2018 started off with cold, wet and windy weather, but nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of the staff and pupils as they headed for London.
Paddington bound from Cardiff central the staff and boys finalised the timetable for the numerous activities planned.
Phil Preston and Thomas Chaplin of Gelert West were accompanied by Vice Principal of Care Maxine Cahill and Rob Chick of school. After an enjoyable and educational train journey where Tom informed us of the speed, seating capacity and year of manufacture of every train we passed, we arrived in London. (Visit arranged for Didcot Railway Centre 2018)Watch this space Tom.
After settling into our hotel we ventured out to take on the underground and find a restaurant near to Covent Garden and the West End.
Well-fed and a little weary we returned to the hotel and a goodnights sleep.
A bright early start with an “all you can eat breakfast” was followed by Tower Bridge, and the see through walkway, this was enjoyed by some but not all!
(Phil has a fear of heights, so well done Phil for travelling both ways).
The Tower of London, the Beefeaters and the crown jewels it was a first time visit for all and everyone was impressed.
The Bloody Tower and the famous ravens were visited and left behind as we headed for the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye.
Coffee, a rest and a light lunch, and we were off again, this time it was to The London Dungeon and then Sea life London Aquarium.
A fantastic evening meal in the West End and then the reason the boys were so excited, The Lion King at the London Lyceum Theatre.
Phil and Tom were speechless throughout the whole production and both joined in enthusiastically with the whole of the theatre audience to demand at least three encores.
We travelled back through Covent gardens for crepes and then it was straight to bed.
Early to rise then another all you could eat breakfast, finally we took the tube back to Paddington and arrived safely home with no delays.
I know that Maxine would definitely join me in thanking both Phil and Tom for not only their impeccable behaviour throughout the whole trip but also for their company.
Thank you boys and I can’t wait for next time.
An early start at London Paddington Station & underground.
A first look at Tower Bridge & Engine Rooms.
And then a closer look !
The Rain Soon Passed.
The Tower of London.
Phil wanted to see the “Crown Jewels”.
“Happy Beefeater” Yeomen of the Guard.
Houses of Parliament, Big Ben & The London Eye.
The London Dungeon (No Photos Allowed) Maxine has a group photo.
& Sea life London Aquarium.
The Lion King at the London Lyceum Theatre.