Independent Schools Cultural Alliance - ISCA – Summer Programs in the UK

Day 14 – London Walks & Hampton Court

A fully packed day of sightseeing in London was ahead of us. We started off in Parliament square garden, in the middle of the four sides which represent each area of rule (church, Parliament, judiciary and legislature). It was so cool to witness the Westminster Abbey after watching the coronation of King Charles II and funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. From there, we had a tour down Whitechapel, the centre of politics and British history, where we learnt of the war memorial ‘the Cenotaph’ and had a look through Downing Street. We took photos with the Horse Guards…the horses were so big! Soon after that we arrived in Trafalgar Square where we explored the fountains and lions of the Square, without sparing any photos! After that we saw the guards march from St James Palace where we followed them to Buckingham Palace to witness the official grand residence of the present king. After a picnic in St James Park, we headed to Hampton Court to take a step into the past as we ventured through the state rooms with actors dressed right out of the 15th Century! It was so cool to see all of the old tapestries and armour of Henry VIII reign and learn about his frantic romances with six different wives. We set home after a large group ISCA photo to enjoy some evening sports of volleyball, football and play basketball against our ISCA staff!