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.
THE WEST END
Top West End Shows:
- Lion King
- Les Misérables
- School of Rock
- Everybody's Talking About Jamie
Whatever show you are interested in seeing, we can advise you on the best time to go and arrange your group seating and our great value group rates.
West End Theatre Workshops
No theatre-based trip to London is complete without at least one of our fantastic 90 minute workshops. Run by experienced professionals, in venues such as Pineapple Studios and 'Dance Works', our wide range covers a variety of skills, and in many cases can be focussed on a show 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!
Popular options include:
- West End 101: Student are taught in a fun and relaxed environment, skills and techniques used by professional actors inspired by the themes of the show they are seeing.
- 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.
- Step by Step: Great fun and highly interactive session that immerses your group in your chosen show's music, provides them with new skills and some serious moves they can perform again and again.
- 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!
- Physical Theatre: Introduce your group to a variety of techniques needed to devise inventive physical theatre.
- 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.
- Audition Essentials: Work with a casting director to really enhance your interview techniques. (2 hours)
- The Director's Chair: An interactive workshop focusing on textual analysis and stage craft, examining techniques for working with actors and staging scenes (3 hours)
- Song and Dance: Work with a pianist and cast member from a show you are seeing, and reherse a song & choreography to match.
- Other workshops include, 'Puppetry' 'Shakespeare 2000' 'Make a Scene' and 'Behind the Mask'. Please ask us for details.
Theatre and Studio Tours
Backstage theatre tours are not just about life as an actor, these can be a fascinating technical tour showing all the secrets of set and costume design. You might just see a famous face arriving for rehearsals! Choose from:
- The National Theatre
- Theatre Royal Drury Lane
- Royal Opera House
- The Queens Theatre – Les Misérables. Wednesdays only
- Shakespeare's Globe
West End Walking Tour
Come and explore the world’s largest and most vibrant theatre district! London’s West End dates back as far as 1576 and has many tales to tell:
- Find out which are the longest running plays and musicals.
- Delve into London’s most haunted theatres.
- Discover which of the world’s most famous actors have appeared in the West End.
- Join our tour guide and uncover London’s magical theatre land.
West End Dance Workshops
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.
West End Choreography
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
Guaranteed to develop your group’s confidence and creativity in composition.
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.
Arcelormittal Orbit & 'Ride The Slide'
With breath-taking views of London, the world’s longest and tallest tunnel slide and the UK’s highest freefall abseil, the ArcelorMittal Orbit is the UK’s most exciting viewing platform.
Enjoy a breath-taking panorama of up to 20 miles across London through stunning floor to ceiling windows before experiencing the city’s landmarks from the outside observation walkway suspended 262ft above the ground. Discover sights including Wembley Stadium, St Paul’s Cathedral and Canary Wharf and get an exclusive bird’s eye view of the iconic sporting venues of London 2012.
The Slide: A hair-raising experience that’s not for the feint-hearted? Hold on tight through the twists, turns and drops of the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide as it weaves its way through the iconic red steel frame of the UK’s tallest sculpture, the ArcelorMittal Orbit.
Enjoy the 40 second descent in the 584ft long slide through light and dark sections at speeds of up to 15mph as The Slide loops its way around the ArcelorMittal Orbit 12 times taking visitors through gentle curves, thrilling drops and a tight corkscrew. Take a Look > https://youtu.be/N7ee2ExjhUc
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
- Planet Hollywood
- Rainforest Café
- Hard Rock Café
- Pizza Express
- Pizza Hut
We can also arrange for packed lunches to be delivered to your hotel or an appropriate meeting point in the city.