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Visit to the Houses of Parliament

L6 Business, Economics and Politics students visited London recently. Here is an account from one of the students about their day.  "This year’s trip to London for the L6 proved to be another enthralling experience. After arriving at St Pancras, with many of us feeling the pressures of a 6am start, we headed to our first destination: the Houses of Parliament. On our guided tour of the parliamentary estate, the House of Lords proved to be particularly impressive in terms of its grandness.

The tour was followed by a Q&A session with the MP for Sheffield Central, Paul Blomfield, where issues like Brexit were discussed.

After this, we walked a short distance to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy where we met ex-Birkdalian Aalok Vora who now works for the Civil Service. His talk provided us with an invaluable insight into the work which is going on behind the scenes in terms of forming the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

Next to Downing Street, which was for many, their favourite part of the trip, here we posed for photos outside the famous Number 10 and it was an unforgettable and unique experience.

We then travelled east across central London to the Bank of England, where we were lucky enough to be given a talk on things like interest rates and inflation, which the Bank has responsibility over. We also had a chance to look around the Bank of England museum and even pick up a rather heavy bar of gold!

We then finished the afternoon with two hours of eating and shopping in Leicester Square and Covent Garden, before we headed back to St. Pancras to end what had been a busy but very rewarding day."

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