London Tour Excursions Diary
Day 1 – Ride the London Eye and visit Big Ben
You will have the opportunity to ride the largest and most famous observation wheel in the world. At 135m, the Coca-Cola London Eye provides extraordinary views across London, from the top you can see for over 30 miles on a clear day. The ride takes approximately 30 minutes from start to finish. The London eye is on the bank of the River Thames at Westminster pier where the Houses of Parliament and the iconic Big Ben can be found. We will have plenty of time for photo opportunities from the viewing area.
Day 2 – Visit the Natural History Museum
This world-famous museum promotes the discovery and enjoyment of the natural world through exciting exhibits such as the Life and Earth Galleries, wildlife garden, geological collections and real life dinosaur reconstructions. For more information on the Natural History Museum go to their website here
Day 3 – Sports and activities in Hyde Park
Samiad staff bring their experience from the summer camps to run a number of fun and engaging activities in the famous surroundings of Hyde Park. Ever thought you would say that you have played ultimate Frisbee or wink murder in Hyde Park?
Day 4 – Madam Tussaud’s
Millions and millions of people have flocked through the doors of Madame Tussauds since they first opened over 200 years ago and it remains just as popular as it ever was. time to get the selfie faces ready as you race between the Royal Family, famous positions and your favourite celebritie, For more information about the displays or history of Madam Tussaud’s please visit their website here
Day 5 – Tower of London guided tour
Established by William Conqueror in 1066 to keep hostile Londoners at bay, the mighty Tower of London has been the scene of Britain’s most dramatic, fascinating and surprising history. Although now a very famous tourist attraction, the Crown Jewels are still held here. Groups will be guided around all of the exhibitions and buildings inside the tower as well as seeing the crown jewels themselves. For more information about the Tower of London and its history please click here
Day 6 – Houses of Parliament guided tour
The Houses of Parliament, otherwise known as the Palace of Westminster, symbolises Great Britain. Its image adorns everything from souvenirs to sauce bottles. The decisions made in its corridors of power have shaped Britain, past and present. Fully guided tours of the Houses of Parliament offer a unique combination of one thousand years of history, modern day politics, and stunning art and architecture.
Day 7 – London Zoo
Probably the world’s most famous zoo, ZSL London Zoo has been entertaining and delighting visitors since it opened to the public in 1847. With over 720 animal species, exciting and innovative new exhibits and heritage-listed building almost as famous as their inhabitants it’s a great day out. See animals in a different light at Rainforest Life; get breathtakingly close to the colony of lowland gorillas and don’t miss the action in the amphitheatre! To visit the London Zoo website please click here.
Day 8 – Buckingham Palace guided tour
Buckingham Palace is still the official home of the Queen and her closest family, and is one of the most well-known buildings in the UK. Enjoy a leisurely day out at Buckingham Palace and combine a visit to the State Rooms with a guided tour of the most remarkable features of the famous garden. The Garden Highlights Tour includes the beautiful Herbaceous Border, the wisteria-clad summer house and the Rose Garden, the enormous Waterloo Vase and the Palace tennis court, where King George VI and Fred Perry played in the 1930’s.
Day 9 – The British museum
The British museum is the number one ranked attraction in London on trip advisor, with over 6 million visitors per year! Offering the chance to view world art, historic facts and stories. The British Museum holds in trust for the nation and the world a collection of art and antiquities from ancient and living cultures.
Day 10 – Shopping trip to Harrod’s and Oxford Street
Oxford Street is Europe’s busiest shopping street, with around half a million daily visitors and 300 shops, including the world famous Harrod’s and many flagship stores such as Selfridges.
Day 11 – Visit the London Aquarium
Another one of London’s top attractions, located right on the Thames, The London Aquarium offers students the chance to view a huge range of aquatic animals, from Sharks, Turtles, See Horses and many more including rare and exotic fish. Offering interactive learning throughout the aquarium, students will learn interesting facts about the fish and their natural habitats. The tour is taken at the students pace so it is an enjoyable experience for all!
Day 12 – West end show
London’s west end has been famous for its musical’s and play’s since 1663 and today sees over 14 million tickets sold each year. We offer the chance to see one of the famous West end shows such as Wicked or the Lion King whilst staying with us. The exact show included in the London tour programme will vary depending on what time of year you are visiting.