von Madita Höfer und Luca Maria Holst
On the 2nd of June at least a third of the 11th grade as well as the teachers Ms Keller and Ms Spengler started their journey to London. The trip started on Sunday evening at the airport in Stuttgart where the flight to Gatwick started at 11 pm. After this flight delay our group arrived at the hostel late at night.
After breakfast at the hostel we started our first day with a trip to the British Museum which has an exposition with pieces from all around the globe such as porcelain from China and mummies from Egypt. After having lunch at Camden Town, a place where many and especially young people from different backgrounds come together, we went on to our highlight of the day – a tour to all of the most important sights and places in London. We visited beautiful places like the Trafalgar Square and the famous shopping centre, the Oxford Street. Through this tour those of us who had never been to London before could get an overview of the diversity of England’s capital.
On Tuesday we continued our discovery trip. After seeing Westminster Abbey from the inside, which we had only known from multiple royal wedding ceremonies, our plan was to visit Downing Street 10, the home and office of the prime minister. Sadly we were not able to experience that because of the visit of the US president to London which caused mass demonstrations. It wasn’t too bad because in the end we were at least able to see Trump’s car drive past us which was a compensation for the chaos that was caused by his visit. We were also able to see the Buckingham Palace, where the Royal Family lives when they are in London. In the afternoon, we could decide between two very interesting museums that we could visit, the Natural History Museum or the Victoria and Albert Museum, the biggest museum for art and design in the world. In the evening the whole group met at the London Eye which was another point on our bucket list and it was definitely worth to see the sun set behind London’s skyline.
On our third day in London we visited the tower of London where the crown jewels are stored. They offer an exposition with detailed explanations about the history of all the beautiful crowns and sceptres including the highlight – the crown jewels of Queen Elizabeth. Aside from that exposition, there were also many stories about historical personalities who were captured, tortured or executed in the tower. After we finished our tour around the historical tower, we spent the afternoon visiting the Millennium Bridge and the Tate Modern which is one of the world’s biggest galleries of modern arts. The exposition included pieces from impressionism (e.g. Monet) to surrealism (e.g. Dalí). That evening, those of us who wanted had the opportunity to go to a classical concert, which was also a very nice experience.
The 6th of June was our last day in London, so the teachers gave us the chance to spend our last hours in the city as we wanted. Many of us visited a few more museums, Notting Hill or the Harry Potter store at King’s Cross. At 6 pm our flight back to Germany went off.
Even if we only spent four days in London, I think all of us could witness that London is a very diverse and exciting city that has multiple faces from art to architecture to music. That way everybody could find something that they found interesting. We had an amazing time together as a group and hopefully some of us will one day get the chance to visit this place again.