Our last event of the 2015-2016 academic year was a trip to Greenwich, a historical district in southeast London. It was an opportunity for UCEAP English University students to say goodbye to England and the friends they made abroad, and for the London Study Centre to bid farewell to our wonderful students.
Although it was Friday the 13th, we were lucky with a sunny and beautiful afternoon! The day started with a boat ride along the River Thames, starting at Embankment. From the boat we could see Parliament, the Tower of London, Canary Wharf, and many other lovely London sights. Upon arriving in Greenwich, we had lunch at Zizzi, complete with dessert and mocktails.
The first attraction we visited was the Cutty Sark, a British clipper ship used in the tea trade and trade of other goods. She held the record as the fastest ship in Britain for ten years! The Cutty Sark museum was composed of many interactive displays around the ship, providing a fun way for our students to learn about this piece of British history.
After our visit to the Cutty Sark, we took a guided tour through parts of Greenwich. We saw the Royal Navy College and Painted Hall, the Maritime Museum, and we learned about the sad story of John Harrison, the inventor of the marine chronometer, a device used to calculate longitude at sea. The tour ended at the Royal Observatory, where we saw the Prime Meridian, where longitude is 0°. Students were able to stand with one foot in the Western Hemisphere and one foot in the Eastern!
Greenwich was a fantastic way to say goodbye to our students and wrap up the school year!
To see all the events we have held this year, watch the short video below!