London, a city where architecture has been evolving for centuries, presents a complex view of modernity and sustainability. Here’s our Modern Architecture, Sustainability and Urban Planning school trip at a glance:
- Day 1: Walkie Talkie, Sky Garden
- Day 2: Canary Wharf guided tour, Museum of London Docklands, No. 1 Warehouse field study, Central London architectural guided walk, photo scavenger hunt, Southbank Market
- Day 3: the Crystal, urban trends workshop, Emirates Air Line cable car, Covent Garden
- Day 4: City of London guided tour, St Dunstan Church, Barbican Centre architectural tour, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus
- Day 5: Building Centre, New London Architecture model, Building Centre’s Materials Library, British Museum, Bloomsbury guided tour
- Day 6: architect talk, Victoria & Albert Museum, Oxford Street
Like what you see? Discover the world of architecture, sustainability and urban planning in London in our detailed itinerary below. But remember, all our school trips are completely customisable!
*Prices based on groups of 20 students and 2 free teachers.
✓ All accommodation costs
✓ Full board meals for the entire trip
✓ All transportation costs, including airport pick-up and drop-off
✓ All activities listed in the itinerary
✓ 1 free teacher per 10 paying students
✓ 24-hour emergency contact support during the trip
✓ Detailed pre-departure summary & briefing
✓ Full financial failure protection
✓ Public liability insurance
✓ Our trips are fully risk-assessed
Day 1: Sky Garden
Jump off the plane and onto the transfer to your accommodation. Make pals with your guide, who’ll run you through rules and safety guidelines.
Now you’re prepped, head for 20 Fenchurch Street, a skyscraper nicknamed the “Walkie Talkie” for its distinctive shape. Reach the top of the building, home to the magical Sky Garden. This is London’s highest public garden, so enjoy the landscaped greenery and the observation deck’s panoramic views.
There’s no better way to polish off your first day in London than with a traditional British meal, like fish and chips. You’ll also need to listen up for a trip briefing.
Day 2: Canary Wharf
Start your first full day in the UK right. Go on a guided tour of Canary Wharf to gain an insight into the regeneration process of the area. In the 1980s, over half of the Docklands area was derelict. Now, it’s a famous and successful financial hub. Then, it’s time for another perspective, as you head to the Museum of London Docklands to understand the impacts the regeneration had on the local community. Conduct a field study of No. 1 Warehouse, the building that hosts the museum itself. Discover how it began as a store for sugar from the West Indies.
Move from East to Central London for an architectural guided walk. Learn about the history of the capital’s most Instagrammed landmarks and try to complete our Learning Adventure photo scavenger hunt!
Browse the diverse range of food stalls at Southbank Market, and pick out something new to try. Just a heads up – you’ll probably bump into someone from the London office catching some dinner here!
Day 3: Sustainability
You’ll have seen electric scooters, cars and a whole lot of bicycles by now. Discover more about the sustainable side of the city. Pop into the Crystal, one of the world’s most iconic eco-friendly friendly buildings. Browse the exhibition, which uncovers how sustainability can be incorporated into urban planning. Get involved with a curated workshop about major urban trends and the latest tech solutions to create sustainable cities.
Sit back and enjoy the view! After lunch, hop onto the Emirates Air Line, a cable car that takes you over the Thames.
Take some free time to shop in Covent Garden. It’s now a popular square with loads of shops, historical buildings and street performers, but it used to be a vegetable market!
Day 4: The City of London
Prepare to be amazed on a guided walking tour of London’s skyscrapers in the City of London. Highlights include the Shard, the Gherkin and Tower 42.
Visit the stunning St Dunstan Church. It was destroyed in the 1941 Blitz during WW2, but the City of London decided to turn the ruins into a breath-taking garden. Then, stop off at the Barbican Centre for a detailed architectural tour of this unique building, constructed in the Brutalist style. It was described by Queen Elizabeth as “one of the modern wonders of the world”!
When the sun starts to go down, people-watch in Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, where the city never sleeps.
Day 5: Architecture
Hit the Building Centre, a hub created by the Architectural Association and used to promote innovation in the urban environment. There, you’ll have a chance to interact with the New London Architecture giant model of the city, which brings to life London’s past and future development. You will be introduced by the staff to the latest development projects, transport hubs and sustainability initiatives. Make time to explore the Building Centre’s Materials Library as well. You’ll learn about a range of different, newly designed sustainable materials.
Visit the British Museum and marvel at the impressive Great Court, the largest covered public square in Europe. Take some free time to explore the museum. Then, go on a tour of the Bloomsbury area. Find out about the great British writers who used to live in the houses.
All-day breakfast is a thing in Britain. So enjoy a traditional full English breakfast…for dinner!
Day 6: Chat to an Architect
Begin the day with an engaging talk and Q&A with an architect or another professional working in an architecture-related field. Prep some questions beforehand – you don’t want to miss out!
Head for Victoria & Albert Museum’s rooms 127 and 128. Here, you’ll find their unparalleled collection of architectural drawings, original models and building fragments from a period of over 2,500 years.
Take a leisurely evening stroll down Oxford Street, where you’ll have a chance to shop for last-minute souvenirs.
Day 7: Southbank
Return to the Southbank to soak up London’s vibrant cultural district, peppered with historical sites, vendors, street performers and the city’s most famous skateboarding spot. Take in the view of iconic landmarks, like Tower Bridge, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Tate Modern. Then, take part in a reflection session and trip debriefing in the Southbank Centre.
Then, it’s home time. But it’s not over. London’s exciting architecture, sustainability and urban planning will follow you back to the classroom…and beyond!
Develop an understanding of London’s latest architectural developments from a theoretical and historical standpoint
Explore urban planning issues and contemporary sustainability concerns
Gain insight into what studying Architecture and Urban Planning in further education would involve
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