Last Wednesday, the 2nd November, four Caledonia sixth formers from Millden Centre set off to London. This was the result of a surprise issue of 6 PMQ tickets the previous week, courtesy of local MP Alec Salmond.
Arriving at London City, we trained it to Westminster Tube station, exiting the stuffy station just below Big Ben. It really is as cool as it looks in pictures. Crossing the bridge, we took a VR tour of the capital in the 4D experience just below the London Eye, before strolling leisurely to Whitehall, past Downing Street, checking out the Horse guards, and we even saw a statue called Clive.
Next we made our way to the Houses of Parliament, as it was nearing 11 o’clock by then. Through more security checks, past more armed police and finally we were inside probably the most famous building in the world.
After securing our tickets for Question Time, we had to stand and watch as John Bercow made his way to the House in the Speakers Ceremony (Those wearing hats had to take them off as per tradition), then we were able to slowly make our way up the long, narrow, winding stairway to the visitors gallery overlooking the Commons. After a little bit of to-ing and fro-ing between ministers, Theresa May arrived and we enjoyed a rip roaring PMQT.
After Question Time, we caught a bus which took us past some famous landmarks like Trafalgar Square and The Ritz. We got off outside a little shop called Harrods and took a look inside. It was actually massive and we ended spending quite a long time there, sampling iced yogurts and milkshakes, and generally looking round.
Then we went back towards Buckingham Palace and had a look round there, before taking the Tube to Piccadilly, where we walked along Southbank until we found a place to grab some food.
After our meal we ran to the Shard, took the lift to the 32nd floor (which took only 15 seconds), had a quick look at London from above at night, then caught a train back to London City for the flight back.
All in all a fantastic packed out day in the capital.
A massive thankyou to Mr Chris Cowie, Daniel Smith and Amos Whiteside for taking us on this amazing trip.