The morning was spent at the Imperial War Museum in London where the students had the opportunity to learn about peoples' experiences from World War 1 through to conflicts today. The afternoon was spent exploring more of London including the Tower Bridge, The Great Fire Monument and St Paul's Cathedral, culminating in a ride on the London Eye.
Photos of the students' tour of London have been added to the gallery.
Today was our final day in London, and what a day it was. We started the day off with a group commemoration at Paddington Old Cemetery. Here we remembered all service people who died of wounds, accident or illness in England. Only one Australian has a headstone here, so we based our service around that soldier, William J Bartlett.
After this we headed to the Imperial War Museum (IWM) where we spent two hours exploring their extensive war exhibitions. Many of us were particularly interested in the Holocaust and WW I exhibitions which we found quite confronting and moving.
After lunch at the IWM, we headed to the beautiful St Paul's Cathedral where we learnt about its amazing history and enjoyed its exquisite architecture. We then walked across the Millennium bridge over Thames River (where Harry Potter was filmed), past the full scale redevelopment of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre to the former British warship, the HMS Belfast. We spent over an hour exploring the ship, which has been developed into a museum showcasing 'life on board'. Some highlights included visiting the different viewing decks of the ship, the boiler room and the crew sleeping/living quarters.
We then headed towards the Tower Bridge where we were lucky enough to be able to score tickets to climb the bridge. As we were making our way towards the entrance, we were all stopped as the arrival of a tall ship meant that the bridge was splitting in half. We were told that the bridge rises only very rarely, and so we were very lucky to see this amazing piece of iconic machinery in action and as we left it actually lifted for a second time. Climbing the bridge itself was also a great deal of fun. The view from the top is nothing short of incredible. We were also very impressed (and some of us a little disconcerted) by the glass floor that lines the walkways between the two towers, giving us a view of the busy road bridge and wild river directly below our feet.
On our way off the bridge we made a detour by the Tower of London before heading to our waiting coach. Our stay in London was quite fittingly concluded with an authentic British experience - a meal in a traditional London pub. Overall, the day was a perfect way to end our stay in this beautiful city.
By Brooklyn lade and Matisse Reed
This page was last reviewed on 14 Apr 2017