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The Stay Club Local Partnerships

What is one of the most famous aspects of living in London?! The living expenses!

London has always been known for having one of the most expensive lifestyles, from renting a flat to simply buying groceries. One of the perks of living at The Stay Club are our partnerships with the local businesses including lovely restaurants, cafés and hairdressers that offer special deals to our residents. Here is the list of our partners and current special offers for The Stay Club residents:

Camden

As we all know, coffee is the ultimate best friend for every student. We have partnered up with two amazing independent coffee shops in Camden to keep you caffeinated throughout the exam season!

Camden Coffee Co based in the Stables Market serve artisan coffee made with a bespoke blend of four certified organic and sustainable coffee blends. They also serve delicious cakes and freshly baked pastries. The lovely team behind Camden Coffee Co offers 10% off on all items for The Stay Club residents.

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For a lighter type of coffee, Tea & Glory is your new local go to place! Tea & Glory is home of beautiful tea and artisan coffee and offer 10% off any food and drinks, Monday to Friday.

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Pop in to Carvin’s Mens Salon at our Camden building for a fresh haircut from the wonderful team who have also recently won the 2017 London Hair & Beauty Award! Show your Stay Club card to claim 20% off all services.

Credit: @Award Winning Mens Salon

Colindale

If studying in Colindale and need a pizza break, then Spaccanapoli is the place for you! Famous for their traditional Italian pizza, they offer a 10% discount on all food and drinks.

Credit: @Spaccanapoli Restaurant

Alternatively, just around the corner from our Colindale property you can visit ITJL, an awesome spot to enjoy fresh juices and amazing brunch. ITJL also serves protein smoothies which are the cherry on top after your work out! The Stay Club residents can enjoy a 15% discount on all products.

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Willesden

If you are staying at our Willesden property, visit Park Kitchen which is a great restaurant serving delicious homemade food and drinks in beautiful surroundings including an alfresco terrace, an ideal place for your Sunday brunch. Park Kitchen provides our residents with fidelity cards with various special offers available.

Credit: @Park Kitchen

We have partnered with Wicked Student Nights to provide our residents with special deals for exclusive nightlife events in the capital, including guestlist entry and various perks available on the night!

Credit: @Wicked Student Nights

Top 7 Things To Do In London This May

Top 7 Things To Do In London This May
by Nina Christopoulou

Sunny days are ahead of us Londoners, so it’s time to see what this city has in store for the upcoming month!

1. Neverland

Ever heard of the concept of an urban beach? Well, that is what Neverland organisers decided to offer starting May 3rd and stretching out all through the (hopefully!) hot summer months. Ranging from daybeds, cabanas, pop up food choices and numerous events, Parsons Green will be the go to place for all. Ready to dip your toes in the truckloads of sand that you’ll find in Fulham?

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2. Brockwell Lido

Whether in the market for furniture or not, this art deco building will host a poolside fair you will definitely want to check out! Gathering dealers that have the best to offer in terms of home decoration, furniture, glass and even clothing, this Modern Movement fair is a must. It will welcome you on Saturday, May 5th.

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3. Museums at Night

London is renowned for its elite and massive selection of museums, now amped up to feature after hours activities specially curated to thrill your inner geek. What’s more? You have a whole weekend to enjoy them – May 16th to May 19th is covered.

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4. Gala Festival

Put your dancing shoes on, and head over to Peckham Rye Park for a fun night of disco, house and generally incredible party tunes. The dance extravaganza is set for the 27th of May.

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5. London Wine Week

All you winos out there, rejoice! Your week is approaching fast, starting May 14th. 125 of London’s best wine bars are participating, offering a tasting experience of 3 wines each for a mere 5 pounds. Who can say no to that?

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6. Arcadia Festival

Olympic park decided to combine a giant robot spider with a musical fusion. If you are not officially impressed, may I add that there will be aerial performers, jets of fire and all sorts of other attractions? The music festival is a two-day event, on May 5th & 6th.

