Bucksmore London goes exploring once again!
London is a city to be explored. Here in London, from time to time, we race our way from place to place on the London Underground or “tube” as it’s more commonly referred to, but one of the best ways to see the city is on foot. On Wednesday we introduced our new students (and our faithful remainers too!) to the hustle and bustle of London life as we embarked on the Bucksmore famous Politics and Royalty tour.
As the name suggests, the main sights are linked to Britain’s Royal Family and the political history of the nation. Buckingham Palace is the residence of Queen Elizabeth, reigning queen of England and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. The gates around the palace are often crowded with tourists and royalists hoping to catch a glimpse of a Royal Family member, and our students were no exception, gazing up at the Royal Standard flag, traditionally flown when the Queen is in residence. The palace is protected by guards in traditional uniform and tall, black hats. The usually remain perfectly still but from time to time will stomp their feet, shuffle their rifles and parade in perfect synchronicity to the delight of the public.
From Buckingham Palace we hopped over to St. James’s Park, one of the many Royal parks of London. This is a beautiful area with lakes, flowers, plants and animals, including the ever regal white swans that are property of Her Majesty. We enjoyed the sunshine, ate some ice cream and the more energetic members of the group chased some of the many geese that roam freely. Then it was off to the Mall and Admiralty Arch, one of the many tributes to Queen Victoria around the city. Dividing the mall and Trafalgar Square, it was commissioned by Edward Vii, son of Victoria and her successor to the throne, in tribute to his mother. The Arch plays an important role in many important events which take place in London, such as Royal weddings, coronations and the Olympics.
Another iconic area of London is Westminster, home to Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. We discussed the different houses, the famous statues that surround Parliament Square and were a little disappointed that we couldn’t view London’s famous clock, currently undergoing renovation.
To conclude the day we went to Covent Garden, another popular choice for students. With an array of sweet treats, street performances and shopping, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The students took part in a photo scavenger hunt, seeking out the colourful Neal’s Yard, the famous tube signs at Covent Garden underground station, the hidden ears and the flower benches. As you can see, some of the photos were very original and artistic! As “first days” go, it was pretty perfect.
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