Early on a Friday morning, 60 Year 11 students boarded the double decker bus bound for London – slightly sleepy at such an early hour but nonetheless excited for the first residential trip that the school has been able to run since the arrival of Covid-19.
Arriving in London just after lunchtime, students disembarked at Camden Market, looking for last minute quirky gifts for their family and friends. We were all a little overwhelmed by the 1000s (yes, thousands) of stalls but very quickly got in the swing and embraced the eclectic, iconic and original that defines Camden market. We were all delighted to get something to eat after our long journey and early start!
Then, we left North London and headed to the West End for an all you can eat Pizza buffet, before heading off to see “Hamilton” the musical. As promised, “Hamilton” lived up to its reputation and was incredible. This was something that I had been looking forward to a long time and I wasn’t disappointed. Tired after our long day, we then made our way back to our hotel and a good night’s sleep.
After an early start and a good breakfast, it was back into Covent Garden for another dose of Christmas magic. It always looks beautiful at this time of year; the perfect way to get into the festive spirit. Students had another chance to enjoy some free time, window shopping in the designer shops and in person shopping at the more affordable shops! After soaking up the atmosphere, we then headed off for a dose of Sixteenth Century Girl Power with “Six” the musical.
Again, we enjoyed another dose of history. It’s fair to say it was delivered in a slightly different style to history lessons in school but again, an incredible musical that we all enjoyed. After we had sung our way through the trials and tribulations of Henry the Eighth’s wives, we were back on the bus home. A busy weekend, but a brilliant one. Finally, a massive thank you to all the staff who gave up two very long days so close to Christmas to ensure that the students were given this amazing opportunity (and yes, we did enjoy the chance to do a little last minute shopping ourselves…)