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7. All Points East

80 brilliant acts including The XX, Lorde, LCD soundsystem and many more are coming to Victoria Park. Rumoured to be the highlight of the summer period music-wise, hurry up and reserve your tickets for May 25-27th. Wouldn’t want to miss that now, would we?

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15 Breathtaking Images of London (and places where you can take them, too!)

15 Breathtaking Images of London (and places where you can take them, too!)
by Nina Christopoulou

From basic tourist attractions to in-the-know specific spots, London is a haven for anyone with a lens. Whether you are in need of a colourful frame, or wish to experiment with classic versus modern elements all in one picture, this city has a picture-perfect spot for you. We made a list of our top picks so you can start exploring and spruce up your portfolio!

15. Neil’s Yard

Also known as Covent Garden’s secret yard, it is a perfect amalgam of plants, architecture and colour. Especially during early morning hours!

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14. Millennium Bridge

Standing on one side of the bridge facing St. Paul’s cathedral is a unique sight which translates to a perfect shot when you get your camera involved. The symmetry in the end-result will amaze you!

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13. Leadenhall Market

The jaw dropping interior offers a unique opportunity to put your camera to the test. Search for symmetry, look up and take a shot of the ceiling or simply aspire to capture the maze-like market – whatever you go for the outcome is guaranteed.

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12. King’s Cross Light Tunnel

Situated inside of the central tube station, it may take you a few minutes of walking around to find it (I definitely had a hard time), but the colourful light tunnel is one worth photographing.

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11. Girl and Dolphin Statue

Tower Bridge is obviously going to photograph well. But if you aim your lens at the Girl and Dolphin statue, allowing for Tower Bridge to become your elaborate backdrop, you’re in for a treat.

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10. Houses of Parliament

Yes, they are astounding and yes they have been photographed a million times over. So, insider’s tip? Walking from Westminster bridge down to the little archway you will find the perfect view.

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9. British Museum

Any artefact in the museum is worth your attention and will photograph well. But next time you visit the museum try looking up instead of around – the ceiling offers an exquisite frame.

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8. Somerset House

There is no other place in London where you can capture the gloomy essence of the city more accurately than in Somerset House.

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7. St. Dunstan’s in the East

Hidden between Monument and Tower Hill, this little gem is a garden with Gothic architecture which is worth your time. What’s more, you can search for this perfect little spot which offers a view of the Shard and make your frame even more interesting!

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6. Number 10, Adam Street

The magic of this location is its stunning resemblance to Number 10, Downing Street. If you want to stun your social media pals, this is a perfect way to do so!

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5. Leake Street Tunnel

Graffiti at its finest and the strongest underground vibes London has to offer. Need we say more?

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4. Crossness Pumping Station

A pumping station may not be your average photography spot. This one though is so much more than a mere pumping station.

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3. The Palm House

Kew Gardens are wonderful on their own merit, but photographing The Palm House serves as a portal to a magical place far away from London.

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2. One New Change Rooftop

St. Paul’s is quite unique and photographs well. Little known fact about it is, one of the best views you can get is from One New Change Rooftop – care to try your lens?

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1. Pergola and Hill Gardens, Hampstead Heath

Doing such a countdown of London’s top photographic spots is a challenge. Therefore, I decided to put a personal favourite in the first spot: Hampstead Heath is one of the hidden gems of the city and a picture perfect spot all in one.

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Easy and Cheap Ways to Personalise your Home in London

Easy and Cheap Ways to Personalise your Home in London
by Nina Christopoulou

Your house during your student life is less a home and more like a haven, protecting you from the stress and worries of the outside world. Consequently, it is very important that you make it your own – but when walking in to an already furnished space that is kind of hard to do. That’s why we found the best means of personalising your home for you:

Lighting

London is a city with the bare minimum of sunlight, therefore lighting in your place is essential. From adding a couple of extra lamps to changing your lamp’s hat to a lighter colour, try to find your own lighting in order to feel comfortable and relaxed.

