Geography School trips to Londons' King's Cross: Redevelopment Study

Our Geography School trips to the King's Cross area is part of a series of four educational study tour modules which focus on issues & case studies relating to urban geography: rebranding, regeneration, redevelopment, environmental quality & sustainability. You can choose 2 case studies to cover on a 2-day tour.

We can tailor your specific visits to cover your students' learning objectives.  Please ask to speak to one of our Geography Consultants to discuss your requirements.

A 1-day itinerary is possible (for schools within 120 miles of London) which would focus on 1 case study of your choice. Please discuss this with one of our Tour Administrators.

 

Itinerary

 

One-Day Tour (for schools within 120 miles of London)

  Using the study pack
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
        

 

 

  • School pick-up (no earlier than 06.00 hours) & travel to London
  • Explore Explore King's Cross & St Pancras Stations, Granary Wharf & surrounding area
  • Fieldwork tasks & activities provided
  • Optional activity (e.g. London Eye or sight-seeing or Thames river cruise - see leisure options for other choices available)
  • Return to school with evening drop-off (time dependent on school location)
 
 

Kings Cross Station

 

 

Two-Day Tour (includes coastal management study)

 
  • Day 1: School pick-up (earliest 06.00 hours) & travel to Margate
  • Explore the coastline along Herne Bay, Margate & surrounding area (fieldwork tasks & activities provided)
  • Travel into London
  • Check-in at accommodation & evening meal
  • Optional evening activity (see leisure options)
  • Day 2: Morning: Visit to King's Cross & St Pancras (see one day itinerary) or choose one of the other case studies from our range of London modules: Canary Wharf • Battersea • Olympic Park • Bankside
  • Optional activity (e.g. London Eye, sight-seeing - see leisure options for other choices from one hour to half-day duration)
  • Return to school with evening drop-off (time dependent on school location)
 

 

Add an Extra Day.... 

 
  • With an extra day you can include further investigations and/or fun activities or
  • Combine with another department. We also have tours for: History • Art • RS • Maths • Science
  • Two nights' half-board accommodation
  • Our advice: Including some fun activities can help you sell the tour to your students especially if there is competition from other subjects
  • Combine with another department: This can make the tour viable if you have low numbers 
 
 
 
 
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Locations

 

King's Cross-St Pancras: Regeneration
 

Locations

 
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King's Cross Station:  Opened in 1852, King's Cross is the southern terminus of the East Coast Main Line & also the Great Northern Line.
 
     
 
St Pancras Station:  Opened in 1868, St Pancras, across the road from King's Cross, is the new terminus for Eurostar. Together, the two stations form one of Europe's largest transport hubs. 

 

     
  King's Cross Square:  One of several new public spaces that have been created, the Square lies between the two stations.   
     
  Granary Square:  A former quayside serving the Grand Union Canal, this new square is surrounded by several old buildings that have put to new use, including the Granary Building, now home to Central St Martin's College of Art & Design.    
     
  King's Boulevard:  Google's new UK headquarters will be here.  
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Curriculum

 

Curriculum Relevance
 
National Curriculum KS3
  St Pancras Redevelopment of Surrounding Area
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
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Human geography relating to urbanisation & economic change

Using fieldwork to collect, analyse & draw conclusions from geographical data
 
 
 
 
GCSE & A Level
 
 
 
 

Primary data collection & fieldwork investigation opportunities • age & function of buildings •  environmental quality • land use • Egan Wheel & sustainability

 

King's Cross & St Pancras: History & post-war decline • regeneration of the area • comparing the stations • new & traditional features • role as transport hubs • retail activity • environmental impact

 
Surrounding Area: Re-using old buildings • land use & values • green space • earlier economic activities • Grand Union Canal & conservation • leisure
 
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Guides

 

Our Guides

   

  Tower Bridge

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

We believe a study tour is an educational experience best delivered by people with a knowledge and understanding of the educational system & culture. You can discuss learning aims & objectives with your guide so that the tour meets your requirements.

 
  • Our Geography guides are former teachers, excellent communicators & have examining experience.
  • They have organised tours themselves so understand the demands placed on accompanying staff.
  • They have an enthusiasm for imparting knowledge & ideas & engaging with young minds.
 

 

Julian Maslin BSc, MSc, PGCE

 

 

Julian has worked for Galina as a Geography Guide since 2011, helping to design many of our new geography tours to London & Dorset & further developing our Paris urban fieldwork.

Julian has more than 30 years' experience teaching Geography & Earth Sciences in Staffordshire. He has also been an examiner at GCSE & A-level.

"Excellent; the tour was exactly as described. Julian also added a few extra things that he thought would be of interest to our students. He was extremely knowledgeable & the students were very interested in what he had to say."

