With the abundance of hotels and hostels in London, we have a superb range of accommodation to choose from, both centrally and on the outskirts, with facilities and prices to suit all needs and budgets.
Premier Inn Wembley & Hangar Lane
Both of these hotels have a high standard of accommodation at a good price. They are located just outside the busy city centre but have public transport routes to all the major sites and attractions.
Premier Inn Harrow
This hotel is ideal for those looking to stay in a quieter part of London. It is located in North London but you can access the city centre by coach in approximately an hour. This hotel is recommended for groups with a smaller budget and is in a great location for those that are including the Harry Potter Studio tour as part of their trip.
This youth hostel is located in the Docklands and is ideal for younger student groups that are travelling by coach.
Royal National Hotel
This is the most central hotel that WST offer. It is located in the heart of the city and is within walking distance of the West End. It is a large hotel that offers comfortable and affordable accommodation in an excellent location.
Wembley International Hotel
This is a large hotel, located just outside the city centre, yet close to public transport. Rooms for students are all 3 - 4 bedded and the hotel has good meeting room facilities.
This hotel is in an excellent location at Lancaster Gate. It's an old favourite for school groups although is only available for 2 night stays and longer.
KAREN HARDY STUDIOS: 'STRICTLY' THEMED EXPERIENCE
Ran by world class dance teachers, these Ballroom and Latin dance sessions have a ‘Strictly Come Dancing Theme’ and take place at the state of the art studios belonging to the shows winning professional Karen Hardy. These enjoyable 90 minute sessions will produce a wining couple who will each receive a mini trophy, whilst ever member receives a personally signed photo of Karen Hardy. Refreshments are also included. Tues- Fri mornings only.
DANCING WITH WEST END WORKSHOPS
West End Choreography – Exclusive to WST
How do the top choreographers generate new movement material? In this immersive workshop participants tackle the art of composition and learn various techniques that build choreographic process. Working with West End professionals participants will gain first-hand experience of
- Choreographic Forms
- The Composition Process
- Elements of Construction
- Manipulation of the Elements of Dance
- Generating and Organising Movement
Dance Master Class
Whether its ballet or ballroom, flamenco or freestyle, tango or tap - we have the dance class for you! Tell us what dance style your group would like to explore and we’ll do the rest. Based in London’s west end we’ll provide you with a studio and a dance instructor specialising in the style of your choice. Learn about the stylistic features of the dance, the development of techniques and its representation in the west end. Guaranteed to get your energy pumping. Workshops can be Introductory, Intermediate or Advanced.
RAMBERT DANCE WORKSHOPS
Rambert, is the national company for contemporary dance, and has a long history of working with schools and colleges to deliver high quality dance workshops to students of all ages and abilities.
Led by a professional dancer and teacher workshops are specially tailored to meet the individual needs of each group to focus on a selected piece of work from Rambert's existing repertoire.
Each half day workshop contains:
- A contemporary dance warm-up.
- Repertoire - an opportunity to learn sections of the focus work.
- Choreography - students follow set tasks to choreograph their own work.
- Sharing - students perform and discuss their work together.
DRAMA AND PERFORMING ARTS
CITY ACADEMY WORKSHOPS: DRAMA AND PERFORMANCE - NEW!
Acting for Film & Television
City Academy’s Screen Acting classes will develop the skills required to succeed in acting in front of a camera, including character work and how to portray real emotion on screen.
Communication, Presentation and Public Speaking Skills
At City Academy, we have a team of performance experts whose experience goes far beyond the world of theatre and film. Using performance training, these workshops help students with both business and personal skills which can be used in everyday life.
Acting & Drama
These Acting classes will introduce participants to the basic skills of acting, encourage their creativity and build their confidence, in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Options include Acting for Stage, Shakespeare and Improvisation.
Fashion or Stage Make-up
City Academy’s Make-up workshops can be tailored to both fashion and theatrical requirements, and will introduce students to techniques to create flawless, up-to-date looks.
