Travel & Tourism College Trips & Tours to London

Attracting more than 40 million visitors to the UK each year, London is the perfect destination for your travel and tourism students to investigate the UK tourism product first-hand.

As London is a main tourist destination this is a great tour for any student studying Leisure and Tourism. The London Eye, Buckingham Palace Tour, Tower of London, Madame Tussauds are just some of the cultural places and purpose-built attractions that make London such a big draw for international tourists from far-and-wide.

Not only does London have far-reaching appeal as a cultural destination, it’s also a city that will allow your students to delve into the key specialised markets in tourism.  A Jack the Ripper Walking Tour will allow your students to discover the nature of dark tourism and a tour around the city’s  host of sporting venues,  will allow them to see how sports tourism can have a long-lasting economic impact and can result in developments to the local areas.

Round off your study trip to London with an educational workshop at THORPE Park Resort or at the fascinating Emirates Aviation Centre, to learn more about key topics on the curriculum.

Prices start from£99pp

Sample itinerary

Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.

Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Executive coach travel to London Guided coach tour including Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace & The Mall. Transfer to accommodation West End Show
2 London Dungeons Coca-Cola London Eye Executive coach transfer home
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Morning Executive coach travel to London
Afternoon Guided coach tour including Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace & The Mall. Transfer to accommodation
Evening West End Show
Morning London Dungeons
Afternoon Coca-Cola London Eye
Evening Executive coach transfer home

Price Shown includes

  • 1 night’s bed & breakfast accommodation
  • Executive coach transport from & to college & throughout your stay
  • Group travel insurance
  • 1 in 10 free place ratio

The visits shown in the sample itinerary above are not included in your quoted price unless indicated. If you would like to add any of these activities to your quote price, please get in touch.

Price shown is based on 30 paying passengers departing from a selected departure point on selected dates and is subject to availability.


On-tour support

On-tour support includes...

  • Services of a StudyLink Representative to provide 24-hour emergency assistance

Additional on-tour support available...

  • A choice of packed lunches for your group throughout your stay
  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices
  • Pre-booked and pre-paid public transport tickets
  • Services of a Local Guide

Top visits for college groups in London

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

Harry Potter is a behind-the-scenes walking tour which will truly immerse students into the world of film-making. Step on to authentic sets, discover the magic behind spellbinding special effects and explore the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Harry Potter film series. Tread the original stone floor of the iconic Hogwarts Great Hall, encounter animatronic creatures and wander down Diagon Alley. Located at the Studios where all 8 films were produced.

45 minute workshops are also available, covering Art and Design, Business Studies, English and Drama, Film and Media and STEM subjects, as well as Primary. 

Highlights of London Blue Badge Guided Tour

See the major sights of the city. An expert Blue Badge Guide will join you on your coach and bring the Capital to life for your group. Sights may include Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Coca-Cola London Eye

Standing tall on the south bank of the River Thames, nothing says iconic like The Coca-Cola London Eye. Located right at the heart of the city, here you get closer views of London’s most spectacular landmarks from Big Ben to The Houses of Parliament.

Thames River Cruise

Take in London’s best-loved sights on this enjoyable cruise. Your students will gain an insight into the many layers of history that have built up along the river, from the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge to the Coca-Cola London Eye.

West End Shows

A West End show is a magical and unforgettable experience and a must for groups visiting the city! Catch a show at one of the capital's famous theatres with tickets to an array of award-winning plays and spectacular musicals, including the Lion King and Wicked! 

There are so many popular options to choose from and we can book any show for your group. Plus, our dedicated in-house theatre team and our links with the best ticket providers means we’ll be able to reserve your first choice tickets.

V&A Museum

The world’s largest collection of decorative and applied arts. Some areas focus on the history of costume and are of particular interest to pupils studying textiles. The holdings of ceramics, glass, costumes, jewellery, furniture, sculpture, prints and photographs are among the largest and most comprehensive in the world.

Art Galleries

Appreciate works of art, both old and new, at the fantastic galleries on offer in the city.

The Tower of London

Help to develop pupils’ understanding on the nature of authority and attitudes to crime and punishment in the early modern period. An ideal opportunity for a more in-depth study of Guy Fawkes and his  attempt to destroy the Houses of Parliament in 1605.

Imperial War Museum

After a major redevelopment in 2014, the museum now features groundbreaking new WWI Galleries which will present the story - how it started, why it continued and its global impact - through the lives of those who experienced it on both the front line and the home front. The Witness to War atrium displays iconic larger objects including a Harrier, Spitfire and V2 rocket suspended from above.

Jack the Ripper Walking Tour

Discover at firsthand the historical context of Whitechapel in the late 19th century as well as in-depth historical knowledge on Jack the Ripper. 

This eerie yet informative evening activity led by expert guides provides an insight into the mindset of this renowned murderer and maps his trail of terror. The site is also near Cable Street so the study visit can include work on 20th century protest.

London Dungeons

History is brought to life in chilling reality! The Dungeon will reinforce your students’ historical education in an accurate, dramatic and thought-provoking way. 

Your group will witness scenes of British history depicting human sacrifice, martyrdom, torture, witchcraft and many little known yet curious facts of the lives of our forebears. 

Go back to the Great Fire of London and be plunged into the heart of a searing inferno or take a dark boat ride in the role of condemned prisoners.

