London is the capital and economic centre of England and the UK. With over 7 million inhabitants, it is the largest city in Europe. It has a rich history spanning 2000 years, since the time of the Roman Empire, and was the centre of the rise and eventual decline of the most extensive Empire in the history of the world. Since the breakup of the British Empire, it has seen extensive diversification, and now is home to an extensive mix of peoples, cultures and religions.
We’ve a lot to get through in three days then. During this weekend, we hope to introduce you to one of the modern world’s great cities, taking in some of the sights, culture and history, but most importantly having fun with other trainees from across the UK.
On Saturday we’ll meet at Hyde Park Corner, and do a walking tour of the Westminster area, including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey (site of the Royal Wedding), the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, Downing Street and Westminster Bridge. After that we’ll have lunch across the river before a trip on the London Eye. We’ll have free time in the afternoon, with the option of going to some of the museums, the Tate Modern or a boat tour. We’ll have dinner as a group in Chinatown, before hitting the West End’s bars and clubs.
On Sunday we’ll head up to the unique Camden markets, with a wide range of weird and interesting things on offer. We’ll have lunch on Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath, with great views over the city, before the London Challenge. Dinner will be in Brick Lane, famous for its vintage market and many restaurants with men outside hassling passers by to eat there.
If you stay for the Monday, we’ll do some more sightseeing in the City, the original area of London, including Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. For the rest of day we’ll have some optional activities including the British Museum, visiting Harrods, or just doing some shopping in Covent Garden or Oxford Street.
|09:00||Registration at Smart Backpackers Hostel, by Russell Square|
|11:00||Walking tour of Westminster Area|
|13:00||Lunch in Jubliee Gardens, in front of London Eye|
|14:00||Trip on London Eye|
|14:45|| Optional Activities
|19:00||Meet at the fountain in Piccadilly Circus|
|19:15||Dinner in Chinatown, followed by night out in the West End|
|10:00||Meet at Camden Town Tube Station, explore the Camden markets|
|12:00||Go to Hampstead Heath, have picnic lunch on Parliament Hill|
|17:30||Meet at Trafalgar Square, wind down at a pub before dinner|
|19:00||Dinner in Brick Lane|
|20:30||Go to Pub the a Club, location TBC|
|10:00||Meet at London Bridge|
|10:15||Walk along the Thames including HMS Belfast, City Hall, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London|
|14:00|| Optional Activities
|Standard Fee||Without London Eye|
|Saturday – Monday (2 nights accommodation)||£84.00||£67.00|
|Saturday – Sunday (1 night accommodation)||£60.50||£43.50|
We recommend that if you have an Oyster Card (the electronic card for paying for London transport), you use that while here. If you intend to return to London you may wish to get an Oyster Card any way, which requires paying a £5 refundable deposit. You should expect to pay around £6 per day using the card, which you must load on to the card in advance.
If you do not have an Oyster Card and you are not likely to revisit London, we recommend you buy paper one-day off-peak Travelcards from London Underground stations each day. This will cost:
All meals are included in the trip fees, except in the ‘no accommodation’ fee, where breakfast will not be provided. Drinks at restaurants will not be included – these must be paid for yourself.
|St. Paul’s Cathedral||£13.50|
You are responsible for arranging your own transport to London. For information on transport in the UK, please see our survival guide. If you are travelling a very long distance, you may wish to travel the day before/after the trip and stay in London an additional night. In this case please contact the London LC and we will help you find somewhere to stay.
Accommodation is provided at Smart Backpackers Russell Square, which you can see on a map here. If you need accommodation for additional nights please contact the LC for advice.
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Date/Time 21/07/2012 - 23/07/2012 (All Day)
Bookings are closed for this event.