On Thursday 7 April, the night was dark and cold as we boarded the Megabus to start our trip to London on the VI Form Scholarship Scheme. As English students, we were excited to explore the city that some of us hope to work in and is home to some of the greatest symbols of English literature.
We arrived in the bustling city at 7.30 on Friday morning, ready for an action packed weekend. After checking into our hotel in Clapham, we headed to The British Library to explore some legendary pieces of our country's literature. A highlight was visiting the Sir John Ritblat Treasures exhibition, which is home to over 200 fascinating items, including the Magna Carta, letters from King Henry to Anne Boleyn and the Beatles' handwritten lyrics. As well as this, there were opportunities to explore old texts through digital software, letting you turn the pages of ancient diaries and historical documents.
Following our literature filled morning, we headed to BBC Broadcasting House for a tour of some of the most iconic features of the BBC. The tour commenced overlooking the newsroom, where we could see the weather being broadcast live and hundreds of journalists at work on the latest news stories. After this, we headed to Old Broadcasting House, allowing us to see some of the first microphones ever used for broadcasting on the radio, and then a visit to the famous radio theatre which has played host to some fantastic performances from the likes of Elton John. The tour then culminated with an interactive area, allowing us the chance to read the news and be part of a radio play! As we were leaving the studios, we had the chance to meet Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills. We also spotted BBC News Presenter, Reeta Chakrabarti.
Saturday was just as busy as we headed off for a quick stop at Buckingham Palace for photos before heading to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre to watch the matinee performance of his iconic tragedy 'A Winter's Tale' in the venue it was written for. Instead of usual seating, we took our places looking down on a personal, timeless and exciting stage. The performance was mesmerising as the story unfolded gaining reactions of laughter, anger and sorrow across the audience. Chloe A thoroughly enjoyed watching 'A Winter's Tale' at the Globe Theatre and was amazed not only by the phenomenal acting but simply the atmosphere of the Globe itself.
After this incredible experience, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for an evening meal in London's social hotspot; Leicester Square. We enjoyed a delicious meal at popular Mexican restaurant 'Chiquito' and were able to take in the bustle and excitement of this vibrant place at night.
On Sunday, we started our journey home with heavy hearts, some of us wishing we could stay. It was a spectacular trip and a great way to explore some aspects of our study of English in the real world and inspire us for our future studies.
Jess K-T commented: "The entire visit was amazing and hugely beneficial to my studies. I wouldn't have been able to experience the fantastic opportunities without the scholarship programme."