London School Trip Ideas

Inspiring venues for educational school visits in London

London, our capital city, has history and culture in spades, crammed full of attractions and learning opportunities to fuel the imaginations of young students. The range of first class sights, venues and educational options makes London a favourite destination for school groups, whether you are a short tube ride away, or travelling from the other side of the country.

The main reasons for taking a school trip to London are the wealth of historical sights and landmarks relating to both London's own history, and the country as a whole. The city is also the setting for a wide range of exciting educational venues that cater for school children.

Listening to feedback from school teachers about which London school trip venues offer the best educational experience for their students has helped us put together the following list of school-friendly visit options. Click on any of the links below to find out more.

Willing to expand your search beyond the M25? We have a page for London and the wider South East region, and individual pages for the counties of London, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Sussex, Isle of Wight and Kent.

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Sutton Life Centre

Our Life Skills Tours aim to: Provide your students with key facts and information to make well informed life choices; Support and enhance the delivery of your existing PSHE programme; Align with the current Programme of Study and the Core Themes set by the PSHE Association; Support the National Curriculum in preparing pupils for living in the wider world; Contribute towards fulfilling Ofsted‘s section 5 inspections for SMSC; Contribute towards Pupil Premium expenditure; Build resilience within schools and amongst pupils; Complement Junior Citizenship Scheme learning....

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Visiting London for a day?

Schools located relatively close to the capital can take a fun and valuable day trip to London. Your students can soak up the sights and sounds of this diverse and multi cultural city in so many different ways. The only thing you have to think about is how much you can squeeze into your day! We can help you discover a huge range of exciting learning experiences, addressing any curriculum subject or topic. Take a look through the venues below or get in contact if you need any ideas.

Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Design Technology

Observe London’s iconic landscape from a unique classroom in the sky. Discover the city's geographical and historical features and analyse London’s changing architecture and its impact. ...

The London Eye

Citizenship, English, Maths, Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Design Technology, Art, PSHE

KidZania is an indoor City run by kids! Children can choose from more than 60 real life role play activities including police, dentist and vet. All activities can be cross referenced against the national curriculum. ...

KidZania London

Science, Biology, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Wildlife

Rivers and Environmental Issues is an exciting day of learning activities in the classroom and on the river foreshore. Pupils take part in river-dipping, identify birds and invertebrates, observe river features and use equipment to record data. ...

River Habitats & Environmental Change

Citizenship, Geography, Physical Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, PSHE, Farm, Wildlife, Bushcraft, Watersports, SEN

Set in the Essex countryside yet within the M25, Lambourne End Centre combines Farm, Environmental and Adventurous activities to deliver personal development programmes focused on Self-Esteem, Health & Wellbeing, Life skills, Communication, Teamwork....

Lambourne End Outdoor Centre

English, Science, Biology, History, Design Technology, Performing Arts

With an inspirational cast of actors, the London Dungeon offers an exciting walk-through experience that lets you see, hear and smell historic London and its perilous past. Get pupils thinking about language, characters and stage directions! ...

The London Dungeon

History, Tudors, Elizabethans, SEN

Come aboard The Golden Hinde on a voyage of a discovery in to the past! The Golden Hinde provides a wonderful learning opportunity to step back in time and be fully immersed in an authentic Elizabethan environment. ...

The Golden Hinde

Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Science, Biology, History, Prehistory, Victorian, Design Technology, Physical Education, Art, Farm, Wildlife, SEN

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority's Youth and Schools Service provide a range of outdoor learning opportunities for all the key stages within Lee Valley Regional Park. ...

Day Visits

Citizenship, PSHE, SEN

Part movie set, part learning experience; our Life Skills Tours teach your pupils about citizenship, personal safety and the wider world using the latest cinematic technology, all set within a safe, engaging and unique learning environment. ...

Sutton Life Centre

Science, Physics, Biology, Business, Wildlife, SEN

Education is at the heart of what we do and with 10 themed lands, 40 rides and attractions, over 1000 amazing animals and a SEA LIFE centre; Chessington really is Britain’s Wildest Classroom! ...

Chessington World of Adventures

Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, Wildlife

FSC uses sites across London including parks and urban spaces to deliver exciting fieldwork and outdoor learning one day trips. We work in partnership with The Royal Parks and the London Borough of Lewisham at some of these locations. ...

FSC London

Science, History, Design Technology, Egyptians, Romans, worldwar, Chemistry, SEN

Located on the Roman wall itself and with over 600 years of history The Salters' Company brings to life the City of London drawing on its rich heritage and strong links with chemistry and architecture. ...