Lighting for Theatre
This workshop will introduce students to the basics of lighting a show on stage.
PERFORMANCE WORKSHOPS WITH WEST END WORKSHOPS
Run by experienced professionals, in venues such as Pineapple Studios, our wide range cover a variety of skills and in many cases can be focused on a performance you are seeing as part of your trip. Most workshops end with a Q&A with a West End cast member. We can happily create a workshop just for you, just ask us! (90 mins unless stated)
- Make a Scene: Work from a scripted scene from a chosen play, book or show, and learn to bring the text to life in a truthful, imaginative way. Explore acting methods, vocal techniques and character development designed to encourage bold and creative acting choices.
- Theatre Improv: Perfect for fun and high energy groups! After physical and vocal warm ups, students stay active through team building and improvisational games designed to heighten focus, creativity and sensitivity to others.
- Shakespeare 2000: Looking at imagery, tempo, timing, emphasis, body language and practical presentation this workshop will breathe life into scenes from the play students are seeing or studying
- Stage Combat: Students will learn about the relationship between acting and fight choreography. Discover how fights are choreographed and hone your collaboration skills whilst creating your own combat
- Audition Essentials: Work with a casting director to really enhance your interview techniques. (2 hours)
- The Director's Chair: An interactive workshop focussing on textual analysis and stage craft, examining techniques for working with actors and staging scenes (3 hours)
- Note by Note: A unique experience ran by a West End Musical Director as the group learn to act through your choice of song, before performing it to a cast member from the show itself!
- Song and Dance: Work with a pianist and cast member from a show you are seeing, and rehearse a song & choreography to match.
- West End 101: A popular and versatile workshop. Students are taught, in a fun and relaxed environment, with skills and techniques used by professional actors inspired by the themes of the show they’re seeing.
THE ROYAL COURTS OF JUSTICE (2 hr)
A unique group opportunity for debate within the magnificent setting of one of Britain’s most prestigious working courtrooms. The Motion to Appeal session is most recommended for English students and includes;
- An introduction to the Royal Courts of Justice and what happens there
- Preparation for a debate of an appeal case which has been heard at the Royal Courts of Justice (this can be a broader debate or one that focuses on a particular point of law)
- Opportunity to dress up in the court room regalia
- Explore roles in a court room and meet a legal professional where possible
- Discover key spaces in the Royal Courts of Justice
WEST END SHOWS
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London offers a great choice of museums and attractions, many of which are an ideal complement to their learning and can be free for students.
Highlights of London
A half day guided tour of the city on board your coach is a perfect way to see all the major sites. Highly recommended if this is a first time visit to London for many of your students.
Shakespeare's Globe 2019 Summer Season
The Globe summer 2019 season is certainly one that school groups will want to be part of with a fantastic variety of plays to help bring Shakespeare to life. Choose the play that best ties in with your studies and our specialists will help you create the perfect itinerary around it. We are also a Friend of The Globe meaning each year we have access to priority booking, helping to secure the exact dates you require in advance.
Here are some of the key plays available:
Romeo & Juliet: 28th February – 23rd March
Henry IV Part 1 (Hotspur): 23rd April – 11th October
Henry IV Part 2 (or Falstaff): 25th April – 11th October
Henry V (or Harry England): 30th April – 11th October
The Comedy of Errors: 6th May – 23rd August
Twelfth Night – 4th May – 21st August
Pericles: 5th May – 24th August
Audience Choice: 4th May – 24th August
The Merry Wives of Windsor: 17th May – 12th October
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: 28th June – 13th October
As You Like It: 7th August - 21st September
Alternative Captioned Performances and BSL (British Sign Language) Performances are available throughout the year.
Jack the Ripper Walking Tour
Always in the evening and at its best when London is cold and misty, this eerie tour takes students back in time to 1888 to follow in the footsteps of the London Metropolitan Police as they try to catch a killer.
