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Arts and Humanities Trip to London

27 Nov 2018

On Monday 12thNovember, U6 Government and Politics, Geography and Economics and L6 Music went on a three day trip to London. This trip was jam-packed with activities, talks and workshops for us to attend over the three days, alongside some free time for us to explore London on our own.

It was an early start on the first day, as we all met at the airport at 7am for our flight at 9:10 to Stansted Airport. After arriving in London, we boarded the Stansted Express that took us to Liverpool Street Station. Then we walked to St. Paul’s Youth Hostel, where we were staying. After dropping off our bags we went for lunch. Our first talk took place, at Accenture London with the managing director Paul Dillion, who is a past pupil of St. Louis. He explained what the company Accenture does; how it employs a wide range of graduates, from different backgrounds; and the fantastic opportunities it presents to recently graduated students. This talk was very useful as it gave us information on possible career pathways we have not considered, and widened our knowledge and appreciation for companies like Accenture. After this, we got the tube to Covent Garden to have dinner and then went to watch School of Rock at the West End. The show was fantastic, and we ended the day on a high.

After a restful sleep at the hostel, we had breakfast at 7:45 then walked to Westminster for our next activity. Between 9am and 11am, we were given an exciting tour of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, with an interactive workshop about debating and topical discussion. This was an enjoyable and interesting activity that allowed us to experience the daily lives of MPs first hand, and understand how the process of debating works in Westminster. Following this, we got a tube to Oxford Street, to go shopping and have lunch. However, at 3pm we split into two groups. The U6 went to the Verde Building to attend at talk with TP ICAP about trading and interdealer brokers, while the L6 went to South Kensington to go ice-skating at the National History Museum’s ice-rink. We all met up again at Covent Garden for dinner at 5:30pm, followed by a trip to see Les Miserable at the West End.

After two very busy days, we were extremely tired that night, however, we were up early for breakfast at 7am! After our early start, we got the DLR to Greenwich, and had a walking tour around the district. We explored the area and learnt about the significance of its location, while also visiting the Maritime Museum. After returning on a boat down the River Thames, we returned to St. Paul’s to collect our luggage, before attending a Brexit Workshop at Europe House. This was an extremely interesting workshop because as well as learning about the history of the EU, we were allowed to discuss how our lives are currently affected by the EU, and debate how Brexit may impact us in the future. I learnt a lot during this talk and it helped me understand Brexit better and, realise how much it could affect our lives.

Overall, this trip was a huge success. I learnt so much in my short time away and I had lots of fun from beginning to end.



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