February 2019 - The Stay Club
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Valentine’s Day Competition

Valentine’s Day Competition

To celebrate Valentine’s Day we have partnered up with Gino D’Acampo in Camden to give away a Meal for Two paired with two glasses of Ferghettina Rosé to celebrate Valentine’s Day in style!

To enter, the participants have to follow @thestayclub and @ginomyrestaurant on Instagram and tag their loved one they would bring along to enjoy the experience in the comments section under the competition post.

The Prize

The prize consists of a Meal For Two (3 course meal) at Gino D’Acampo, 2 glasses of Ferghettina Rosé. The prize will expire on 14 February, 2019.

Terms & Conditions

The competition will launch on 13 February, 2019 and close at 3 pm on 14 February, 2019.

The winner will be picked from the entries submitted before the closing date. The winner will be announced on @thestayclub’s Instagram Stories and informed by direct message. The winner must RSVP by 5 pm on 14 February,2019.

Winners must be over 18 and bring proof of ID when attending the venue.

Gino D’Acampo reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The prize does not include travel or accommodation. The prize must be accepted as offered. No cash or other alternatives will be offered.

The prize is not transferable. The prize is subject to availability and Gino D’Acampo reserves the right to substitute the prize with another of equivalent value without notice.

2018 Highlights

2018 Highlights
by Nina Christopoulou

2018 has been a whirlwind in so many ways for our amazing Stay Club team, with countless beautiful moments, a lot of hard work and innumerable changes to make the experience and vibe of The Stay Club even better! Our team couldn’t be more excited to see what 2019 has in store for us, but for the time being, we would like to reflect on the highlights of the past year…

Martyn Duguid

Director of Operations

The biggest highlight of 2018 is that we’re a market leader not just in student accommodation, but in English as a foreign language as well. During 2018 we had a sum of 8,000 student weeks, which is a record breaker for us. Cultural courses, language courses and more all offered in one campus, in a city that is the ideal place to learn English. We are unique in what we are, and we have a range of people wanting to work with us and we want to accommodate them across the portfolio. There’s not much of what we do in London, and I think this has been cemented in 2018.

Additionally, we are incredibly proud to say that we’ve cemented our place in the student accommodation market during 2018. We have a high demand for students that want our services, not only those that are going to independent universities, but also those that opt for semester options. The Stay Club offers the ideal pick for the students heading to London and in search of an honest landlord, as well as a place to live that does not require a guarantor. We believe we have been able to produce that to all of our residents, and that is reflected in our high occupancy rates across all of our residences, including a high influx of re-bookings, meaning that our residents are satisfied with our services and they are looking to return for another year. Our aim is to continue the fantastic work of 2018 throughout the new year!

Florence Tercier

Yield & Sales Manager

Dedication to improvement means hearing your guests when they speak; for us the feedback of our residents is invaluable! We kept our eyes and ears open throughout the past year and introduced online support via live chat among other improvements, to allow for our guests to find a solution to anything that may arise even faster than before!

It is our belief that finding your new home should be an easy and seamless process. The past year we dedicated our time to improving the room selection available online, as well as the booking process and payment system. It was our goal to make our website as smooth and easy going as the real-life at The Stay Club!

We suggest that you stay tuned, as December will see the announcement of our 2019/2020 academic rates, alongside a very special Early Bird offer!

Rhianna Janes

Event Manager

2018 has been a year of highlights regarding events.

A main highlight would have to be the month of World Cup celebrations which, when coupled with residents from all around the world coming together to celebrate with painted faces and flags, created an unparalleled atmosphere!

Following a busy summer, we welcomed our residents and a new academic year with a series of parties including the ‘Stay Club Fresher’s Week’. Although the in-house parties are always a favourite, the Fresher’s events were really special, as they allowed residents to experience our partner clubs around the city with great discounts, whilst breaking the ice!

However, we couldn’t discuss highpoints without Halloween, in which we hosted in-house celebrations with pumpkin carving, DJ’s and buffets for our residents to socialise and celebrate with their neighbours (and dress up of course).