The Salters Company

English, Science, History, worldwar, SEN

Adaptable Travel tailor make fantastic overnight school trips to London for groups based elsewhere in the UK. London is a world-class city that offers a huge range of attractions and educational visits that make it a superb choice for your next trip....

London Tour - Adaptable Travel

History, Medieval, SEN

The Charterhouse has been living the nation’s history since 1348. In that time it has served as a monastery, private mansion, boys school and an almshouse, which it remains to this day. The Charterhouse has been living the nation’s history since...

Black Death at the Charterhouse

English, Maths, Science, Physics, Biology, History, Tudors, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Art, Wildlife, SEN

Connect with nature and learn about the park environment, wildlife and heritage with hands-on practical activities in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. We offer a wide range of safe, secure and fun outdoor learning experiences for all ages. ...

The Royal Parks

Citizenship, Performing Arts, Dance, Physical Education, PSHE

Join us at the circus! Our educational tours give groups the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the National Centre for Circus Arts, learning about the history of circus, how we came to Hoxton and what it takes to be a circus performer. ...

Circus Educational Tours

English, Performing Arts

Experience a fictional world first hand in the magical, immersive world of Shrek’s Adventure! London. Your pupils will become the central characters in a live fairy tale adventure, meet well known characters up-close, speak to them and change their...

Shrek's Adventure! London

History, Geography, Romans

Lullingstone Roman Villa provides a hands-on insight into the lives of the Romans living there and brings the curriculum to life in a fun and engaging way. Lullingstone is amongst the most outstanding Roman villa survivals in Britain. ...

Lullingstone Roman Villa

English, Business, Music, PSHE, SEN

A bespoke buffet of options including coach hire, hostel and hotel accommodation, meals, theatre tickets, backstage tours, attractions and more. Specialists in London, but trips nation-wide also catered for. ...

West End Theatre Packages and Trips

English, PSHE

Empower young people with the essential skills they need in their day-to-day lives. Students will gain an invaluable insight into the media by exploring its purpose, audience and influence – from the modern-day selfie to the concept of fake news. ...

Madame Tussauds London

Maths, Science, Physics, Business, SEN

More than just a fun day out- Thorpe Park offers amazing reward trips but not only that, we offer exciting, award-winning workshops for a range of curriculum subjects. Give your students a school trip to remember! ...

Thorpe Park

History, Medieval, Tudors, Elizabethans, Industrial, Victorian, worldwar, Twentieth Century, Music, Art

London has so much to offer for Primary School trips with excursions and attractions that link to all subject areas.Even though this is the biggest capital city in Europe, we choose excursions that are central so it’s easy for groups to travel. ...

Equity Primary Trips to London
Frogmore Paper Mill
Frogmore Paper Mill

Science, Chemistry, History, Industrial, Victorian, Twentieth Century, Design Technology, Art, SEN

A unique working industrial site, birthplace of paper's industrial revolution and still making paper with heritage machinery today. 'What a WONDERFUL day we all had and every child came away the richer for sure.'- teacher, Berkhamsted. ...

Frogmore Paper Mill

History, Victorian, Art

Located in North London, Kenwood is a hidden gem of historical interest for school groups, with an internationally renowned art collection, Robert Adam interiors, acres of land to explore and links to the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade....

Kenwood House

History, Prehistory, Romans, Medieval, Tudors, Industrial, Victorian

Thames Explorer offer children an opportunity to visit the River Thames foreshore and learn what the materials and artefacts that they find can tell them about the history of London and the people who have lived here in the past. ...

London History

English, History, Medieval, Tudors, Religious Education, SEN

The Charterhouse has been living the nation’s history since 1348. Founded as a medieval monastery of the Carthusian order, the site became a Tudor mansion, a boys’ school, and an almshouse, which it remains to this day. ...

The Charterhouse

Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Geography, Fieldstudies, Science, Biology, Wildlife, Bushcraft

FSC Epping Forest, is situated in the heart of Epping Forest, an area of around 2,400 hectares of wood-pasture. Visit FSC Epping Forest for fun and engaging primary or secondary one day outdoor field trips. ...

FSC Epping Forest

Science, Art, Food, Chemistry, SEN, Design Technology

Get hands-on and learn the art of candy making at Spun Candy! Design and create your very own rainbow swirl lollipops. A super sweet and educational school trip in the heart of London! ...

