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7 Things To Do In London This February

7 Things To Do In London This February
by Nina Christopoulou

1. In case you have not had a chance to visit the New Orlean’s Mardi Gras celebrations – it’s ok, that is what bucket lists are for! You can simply pop over to East London – The Oval Space! The crew at Shabba Party have got Mardi Gras festivities covered for you: performers, live acts and great DJs all included. Did I forget to mention that tickets are pretty cheap too?

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2. In case you ever wandered what is underneath Waterloo station (I know I didn’t) – the answer would be tunnels. But during February, that would just be the VAULT Festival, which is bound to take your breath away. Top picks amongst its many shows: The Becoming Shades Immersive Circus (I was personally sold with the aerialists) and The Bleeding Heart Ball (you guessed it right: “anti-valentines” is the main theme).

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3. Pizza? Did someone say Pizza? National Pizza Day is around the corner and Hawker House in Canada Water decided to do us a solid and gather the ten best pizza makers in London. For the foodies or just pizza lovers out there, the event is taking place on February 8th.

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4. Starting February 10th, the Orchids Festival at Kew Gardens is promising to say the least. From handcrafted umbrellas to street-food, this flowery event has all things Thai and is worth your attention!

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5. Save the date: February 16th! Dubbed the “largest event outside of Asia”, the celebrations for the Chinese New Year begin at Trafalgar Square and go all the way to China Town, mesmerising viewers with floats, acrobats and of course the traditional red and golden dragons! But there is even more to it than that: The Stay Club is hosting its very own Chinese New Year extravaganza with food, music and fortune cookies! So after the China Town show, head over to any of our three residences – party starts at 9pm! In case you need more info, you can let us know at events@thestayclub.com

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6. Fashion enthusiasts will love to take a sneak peak at the London Fashion Week Festival. It has rightly earned its title as the fashion event of the season, and it is conveniently located at Strand. Probably the best thing about it: it has affordable ticket prices! So get yourself some tickets before they vanish!

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7. Could not resist but add a second food-related one here: the Parliamentary Pancake Race! Politics and food meddling to create an enjoyable experience for a good cause on February 13th. If that is not a must see, then I don’t know what is!

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5 WAYS TO MANAGE YOUR TIME EFFECTIVELY

STUDENT TIPS: 5 WAYS TO MANAGE YOUR TIME EFFECTIVELY

University is one of the best experiences ever, God knows how many fun events and how many good memories we can build during our uni days. Yet it can be very stressful to keep up with deadlines and manage time wisely. Here is our 5 steps guide to a successful time at University, let’s have a look:

1. WRITE THINGS DOWN

Write things down

Although our brains are amazingly extraordinary, we won’t be able to remember all the information that we receive on a daily basis, so the first step to manage your time wisely is to WRITE THINGS DOWN. Pick an agenda or diary, whichever works best for you, and start taking notes and slowly creating a schedule of your uni tasks. This simple tip will get you going and most importantly will set an efficient method to organise your studies.

2. MAKE LISTS

Make Lists

If the diary wasn’t enough to get you in an organised mindset, LISTS will be your new “go to” tool. Best way is to get a white board or a bunch of post-it stickers that you can easily put on your desk/wall to help you track the list of things you need to get done every week. It will only take couple of minutes a day and you’ll get way more done than you would without having a plan.

3. TAKE TIME TO YOURSELF

TAKE TIME TO YOURSELF

When managing time for your studies during deadline periods, always make sure you give yourself one day of the week exclusively dedicated to YOU, perhaps for a night out or spend some time with friends. Taking a short break is key to successfully getting back on track and giving 100% to your work.

4. STUDY WITH A FRIEND

Study with a friend

Group studies are not always the best of choices, as when studying with multiple people we all have different approaches to work. However, if you join someone who works at the same pace as you, you both can get the best out of it by keeping each other on track with tasks to complete. Great results are guaranteed!

5. GO TO THE LIBRARY

GO TO THE LIBRARY

Sometimes studying at home means being surrounded by distractions, but remember that London has so many places dedicated to students so make sure you take advantage of these spaces! Check out the British Library, just 20 minutes away from our Camden residence or simply make use of our own comfortable study rooms available in each Stay Club residence.

Top 5 One Day Destinations

Top 5 One Day Destinations
by Nina Christopoulou

Student life in London can be overwhelming, moody or simply too stressful. While London has a lot to offer, a complete change of scenery can help release that student-life stress. Time is of the essence though, that’s why we gathered the Top 5 One Day Destinations for you:

5. Windsor:

A 30 minute train ride away, the incredible Windsor castle will amaze you both on sunny and not-so-sunny days (and London has too many of the latter). If you do choose a sunny day though, don’t forget to pay a visit to the Savill Garden before grabbing a pint at the Duchess of Cambridge (and yes, that is an obvious name for a pub).

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4. Brighton:

For those rare sunny days (getting a little repetitive, I know) Brighton would be the way to go. An amazing view of the sea, the world’s oldest aquarium and the best fish and chips around at Bardsley’s. And for the thrill enthusiasts the Brighton Pier Rides have a variety to suit everyone’s needs.

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3. Bath:

Whether you are the museum type, or the endless brunch kind of person you are bound to enjoy yourself in Bath. The Roman baths are undoubtedly the city’s most beautiful attraction, but there are many more things to see! From the Fashion Museum and Victoria Art Gallery to the Pulteney Bridge there are great spots and places to explore.

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2. Cambridge:

Cambridge is well known for its universities but there’s more to it than that: like punting on the river Cam or the Fitzwilliam museum. The scenery is idealic to say the least, and the greenery is a sight for sore eyes. Then again, the universities do justify the reputation of the city: King’s College, St. John’s College and Queens’ College are a must to stroll around!