We are really looking forward to another event-filled year in 2019…

Jose Marquez

IT Manager

2018 has been a great year full of hard-earned achievements. The Stay Club opened 5 years ago in Willesden and a year after that in Camden. During this process we kept evolving and adapting to the needs of our clients, but after we opened our third building in Colindale we felt the need to upgrade the services at both Camden and Willesden to match the quality of our latest addition. This has been a tough but rewarding job! The partnership with our new internet provider ASK4 not only massively increased the quality of service, but also provided outstanding customer care. This process gave us an entry into the shortlist for the Student Accommodation Awards 2018:

https://student.propertyweek.com/student18/en/page/home-page.

Our new year’s resolutions regarding IT sector are all about making our online services as user-friendly as possible! This has been a wonderfully diverse undertaking, with a brand new website in the works, a smoother booking process, an even more effective parcel tracking system, and many more incredible changes! We can’t wait to show you what we have up our sleeve!

Danai Davatzis

Marketing Coordinator

2018 has been an abundant year for The Stay Club! We happily saw our list of partners expand greatly within the past year, with plenty of local businesses joining us! In the Camden area, our partnership list includes some of the most incredible cafes, such as Hygge Pygge, and Camden Coffee Co. in the Stables Market! Nando’s and Gino’s added that Mediterranean vibe to The Stay Club, offering their discounts across all of our residences. The Camden Comedy Club is also on board, with a wonderful list of discounts on selected shows for all of our residents!

One of the most exciting partnerships of 2018 was undoubtedly that with Pure Gym in Colindale! We are also happy to confirm we will be expanding this partnership to include Camden and Kentish Town!

It’s a beautiful feeling looking back at 2018 and seeing how many more partners were added to our list, for our residents to enjoy! How could we not be looking forward to seeing how much further the list can expand in 2019?

Renata Spicerova

Creative Marketing Manager

2018 was a fantastic year from a branding perspective! The Stay Club has definitely evolved and opened to new opportunities. We had a chance to expand with a brand new building opening its doors in 2019, and improve our quality of service and your living experience throughout the year.

The launch of the official Stay Club Newspaper was a great way to end 2018, finally shining a light on what The Stay Club community is all about. It highlights our ‘family’ members and their life stories alongside our ‘dream team’, so our residents can get a little sneak peek behind the scenes. Have you had a chance to grab your copy? If not, we suggest you get one asap, to find out more about London life and its beauty. And if you feel like it, let us know your feedback! We are more than excited to know your thoughts: https://www.facebook.com/TheStayClub/!

We are definitely looking forward to developing more amazing new content and giving our residents an opportunity to show their talents through our upcoming projects in 2019.

Top Things to Do in London This February

Top Things to Do in London This February
by Nina Christopoulou

Exciting times are ahead of us this February, as London’s festivities, exhibitions and events hold the promise of effervescence and glee! February is going to be a fun-filled month, with so many things going on around the city, the highlights out of which are listed below:

1. Chinese New Year

The extravagant celebration that is the Chinese New Year will return once more, this time to welcome the Year of the Pig. While the actual New Year is February 5th, the Chinese New Year Parade, the massiveness of which is the talk of the town, will take place on the Sunday after (Feb. 10th). Chinatown, West End and Trafalgar Square become the playground of vibrant floats and imaginative displays, as the largest Chinese New Year’s celebration outside of Asia unravels and mesmerises those that dare to take part! The Stay Club events team is overly excited to welcome the Chinese New Year too; we will be hosting a wonderful celebration filled with decorations, music, food and tons of fortune cookies on the 5th of February, at our Colindale and Camden residences! So save the date, and get ready for the Year of the Pig!

2. Valentine’s Day

Whether you’re a fan of this loved-up fest, or an anti-Valentine-ist in all of its glory, you can bet on London’s versatile events to accommodate you. For those couples that are in the mood of celebrating love, there is an abundance of chocolate shops to search for exquisite V-Day treats, most notable among which is the Charbonnel et Walker vintage shop at the Royal Arcade. The Columbia Road flower market is THE place to look for mesmerising bouquets that reflect your feelings, whereas the romantic dinner nooks are everywhere to be found. RANDE’s Revolt Against Tinder is probably the coolest Anti-Valentine’s event out there for the singles that want a fun night out, or the couples that go against the norm! Keep an eye out for our Valentine’s Day post to find out more about our suggestions for February the 14th, including our awesome Valentine’s Party (complete with a love letter box…)!

