Art School trips to London (1 or 2 Days)

Our Art school trips to London provide students & teachers with a wide range of choices & experiences. From Old Masters to contemporary Street Art, London has much to offer. Visit world-class Art collections & take time out to enjoy some of London's great attractions. We have featured several of the Capital's most renowned Art galleries but we can tailor your school tour to include destinations you want to see. Entry to permanent displays & collections with a self-guided tour is free.  If you wish to visit an Exhibition please contact our office on 0800 801 560 for further details as entrance fees vary.     

This tour is suitable for KS3, GCSE & A-Level Art & Design providing students with both the opportunity to explore contemporary & historical art first hand as well as develop an understanding of the context, society & culture in which it was produced.




Day One:  Outward Travel

  National Gallery London Art Tours school groups
  • School pick-up between 6.00 & 8.00 am
  • Arrive in London
  • Free time in Leicester Square
  • Afternoon visit to the National Gallery
  • Optional activity (e.g. London Eye: see leisure options)
  • Evening meal in a London restaurant
  • Optional visit (e.g. West End Show: see leisure options)

Day Two:  London

  • Morning visit to the National Portrait Gallery
  • Afternoon visit to the Tate Modern
  • See list for alternative galleries or choose your own
  • Tate Britain
  • V&A Museum
  • Whitechapel Gallery
  • Courtauld Gallery
  • Serpentine Gallery
  • Saatchi Gallery
  • Depart from London & return to school
  • Evening drop-off (time will be dependent upon your school's distance from London)

Add an Extra Day

  • Gallery visit(s) chosen from the list above or choose your own (or choose a leisure option)
  • Time permitting, add an optional visit (see leisure options)
  • Depart from London & return to school
  • Evening drop-off

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

  • School pick-up (6.00 am approx) & travel to London
  • Arrive in London by 10.00 am
  • Visit two galleries from the list above or suggest your own visits
  • Depart from London & return to school
  • Mid-evening drop-off

 Itinerary Planning

  • This itinerary is suggested only to assist with your tour planning
  • It is not designed to be prescriptive & we are happy to tailor it to your particular requirments (or substitute your own choice of galleries or museums in place of the examples shown above)
  • Workshops offered by galleries are usually restricted to 15-20 & are not practical for larger groups
  • Tour prices quoted exclude entry to exhibitions requiring an entry fee 
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Art in London



Main Themes

  St Pauls Cathedral


National Gallery and St Martins in the Fields
  • Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating analytical & cultural understanding
  • Record ideas, observations & insights
  • Present a personal informed response demonstrating analytical & critical understanding


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National Gallery


Victoria & Albert Museum   Saatchi Gallery photo by Jack Gavigan



National Gallery and Steps


  Victoria and Albert Museum


The National Gallery houses 2,300 paintings arranged chronologically & by country/school ranging from the 13th century to 1900. A breath-taking roll-call of artists displayed includes Uccello, van Eyck, da Vinci, Michelangelo & Raphael, Titian, Velazquez, Rembrandt, Canaletto, Goya, Turner, Constable, Ingres, Monet, Cézanne, van Gogh to name but a few. The National's resources also allow you to explore the lives & development of artists as well as explore paintings in-depth.
Open: 10.00am-6.00pm (Fri: 9.00pm)
Closed: 1st Jan & 24-26 Dec
The V&A is the world's largest museum of Decorative Arts & Design. spanning 5,000 years from ancient times to the present day with objects from Europe. North America, Africa & Asia. The collection of Islamic Art is the largest in the western world. Several of its collections are amongst the most comprehensive in the world. Collections include ceramics, glass, costume, fashion & textiles, ironwork, jewellery, furniture, sculpture, prints, drawings & photographs.
Open: 10.00am-5.45pm (Fri: 10.00pm)
Closed: 24-26 Dec

Tate Britain


Tate Modern


Tate Britain


  Tate Modern Christine Matthews



Tate Britain holds the national collection of British Art from 1500 to the present day. Artists are chosen for their their contribution to its history & development rather than their nationality alone. Works on paper can be viewed by appointment in the prints & Drawings Room. Tate Britain also houses the Turner Collection, bequeathed by the artist to the nation. Some of the artists on display include Constable, Turner, Reynolds, Stubbs, Lowry, Hockney & Bacon
Open: 10.00am-6.00pm daily
Closed: 24-26 Dec
  Tate Modern is dedicated to modern & contemporary international art. The Turbine Hall of the former Bankside Power Station is used to display large specially-commissioned sculptural projects & installations on a temporary basis from October to the following March. The main collection displays are grouped according to a theme. Currently (2016), these are Citizens & States, Material Worlds & Making Traces.    
Open: 10.00am-6.00pm (Fri/Sat to 10.00pm)
Closed: 24-26 Dec
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More Galleries


