The highly anticipated London trip day began with a quick breakfast in the houses and a sleepy coach ride into Shoreditch. The students were treated to a tour of the street art on Brick Lane, a famous area of London known for its diversity, by a group of local artists.
The art ranged in scale from tiny stickers on road signs to an enormous mural painting, which was a particular favourite for our students. Some students were even lucky enough to spot a few pieces by Banksy during the tour. Lunch was eaten in the buzzing Spitalfields Market, with its impressive variety of food, clothing and gift stalls. After lunch, everyone piled back into the coaches for the short trip to Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, a replica of the original theatre in which the first productions of his plays were performed.
Students watched his A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in a highly energetic updated staging of the classic comedy fantasy, which was much enjoyed by all our students who had the authentic standing tickets just as ‘groundlings’ from Shakespeare’s time would have.
After a walk down the South Bank of the River Thames everyone went for a spin on the London Eye to get the best sights in London before heading out for a pizza dinner and returning to Oxford.