On Thursday 28 June, Year 12 Politics students spent the morning on a walking tour of London’s East End, exploring many sites associated with the area’s turbulent political history. Students learnt about the 1911 Siege of Sidney Street, in which Home Secretary Winston Churchill called in a detachment of Scots Guards to storm the hideout of a heavily armed anarchist criminal gang, the connections between the Kray Twins and the political establishment, and the Battle of Cable Street, in which Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists was blocked from marching through the East End by massive community resistance- they shall not pass!

In the afternoon, the students visited City Hall, touring one of London’s most modern and innovative political buildings, and learning about the roles that the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority play in helping to govern our great city.