Discover London

15 students from Port Regis enjoyed a great weekend in London. The sun was out and with preparations for 2012 Olympics under way the city is looking at its best. Our hotel was right next to the London Eye - a great location for beating the crowds and for visiting the main sights of London. On the first night we went to see Billy Elliot the Musical at Victoria Theatre. I think some of the students found the northern England accent a little hard to follow but everyone managed to generally understand the show and loved the music and the dancing. Next day we went first to the Natural History Museum: it was a little busy, being the first day of the school holidays, but we managed to see the main exhibits. Then we went on to Covent Garden before walking back past The Tower Of London and a boat trip back down the river to the hotel. Later we had a great meal at Pizza Express and then walked back along the South Bank in the dark. This was terrific - London is really alive and atmospheric at night, with blue and white lights hanging from the trees and all sorts of shows to entertain the passers by. Several of our students ended up on a 'beach' by the river, trying their hand at night-glo 'poi'. I think for many of the children that was probably the highlight of their day and I'm sure they'll remember this for a long time. Finally on Sunday we rode the Eye before splitting into two groups: one went to Buckingham Palace and then walked back through St James Park, the other group went shopping in Knightsbridge. Finally we all headed back to the hotel via the new 4D Experience next to the Eye: this short film was a revelation to many of the students - a really impressive, unexpected addition to the weekend. Finally we all travelled back to school on a cool, comfortable train allowing for a good rest before the evening meal!

Here's the Eye at night. Our hotel was in the building you can see just to the right: County Hall.