Our London Trip – written by Dean, Connor and Jacob (Year 8)
This week, we were lucky enough to visit London. Mrs Traverse, Miss Gregory, Mr Wood and Mrs Moore came with us and we got to see many amazing attractions. It took around six hours to get there by bus, but although it was a long journey it was definitely worth it when we got there!
When we arrived at the hotel we were greeted by the hotel manager who allocated us our rooms. An hour and a half was given to us to get changed and unpack. After this, we left the hotel with our tour guide and went on a sightseeing bus tour around London. We saw some of the most famous landmarks in London, such as Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. Since we were early for our meal at Planet Hollywood, we walked into Trafalgar Square, where we took photos of Big Ben and Nelson’s Column.
Later, we went to Planet Hollywood for our burger party and ice cream for dessert which was delicious! Planet Hollywood had Televisions displaying trailers for new movies and music videos. Furthermore, you could text them a personal message, which would be displayed on-screen. At one point the screen welcomed us and wished David a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! There was also a gift shop near the entrance where we could purchase Planet Hollywood merchandise such as t-shirts, hats and mugs.
Conveniently, Planet Hollywood was situated on the same street as the theatre, (Her Majesty’s Theatre). Here, we watched the critically acclaimed Phantom of the Opera, which was both spectacular and eerie. The make-up was incredible and realistic, emphasising the phantom’s deformed face; his make-up explained to the audience why he wanted to keep his mask on. Everyone showed off their amazing skills as opera singers and actors. Special effects made the performance even more exciting and thrilling such as disappearances and teleportation.
After a comfortable sleep and a continental breakfast, we set off for the London Bridge and Catacombs Experience (voted the scariest attraction in Britain). This was very educational, informing us of the historical facts and happenings of London Bridge – all four of them. This experience was unpredictable and provided us with plenty of jump-scares, although the second part of the experience was far worse. A few people were put off due to the previous section and so made a sharp exit when they got their chance. The second section of the tour was petrifying, including many actors jumping out at us and someone chasing us with a chainsaw! This was a really terrifying and realistic experience and we enjoyed it, although some more than others!
After that we set off to wander around Covent Garden, where we browsed the various market stalls. We ate our complementary lunches, a unexpected treat for our excellent behaviour. We bought: keyrings, fridge magnets, pens, sweets, moneyboxes, ice creams etc. Overall, we thought our trip was amazing and we would do it all over again. We can’t wait for next year’s visit!