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Top 7 Things To Do In London This June

Top 7 Things To Do In London This June

by Nina Christopoulou

Excited for your monthly update as per usual? Tune in to get the best options for June’s events, because we took our time gathering them for you!

7. Hampton Court Palace Festival

The sun is up in London and an open air festival is the perfect opportunity to soak up the rays before they disappear again! From Lionel Richie to Tom Jones, simple picnics to waterside gazebos, this festival has it all. Plus you have time to enjoy it – from June 5th until the 23rd!

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6. Taste of London

Regent’s Park will gather 40 up and coming eateries to create the must of the season! A restaurant festival which will host great names such as El Pastor, Barrafina and Salon is set for June 13th to the 17th, and it sounds promising to say the least!

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5. West End Live

Improvising their way to the most central square (yes, yes, that would be Trafalgar) of London, West End musical casts are preparing to mesmerise you. All time classics, new sets and more are in the works for musical theatre fans. Beware the spectacle runs for 2 days only, so make sure to save the date(s) – June 16 & 17.

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4. Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

This annual celebration of Chinese culture is definitely a sight for sore eyes. Dozens of Dragon boats will be racing on the Thames on Sunday, June 3rd. But the show does not stop on the water – lots of Chinese festivities will take place on land as well, from street food to traditional lion dancing. Sounds like a Sunday well
spent, doesn’t it?

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3. Open Garden Squares Weekend

This is an all inclusive event, as more than 200 gardens across London unlock their usually constrained gates to show their beauty to the world! The weekend 9-10 of June is your chance to explore squares and roof terraces you haven’t been able to sneak into before!

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2. The Halo installation

Mirrors, light and the impression of a halo will attract you to Somerset House this June. From June 8th head over to the extravagant building to see the impressive show and the accompanying exhibition, dedicated to Britain’s independent magazine.

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1. The Queen’s Birthday Parade

There is nothing more traditional in Britain than its royals. So it is expected that London goes all out on the Queen’s Birthday (June 9th, in case you weren’t aware!). “Trooping the Colour” as the Queen’s Official Birthday Parade is called is the experience of a lifetime – so put a note in your calendar asap.

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7 Things You Wish You Knew Before Starting University

7 Things You Wish You Knew Before Starting University

by Nina Christopoulou

Most students arrive in London and have left all their preparations to the last minute. Why that is? Largely because youth entails constantly being a rookie! So we decided to help and give you some pointers before you embark on your academic journey:

1. How to write essays

For those of you coming to study in London from abroad, be warned! UK universities expect you to be able to write essays, and pretty good ones. But essay writing is not as easy as it sounds – you need clear argumentation, attention to detail etc. While you can get some help with that at your uni, we would suggest looking into it a little earlier.

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2. What coffee works for you

Although there are numerous places in London where you can find a lot of variations of coffee (Pret, Starbucks, Nero and the list goes on), if you are hooked on coffee like ourselves, you will need to do your own market research to find the ONE (… that wakes you up at 7 a.m. on a Monday morning for your 3 hour long lecture with that boring professor you hate to listen to).

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3. When to work

Deadline periods are meant for you to finalise the work you did throughout the semester, not do the work you should have done earlier. Get a head start on those assignments and spare yourself the 5 sequenced all nighters!

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4. Minding that budget

Student life can be a pain for your wallet, so try your best to adhere to some sort of financial schedule. Thankfully in London you have a lot of hacks at your disposal: 10% student discount at retailers, happy hour for more alcohol than usual, and bikes to save you the steep oyster charge!

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5. Making the most out of Freshers Week

Every beginning is tough, but if you show up to Freshers Week and get involved, you will find out that things will run smoother than expected. It is a great opportunity to find out stuff about your uni, extra activities and clubs and of course, socialise as much as you can!

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6. Getting to know your lecturers

Unlike school, uni was not imposed on you. So make the most of it by engaging with your lecturers – ask questions, get their advice, make them know your name. It will help you throughout your studies, in finding your interests and most importantly, it will help you when it is time to leave uni!

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7. You need to do you

Saved the best for last: stress is definitely going to take the best of you at some points. You need to find things that work for you – if you are not a morning person, don’t force yourself to study in the morning. If you have spent 8 hours in the library, no matter how much you have left, grab a drink with your friends and relax. Take care of yourself first and foremost!

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London ranked top city in the world for students

London ranked top city in the world for students

by Nina Christopoulou

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The votes are in and London has the lead! The QS higher education group just published their review of the 30 top university cities to study.

A list produced by data analysis on a survey conducted among 50,000 students shows that London is their top pick. London is renowned for its selection of world-class institutions, with many great names such as Imperial, UCL, LSE and King’s College. But what other factors contributed to this choice, other than the number of top universities? The survey included questions on a student’s major worries: integration into the job market, diversity of culture and of course the quality of life.