Madame Tussauds

Filled with 14 exciting, interactive zones and the excellent Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience, Madame Tussauds London combines glitz and glamour with incredible history with over 300 wax figures, including David Beckham, Lady Gaga, the Queen and many, many more. So, who do you want to meet?

Star Wars at Madame Tussauds
Created in close collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm, Star Wars at Madame Tussauds is a unique, immersive experience starring extraordinarily life-like wax figures of the favourite heroes and villains of Star Wars Episodes I-VI. The figures appear in authentic walk-in sets inspired by key scenes from the movies. Dynamic special effects add to the immersion, as you can step right into, and star in, some of the most iconic moments in film history.

THORPE PARK Resort

Learning through enjoyment is the ethos THORPE PARK Resort is championing to teachers and students alike. Our goal is to harness students’ excitement and provide the framework to challenge and inspire them. Take a walk on the island’s wild side and enjoy over 30 rides, live events and attractions to choose from inside the Resort, including our family favourite, ANGRY BIRDS LAND with 4D Experience and Dodgems. THORPE Education Daily Talks! A 30 minute talk from a choice of STEM or Business subjects for KS3, KS4 or KS5.

THORPE PARK Resort provides opportunities for learning with a range of curriculum-linked educational workshops including STEM subjects, Business Studies, Psychology, Marketing, THORPE PARK Resort as a Business and The Science of Roller Coasters.

You can download THORPE PARK's educational resources to enhance your pupils’ experience.

Business of Football - Chelsea FC

Aimed at business studies pupils, this tour provides an exciting insight into operations at the club. During the tour, pupils complete an education workbook with answers provided by an experienced guide. Focusing on merchandise, marketing, finance and staffing, the tour provides a great resource for coursework and revision which pupils of sport, leisure, tourism and marketing may also find informative.

Wembley Tour

Visit the new stadium and take a 90-minute tour. See England’s changing rooms, the players’ warm-up zone, VIP reception area, the Royal Box, dugouts, the post-match interview area, press conference room, treatment rooms and the Bobby Moore Statue. You can even ‘Lift the Cup’!

The Legacy of London 2012 – Guided Olympic Site Tour

HALF & FULL DAY OPTION AVAILABLE

Come and witness the legacy of London 2012 and see the Olympic Park area following the exciting urban regeneration programme which transformed the face of East London. Your Blue Badge Guide can take you even closer to the venues, driving right next to the Velodrome, the BMX track, and the Olympic and the Paralympic Villages. The coach will travel around the edge of the Olympic Park before making a stop at the Olympic Stadium, the Aquatics Centre and the Orbit. The tour also affords fantastic views of the International Broadcast Centre and the Copper Box venue. Weather permitting, there are opportunities to get off the coach and explore.

You’ll then head to the Royal Docks to view ExCel, which hosted seven Olympic sports and five Paralympic sports. Then to Woolwich to see the magnificent facade of the Royal Artillery Barracks, the venue for shooting and for the Paralympic archery. The tour ends at Greenwich with a walk in the Park where the Equestrian events and the Modern Pentathlon had such a spectacular setting.

Tours can be tailored to a group’s specific requirements.

Kray Twins Gangster Walking Tour

Join us as we go in search of London’s most notorious gangsters, Ronnie and Reggie Kray. This unique walking tour delves deep into the murky world of 1960’s London to uncover gangsters, shoot outs, night clubs and murder. Our walking tour uncovers the real story of their rise to power, the numerous police attempts to bring them to justice, the turf wars with the infamous Richardson gang and their eventual downfall. Ronnie and Reggie Kray spent much of their childhood and teenage years in London’s East End in areas such as Whitechapel and Bethnal Green. They achieved their first taste of fame as boxers but they are now more famous for their gangland activities.

Wimbledon – Marketing an Attraction

Includes a guided tour of the grounds, museum entry & a talk (3 hours)
This fascinating visit offers students an intriguing insight into the marketing machine behind the world’s most coveted title in tennis. Students will gain an understanding of the unique relationship between the Club and the Championships and discover the opportunities and constraints that this presents in promoting a year-round attraction. During the talk, students will have the opportunity to evaluate current marketing materials produced by the museum however your lecturer can tailor your discussion to suit the specific learning objectives of your group on request.

 

Emirates Aviation Experience Guided Tour

Explore the Aviation Experience with this interactive one-hour guided tour. Learn about different aspects of the aviation industry, including what happens to aircraft on the ground, the roles and responsibilities of cabin crew and the advances in aircraft technology. Then discover the science behind flight and examine a real Rolls-Royce jet engine. This session is accompanied by a range of props and equipment to help make full use of the exhibition.

To further your students’ experience, you can also add a flight simulation experience and get to choose from a selection of additional one-hour workshops covering a range of topics: 

• The Act of Forces: The Science Behind Aviation

• Redesign, Recycle, Reduce: Creating Sustainable Aircraft

• Let’s Go Green: Sustainable Travel and Tourism (Key Stage 5)

• Emirates Airline: Aviation, Travel And Tourism

• From The Ground Up: Emirates Customer Services (Key Stage 5)


Evening activites

  • West End Show
  • Bowling
  • Cinema
  • Coca-Cola London Eye
  • Thames River Cruise
  • Jack The Ripper Tour

Study themes

  • Impacts of Tourism

  • Transport, Travel & Mobility
  • Key Specialised Markets: Cultural Tourism, Sports Tourism & Special Interest Tourism