3. Orchid Festival at Kew

Kew Gardens is one of our London favourites, as it doesn’t rest despite the amazing offering that it boasts throughout the year! The Christmas at Kew event is one of their most popular, but on February 9th the Orchid Festival will make its appearance for yet another year, and we couldn’t be more excited to check it out! The festival will be dedicated to Columbia’s biodiversity, with a carnival of animals, the replication of the rainbow river Caño Cristales and Columbia’s spectacular forests!

4. London Classic Car Show

This one goes out to all car enthusiasts out there! The massive Excel Centre will host the London Classic Car Show for 3 days, from the 14th of February until the 17th, offering car aficionados the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of car collectors, manufacturers, dealers and clubs while browsing an exclusive selection of merchandise that will excite the crowds!

5. London Fashion Week Festival

Strand will once again transform into a runway filled with intricate styles and edgy-slash-elegant fashionistas gathering up to attend the London Fashion Week Festival. The 16th and the 17th of February mark London’s celebration of fashion, through catwalks, industry talks and immersive experiences that should not be missed!

6. Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

The Victoria and Albert museum curates excellent exhibitions, and this one is set to be one of the highlights for 2019! Its popularity is made evident by the amount of tickets already sold, despite their steep price, while commentators often reference the exhibition alongside the museum’s 2015 Alexander McQueen expo which was the talk of the town at the time. Learn more about the creatives that have contributed to the Dior house after the designer, while exploring the most iconic of the designs that have been created over the decades, starting February 2nd.

7. Craft Beer Rising

The Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane is organising the most relaxing celebration, with an aim to bring together London’s beer lovers and 175 of the world’s best breweries! The thrilling event consists of perfectly upbeat DJ sets, an endless array of street food stalls and, well, what else? More beers than you could ever have imagined all gathered up in a three-day beer festival in one of London’s most quirky neighbourhoods! Save the date: February 21st until the 23rd!

Top Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year

Top Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year
by Nina Christopoulou

The Year of the Pig is just around the corner, and while the actual Chinese New Year will take place on February 5th, London’s festivities will be reserved for the first Sunday that follows. The celebrations span across a big part of central London, and offer an overwhelmingly beautiful spectacle for Londoners and tourists alike. It’s one event that we highly recommend; and in order for you to enjoy it we’ve put together a guide for the things to be on the look-out for!

1. Keep up with the Parade

Charing Cross Road becomes the centre of attention as it shifts its focus from cars and traffic lights to parade floats and dragon dances! The festival of colour and Asian allure will begin at 10 am, and move across West End, leading up to the immense festivities of Trafalgar Square. Prepare to get carried away to a different country, city and culture, through this immersive parade!

2. Head to the Martial Arts & Cultural Zone

The Chinese New Year celebrations will guarantee that you have an immense amount of browsing and learning to do! We strongly suggest you take advantage of the opportunity, and head to the Martial Arts & Cultural Zone for tai chi chuan and other spectacular performances! After you’re done with the Shaftesbury Avenue spectacle, make your way to Charing Cross road and explore the Talent and Community Zone, including a vast array of British-Chinese artists.

3. Place Emphasis on Red

Red is the reigning colour of the CNY celebrations, and it shouldn’t go unnoticed! Chinese tradition dictates that buying something red for yourself or your house will result in good luck throughout the year, but we’d go even further! Dress up with an emphasis on red, and welcome the Year of the Pig with lots of luck!

4. Spend Time at Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square’s main stages start up at noon, and they last a good enough amount of time for any guest to immerse himself into the Chinese celebrations! The music, spectacles and fireworks make for a wondrous event that will amuse you, surprise you and mesmerise you all at once!

5. Have Lunch in Chinatown

It would be a shame not to finish off the Chinese New Year celebrations with a traditional meal! Although China Town has an extensive selection of places to go dim-sum crazy at, our recommendation is Imperial China London. This authentic Cantonese restaurant is not only one of the largest in China Town, but also one of the coolest in terms of interior!

6. Head to the Stay Club’s Chinese New Year Party!

We couldn’t contain our excitement for the Year of the Pig, so we decided to make the most of it! February 5th marks the Chinese New Year, but also the Stay Club’s amazing extravaganza. Head to the Colindale and Camden lobbies at 8 p.m. on February 5th, and be sure to bring your party mood with you. We will take care of the decorations, the music and the food; including tons of fortune cookies!