Cirencester, Deer Park School

  Julian Maslin  

 

Selected & Trained by Galina 

 
  • We have our own training programme to ensure consistently high standards.
  • Our guides up-to-date with current examination specifications & amendments to Key Stage 3.
  • All guides are DBS-checked.
 
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Leisure Options

 

Leisure Options

  London Eye
 
 
 
For many teachers (& their students) a visit to London is not only a learning opportunity but also a chance to experience the Capital. Some of the activities below take a relatively short amount of time (up to an hour). Others require a longer period where it would be best to allocate 2 to 3 hours to get the full value. For more information talk to our Tour Administrators for further details & prices (where applicable). 
 
 
 
St Pauls and Thames
 
 
 

Free & Budget Options (under £10 each)

 
  • The Sights: Embankment, Westminster, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square & Buckingham Palace (free)
  • London Eye: A fixture on the skyline & iconic symbol of modern London offering views across the city
  • Thames River Cruise: See London's landmarks from the Houses of Parliament to Tower Bridge
 
 

Top of the Range (£20+ each)

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  • Covent Garden (free)
  • Emirates Cable Car
  • HMS Belfast or Cutty Sark
  • London Dungeon
  • Madame Tussaud's
 
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Accommodation

 

Accommodation

     London Thameside
 
    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The accommodation we use regularly is audited following guidelines laid down by the School Travel Forum & incorporated into our Safety Management System.

 

 

YHA London Thameside

   

This purpose-built hostel, opened in 1919, is situated on the South Bank of the Thames in a residential area. It is less than 2 miles from the Tower of London & 3 miles from  St Paul's Cathedral. Canary Wharf & the docklands area is a mile away & the Imperial War Museum & Houses of Parliament are 3 & 4 miles away respectively. The Natural History & Science Museums are both approximately 7 miles away. 

 
 
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Accommodation Factfile

     
  • Capacity for 320 guests in 70 rooms on 4 floors accommodating between 4 & 8 guests per room.
  • Lift to all floors
  • En-suite facilities
  • Twin/quad rooms for staff 
  • TV, tea & coffee facilities in staff rooms
  • Reception & night manager
  • TV lounge
  • Bar & lounge area
  • Restaurant
  • Games machines
  • Disabled access
  • Free WiFi & computers
  • Meeting rooms for hire
  • CCTV
  • Coach parking
 
         

3* Ibis Hotel, Wembley

    Ibis London Wembley
 

 

 

 
 
 
 

This modern well-appointed hotel is located within easy walking distance of Wembley Stadium. London Zoo is 7.4 miles away. Allow 45 miniutes to an hour to reach some of the main attractions by coach. St Paul's Cathedral is approximately 10 miles away as are the Houses of Parliament. Canary Wharf is 17 miles away via the North Circular Road. The Natural History & Science Museums are just over 7 miles from the hotel.  

 
 
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Ibis London Wembley Dining Room

 
Ibis London Wembley Bar  

Accommodation Factfile

     
  • 210 air-conditioned rooms on fourteen floors (lift to all floors)
  • Twin room accommodation
  • En-suite facilities
  • Tea/coffee-making facilities, TV & internet in all rooms
  • Single/twin rooms for staff
  • Dining room, bar & lounge area
  • Multilingual staff
  • Disabled access
  • Free WiFi
  • Coach parking nearby
 

 

   

3* Premier Inn London Wembley

    Premier Inn London Wembley
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

The Premier Inn is within 200 metres of Wembley Stadium. London Zoo is 7.4 miles away. Allow 45 miniutes to an hour to reach some of the main attractions by coach. St Paul's Cathedral & the Houses of Parliament are approximately 10 miles away & Canary Wharf is 18 miles away via the North Circular Road. The Natural History & Science Museums are approximately 8.5 miles from the hotel.

 
 
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 Premier Inn London Wembley Bar  

Accommodation

     
  • 154 air-conditioned rooms on 7 floors (access via 3 lifts)
  • Multi-bedded rooms for students
  • Staff in single/twin rooms
  • En-suite facilities
  • Rooms for staff include TV & tea/coffee-making facilities
  • Restaurant
  • Bar & lounge area
  • Disabled access
  • Free WiFi
  • Coach parking
 
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Testimonials

 

Twyford C of E High School

"The response pack was excellent.  It was very comprehensive & made arranging the trip less of a chore. Extremely satisfied - could have not have asked for a better driver & guide.  They made the whole experience so special for the students & the staff.  Thanks so much!"

 

North Oxfordshire Academy, Banbury

"The tour was exactly as planned."

 

Perth Academy

"My tour administrator was excellent.  The driver was helpful & friendly & the coach was spacious & comfortable."

 

Ladybridge High School, Bolton

"Documentation efficient & clear.  The study packs that Marcus customised for our group were excellent! Pupils & staff enjoyed the tour."

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