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 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

Price Shown includes

  • Return rail travel (based on the fare from Birmingham stations)
  • 1 night B&B accommodation
  • Specialist group travel insurance
  • Bespoke itinerary planning service
  • Free place ratios
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  • Online trip organiser & travel app
  • 24/7 support whilst you are away

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 form 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, please consult the website for more information.

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.

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.

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 3/4 Art & Design 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.

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What You Say

The information given to us in the Final Pack was excellent - everything flowed in the order of the trip. The directions for each tour was great and also helped when moving around the London Underground.

St Ambrose High School

 All staff were attentive and quick to respond...I found Lauren and Rachelle brilliant. The visit to the Royal Academy was brilliant

The Brooksbank School

 I will continue to use EST as each year our annual London trip gets better and better.

Kings Leadership Academy

 An excellent trip which was thoroughly enjoyed by staff and students. I received great support throughout

Sir John Deanes College

This was my second journey via European Study tours and I would highly recommend the company to anyone bringing groups to London.

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