London Art Trip

The London Art Trip – December 2016

A group of 21 Y10-Y12 students accompanied Mr Green, Mrs Abbotts and Mr Pearson for weekend residential trip to our countries capital.

The trip began with a very early start on the Friday morning with students arriving at Hull Paragon train station for 6.30. Students waved goodbye to parents and carers and made their way to London on the 07:00 train. After a 3 hour journey, the group arrived in London. After a swift luggage drop and a bite to eat, the group made their way to the Natural History Museum to sample the delights of the world’s animal history including displays from the prehistoric world. After taking in the wonders of the museum, the group then made their way on foot around Buckingham Palace to Hard Rock Café for a well-earned 3 course meal. The day was not yet over as a special reservation had been made for the Royal Academy to give students the chance to see Abstract Expressionism exhibition, a special collection of work by the world most famous abstract artists. The day was then finished off with a call into Hamley’s Toy Shop, the country’s biggest toy shop. Students were given time to enjoy the wonders of this store, made even more magical being in the festive season. After a short tube journey back to the hotel, staff and students rested well in what was guaranteed to be a good night’s sleep.

The Saturday began with an all you can eat full English breakfast in the hotel, preparing the group for the long day ahead. Cultural shopping was first on the agenda for the day with a trip to Camden Market to give students the chance to enjoy one of the city’s most famous craft and culture shopping areas. Students took full advantage of this purchasing many crafty gifts and clothes. A quick food stop followed this and then on to the London Illustrators Fair where students could sample work and buy merchandise from some of the country’s best illustration artists. The Tate Galleries were on the agenda to fill the rest of the day, starting off with Tate Britain. The group got to take in the delights of a range of artwork from across the centuries here along with a couple managing to sample this year’s turner prise winners. A food stop at Pizza Express kept the group fed and watered before carrying on to the Tate modern. Due to the late night opening, students were able to take in one of London’s most famous galleries at a much quieter time, along with being able to access the steam house, a multimillion pound extension to what was already a vast and wonderful gallery. The evening was finished off in style with a walk around Westminster, allowing students to take in the sights of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. This was accompanied by a visit to Namco Funscape, a large games arcade in London’s County Hall. This allowed the students to get their own back on staff for a long day of walking around by giving them a good old bump and bash on the arcades indoor dodgem cars. The group then made their way back to the hotel for another well-earned rest.

The Sunday morning began with yet another filling of all you can eat breakfast, followed by a packing of bags and a preparation of the day ahead. To make the most of the time left in the capital, the group made their way to Trafalgar Square and its National Portrait Gallery, certainly a wonderful sight in the bright sunshine the day offered. The group then returned to the hotel to collect their bags and made their way to King’s Cross station to make their way home. After a cancelation of the planned train, the group gathered their energy, grabbed a swift bite to eat and boarded an alternative train home, eventually arriving back in our home town of Hull for 18:51. 

Mr Green, Mrs Abbotts and Mr Pearson would like to give thanks to all the students who went on the trip for their fantastic behaviour and great attitude! Roll on the next one...

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