Humanities School trips to London (1 or 2 days)

Our Humanities school trips for Key Stage 3 students to London covers a number of key themes in the National Curriculum orders for Geography & History as well as key themes & concepts for Religious Studies.  We have Humanities specialists available to discuss your specific requirements & can offer the services of several guides all of whom have experience of teaching Key Stage 3 Humanities.

One-Day Tour:  For schools within 120 miles of London, we can arrange a one-day tour to London based on visits listed in the itinerary below. You can, of course, extend your tour if you so wish. Please discuss your options with one of our staff.  Prices on application.




Day One

    Optional Leisure Activities


London Eye
  • School pick-up (between 06.00 & 08.00 hours) & travel to London
  • Museum visit (choose one): IWM, Museum of London, British Museum
  • Optional Activity: (e.g. Thames river cruise)
  • There are several optional activities you can build into your tour. For some ideas see the leisure options section of this itinerary
  • Check-in at accommodation & evening meal (or you can eat out at a London restaurant)  



Thames and Westminster



Day Two

     Study Visits (Choose Two)

  • Depart accommodation after breakfast & choose two study visits from the locations listed opposite (or choose your own)
  • Depart London in the late afternoon or early evening & return to school (departure time will be dependent upon the location of your school & your preferred return time)
  • Drop-off at school
  • Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park (Geography)
  • Canary Wharf & Museum of London Docklands (Geography)
  • St Paul's Cathedral, London Central Mosque, Neasden Temple or Bevis Marks Synagogue (Religious Studies)
  • Churchill War Rooms (History)
  • HMS Belfast (History)


Add an Extra Day....

  • With an extra day you can include further investigations and/or fun activities or
  • You can also combine this tour with Maths &  Science tours to London
  • Our advice: Including some fun activities can help you sell the tour to your students especially if there is competition from other subjects
  • Two nights' half-board accommodation
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Main Themes

  Big Ben
Field of Remembrance 1
  • Growth of a city: site & situation
  • Impact of tourism 
  • A sense of place
  • Urban change & regeneration & its impact on local people
  • Places of worship
  • Different religions & religious practices 
  • Britain at War: The Blitz & the Home Front




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Learning Objectives

      Millenium Bridge and St Pauls

Students will have opportunities to:

  • use map skills to locate themselves & plan their route to Leicester Square
  • learn about the history of the capital & its growth over time
  • explore the reasons why London became our capital city
  • examine the broad cultural diversity in London
  • study the significant events that shaped the city & how these may have had an impact on the rest of the country
  • We are happy to tailor the visits to your own learning objectives for the trip.

The suggested visits are designed to provide your group with an introduction to London but these can be replaced with subject specific venues such a places of worship or more subject focussed venues.

Please discuss these with one of our Tour Administrators or Humanities Specialists.



Data Collection


We can also provide opportunities & guidance on locations best suited to collect data should you want your students to carry out questionnaires, field sketches or surveys as part of a Humanities assignment or project. We have examples of data collection sheets that could be used as a template.


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Our Guides


  Thames River Cruise







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 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.


Steve Clarke, BA (Hons), PGCE



Steve is a former Head of Humanities & prior to retiring was an Assistant Head. Steve joined Galina in 2010, having led school groups as a client for a number of years. His experience includes battlefield tours to the Western Front, RS tours to the Netherlands & a range of UK tours.

Steve has 30 years' teaching experience in secondary schools in Hull.

"As always, Steve, our guide, tailored the tour to suit our needs & adapted his information & stops to meet our requests. Excellent – we have always been very satisfied with the service provided.”

Merchant Taylors' Girls School, Liverpool

  Steve Clarke  


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)

You may also be interested in...  
  • 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
  • HMS Belfast or Cutty Sark
  • 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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London Gallery

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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."
  View from Canary Wharf towards O2
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