Kings Oxford: International High School Programme students visit London!
Kings Oxford recently took a group of 10 International High School Programme students for a day out in London! Cordelia Cross, Local Marketing Content Producer, reports back.
We took the train to Paddington and headed to Fulham Broadway on the tube where we stopped for a bite to eat at Five Guys. Then it was off to Stanford Bridge home of the iconic Chelsea Football Club. Here we were greeted by our tour guide Dave.
Dave is now in his late 60’s and has been a devoted Chelsea fan for nearly 60 years. He has had a season ticket since he was 7 years old and grew up just a mile away from the stadium; he was clearly a passionate, knowledgeable, and above all a loyal fan to the club.
He gave us a tour of the stadium, where we explored its various seating areas and learnt about its history, players and owners, as well as which celebrities are fans of the club. The club itself has seen huge triumphs and extraordinary international wins, in both the Champions League and Europa Cup. They currently hold 6 Premier League titles, as well as 8 FA Cup titles.
After touring the stadium, we visited their museum, which explained in greater detail the history of the club including information on their most successful and famous players. The museum had a wide variety of memorabilia and artefacts on display belonging to the club throughout its history. This included a vast display of their trophies and shields, football shirts and boots. We were able to practice a penalty shootout – the club’s strikers have nothing to worry about with our skills! We were also able to test our reaction skills as a goalkeeper using light up touch pads. Overall, Sandford Bridge was an interesting, memorable, and highly enjoyable visit.
From Stanford Bridge, we headed into the West End where the students had free time to visit the surrounding area of China Town, Soho, and Covent Garden. We met up an hour or so later to have an early dinner together at Zizi’s Italian restaurant which was very much enjoyed by all! From there it was a short walk to the Lyceum Theatre where we watched a phenomenal West End performance of The Lion King. The show was dynamic, humorous and at times incredibly moving. The cast had extraordinary voices and demonstrated unbelievable skill in the mastery of puppeteering.
After the show finished, we made our way to Victoria coach station and took the Oxford Tube to return home in the early hours of the morning after a long and action-packed day! All in all, it was an exciting, memorable day out for all involved!