The fact that London is a very international setting means that overseas students feel comfortable in their environment, and have the added benefit of a multi-cultural education. Regarding the job market, it is positively viewed as a place where connecting with future employers and finding professional opportunities is enabled.

Its benefits seem to outweigh the slightly elevated cost of life in student’s eyes, allowing for London to surpass cities such as Montreal and Paris which previously held the reigns! As for our role in making your student experience even better in the top city for students? The Stay Club’s vision is to provide students and young professionals with affordable, premium accommodation; always in great London locations!

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The Stay Club Local Partnerships

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Where to celebrate Easter in London?

Where to celebrate Easter in London?
by Nina Christopoulou

Easter is just around the corner and London has a lot of surprises in store for you! We have gathered up the best experiences for the Easter weekend all in one place, so you can go ahead and make your plans ASAP!

1.The Egg Hunt

Easter, mystery, puzzles and golden eggs all in one. A special edition of Time Run has been prepared just for you – golden eggs that have disappeared through a time portal await your problem-solving skills in an immersive experience that you do not want to miss.

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2.Dust out your Disco outfits!

The Oval Space is preparing to celebrate not only your upbeat Easter mood, but also Fever 105’s fifth birthday. The more reasons to show your disco moves, the better! Right? Sunday, April 1 marks the date! Oh, did I forget to mention the street food and cocktails?

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3.Pop Brixton is ready for you!

Pop’s Easter bonanza is filled with hip hop fun. On Sunday, April 1st you will get to try out your breakdancing skills in class, and participate in (oh!) so many hip hop themed activities. Bound to have you dancing till the break of dawn!

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4.Easter themed afternoon teas

Well, afternoon tea is a tradition and what could you ask for if not an Easter twist to the tradition? The answer is easy – multiple Easter themed afternoon tea experiences! Whether you pick Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at One Aldwych or the Mad Hatter’s afternoon tea at the Sanderson, you are bound to enjoy a unique experience!

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5.Chocolate eggs

In my personal experience, when I hear the word Easter there is one thing that automatically comes to mind – chocolate. Chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies – you name it! Thankfully, there is a swarm of options when it comes to dazzling, mouthwatering Easter treats. Fortnum & Mason’s Easter delicacies are a must, but then again so are La Maison du Chocolat at Harrods, Choccywoccydoodah, Charbonnel et Walker and the list goes on and on.

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Top 7 Things To Do in London This April

Top 7 Things To Do in London This April
by Nina Christopoulou

In a sleepless city you can expect that events will be popping up from one day to the next. Well, April has too many of them scheduled – from cooking classes to fun nights along the Thames, we have hunted the top 7 down for you.

7. Dim Sum Masterclasses

Dim Sum Masterclasses at the Chinese Cricket Club Restaurant offer a unique culinary experience. In a multicultural capital, why not try your hand at a foreign cuisine to extend your international cultural education? You will have the opportunity to participate on 3 Mondays of April!

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6. London Coffee Festival

Coffee lovers, rejoice! The London Coffee Festival is on its way to Brick Lane. From April 12th to the 15th you will have a chance to explore anything coffee related (and much more). Live music, interactive workshops and coffee based cocktails are just a small portion of what you will come across during this amazing experience. It’s the festival’s 7th year and – given what they have in store for us – it is bound to be the best one yet!

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5. Summer Day & Night Rooftop

Brixton is preparing for its Summer Day & Night Rooftop on Saturday, April 21st and it is promising to say the least. Two rooftop spaces alongside a main club space and a rum shack cocktail bar will welcome you to a House and Disco classics night of dancing and drinking!

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4. LDS

The London Disco Society is celebrating its 6th birthday, and you are in for a treat. Brace yourselves for a Disco night at Shoreditch, on April 6th. LDS will speak to your inner Discomaniac in a setting full of Keith Harring inspired tribal artwork!

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3. Underbelly Festival

Southbank welcomes the Underbelly Festival for one more year – keep in mind this one runs all through the summer so if you don’t have time in April you will have a chance to check it out later! Street food, drinks, comedic shows, circus and cabaret shows – you name it, Underbelly has it! Added plus? Entrance to street food and drinking area is free! Tickets are required for live shows only.

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2. The Dutch Master Silent Disco

Ready to try out something new? How about a silent disco? What if I told you it was on a party boat? The Dutch Master, an impressive two story party boat is hosting its Silent Sounds Boat Party, Saturdays all through April. Just put on your headphones, choose your tunes and dance your heart off!

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1. Cocktail Extravaganza at One Marylebone

The world’s best bartenders are preparing for 3 nights during April at One Marylebone. Prepare to try out cocktails like never before, with an incredible line up of bars participating in what Conde Nast Traveller dubbed: “A delectable festival of drinks”, that will take place on 5-7 April.

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