So this week we went on a great trip to Kensington Palace in Hyde Park. It is a royal residence, meaning members of the royal family still use it regularly and William and Kate plan to make it their official home soon. We learnt all about Queen Victoria’s childhood and family life in the house, saw her wedding dress when she married Albert and the state rooms she held court in. The Kings Apartment was very grand, with ornate ceilings and luxurious fittings. We learnt how to play a popular court card game called Commerce, which is similar to poker, and I won!
On Tuesday we went to the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington. This museum holds items from across the globe with particular focus on art and design. We all enjoyed trying out the new chairs they had on display relating to the new exhibition by Heatherwick Design Studios. We also joined a tour of the British Galleries which took us through the different art styles from 1400-1900. It was very interesting learning about the interior design fashions and how they were influenced by the growth of the British Empire.
Our pub crawl was slightly dampened by the weather this week but we still managed to try a selection of different English beers and even a fish finger sandwich! The pubs are certainly busier with the Euro football matches on every night; let’s hope England get a win tonight!
Tara’s Top Weekend Tip….
Trooping the Colour for the Queen’s Birthday
June 16th at Horse Guards Parade
The ceremony to celebrate the sovereign’s official birthday is probably the most spectacular of London’s annual traditions. You can watch from the Mall or Green Park but get there early! Fly-pass at 1pm.
Next week at UIC…
Monday: Welcome Meeting
Tuesday: Walking Tour, Theatre Trip and Pub Crawl
Wednesday: London Eye
Thursday: UIC International Night
Friday: Greenwich Docklands Festival and Party Night at Café de Paris