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1 nights accom. & travel  for 40 students and 4 staff

Art & Design in London

Art & Design school trips to London

Our London Art & Design school trip provides an ideal platform for students regardless of their chosen focus – fine art, sculpture, photography, street art, textiles and more. The Tate Modern, based in the former Bankside Power Station, holds the national collection of British art from 1900 to the present day, whilst Tate Britain houses a substantial collection of UK art dating since Tudor times, with the works of Turner being of particular note. Banqueting House is worth a stop to see the only in-situ ceiling painting by Sir Peter Paul Rubens. The V&A's vast collection of decorative arts is inspiring. And as well as taking inspiration from the fantastic collections, museums and galleries, significant landmarks such as St Paul's Cathedral, The Tower of London and London Bridge offer an ideal setting for drawing and photography. An Art & Design trip to London allows students to develop an appreciation for art in a stimulating yet familiar setting.


Suggested Itinerary

Sample 1 night/ 2 day trip

  • day


    • Arrive in London
    • St Paul’s Cathedral
    • Tate Modern
    • Evening trip on the London Eye
  • day


    • Tate Britain & Banqueting House (Rubens’ Ceiling)
    • Victoria & Albert museum
    • Return to school

N.B The basic 'from' prices do not include excursions, for a full package price... Request a quote >>



London Accommodation - Royal National Hotel

Royal National Hotel

  • Fantastic central location
  • Great value accommodation in the heart of London

In terms of value and location, the Royal National Hotel in London is second to none. Located just off central Russell Square, the hotel is close to the British Museum and within good walking distance from the West End.

Location: The Royal National Hotel is only a 5-minute walk from the British Museum and is right opposite the Tavistock Square Gardens.

Facilities: The hotel boasts two restaurants, two bar/lounge areas and meeting rooms are available for hire. The hotel is entirely wheelchair accessible.

Accommodation: Twin or triple rooms are normally offered for students with singles or twins for staff. All rooms are en-suite with televisions and tea & coffee making facilities.

Meals: A free full English breakfast is available. Evening meals can be booked upon request.

London Accommodation - Hillspring Lodge

Hillspring Lodge

  • Ideal for coach groups
  • Quiet location with easy access to central London

Hillspring Lodge is ideal for coach groups as it offers on-site parking & convenient access into central London. Located in leafy Willesden Green, it offers comfortable rooms & excellent indoor & outdoor communal spaces.

Location: Willesden Green, a short walk from Jubilee Line (Zone 2) allowing easy access into central London

Facilities: Spacious communal areas, including restaurant, bar & lounge. Free tea/coffee & water throughout the day. On-site coach parking. Meeting rooms available to book (for up to 25 people) at a supplement.

Accommodation: Groups are usually accommodated in 4 bed dorms with washbasins, shared bathrooms & toilets are located on corridor, with additional facilities in the basement. A small number of ensuite rooms are available. All rooms have free lockers & free wifi. The hostel is staffed 24 hours & operates a security card system to limit access to rooms/areas of the hostel & has comprehensive CCTV coverage.

Meals: Buffet breakfast is included. Packed lunches & evening meals available.

London Accommodation - Safestay

Safestay London Elephant & Castle

  • Great central base
  • Superb on-site facilities

Located on the edge of Zone 1 & 2 in central London, Safestay London Elephant & Castle is a great central base, with easy access to some of London?s most iconic landmarks and attractions. The hostel boasts a beautiful Georgian style exterior with a modern and vibrant interior.

Location: Located a 5-minute walk from Elephant & Castle train station in central London. Very close to the Imperial War Museum.

Facilities: Free Wi-Fi provided in the lounge and bar area. 24 hour reception, providing luggage storage. Onsite restaurant, bar, lounge area, games area with a pool table, table football, TV and vending machines. Large garden/sun terrace area to unwind in after a busy day.

Accommodation: Groups are usually accommodated in 4 or 6 bed dorms (bunk bed). A majority of the rooms have ensuite facilities and lockers.

Meals: Continental buffet breakfast in the hostel?s restaurant. Bar style snacks and meals are served at the restaurant in the afternoon and evening including burgers, lasagne and pizza.

Quick Tip: This is just a small sample of possible accommodations available. Please contact us for more information.

Subject Specific Excursions

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral sits on top of the highest point in the City of London. It is world famous, designed by architect Sir Christopher Wren. The Dome is 111m high and you can climb to the top. At the top of the dome you’ll find the Whispering Gallery which runs around the interior of the dome.

Tate Modern and Britain

Tate Modern houses some of the finest modern art in the world and Tate Britain displays art from 1500 to the modern day as well as showing the Turner Prize winning pieces every year.

Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s largest permanent collection of decorative art and design is free to enter and houses over 2 million objects! With exciting and ever-changing exhibitions this is a must for Art and Design students.

National Portrait Gallery

This gallery features the most famous British faces in history. You can see over 175,000 portraits from the 16th Century onwards.

National Gallery

Western European paintings from 13th century to the 19th century. See Monets and Cezannes, Gainsborough and Rubens; Van Gogh and Rembrandts.

Chocolate Films Workshop

A unique opportunity to participate in a half or full day workshop with this independent film company, enabling participants to take their creativity, imagination and skills to the next level. Drama students will love the “Script To Screen” day – incorporating acting, directing and production design, whereas the Tablet workshop encourages students to create movies using the technology at their fingertips.

The Making of Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Studio Tours is an extraordinary world of authentic props, costumes, models and wizardry. Appreciate the incredible detail of the sets, investigate the technology of animatronics and enjoy sheer magic watching your students ride their broomsticks.

Photographers' Gallery

This is London's largest gallery dedicated to photography. Three floors of exhibitions, often very contemporary and thought provoking.

Quick Tip: If you have an excursion in mind which you don't see listed, please get in touch so we can do our best to arrange it for you!

Great excursion programme, working together with Equity we were able to provide a great itinerary at a reasonable price for our students. Fantastic feedback from pupils, they loved it.

- Castlehead High School, Design & Technology Trip to London

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