The much-anticipated London trip day started early on Wednesday, with most students taking the opportunity to have a nap as our three coaches rolled their way to East London. Students divided up into groups for a tour of Brick Lane and its street art by local artists.
They explained the difference between graffiti and street art, and pointed out many different types of art, from large murals to tiny sculptures on lampposts. A piece by Banksy, involving an old car perched on top of a building, was a particular favourite with our students. We ate lunch in the famous Spitalfields Market, where our students were free to explore the enormous choice of food and clothing stalls.
After lunch, the group separated into two. One half went to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre to watch Macbeth, a replica of the building where the bard himself staged the first productions of his plays. The other half explored the Tate Modern and St Paul’s Cathedral, with some students climbing all the way to the top of the dome for a view of the city.
Everyone met again for a trip on the London Eye, from which students were able to see all the famous landmarks of London, including the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Tower Bridge. Lampl students decided to have a dance party in one of the London Eye pods, much to the amusement of the tourists in the adjacent pods. After a pizza dinner, everyone was ready to get some rest on the drive home.