Friday, 24 February 2017

Hey there!

We are three girls from Austria, Innsbruck and we will go to London with our class for one week from 13 march to 18 march. There we will stay at a host family. Has anyone of you experience with host families in London? We haven’t any experience and it would be really nice to hear some opinions about how they are, how the food is and if it’s difficult to talk to them?
When we are in London we will have a plan for the whole week. So our idea is to visit the Buckingham Palace, after that, we would like to go to the Green Park. At the Green Park we would like to take a walk and take the way to Piccadilly Circus where we would stay for the rest of the day. When we are there we would like to eat at a restaurant together and then go shopping. What about pizza hut? For the ones who want to go shopping: London should be a really nice shopping paradise! There are many souvenir shops, sweet shops like M&M’s, fashion stores for example Abercrombie & Fitch, Superdry, Beau Monde and much more. We are really looking forward to the trip to London, for the sightseeing there and we really hope that we will have an unforgettable time!

Written by Anna Berchtold, Celina Feischl, Lisa Göbl

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Our half day in London – Romana, Valentina, Madeleine

In this leaflet you get important information about the sights we would like to visit on our half day.
Our first stop will be the Natural History Museum; to get there we have to get off at the South Kensington Station. It opens at 10 am and closes at 17:50, so we can sleep a bit longer, the meeting-point will be 9:30 am and then we spend one hour in one of the biggest natural museums of the world. If you want to spend some more time in the museum, you can stay a bit longer. When you are not interested in natural history, you can go on to Harrod’s. It takes you 15minutes on foot or 6 minutes by line 14 bus, but no one has to go there if they don’t want to.

And now some facts about the Natural History Museum: It is located on Cromwell road in South Kensington. You don’t have to pay for the Entry and it’s over 136 years old. It opened on the 18th of April 1881. There is a dinosaur gallery, a big model of a blue whale, a meteorite collection, an earth gallery, a life gallery and much more.

The next stop is Harrod’s, which is a luxury department store located on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge, London. It is one of the most famous department stores in the world. It has 330 departments covering 90000 square meters of retail space. There are lots of different departments and that’s the reason why there’s something for everyone. If fashion is not your cup of tea you can go into the games department, check out art in the gallery in the 2nd floor or try culinary delights in the food department. 

Written by Romana Larch, Valentina Spörr, Madeleine Kaiserer

Music, clothes and lots of food

Our half day comprises visiting Camden Market and enjoying an evening at a musical. We can visit the market whenever we like because it opens at 10 a.m. and has an open end. To watch the musical we have to discuss in class on which evening we would like to watch it. We already made a decision to visit the musical Mamma Mia at the Novello Theatre.

Camden market

Camden Lock Place
London Nw1 8af

The underground station is named Camden Town and is 10 minutes away from the city centre. We will take the Northern line and get on the tube at the Charing Cross station.
Camden town offers lots of tiny shops, second-hand stuff and also lots of opportunities to eat something. So we think we can create our half day at Camden market as we like to. 

Musical Mamma Mia!

London WC2B 4LD

In class we have decided to watch the musical Mamma Mia, mainly because it’s cheaper than the other musicals. It costs between 18 and 25 pounds and we can visit it on Monday or Tuesday at 7:45. We haven’t booked it yet so we still have to do this to get good seats. From the underground station Convent Garden we have to walk about 5 minutes to the theatre.

Written by Valentina Gruber, Sara Gärtner

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Sightseeing à la Julia, Carina and Fiona

On our half day we will do a sightseeing tour with to see some of the main sights of London. We will use our Travel Card and go by public transport and can stay at any sight how long we want to.

The route

We will start at Victoria Station. The first stop is Westminster Station. To get there we take the tube to District Upminster and after two stops we are there. From there we can visit four of the main sights of London. First Westminster Abbey, which is a large, mainly Gothic church and the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English or British monarchs. And second Big Ben with the Westminster Palace is just a few minutes away. The tower is one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom and is often in the establishing shot of films set in London. The Palace is also known as the heart of British politics.

Moreover, we can visit the Westminster Pier. It is a pier on the River Thames and it is operated by London River Services and served by various river transport and cruise operators. If we want, we can also have a short walk through St. James Park which is also very close. 
To get to the next sight, the London Eye, which is a famous Ferris Wheel and The structure is 135 meters tall. We can either go by foot across the Westminster Bridge or we can take a ferry from the pier to get to the other side of the Themes.
After the London Eye our next sights are the Tower Bridge and the Tower of London which is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. 
We get there with the ferry RB1X North Greenwich Pier from London Eye Pier. 
The end stop for us is the Tower Pier. From there we can reach the Tower of London and the famous Tower Bridge. 

As well we can reach the city hall of London from there. It is the headquarters of the Greater London Authority which comprises the Mayor of London and the London Assembly. The very interesting building was designed by Norman Foster.

With the tube from London Bridge (Jubilee Westminster Park) we get back to Westminster Station. From there we can reach our destination by foot in 10 minutes across the Northumberland Ave. The last stop is the Trafalgar Square. It is a public square in the City of Westminster, Central London, built around the area formerly known as Charing Cross. There we can see some statues monuments and memorials. Also we can get some food there if we want or look through some shops. So it’s perfect for a short break after our interesting sightseeing tour through London!

Written by Julia Sauerwein, Carina Hueber, Fiona Schafferer

Imperial War Museum

Our half day will be spent in a museum. But well, it’s not just any museum, it’s the Imperial War Museum! Selina and I chose this one, because we are rather interested in WW1 so we’d like to know some new facts. Our history lessons are about ancient Rome and Greece currently.

Before we will set off to the museum we will eat something. I guess we will go for a pizza or a hot dog at a kiosk near the museum.

The Central Hall is still the attention- grabbing repository of major artefacts: guns, tanks and aircraft hung from the ceiling. The already extensive World War I gallery has been expanded, and leads into the original displays for World War II.

The museum also tells the stories of people’s experiences of modern war from WW1 to conflicts today.

There are 3 Imperial War Museums in London:
Each of them is opened from 10am – 6pm.

Imperial War Museum
London, United Kingdom
+44 20 7416 5000

Imperial War Museum
Cambridge, United Kingdom
+44 1223 835000

IWM North
Manchester, United Kingdom
+44 161 836 4000

We guess, the best museum to visit is the first one.

Written by Hannah Müller, Selina Ronacher