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Mirrors, mirrors, mirrors

Mirrors are not only useful for checking hairstyles and outfits prior to your big Saturday night – decorating your room with more mirrors opens up the space and adds shimmer. Also, it’s a cost-friendly alternative to works of art (especially if you make a trip to IKEA). Well, all that is except if you are living at the Stay Club, where mirrors are an essential part of the studio’s design!

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Hoorray for student friendly sites

There are tons of sites which offer a pretty convenient student discount and some amazing home decor options. From Asos to Urban Outfitters, their home section will blow your mind and you can get a 10% discount anytime. Then again, there is also Primark where student discounts are not available, but not needed either as their low-cost items are worth a look through.

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Memories abound

Relocating is always a lonesome process at first. So make sure your greatest memories come along with you. Whether it is in the form of polaroids attached to your hanging twinkly lights, a collage for your wall or good old frames (see student friendly stores for some of the latter), your photographs of beloved friends, family and moments can help make your place your own in no time.

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Pillowfights, now

Cushions and blankets are rarely provided even if bedding is. So, why not get a few to spruce things up a bit? Ignore the boring monochrome ones and go for funky patterns that mix well with the space’s colours in order to put your personal touch. You can also use your own old t-shirts as a fabric, buying only the cheap fluffy fill for cushions.

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Vision boards are a must

What better way of personalising your studio other than splurging your own thoughts and plans on the walls? From a poster board to a cork board or a small canvas there are many cheap alternatives you can use. All that is left then is to gather your inspirational bits and pieces and arrange them as you please.

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10 Apps you MUST use if you are moving to London!

10 Apps you MUST use if you are moving to London!
by Nina Christopoulou

As wonderful as London may be, it can also be overwhelming upon first encounter. But fear not, we’ve got you covered! From nights out to transport, we have uncovered the top picks for must- have apps that will help you tackle the London chaos on a daily basis. And here they are:

1. Citymapper

You can wipe the puzzled expression off your face- you don’t have to navigate through London transportation solo anymore! Citymapper has everything you need. Type in point A and point B on your app and Citymapper will do the rest for you.

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2. Uber

Black cabs are a trademark of the capital, up there on the list next to red buses and phone booths. However, they can also have a steep fare a little too often- Uber takes care of both your transport and your budget in a few simple clicks.

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3. Santander Cycles

The weather does not permit casual bike strolls very often, but when it does this app comes in handy. It will take care of the docking stations for you, so there’s one less thing to worry about!

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4. London Coffee Network

If you are a coffee enthusiast like myself, this app will quickly climb to your phone’s top 5. Schedule your daily caffeine fix in artisan coffee shops with a point reward system that will get you hooked on the app for sure.

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5. Quidup

As a student, time is of the essence, so forget cooking or running out to grab a bite. Quidup will make sure you won’t starve during deadline periods. Oh, also it will take care of clothing pickups, makeup drop-offs, and many more.

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6. Drinki

Living on a budget and living in London are two concepts hard to combine. When it comes to your nights out, however, Drinki helps cut back- you get a free drink on a number of cute bars around London and even more, if you refer your friends. Cheers mate!

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7. Redi

When you want to dine out, Redi is much needed: choose your restaurant out of a list of nearby options. Browse the menu. Order. Then get ready and get yourself to the restaurant where your cooked meal will await you!

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8. ATM Hunter

Cashless is a generally preferred mode of play in London. But for those times when you realise last minute that you will need cash in the next five minutes, the ATM Hunter will save you the effort of frantically asking around strangers where you’ll find the closest ATM.

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9. Bizzby

All household and personal services you may need in one app. What’s more, they have already been Bizzby approved! Convenient to say the least.

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10. TimeOut London

Yeah, we know we are doing a pretty good job keeping you up to date on all relevant London- related knowledge. But for those times you need a little something extra and tailored to your preferences, TimeOut London is your entertainment go-to guide!

Credit: @Time Out London