Guided tour of the London 2012 Olympic Sites
Following the outstanding success of the world’s greatest sporting event, there is now huge interest in seeing the area where our athletes won their medals. This 2 – 2½ hour walk begins at Pudding Mill Lane and takes in the exteriors of the Aquatic Centre, the Stadium, Handball Arena (The Copper Box), the Velodrome and also the new I-City (formerly the International Press Centre). For an additional fee we can pre-book visits inside the Copper Box, the Aquatics Centre and the Orbit within your walking tour.
ART GALLERIES OF LONDON
London has a great range of art galleries, which have free entrance and all offer downloadable resources and education programmes. The most popular galleries are:
National Portrait Gallery
Victoria & Albert
With more than 7 million objects within its collections, the British Museum illustrates and documents the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.
Visit HMS Belfast to discover what life was like for those who lived and worked on board this last remaining warship of its kind. Nine decks of amazing seafaring history provide countless opportunities to explore and discover for students where you can hear sailors’ stories in the Life at Sea exhibition.
HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT
Free guided tours are available throughout the year by requesting a place through your MP or a member of the House of Lords.
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM
The Imperial War Museum covers conflicts involving Britain from the First World War through to the present day. The Centenary of the First World War is highly topical and with it’s new First World War galleries the IWM is a must for any group visiting London.
The London Dungeon combines real history, horror and humour to bring gruesome goings-on back to life in the 21st century. A thrilling and exciting trip that students will love, with actors recreating events such as the Great fire of London, Sweeney Todd, the Plague and Jack the Ripper.
Breath-taking sights make the London Eye a highlight of the city which you should not miss!
A thrilling and exciting visit containing inspiring wax works of some of the world’s most influential and famous people. Galleries include Sport, World Leaders, The Royal Family and Music along with the Spirit of London ride.
MUSEUM OF LONDON
Step inside Museum of London for a memorable journey through London’s unsettled history. Telling London's story students can enjoy the prehistoric, Roman and medieval London galleries through to the present day.
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
Hundreds of exciting, interactive exhibits including the ultimate dinosaur exhibition, a human biology section or visit 'Investigate' -an exciting new hands-on science centre perfect for engaging students.
RIPLEY’S, BELIEVE IT OR NOT
Based in the heart of the West End, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is the most wonderfully weird visitor attraction in London. Home to countless curiosities collected by the legendary adventurer Robert Ripley, you’ll step into a fascinating world where the bizarre and the unbelievable come to life and
where amazement is waiting around every corner. From unusual art to underwater wonders, an upside down room and even a dungeon, at Ripley’s London there are mindboggling experiences for even the wildest imagination.
The Science Museum allows you to introduce children to science with fun, hands-on interactives and encounter the past, present and future of technology in seven floors of galleries.
ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL
With its iconic dome that dominates the London skyline, St Pauls Cathedral is a must see for all groups visiting London. Over the years, decoration has been added and removed so that today the history of the nation can be seen in mosaics and stone carvings throughout the building.
THAMES RIVER CRUISE
This cruise along the Thames is a great way to see some of the major sites of the city. We recommend groups take the 40 minute cruise from Westminster to Tower which takes in Westminster, Big Ben, Somerset House, London Eye, Oxo Tower, The Tate Modern, St Paul’s Cathedral, London Bridge, Tower Bridge and the Tower.
TOWER OF LONDON
See where numerous individuals lost their heads and visit the Prisoners exhibition which looks at some of the Towers more notorious convicts including Anne Boleyn, Edward V, Guy Fawkes and Sir Thomas More.
Make your evening meal a night out with a restaurant visit. We can book tables at an exciting range of restaurants offering pre-theatre dinner packages to suit all budgets. Choose from:
Bubba Gump Shrimp
Hard Rock Café
We can also arrange for packed lunches to be delivered to your hotel or an appropriate meeting point in the city.