How to Spend Valentine’s Day in London

How to Spend Valentine’s Day in London
by Nina Christopoulou

Valentine’s Day is closing in on us, and it’s going to be utterly enjoyable! It doesn’t matter if you are all loved-up in your fully stable, absolutely awe-inspiring relationship, or a single soul looking to enjoy the day in the most Anti-Valentine’s mood possible, this city has it all! We’ve put together the most carefully curated list of activities around London, and we suggest you pay close attention, ‘cause it’ll be hard to pick your top choice!

1. Valentine’s Party at The Stay Club

The Stay Club will be immersed in the spirit of romance on February 14th, as is fitting on the day that celebrates love! The Colindale and Camden lobbies will be festively decorated and the food and music will be tailored to the occasion… We also have many surprises in the works, such as a cool love letter box! We will be expecting you at 8 p.m. to get the party started!

2. Murder on the Barts Floor

The Chelsea speakeasy rarely disappoints, with a creative list of events that renews every so often. For Valentine’s Day, the hidden drinkery will transform to a crime scene and you will be the detective for the night of the 13th, trying to unearth clues as to what happened and why. Regardless of whether you manage to solve the case or not, Barts’ Murderous menu will be waiting for you to finish off your night with an interesting cocktail…

3. Rivoli Ballroom

The majestic ambiance of the Ravioli Ballroom is backed up by its over half-a-century existence whereas the elegant black interior screams romance. Cosy up in this beautiful space on their Valentine’s Day pop up cinema, watching the Romeo & Juliet classic, for a night full of heartfelt cinema!

4. Valentine’s Day at the Gherkin

This experience is not what could be dubbed as budget friendly, but it offers one of the most eloquent celebrations of love. Whether you opt for oysters and champagne, or a full blown four course Valentine’s dinner, the Iris Bar by Searcys features a 360-degree view of London from the top of the impressive Gherkin! It’s doubtful that you will come across a more spectacular Valentine’s Day venue than this one…

5. Drunk in Love

The Piano Works Farrington offer the most upbeat Valentine’s Night, with a music selection curated by the guests themselves, taking the crowd’s requests from 5pm until 1am. There is a 3-course meal option, and a champagne and cocktail hour to choose from; so grab your partner or just head there with friends, and enjoy a wonderfully unapologetic Thursday night out!

6. Embargo Event

The most immersive Valentine’s Day extravaganza is arriving this year at The Ivory Vaults, and it’s got a roaring twenties theme! The 1920’s feel of Embargo puts you slam in the midst of the prohibition era, with a Gatsby vibe and jazz music to make you forget the year and place. The three course dinner, Prosecco and immersive performance promise a night of love that will stick with you until the next VDay extravaganza!

7. Dans Le Noir

This Clerkenwell spot offers one of the most intriguing culinary nights you’ve ever imagined. Ditch the whole “staring into your love’s eyes” thing, and opt for a darker dinner, in the most literal sense! Dans Le Noir has absolutely no lights, allowing the guests to indulge in their food with other senses muted completely. If you were on the lookout for an original Valentine’s dinner, then we’ve got a winner!

It’s Time: Check Out PUREGYM Camden!

It’s Time: Check Out PUREGYM Camden!

We couldn’t be prouder to welcome the newest addition to our list of amazing partners, the brand new PUREGYM branch in our Camden neighbourhood! Today marks the opening day of this meticulously designed Fit Site, which will boast a different layout than what you would normally expect. The open floor space means that all the trainers will be there to welcome you with a smile the moment you walk in, and assist you throughout your work out. The advantages of this type of layout are tons, among them the abundance of functional space and a very buzzy and fun environment with a strong community feeling and lots of interaction between trainers and clients!

We recently had a chat with some of the amazing team members of the new Camden PUREGYM branch, and we can definitely say they know what they are doing! From top tips on how to get into running, to the best forms of exercise for students to combat stress, they gave us lots of useful insight that we can’t wait to share with you. So keep your eyes peeled for the second edition of The Stay Club Newspaper to find out more! In the meantime, if you want to explore this fitness house, feel free to pop in and have a chat with one of their expert – and always smiling – team members. If you feel enticed to join for a 9-month membership (which we’re sure you will), don’t forget to ask for a Stay Club discount. Showing your card will get you a 20% off!