Day 1 London

Well what an early start for a Sunday morning! We had a relatively simple journey to London with very little traffic, one good reason for travelling on a Sunday I guess. We stopped at Fleet to pick up our new bus driver, Alex from Wales. He was very impressed with Angel C’s birthday as it was St David’s day, him being Welsh. On arrival at the Science Museum we had lunch and then headed for Launchpad, which is a hands-on science play area. After that we split into groups and explored different sections of the museum before ending up at the shop. We then walked to the bus, collected our bags and walked to the hotel. Check-in was relatively painless and all children were allocated to their rooms. Tea was great, chicken parmigiana, rice, carrots, salad and vegetable Kiev for the vegetarians. Finished off with chocolate cupcakes. It was then a quick trip upstairs to collect coats and cameras before heading back on the bus for our night tour of London. We ended up at Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Australia House, St Paul’s where we got off and walked across the Millenium bridge to the Globe Theatre. From there a quick trip to the Tower and back through Westminster to our hotel. By this stage some very tired children and adults. Children sent to rooms to get ready for bed. As usual, some settled quickly and others needed a few reminders! Everybody looking forward to day 2.


Lunch at the Science Museum

Lunch at the Science Museum

Room buddies

Room buddies

Birthday girl chillaxing after a busy day

Birthday girl chillaxing after a busy day

Our room buddies

Our room buddies



Harley Yr5 – enjoyed the coach tour at night especially walking across the Millennium Bridge.

Tyler Yr6 – liked seeing the Shard and the London Eye at night time.

Elisha Yr5 – the steam engines at the Science Museum.

Issy Yr6 – enjoyed the night tour of London.

Mia Yr5 – the space area at the Science Museum was brilliant.

Ruby Yr6 – looking at all the ancient surgical equipment.

Kiran Yr5 – Launchpad was great, trying all the experiments.

Chloe Yr6 – seeing the Tower of London at night time.

Taylor Yr5 – seeing all the different planes.

Leon Yr5 – The flash bang show was loud and cool.



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37 Responses to Day 1 London

  1. mel carr 1 March 2015 at 22:41pm #

    Great to see you all had a brilliant first day, x

    • Kiara's Grandma 2 March 2015 at 15:09pm #

      You all seem to be having a great time. It is very quiet without you Kiara and I don’t seem to have much to do without the school run and dancing taxi-ing around! Enjoy all the fun things you are doing in London and do get some sleep!!

  2. stephen logan 2 March 2015 at 07:31am #

    looks like your all having a fab time your xbox is lonely without you tyler have a great time love from us all. xxxxx

  3. Lorraine Street 2 March 2015 at 07:38am #

    Looks like you’ve all had an amazing day.

    Elisha Yr5 – Grandad will be pleased you liked the steam engines room at the science museum.

  4. Kate Clark (Leo's mum) 2 March 2015 at 08:02am #

    Looks like a great start to the week. Hope you have a great day at Madame Tussaud’s & London Zoo.

  5. Zoe Schofield 2 March 2015 at 09:18am #

    Sounds like you are all having a fantastic time, have fun at Madame Tussauds! Very quiet here Ellen! x

  6. Sarah Hill (matts mum) 2 March 2015 at 09:39am #

    I enjoyed seeing the piccies of you all. Sounds like you had an action packed, fun day. Hope you all have a great time at Madame Tussauds (especially seeing the Top Gear presenters Matt!).

  7. Louise (Toby Trott's mum) 2 March 2015 at 09:41am #

    Glad to hear you’re having a brilliant time.

    Gosh , very brave of you to put year 5 boys in picture together in one room!

    It’s very quiet at home (bet it’s not in that room though!)

  8. erica crage 2 March 2015 at 09:57am #

    hi angel glad you had a lovely birthday enjoy ur day today nannie is missing you lots sending you hugs and kisses xxxxx

  9. Emma Hopley 2 March 2015 at 10:04am #

    Great to hear all about it and see some pics. Have a fantastic day today 🙂

  10. Charlotte abberley 2 March 2015 at 11:40am #

    Goodness what a busy Sunday! What fun to be doing all that with your friends.
    Have a lovely week, looks like it’s had a great start!
    Lots of love Jacob x

  11. Catherine Bartlett 2 March 2015 at 11:55am #

    Lovely to see some pics, sounds like you’re having a great time. X

  12. Tiffany warburton 2 March 2015 at 12:06pm #

    I can’t wait to hear all about the light show Leon 🙂 sounds amazing. Enjoy x

  13. Jenna Pitt (Charlie's Mum) 2 March 2015 at 12:15pm #

    Looks like you are all having a lovely time! Enjoy your day today, very quiet at home without you Charlie!! Lots of love xxx

  14. Erik Anderson 2 March 2015 at 12:26pm #

    Have a great time Neve. Love and miss you xxx

  15. chantal smith 2 March 2015 at 12:54pm #

    It’s lovely to see you all having a wonderful time and hope you all look as fresh as you do in the photos when you get home on Thursday

  16. Taryns Dad 2 March 2015 at 13:15pm #

    Glad you are all having a fab time. Enjoy yourselves.

