London, England is a cosmopolitan city that combines contemporary culture with old-world charm. Throughout its incredible 2,000-year history, it has been known worldwide for its art, architecture, food and fashion.
Here are six not-to-be-missed experiences for your high school choir in this exciting destination:
Visit Westminster Abbey
Built in Saxon times, Westminster Abbey has been the site of every Royal Coronation since 1066.
Literature lovers will enjoy Poet’s Corner with its memorials to famous writers such as Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling, while history buffs will appreciate the shrines of kings and queens of the past.
Visit the website for free downloadable resources. It’ll save you a great deal of time as you prepare your students for their visit to this intriguing place.
See Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
Big Ben is as synonymous with London as red telephone booths and rain. However, most people don’t know that Big Ben is not the name of the tower, but of the bell inside it.
This recognizable tower sits at the north end of the Houses of Parliament, otherwise known as the Palace of Westminster, the seat of the government of the United Kingdom.
Your students will appreciate discussing key historical events, as well as more recent ones, in the place where the country’s important decisions are being made.
Ride the London Eye for aerial views of London
Europe’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel, the London Eye, perches on the banks of the River Thames in the center of the city. From this popular attraction, you and your students will enjoy a bird’s eye view of London’s stunning skyline.
From up here, you can also spot other famous landmarks in the city. There are diagrams to help you identify them, and touchscreen devices where you can learn more about each one.
Visit St. Paul’s Cathedral
St. Paul’s Cathedral, one of the oldest landmarks in London, has been the site of many notable events, such as the funeral of Winston Churchill and the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
A highlight of this magnificent cathedral is the Whispering Gallery. Your students will be amazed to learn that due to the unique architecture of the building, even the smallest sound made here can be heard throughout the cathedral.
In the Oculus, you and your students can learn more about the history of the cathedral. Everything from the Great Fire to the Blitz is covered in this fascinating 270-degree film experience.
Explore the Tower of London
Although the Tower of London is a historic castle, it’s also been used as a royal palace and a prison. You and your students will feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you walk through the Tower’s main entrance.
This 900-year old fortress covers 18 acres and consists of 21 towers, ripe for exploration. Be sure to visit the Royal Armouries with their displays of historic weapons and armor, and don’t miss the stunning Crown Jewels
Walk across the famous Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge is another famous symbol of London. This iconic attraction, a combined bascule, and suspension bridge are often confused with London Bridge, which is actually about half a mile upstream.
Your students will be thrilled to see this famous landmark up close and personal. They can even go inside the bridge and look down at the River Thames from 42 meters above.
There are also several educational exhibits where they can learn all about the construction of the bridge itself.
Band, Choir and additional performance opportunities for your students is an invaluable life experience!
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