Deep in the heart of the City, amid slabs of concrete and grey skies, Ingla students found a little piece of Paradise on the 35th floor of the Walkie Talkie. At the top of this bulging skyscraper there’s a small slice of peace, quiet, and tropical flora that makes you feel like you’ve been transported to another world, far from the bustle of the London crowd. Inglans enjoyed the gorgeous views overlooking the Thames and Tower Bridge, staring the Shard straight in the eye. There were selfies galore, new friendships made, and even a reasonably priced coffee…
Further along the river we spotted Pudding Lane, the site where the Great Fire actually started, and then we made our way to All Hallows’ by the Tower, one of London’s oldest churches and one of a scarce few scraps of Saxon England left in London.
On coming back to Earth, we found ourselves in the middle of one of its finest cities so, in typical Ingla fashion, we decided not to waste the day. Trekking across Eastcheap we made our way to Monument to pay our respects to the victims of the Great Fire and Christopher Wren’s great tower. Everyone was left with their chins in the air and their jaws on the ground. We also found a bit of Roman London as nearby Fish Street Hill is believed to be the first street constructed by the Caesars in old Londinium.
With noses turning red and hands chilled to the bone, we braved the cold to see the infamous Tower of London where Anne Boleyn and Lady Jane Grey were tortured and beheaded, and where our morning B1 and evening B2 students were a bit chilly. At the end of the day Inglans, brave though we are, warmed ourselves up at the nearest Costa with cappuccinos, mugs of hot chocolate, and cups of Earl Grey Tea. After a long day of exploration we’d earned the treat.