    Taryns Dad (@Singapore airport as I write this)

  17. Lisa (Nariahs mum) 2 March 2015 at 13:31pm #

    Great to hear what everyone done on their first day in London, sounded like great fun, lovely to see the photos.. Missing you loads Nariah, Very quiet here without you 🙂

  18. Gary / Tara Malgarin 2 March 2015 at 14:39pm #

    Sounds like a brilliant first day, have a fab day today, love you both loadsxx

  19. Tanzila Hobbs (Kiran's mum) 2 March 2015 at 15:04pm #

    To Kiran Hobbs (Year 5): Hi Kiran, What an exciting 1st day you’ve had!!Really happy to see you in the photos and read about what you have been upto for your first day in London. Bet you managed to try out all 50 activities in the launch pad ,or close?? No doubt you’ll have another FANTASTIC day today as well.For now, love from all of us,xxxx.
    To Mr. Roberts: Thank you for the pictures and info.

  20. Louisa F 2 March 2015 at 15:06pm #

    Looks like you are all having a great time. We are missing you lots Taryn! xxx

  21. Lucie Runeckles (Phoebe Kelly 2 March 2015 at 15:46pm #

    Thank you Southill for the update and photos.
    Hope you’re having just as enjoyable second day. Granny says your gloves are in your rucksack as it’s pretty cold here, you might want them. Miss and love you loads. Xx

  22. Sue and David Kemmett 2 March 2015 at 16:00pm #

    Hi Kez, hope you’re having a fab time – you look very excited!! Enjoy yourself darling – missing you loads, lots of love Mum and Dad xxxx

  23. Helen Cleave 2 March 2015 at 16:30pm #

    Hi Eden, all year5/6 and teachers.
    It looks like you are all having the best time and only day one!!!
    Can’t wait for the next installment and have to say I’m extremely jealous.
    Love you loads Eden, see you Thursday.xx

  24. Verity's Mum 2 March 2015 at 16:38pm #

    Lovely to see so many smiling faces! It is rather quiet in the Macartney-Parker household – surprising!!!!And ‘Call the Midwife’ was not the same without our Verity. Much love x

  25. Sarah & Erik Anderson 2 March 2015 at 17:20pm #

    Hello Neve, hope you’re having a really great time, it certainly looks it!! We are all missing you especially Kyle. Love, hugs and kisses, mum and dadxxxx

  26. Tierney Devereux ex pupil 2 March 2015 at 17:38pm #

    Hi angel hope you had a lovely birthday, and I hope you have fun like I did, love you.

    Lots of love from
    ( cousin ) xxxx

  27. Tierney Devereux ex pupil 2 March 2015 at 17:50pm #

    P.S love that picture of you chillaxing angel
    Love you
    Tierney ( cousin ) xxxx

  28. Karen Brookes 2 March 2015 at 17:59pm #

    Looks like you are all having a fab time. Hope you’ve had a great 2nd day as well from chelsea’s mum

  29. Jane 2 March 2015 at 18:31pm #

    Hello sweetie Sooo pleased to see your happy smilie face. Enjoy honey its your last one with Southill. Love Mum and all the crazies!! xx

  30. kirstine Watson 2 March 2015 at 18:34pm #

    Glad to see you are all having a fab time. enjoy the rest of your trip, miss you Immy xx

  31. Sarah Kirby (Sams mum) 2 March 2015 at 18:57pm #

    What an amazing start to your week. Hope you all have a fantastic time. We’re already missing Sam. Lots of chill our dinner tonight

  32. Sarah Kirby (Sams mum) 2 March 2015 at 19:00pm #

    That’s chilli in our dinner. And see you soon Sam x

  33. carys thompson 2 March 2015 at 19:38pm #

    Hi Carys. Looks like you are having a lovely time. Hope you enjoyed your day and managed to find a leopard! Love you. Mum, Dad, Freya, Vittoria. Jet and meme Xxxxxx snow and nibbles are fine, we are looking after them for you. Xx

  34. Kate Watson 2 March 2015 at 19:39pm #

    Glad to see all the happy faces! Enjoy the rest of your trip-Jacob, your brother got a regional time in breaststroke 🙂

  35. Kirstine 2 March 2015 at 20:26pm #

    So lovely to see all of you having a great time. We’re all very jealous of all the wonderful activities and sights that you’re seeing! 🙂 Hope you’ve all had a great day today aswell. Tired yet Alex? 😉 xx

  36. Elaine Pullen (Asa's Mum) 2 March 2015 at 21:19pm #

    Sounds like you are having a great time! Hope you are all getting some sleep too. Amos is enjoying not having to share the PS3/Xbox Asa!

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