YHA London Thameside

School Trips @ YHA


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If you are unable to proceed with your booking due UK government restrictions related to Covid-19 which prevent you from travelling to one of our hostels in England or Wales (such as travel bans or enforced self-isolation), or your accommodation is unavailable for any reason, you will be able to choose from one of the following options:

1. Transfer your booking to a later date
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Read more about the steps we're taking to keep our guests safe during their stays, in our confidence and peace of mind plan.

Covid-19 Guarantee Terms and Conditions
The Covid-19 Flexibility Guarantee ‘change window' allows any transfer or cancellation within the period of 28 days and 3 days prior to arrival.
Should UK Government advice significantly change in the 3 days prior to arrival, we will reactivate the Guarantee for you.
Please be aware that if the cost of your new booking is higher than your original booking, then you’ll need to pay the difference.
The Covid-19 Flexibility Guarantee applies to bookings made directly with YHA (England & Wales) and excludes any bookings through third party sites.
The Covid-19 Flexibility Guarantee does not replace our Standard Booking Terms & Conditions. All other booking terms and conditions remain unchanged. The Guarantee will be reviewed regularly and is subject to change or removal without prior notice.

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Because where you go changes who you become.

To show how important travel and adventure is, we’ve taken it away from someone who depends on it… and given it to children who’ve been missing out.

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Why book YHA for Residential School Trips and Educational Visits?

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YHA London Thameside provides the ideal base for school groups wanting to explore the sights and bright lights of this capital city. Based in the Docklands area, the hostel has great transport links to the many famous attractions and offers a friendly base for schools to return to at the end of an action-packed day. Or if you’d prefer to walk, the Thames Path is nearby, offering the chance to walk along the Thames, through the setting of many Dickens novels, before emerging at London Bridge and the Tower of London.

This purpose-built, 24 hour access, hostel has plenty of space for students to relax, with great social areas, free Wi-Fi, desktop computers and space to do studies or watch tv together. Schools will also be well catered for here with breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals all available here.
There is so much to do in London that it’s difficult to decide what to do first. Our bolt-on activities are always a great places to start! Go on an adventure with our city explorer bolt-on or tie in a visit to a West End show with a theatre workshop bolt-on.

London is packed with group-friendly attractions. Perhaps you’ll pay a visit to the Queen at Buckingham Palace, see a Beefeater at the Tower of London, get spooked at the London Dungeon, or see the Bard’s work at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre? If there’s time go and see the view from The Shard, visit London Zoo, take a City Cruise along the Thames, soak up the culture at the Royal Opera House or Tate Britain, take a spin on the Coca-cola London Eye, tour the Science Museum, wave at Big Ben, cast a spell at The Making of Harry Potter studio tour, or have your photo taken with a celeb or two at Madame Tussauds. One thing’s for sure – you’ll not be bored!

What activities are available during group visits?

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YHA City explorer bolt-on – This bolt-on enables students to explore the famous streets and museums of London. Interact with the locations and actors and we work as a team to solve intricate puzzles and prepare to solve a final mission. Activities include murder at the museum, the curse of the crystal skills, the world crime leave and the Battersea Barter, to name just a few.

YHA Theatre bolt-on – This bolt-on is the ideal accompaniment for students who are planning on taking in a show when staying in London. Through a bespoke 2-3 hour workshops, delivered by the fantastic staff at The Theatre Workout, students are offered the opportunity to explore the characters, analyse the plot, rehearse and perform scenes before discussing their relevance to modern day issues.

What size groups do you cater for?

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YHA London Thameside has 70 en-suite rooms that range from two bed private rooms, through to four bed, six bed and ten bed rooms, meaning we can accommodate groups of all shapes and sizes. You will be placed together on corridors that can be secured for your individual group.

Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?

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Is there first aid on site?

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Yes, and we are also committed to ensuring we meet stringent health and safety standards - please contact us if you need any further details

Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?

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At YHA London Thameside we strive to cater for everybody. We have six bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms which have adaptations which may make them suitable for wheelchair users. We also have step-free access to entrance and facilities, lift access to all floors and en-suite bedrooms.

Anything else?

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Coach drop-off is just outside the front door and coach parking is available locally.

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