What the British writer Samuel Johnson observed about eighteenth-century London—“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford”—is even truer of twenty-first-century London. It is a global financial capital, has some of the greatest theatre in the world, boasts superb international cuisine, and features an amazing array of museums.
Our program will focus on the history and culture of the British Isles. Our texts will be the city and numerous sites throughout Britain and beyond. In London, we will attend West End plays and musicals, encounter people from around the world, eat amazing food, and visit such iconic sites as the British Museum, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the National Gallery, Tate Modern, and possibly even Platform 9¾. Beyond the city, we will visit the Lake District, Edinburgh, Canterbury, Stratford-upon-Avon, Stonehenge, Bath, Cambridge, and other sites. We’ll travel to Scotland, Ireland, and France as well, and there will be a week for independent group travel. By the end of the program, you will be able to join Samuel Johnson in saying, “By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show.”