Spun Candy

English, Performing Arts, Dance, Music, Languages, PSHE, SEN

Theatre Workout is the centre for education in London's West End, rated by School Travel Organiser magazine as "one of the top ten drama trips in the UK", alongside the Barbican, Globe, and National Theatres! ...

Theatre Workout Education

History, Tudors, SEN

The Charterhouse has been living the nation’s history since 1348. In that time it has served as a monastery, private mansion, boys school and an almshouse, which it remains to this day. ...

Tudors at the Charterhouse

Geography, Environmental Geography, Science, Biology, SEN

Dive deep into a world of underwater discovery, students will understand and learn how to conserve the natural wonders of the world! Explore creatures of the Pacific Ocean, the Amazon rainforest and frozen extremities of Antarctic. ...


Citizenship, Religious Education

Our tailored itineraries will allow students to look at different non-Christian faiths to see diversity of worship, while visiting places of major religious significance. ...

Religious Studies London

Citizenship, English, History, Twentieth Century

A year-round programme of visits for students aged 7-18. Choose from a selection of themed workshops and tour the awe-inspiring Palace of Westminster. ...


Staying in London for a night or two?

We have worked with lots of schools over the years, from rural Wales, villages in the the North East of England, and small towns in the Midlands, teachers have been requesting help with organising trips to London for their students. The list of attractions and venues suitable for schools is immense, from action-packed sight-seeing tour, to a long list of world class museums and art galleries. On a longer stay you will also have more time for leisure activities like river cruises and bus tours. We work with tour operators who can help organise the whole stay and itinerary for you, or we can assist you with accommodation in London if you just need a roof over your heads and already have your daytime activities planned.

Scout Adventures Downe
Scout Adventures Downe

Over 110 years of experience, and 4000 groups annually means you can trust Scout Adventures with your School residential. With both indoor accommodation and tented village options, our instructors can deliver an experience built around you. ...

Scout Adventures Downe

Located in Surrey, FSC Juniper Hall is easy to reach but surrounded by the beautiful countryside of Box Hill. Visit for fun filled residential outdoor activity, geography and biology trips for all ages. ...

FSC Juniper Hall

Five fantastic locations in the South East offering fieldwork for all ages to bring the curriculum to life. The choice of day and residential centres include a huge range of excellent urban and rural field sites from Box Hill to Bushy Park. ...

Field Studies Council - London South East

Museums and palaces overflowing with art, science and history, incredible theatre shows in the West End, bustling Oxford Street and Covent Garden, and iconic Big Ben and Trafalgar Square! London is the perfect destination for a cultural tour. ...

Cultural Tour of London for International Schools

Using sports facilities usually reserved for professional clubs, your football team can learn the skills and tactics to greatly improve their game at renowned clubs such as Fulham FC and Futbol Salou. ...

Football Trips & Pro Experiences

An Art & Design trip to London allows students to develop an appreciation for art in a stimulating yet familiar setting. The National Gallery offers collections from many famous artists. ...

Art and Design Trip to London

Take over The Golden Hinde for a whole night where your group will transform in to the crew of our ship setting sail on a voyage of adventure and piracy. ...

Overnight Living History

Ravensbourne Group Accommodation House has 11 en-suite bedrooms, semi commercial kitchen and dining room, private garden and drive, wi-fi throughout. Unique space in London for groups, schools and colleges. ...

Ravensbourne Group Accommodation House

Curriculum Travel specialises in primary & middle school tours. London is a vast metropolis of exciting sights and visits which will stimulate young minds. Whatever your learning needs are we will help you to achieve them. ...

London for Primary & Middle schools

Over 110 years of experience, and 4000 groups annually means you can trust Scout Adventures with your School residential. With both indoor accommodation and tented village options, our instructors can deliver an experience built around you. ...

Scout Adventures Gilwell Park

London – the ultimate city break offering every conceivable educational experience for all age groups with a plethora of opportunity for school groups, without the need to go abroad! ...


Walton Firs Activity Centre is perfectly located in 36 acres of beautiful Surrey woodland, yet inside the M25 making it both a great venue for conducting on-site activities, and as a base for exploring London and the wider region. ...

Walton Firs Activity Centre

A warm welcome awaits you at our purpose-built hostel, based in the docklands area of London. With a coach drop-off just outside the door getting here is easy. Inside you’ll find great social spaces, full meals service and places to study. ...

YHA London Thameside

London offers a wide & distinct range of educational visits that will help to expand your students' knowledge. We provide Study Tours across several subjects that are directly relevant to the Curriculum. ...

London Trips

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