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Accommodation help for school trip to London

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ineedaholidaynow Mon 09-Feb-15 10:23:53

DS is in Y5. His teacher is trying to plan a class trip to London. In the past few years her class has gone to London for a day trip, but as our school is in the back of beyond it is always a very long day, although the children have always loved it.

She is wondering whether she could make it a 2 day trip so more could be packed in, but is finding it difficult to find cheap, reasonable accommodation. Think she has looked at hostels, private schools etc but without any luck. Some places are refusing to take children so young (9 and 10 year olds). Anyone got any ideas? If your children have done similar trips where have they stayed? It is only one class going so should be about 30 children, both boys and girls, so split accommodation will be required. Trip will be in the summer term. Cost will be a factor, as not a very affluent school

Heels99 Mon 09-Feb-15 11:33:03

Has she checked yha youth hostels?
Could try uni halls

clam Mon 09-Feb-15 11:50:38

Not sure, but have a feeling Youth Hostels can't guarantee exclusive bookings, so there could be members of the public also staying - I think they have to leave doors unlocked to this end as well. Not sure if that's still the case, but it's one of the reasons we stopped using them a few years back.

Contraryish Mon 09-Feb-15 11:53:53

My 10 year-old recently stayed on HMS Belfast as part of a school trip. I don't know how the prices compare but the cost of the whole trip wasn't terrible given it also included lots of other activities too.

Alanna1 Mon 09-Feb-15 12:00:28

Lots of universities offer accomodation. Alternatively they could look at YHA London Lee Valley or any of the many other places set up for school residential visits.

Pico2 Mon 09-Feb-15 12:00:59

Iwantacampervan Mon 09-Feb-15 13:14:51

You can stay on the Golden Hinde and have a Tudor experience.
DD2's school stay at a Youth Hostel but it's not exclusive access (they are year 7).

PatriciaHolm Mon 09-Feb-15 13:33:07

Ours have done the Golden Hinde too, they combine it with the Tower of London for a 2 day trip.

Artandco Mon 09-Feb-15 13:44:19

What about the youth hostel in Holland Park?

momb Mon 09-Feb-15 13:48:19 If you are looking for something hostelly, but I second what someone else above said about HMS Belfast and Golden Hinde. Both excellent choices for a group 0f 30 over 9s.

QuiteQuietly Mon 09-Feb-15 15:03:00

Carter Lane youth hostel has group rooms. It is right between St Pauls and the Millenium wobbly bridge. I have been there with Beavers.

MadeInChorley Mon 09-Feb-15 15:05:59

I came on here to say Carter Lane YHA it's excellent and you can't beat the location. I've taken school trips there

waitingowaiting Mon 09-Feb-15 15:17:39

Baden Powel House in south Kensington? Across the road from natural history museum.

grassroots Mon 09-Feb-15 16:33:49

How about the Science Museum? They do sleepovers for 7-13 yr olds, cost is £45 inc breakfast and next date for booking is 6 June 2015.

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