Adult English Courses in London!

The weekly social programme excursions are a unique aspect of our 30+ course.

As part of our 30+ course, we enjoy a variety of class excursions for educational purposes. Our trips vary from walks to enjoy the views from the top of Hampstead Heath, tucking into a bite to eat at the famous Borough Market to visiting museums and galleries. At the beginning of each week, we discuss suggestions as a group (as well as check the weather!) finding a suitable activity and time for everyone, fitting around other classes and social activities.

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This week our class weekly trip fit into Wednesday late morning: a beautiful sunny Autumn day. As the South bank is close to my heart, I suggested that I give them a walking tour along the Thames from Embankment to London Bridge, enjoying many historical sights and landmarks along the way. The task this week was to write a blog post about their experience.

Below are extracts taken from written work produced by our 30+ students, reflecting on the excursion this week:

Central London is mostly north of the Thames, but you should go south of the river for a walk along the South Bank because you get a great view of the buildings on the north side! Furthermore, there is plenty to see:

(An excursion with lovely Sally – Heike)

We started in the morning at 11 O’clock, the weather was bright and sunny and we took the tube to our first location: Hungerford Bridge. Hungerford bridge opened in 1845 as a suspension footbridge. Over the years, walkways were added and later removed when the railway was widened. In honour of the fiftieth anniversary of the Queen, the footbridges were named the Golden Jubilee Bridges.

(Our walking tour with Sally – Bridgette)

After the bridges, we walked to the London Eye. This attraction opened in 2000 and is still the largest observation wheel. It is astonishingly 30 metres higher than the highest wheel before and 25 people can fit in each capsule. Interestingly, the London Eye has won prizes for tourism and architecture.

(Walking tour: Embankment to London Bridge – Tonya)

After a few metres, we stood in front of the Royal Festival Hall. It is a Grade 1 listed building from the 50s. I think it was quite modern at that time, but today most people think it’s nothing special. The contrast between this concert venue with its high-class culture, to our next stop, South bank Undercroft Skatepark, is quite obvious. This world-famous skateboarding spot wasn’t planned to be one. So the love-hate relationship between the skaters and the owner can easily be understood. In my opinion, it’s not only a skate park but also a great example of street art at worth being protected. Through the campaign launched by Long Live South bank, they got a legal guarantee for a long-term future.

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(A stroll along the Thames with interesting discoveries- Christa)

A few metres after this urban place, I had the feeling of being in France. It has an avenue with big trees and bookstalls like in Paris along the Seine – It really felt like a French and romantic atmosphere. It would be hard to find a more suitable place for the South Bank Book Market. Unfortunately, this lovely atmosphere was being disturbed by construction noise nearby.

(A stroll along the Thames with interesting discoveries- Christa)

Our next location was the South Bank book market. The perfect location for a wonderful book market. It has a romantic atmosphere all around. The market has eight regular traders and about sixty tables with thousands of books.

(Our walking tour with Sally – Bridgette)

The South Bank book market sells prints and second-hand books daily under the Waterloo Bridge. It’s also a movie location from “Four Weddings and a Funeral” with Hugh Grant.

(An excursion with lovely Sally – Heike)

After a long walk along the Thames, we reached the Tate modern, one of my favourite museums. A former power station was converted into one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the world.

(A stroll along the Thames with interesting discoveries- Christa)

The Globe Theatre was our next stop. The original theatre was destroyed in 1613 by a fire. In 1997 the new theatre was opened to the public. Today you can buy standing tickets from five pounds. There is space for 1400 people in the modern venue.

(Let me tell you something about our walking tour yesterday – Sabine)

Not far away from the Globe Theatre is the Golden Hinde. They navigated the globe with it between 1577 to 1580, Sir Francis Drake was the captain. Later on, we had lunch in Borough Market. It seems to be one of the oldest markets in London. In any case, it’s the oldest one as it was established in the 12thcentury. I was really surprised by the excellent food they sell there. I even spotted a stall where traditional Swiss raclette was served.

(26thSeptemeber 2018 – Bruno)

One of the highlights of the walk is our last stop, Borough Market: the retail food market dating back to the 12thcentury. The current buildings were built in 1850 and some details are art deco style. The market has two sections and I would recommend visiting the part on the right side. You can find nearly everything, from oysters, Duck Confit to a wide range of mushrooms and many different sorts of honey. It’s not as lively as a market in Italy or Turkey, but it’s more than worth visiting.


It is incredible what a wide range of things we could see in such a short time.

(A stroll along the Thames with interesting discoveries- Christa)

 

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