on a Greek Island Paradise, the story of a daughter on the eve of her wedding and her quest to discover the identify of her father, all set to the music of ABBA.

NOTE: There are other shows/plays on offer not featured. All are subject to availability.

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in.
Jamie is terrified about the future. He is going to be a sensation. Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.

Recommended for ages 14 and above

(source: https://www.everybodystalkingaboutjamie.co.uk/)

NOTE: There are other shows/plays on offer not featured. All are subject to availability.

Waitress

Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of some happiness in her life. When a hot new doctor arrives in town, life gets complicated. With the support of her workmates Becky and Dawn, Jenna overcomes the challenges she faces and finds that laughter, love and friendship can provide the perfect recipe for happiness. 

Suitable for 13 years plus

(Source: https://waitressthemusical.co.uk/about/)

NOTE: There are other shows/plays on offer not featured. All are subject to availability.

Science Museum

The Science Museum, founded in 1857, is one of London’s major tourist attractions, attracting 3.3 million visitors annually. They do not charge for admission, however, there may be a charge for temporary exhibitions.

The Science Museum holds a collection of over 300,000 items, including such famous items such as Stephenson’s Rocket, Puffing Billy (the oldest surviving steam locomotive), the first jet engine, the Apollo 10 Command module, hundreds of interactive exhibits and an IMAX 3D Cinema.

The Science Museum is made up of a number of themed galleries including; Power, Exploring Space, Making of the Modern World, Flight, Information Age, Engineer Your Future and Medicine.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour - Harry Potter

Go behind-the-scenes in the making of Harry Potter and see how many things the camera never showed. From breathtakingly detailed sets to stunning costumes, props and animatronics, Warner Bro. Studio Tour provides a unique showcase of the extraordinary British artistry, technology and talent that went into making one of the most successful film franchises. Short workshops are also available in a variety of subjects including set design, camera choices and many more.

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history.

As well as being located in a stunning and striking Romanesque architecture building, which is considered a work of art in its own right, the museum is famous for the dinosaurs and is home to over 80 million specimens spanning 4.5 billion years of Earth's history.

The museum offers too much to mention here but have collections under the categories of: oceans, human evolution, space, dinosaurs, British wildlife as well as visiting collections and exhibitions. Check out their website for up-to-date information.  https://www.nhm.ac.uk/

 

London Zoo

ZSL London Zoo is the world's oldest scientific zoo and one of London’s main tourist attractions, located on the edge of Regents Park. 

They have a range of online resources available to download and use before, during and after a visit to ZSL London Zoo. Some of the resources are for the pupils to use and some are for the accompanying adults.

London Aquarium

The £25 million London Aquarium is the first attraction of its kind in London and is one of Europe's largest exhibitions of global aquatic life displayed in over 2 million litres of water. 

Visit to discover the amazing marine life at SEA LIFE London Aquarium, find out about penguins, sea turtles, sharks, jellyfish and much more. Travel through Pacific Ocean tunnels, tropical rainforests (and even a shark reef!) to see the different habitats on planet earth!


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