The second day trip of the summer school started out bright and early with a coach trip to London. First, the students were treated to an alternative tour of London’s street art. They learned more about the history and current movements within the field of street art, and got to see several famous pieces by artists like Space Invader and Banksy.
Montana was especially fascinated by the street art and the sights of London, snapping hundreds of photos during the day. Montana’s photo of the London skyline and Big Ben is featured above.
Following the tour, everyone got to enjoy a delicious lunch at the 400 year-old Old Spitalfields Market before meeting up at the historic Liverpool Street. Top lunch spots included the Canteen, the Liberty Cheesesteak, and Crosstown Doughnuts for dessert.
Students then headed over to The Globe, an oak-and-thatch replica of the original Elizabethan theatre, which was showing Shakespeare’s Macbeth in the open air. Some students decided to explore the Tate Modern and St Paul’s Cathedral instead. No visit to St Paul’s would be complete without scaling the interior of the Dome, so many of the students ascended the 528 steps to bear witness to one of the best views in London.
Finally, the day ended with a visit to the London Eye, which is the world’s tallest Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames. The Engineering students were especially excited to go on the London Eye and see the design and construction close up. We wrapped up the day with dinner in London before boarding the coach back to Oxford.