National Portrait Gallery


Whitechapel Gallery   National Gallery and Fountain



National Portrait Gallery photo by Ham


  Whitechapel Gallery LeHaye  
The National Portrait Gallery was the first of its kind when it opened in1856 & houses a collection of portraits & images dating from the Middlle Ages to the present day. Portraits are included on the basis of the historical significance of the sitter rather than artistic merit & as such shed light upon their life & times as well as position & status. Notable artists represented include Holbein, Gainsborough, Reynolds & Hockney. The collections include a range of media not only paintings but photographs, sculpture & video.
Open: 10.00am-6.00pm (Thur/Fri: 9.00pm)
Closed: 24-26 Dec
The Whitechapel was founded in 1901 & is now internationally acclaimed for its exhibitions of modern & contemporary art having premiered works by artists including Picasso (Guernica), Jackson Pollock, Rothko, Kahlo, Hockney & Lucien Freud. In the 1950s & 1960s, the Gallery was  responsible for bringing Pop Art to the attention of the general public. It remains a vibrant part of London's artistic landscape with a full & ever-changing programme of exhitions across a wide range of media. 
Open: 11.00am-6.00pm (Thurs: 9.00pm)
Closed: Mondays & 24-26 Dec


Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House


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Courtauld Gallery Somerset House Stephen Richards


  Serpentine Gallery Mark Ahsmann  
The Courtauld is best-known for its outstanding collection of Impressionist & Post-Impressionist works by artists such as Manet, Degas, Monet, Gauguin, van Gogh & Cézanne. There is a fine collection of modern art from Matisse & Modigliani to Kandinsky, Sutherland & Auerbach. Its holdings also include the richest selection of Renaissance & Northern Baroque art in Britain, with Rubens especially well-represented. As well as paintings, the Courtauld holds collections of prints & drawings, sculpture & decorative arts.   
Open: 10.00am-6.00pm daily
Closed: 24-26 Dec
  • Barbican Gallery: Changing programme of major photographic, fine art & design exhibitions.
  • The Royal Academy of Arts: Annual summer exhibitions.
  • Serpentine Gallery: Seasonal exhibitions by international modern & contemporary artists
  • Saatchi Gallery: Forum for contemporary art with exhibitions by unknown or little-seen artists
  • Note: The Hayward Gallery is currently closed for refurbishment until 2017
  • Street Art Guided Tour & Workshop
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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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  • West End Shows: See a London show at group-rate prices. Add a back-stage theatre tour with a matinée performance 
  • Warner Bros. Studios: The Making of Harry Potter: Go behind-the-scenes, visit the sound stages, find out about set & costume design
  • Covent Garden (free)
  • Emirates Cable Car
  • The Shard
  • London Dungeon
  • Madame Tussaud's
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     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. 

London Thameside Bedroom London Thameside Bar
London Thameside Computers












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.  

Ibis London Wembley Bedroom

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.

Premier Inn London Wembley Bedroom Premier Inn London Wembley Dining Room
 Premier Inn London Wembley Bar  


  • 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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Help Organising Your Tour




Galina has over 25 years experience in organising school trips for school & youth groups. We therefore offer the services of your own Tour Administrator who will guide you through each step of the process, from your initial enquiry to your departure & return. 


We have developed a number of useful documents that will help you when preparing to launch your tour & with your visit application via the Senior Management or your EVC.


Risk assessment advice is available &, once booked, we can provide a helpful guide that can be used to formulate your own tailored risk assessment.


There are links to several useful documents below that can be downloaded to help trip preparation.


Launching Your Tour


Preparing for Departure             



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Pleckgate High School, Blackburn

"Excellent!  This was my first overseas trip and Sue was always available & quick to respond to my many pleas for help.  Driver, Owen, was brilliant!  In fact, I've just sent him a thank-you card from the children. He greeted us each morning with a smile & a spotless coach."


Trinity High School, Manchester

"Our Tour Administrator has been very helpful with all my questions in the lead up to the trip. The driver, Owen, was extremely helpful during the tour, patient with the students, friendly and very reliable. Excellent tour. The tour was a brilliant experience for the students which is why I chose the word excellent. It is definitely something we will do again next year.


JFS, Harrow

"All communication with Galina, in particular, Dominique, was excellent, clear & helpful.  Steve, our driver, was excellent!  We would welcome him joining us on future trips!"


St Mary's College, Hull

"Communication with David, our tour administrator, throughout the year was excellent.  The coach driver, Dave, was excellent & I find it difficult to commend him highly enough.  Our Tour Director, Julian, was excellent throughout the trip.  I would definitely ask for Julian again if he is available."
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