On Friday 20th May, Steinbeck class went on an independence trip to London. The students caught the train at Diss and travelled to London Liverpool Street as independently as possible, accompanied by school staff.  Once in London we walked to Tower Hill and caught an open topped double decker bus.  Despite the fact that it was torrential rain all the students chose to sit at the top of the bus to appreciate the journey as fully as possible.  We travelled along the north bank of the river looking at the Thames and the London Eye.  We stopped at Westminster and looked at Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.  From there we continued past Buckingham Palace and got off the bus to walk to the palace.  Unfortunately the palace was not accessible due to the Jubilee preparations but we were able to walk through Green Park and up the Mall and look down the road so we did manage to see the palace and take some photos.  We walked to Trafalgar Square and looked at Nelson’s Column and the lions.  We had lunch in Trafalgar Square then walked to Downing Street.  On the walk to Downing Street we went past the Mews and saw mounted police guarding the entrance.  At Downing Street there were armed guards protecting the entrance so we didn’t get too close.  The boys did find a traditional telephone box nearby and decided to find out how many they could squeeze in!  After Downing Street we walked back past Big Ben and across Westminster Bridge then got back on the open top bus. We completed the loop and got off at the Tower of London.  We walked right around the Tower of London and looked at Tower Bridge.  After this we walked back to the station (stopping to play in a water feature on the way) and got dinner at the station. We arrived back to Diss at 7.30pm and students were picked up by their parents.  One of the students said that it had been the best day of his life.  Although we got soaked and walked over 20,000 steps we all had a fabulous time and can’t wait for our next trip!