History & Politics Trips to London

With 2000 years of history, including plague, devastating fire, civil war, the blitz, terror attacks and mass demonstration, London has fantastic opportunities for students to expand their knowledge on any historical or political theme from the Roman Conquest to WWII right through to the modern era. Add a West End Show or trip on the London Eye to your trip to the capital to create a school trip that will enhance your classroom study as well as excite your students at a price that is accessible to all.


Curriculum Topics Key Stage 4

  • Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000- present
  • Warfare and British society, c1250-present
  • London and WWII: 1939-1945

Curriculum Topics Key Stage 5

  • The Tudors: England, 1485-1603
  • Industrialisation and the people: c1783 - 1885
  • The Making of Modern Britain, 1951-2007
  • People, politics and participation
  • Governing Modern Britain
  • UK Political Issues

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 the Imperial War Museum Dinner and Thames River Cruise
2 Visit to the Cabinet War Rooms Visit the Museum of London and St Paul's Cathedral Return Group Rail Travel
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Morning Group Rail travel to London, drop bags at your accommodation
Afternoon Visit the Imperial War Museum
Evening Dinner and Thames River Cruise
Morning Visit to the Cabinet War Rooms
Afternoon Visit the Museum of London and St Paul's Cathedral
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
  • Locate My Trip - live trip tracking app 
  • Online trip organiser & travel app
  • 24/7 support whilst you are away

Places to Stay

Reasons to Visit

Tower of London

Tighten your grip on ten centuries of Tower history. The fun and interactive ’Hands on history’ exhibition has enhanced displays aimed at encouraging visitors to literally get to grips with items including swords and armour inspired by the Royal Armouries’ collection. Health and safety advice: wear sensible shoes due to uneven walking surfaces.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world and is the home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The castle encompasses 900 years of history and its magnificent State Rooms and works of Art reflects the kings and queens since its beginning. Educational programmes are also available which can be tailored to suit the needs of the students.

Hampton Court Palace

This magnificent Tudor Palace belonged to Henry VIII and was updated by Sir Christopher Wren for William III and Mary II. The famous maze and the Palace are set in extensive gardens and parkland on the banks of the River Thames.

Kensington Palace

The original house was lavishly improved by Sir Christopher Wren and turned into a palace for William III and Mary II. It has been kept as a royal home since and was the birth place of Queen Victoria. The public can view the State apartments and Court Dress Collection.

The Cutty Sark – Visitors Centre

Cutty Sark has re-launched, opening a new chapter in the extraordinary life of one of the world’s most famous ships. The last surviving tea clipper and the fastest and greatest of her time, she is a living testimony to the bygone, glorious days of sail and, most importantly, a monument to those that lost their lives in the merchant service.

British Museum

The British Museum was founded in 1753 and is one of the great museums of the world. The museum displays works of man from 1753 to present day from all cultures over the world in the following collections; Africa, America, Europe, Asia, Britain, Japan, Pacific, Rome, Near East and Greece.

St Paul’s Cathedral

Located within the crypt of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Education Department ensure that school groups get the very best out of their visit by offering a selection of guided tours, workshops, and self-guided trails. Please see website for more details.

Westminster Abbey

Kings, Queens, Statesmen and Soldiers; poets, priests, heroes and villains - the Abbey is a must-see living pageant of British history. Once inside audio guides are available or we can arrange a Blue Badge guide. (Payable as extra – please contact us for details)


Museum of London

The Museum of London is the largest, most comprehensive city museum in the world. From prehistoric London, through to the ravages of civil war, plague and fire the museum takes you on a journey through the capitals turbulent past. Walk the streets of Victorian London and marvel at the magnificent Lord Mayor's Coach.

Cabinet War Rooms

The Cabinet War Rooms were used as emergency accommodation for Winston Churchill and the war cabinet against air attacks during the Second World War. The original twenty-one rooms are open to the public and include the Cabinet room, the transatlantic telephone room and the Prime Ministers room.

Imperial War Museum

IWM London tells the story of those whose lives have been shaped by war from the First World War to the present day. Highlights include the Trench experience, the First World War Galleries and Secret War which explains the part spies have played in warfare. Explore stories and key moments from the Second World War in A Family in Wartime and The Holocaust Exhibition.

National Army Museum

The National Army Museum offers a wide range of activities, all designed to engage students and linked to the curriculum. Your students will be immersed in history with object-handling workshops and the chance to interact with historical characters. Workshops include: English Civil Wars, First World War, Changing Nature of Warfare, Medicine and War and Experience of Warfare.

Houses of Parliament

The guided visit will enable students to see The Queen's Robing Room, the Royal Gallery, The Prince's Chamber, the Chamber of the House of Lord's, the Central Lobby, House of Commons, Member's Lobby, Division Lobby, St Stephens Hall and Westminster Hall. Visitors can observe Prime Minsiter's Question Time on Wednesdays at 3pm. Tickets must be obtained in advance through your local MP.

The Supreme Court

Guided tours consist of an interactive introductory talk given by one of the Information Officers, time in the educational exhibition area and the opportunity for students to observe some of an appeal hearing (depending on the court schedule and space in the public seating areas).Your tour will provide an introduction to the Court's role in the UK justice system and the type of cases they hear. Debate day workshops are also available where alongside a court tour groups split into opposing groups to prepare to a debate based on an actual case that has previously been considered by the Court.

Central Criminal Court - Old Bailey

Universally known as the Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court of England is probably the most famous criminal court in the world and has been London's principal criminal court for centuries. Today's courthouses, opened in 1902, are built on the site of the famous Newgate Prison, home to some unsavoury characters and particularly public executions. Public galleries open each day for viewings of trials in session.

The National Archives

There are a wide range of Key Stage 5 workshops at the National Archives in Kew which take place in their purpose-built classroom. They will give your group the opportunity to work directly with real documents. Workshops include: Tudor Rebellions, Chartism on Trial, Civil Rights and an AS/A2 History Masterclass.

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What you say

Once again delighted with the service we have received from beginning to end with EST. 

Queen Elizabeths Grammar 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. 

Pianca School