The half term break saw the return of our annual trip to London, with two separate groups of SASH lodgers heading down to our capital city for a whirlwind visit.
This report comes from Gary Hogg, SASH Young Persons Coordinator:
“13 young people from Supported Lodgings in York, Harrogate, Bridlington and Ryedale had a fantastic two day trip to London over the half term break.
The group travelled by train into London Kings Cross Station where they joined the hustle and bustle of the London Underground on their way to the YHA Youth Hostel at St Pauls.
A quick freshen up and a coin toss to see who got the top bunks and it was off to see Downing Street followed by a 1.5 hour tour of the Houses of Parliament, which was very kindly organised for SASH by York Central MP Rachael Maskell.
During the tour we got the opportunity to explore the Palace and walk around the House of Commons and the House of Lords. We even got to put our northern bottoms on the famous green and red seats ! Afterwards it was back onto the underground and across town to the Skygarden at the Walkie Talkie building at 20, Fenchurch Street. The views from the 38th floor across the city were amazing, especially as we were lucky enough to be there as the sun was setting over the capital.
Back across town again for a two-course evening meal at Prezzo at Victoria before a five minute walk to the Victoria Apollo Theatre to settle down for the evening performance of Wicked. The show was everything that it was hyped up to be and all of the young people loved it.
Home to the Youth Hostel before lights out at midnight, a busy day planned for tomorrow !
A cooked breakfast at the youth hostel at 8am and then out into the morning drizzle for a journey to South Kensington to visit the Natural History, Science and Victoria and Albert Museums.
After some lunch we boarded an open top tour bus to explore the city from a different viewpoint. We saw all the sights that London has to offer and jumped off the bus at Buckingham Palace to see if we could get an invite in for tea and cake ! Sadly the Queen was meeting with somebody else, so we agreed to come back next year as long as she had Yorkshire Tea bags !
A short walk down The Mall, past the Houses of Parliament and onto Westminster Pier to board the boat to Tower Bridge. The boat tour was great as it gave us all the opportunity to warm up (much needed !) and see some sights that you wouldn’t normally see from land.
Afterwards we headed to the Museum of London, where we did one of the quickest museum tours ever, before heading back to the youth hostel to collect our belongings and then onward to Kings Cross Station for the journey home. Time to sit back and enjoy the journey home – after all we had just walked 45,000 steps in two days, that’s 25 miles !
It really was a fantastic trip. The young people were amazing and clearly loved the experience of exploring our capital city and all that it has to offer.
A huge thank you to each and every one of our young people for looking out for and respecting each other and an even bigger thank you to our wonderful supporters The York Vikings Rotary Club and the York Children’s Trust without whose valuable support this fantastic trip might not have happened.”
This trip was part of our SASH Active programme of opportunities for our young people in Supported Lodgings. If you would like to help fund future trips, please call 01904 652043 and speak to Gary Hogg.