Redevelopment Study: Geography School Trips to London's Canary Wharf

Our Geography School trips to Canary Wharf in London 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.



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




  • School pick-up (no earlier than 06.00 hours) & travel to London
  • Explore Canary Wharf including No. 1 Canada Square & Cabot Square (fieldwork tasks & activities provided)
  • Optional activity (e.g. London Eye, sight-seeing or visit the Docklands Museum - see leisure options for other choices available)
  • Return to school with evening drop-off (time dependent on school location)

Canary Wharf









Two-Day Tour (including a coastal management study)

  • Day 1: School pick-up (earliest 06.00 hours) & travel to Herne Bay area
  • Day spent examining the coastal features along Herne Bay & how the coastline has been managed at Margate (fieldwork tasks & activities provided)
  • Travel into London
  • Check-in at accommodation & evening meal
  • Optional evening activity (see leisure options)
  • Day 2: Visit to Canary Wharf (see 1-day itinerary) or choose another case study from our range of London modules: Olympic Park • Battersea • King's Cross • Bankside
  • Optional activity (e.g. Sight-seeing, London Eye or Docklands Museum - 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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Docklands Regeneration  




Canary Wharf Tube  
Canary Wharf:  No. 1 Canada Square now stands on the former site of the West India Dock which had first opened in 1802. The redevelopment of Canary Wharf as a CBD has seen a dramatic change in the area's fortunes since the rapid decline of the docks & associated secondary industries in the late-1960s & 1970s. The project was not, however, without its setbacks. A slump in the property market in the early 1980s, the difficulty of attracting businesses to the Isle of Dogs & the hostility of the City to the development of a potential rival, all seemed to undermine the chances of success.
  Canary Wharf Station:  Improved transport links together with a recovering property market had a significant impact on Canary Wharf's prospects. The extension of the Jubilee Line, together with the construction of the Docklands Light Railway, made the location a viable base for major corporations, encouraging economic growth.



Docklands Museum (optional visit):  The museum contains maps, diagrams, 3D models & photographs recording the history of the area. The building itself was a former sugar warehouse built alongside the West India Dock.

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Curriculum Relevance
National Curriculum KS3
  Millenium Bridge and St Pauls


Canary Wharf  

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 • transport & connectivity • environmental quality survey • age, design & function of buildings • Egan Wheel & sustainability


Docklands: History of the area • containerisation & decline in local industry • evidence of former trades & occupations • change in nature of residential dwellings

Canary Wharf: Redevelopment of a brownfield site • creation of a CBD • trans-national investment • accessibility, transport system & commuters • retail facilities • needs of local residents • employment opportunities
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Our Guides









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)

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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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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