Target Year Groups: Y10 to Y13
Maximum number of students: 24
Approximate cost: HK$20,500
This is a new and exciting trip for us this year. Please see below the proposed itinerary for 2017.
Trip Leaders: Ms Sophie Welsh
Please note that parents are responsible for the arrangement of visas if required. Please ensure that your child’s passport is valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of departure from their destination.
The true magic of London can never be shown in postcards or on television. It can only be experienced by being there. As you look at some of the most modern buildings in the world peeking out from behind the Tower of London; punks and smart suited
businessmen exchanging pleasantries as they queue for a bus; and people of all ages and backgrounds scratching their heads and debating the art in the Tate museums, you start to appreciate the true appeal of this fascinating city of contrasts.
Come face to face with the guards outside Buckingham Palace; take in the city from 135 metres up the London Eye; see how many of the 300 languages spoken in London you can hear during your week there; marvel at the Crown Jewels of the most famous monarch in the world; spot celebrities as you wander the streets and enjoy a moment in one of the famous parks or squares to slow down and take in the pace of life around you.
After your trip, the postcards and images you see of London will take on a whole new
meaning as they transport you back to this incredible city.
- We head straight to the hotel for an Indago staff introduction, program discussion, detailed safety briefing and a general Q & A.
- Then we take to the skies with the London Eye, as we head 135 metres into the air for a bird’s eye view of the city that will be our home for the next week.
- A stroll across Westminster Bridge starts our walking tour, past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, past Westminster Abbey, and through St James Park to Buckingham Palace. Once we have posed for photos with the guards, we wander down the Mall to Trafalgar Square, where we learn a little about the history of London from our guide, before heading back past Downing
Street to try and catch a glimpse of the Prime Minister.
- We have dinner in town.
- Our first full day starts at the Tower of London, which over the years has been a fortress, a prison, a mint, an arsenal, a zoo and the scene of famous executions. We will see the Crown Jewels, and hear the story of the only attempt to steal them.
- We stroll across Tower Bridge, and learn about the costly mistake made by an American who bought London Bridge, as well as walking past HMS Belfast as we wander down the river.
- A guided tour of the National Theatre, including a look at the backstage areas, is a perfect way to prepare ourselves for this evening, when we go and see a theatre production in the National Theatre itself.
- Having been inspired by the performance the previous night, we start this morning by getting creative ourselves with a theatre workshop. The workshop is held at one of London’s theatres and is tailored according the age, experience and ability of the group. Run by experienced actors, everyone will enjoy this rare opportunity to work with some of the West End’s finest.
- After lunch we go to the Tate Modern, the largest museum of modern and contemporary art in the world, where we try to make sense of the art on display.
- We are then treated to a guided tour of the Globe Theatre, the very theatre that Shakespeare’s plays were written for and first seen in, which has recently been spectacularly refurbished to represent its former glory.
- Having spent the afternoon at the Globe, this evening we go in to the candlelit Indoor Theatre at the Sam Wanamaker playhouse for a theatre production
- Today we spend the day with the Little Angel Theatre for a crash in puppetry performing and the art of becoming a puppeteer. We discover essential skills needed to bring puppets and objects alive with movement and emotion. This is an entertaining and comprehensive introduction to the art of the puppeteer.
- We tie in our workshop with a day that Little Angel are doing a production, which we watch and marvel at the incredible puppetry skills.
- After the day with Little Angel we head to Camden Market where we have chance to relax and stroll around before dinner.
- This morning we take part in another theatre workshop. However, this workshop focuses on stage makeup. A professional stage makeup artist guides us as we transform each other using a variety of techniques.
- Then in the afternoon we see our fourth performance of the week, a matinee.
- Afterwards we have time to head to Covent Garden market to see some of the finest street performers in the world entertain us.
- A walk up to the top of the dome of St Pauls Cathedral, via the Whispering Gallery for a breathtaking view over the City of London is the perfect way to start the day.
- We then head onto the Millenium Bridge (the wibbly-wobbly bridge as Londoners affectionately call it – you will find out why) for some group photos.
- In the afternoon we visit a seniors’ home down in London. The students will perform skits and presentations that they have prepared in advance for the seniors before we share drinks and cakes with the residents while exchanging stories in a relaxed atmosphere. This may be as part of a Service or Creativity component for the IB, or simply to meet the locals and see London from a different viewpoint.
- The week is finished in fine style with a fifth and final theatre production
- Departure Day. Our activities this day will depend on the departure time