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1. Oxford:

Hands down the most picturesque city I have ever visited. Walking around Oxford gives you this feeling of *I wish I was a student here* and I would advise walking as much as possible through the alleyways, or simply take an official walking tour to get a quick feel for the city. Trinity College is bound to take your breath away, and a personal tip would be to try The Turf Tavern (one of the oldest pubs in Oxford).

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2017 Highlights

2017 Highlights

The past year has been a fantastic roller coaster for The Stay Club family, a year full of amazing projects, memorable events and the beginning of new exciting collaborations. Let’s take a look at some of the most memorable moments of the year.

We kicked off 2017 with the opening of our Colindale building, a magic brand new property that features multiple one-of-a-kind facilities such as our 100-seater private cinema with surround sound system and a restaurant with a terrace that sits up to 200 people, ideal for that morning caramel latte with a view of London’s skyline. Located just 20 minutes away from Central London and within walking distance from Middlesex University, our Colindale residence quickly became home to many unforgettable parties, networking events and cultural gatherings.

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Another great addition in 2017 was the introduction of SkyTV and BT Sport across all Stay Club properties, allowing our lovely residents to enjoy the latest sports events including Champions League and Europa League matches in the comfort of our super cosy lobbies.

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2017 has also been a year of new exciting partnerships and collaborations. We are committed to constantly improving the everyday life of our students and are excited to introduce numerous partnerships with local businesses that now offer discounts to The Stay Club residents including restaurants & coffee shops, gyms & wellness centres, hairdresser salons & barber shops and many more amazing businesses! Pop in to reception to learn more about offers available in your area.

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Over the past year, our events team had the pleasure of hosting celebrations for many exciting occasions including St Patrick’s Day, Easter, 4th of July, Wimbledon, Halloween, Christmas and many more, wrapping it all up with our festive New Year’s Eve bash! We look forward to many more regular and special events to come this year with Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year just around the corner.

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If 2017 was awesome, 2018 is about to be sensational! We have a lot of exciting plans for this year, so #StayTuned and watch this space!

7 things to do in London this January

7 THINGS TO DO IN LONDON THIS JANUARY

A brand-new year is finally here and the excitement for new adventures and memories to make is everywhere. Let’s get started and dive into the top 7 things to do in January 2018.

First of all, let us introduce you to Lumiere 2018. Coming back to the capital for another year, this festival of lights will feature works of 40 best lighting display artists who will invade the city with the most extravagant light installations and amaze Londoners once again with their stunning creativity. Visit King’s Cross, Fitzrovia, West End, Mayfair, Westminster & Victoria, and South Bank & Waterloo on 18-21 January to discover the stunning artworks.

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The next three events are for those of you who love to fill their weekends with art and coffee. This January you absolutely must visit the Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion exhibition at Victoria & Albert museum to discover how Cristóbal Balenciaga’s exquisite craftsmanship and innovative designs shaped modern fashion. The Harper’s Bazaar 150 – The First and Last Word in Fashion exhibition displayed at Fashion and Textile Museum celebrates the 150th anniversary of America’s first fashion magazine and highlights key moments and images in Bazaar’s history. Finally, North: Fashioning Identity is an exhibition that explores contemporary artistic and stylistic representations of the north of England. Enjoy these three expositions to emerge yourself in the fabulous world of fashion culture.

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However, if you prefer to put yourself up for an extreme challenge, this month marks the opening of another Barry’s Bootcamp studio, the ultimate fitness experience, in Victoria South London. The fantastic trainers at Barry’s Bootcamp are ready to kick your butt and get you back in shape for summer 2018, so what are you waiting for to get them gains?!

Another unmissable spot within our top 7 is the Crossrail Place Roof Garden in Canary Wharf, a 300-metre enclosed roof garden in the middle of the city with free access. Perfect spot to relax for a couple of hours and appreciate nature!

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Last but not least, visit Top Secret Comedy Club this January and every Tuesday for £1 only. Come down to see capital’s best stand-up comedy shows in the West End. Ideal place to enjoy some quality time with your friends and laugh the night away.

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WHERE TO CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE IN LONDON?

WHERE TO CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE IN LONDON?

Just when you thought Christmas was over, we start the countdown to the New Year‘s Eve celebrations, the most exciting time ever! A walk down the memory lane but also time to set new goals and start creating fantastic moments in 2018. Let us guide you through the top 5 events to end 2017 in the most festive way:

1. LONDON NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS

Every New Year’s Eve in the heart of the capital on the side of the river Thames Londoners get to experience the beautiful fireworks show to enter 2018, an emotional delight for your eyes!

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2. NYE CRUISES WITH VIEWS OF THE FIREWORKS

To dance the night away under the stars while sipping champagne, join some of the best cruises in town such as “Monsoon Clipper” or “The Meteor Clipper New Year’s Eve Cruise” to explore the gorgeous city of London during this festive time.

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3. NYE WITH A VIEW

Another magical way to celebrate New Year could be from the top of some of the highest skyscrapers in the city, dining and sipping champagne at Aqua Shard, or dancing the night away in Great Gatsby style at Sky Garden. Enjoy the spectacular views of London skyline and celebrate the final hours of 2017 on a whole different level.

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4. Proud Camden presents “NYE Circus with Artful Dodger”

A venue to get lost in with the wonder of a magic circus show! Surround yourself with acrobats, jugglers, and many other wonderful performers for a memorable beginning to 2018.

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5. THE BLACK CAT BALL NYE

Come celebrate the end of 2017 with one of capital’s greatest cabaret shows “The Black Cat Ball”. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to dine and sip on champagne while enjoying a magical show on Leicester Square.

What a weekend we have at Christmas in Leicester Square! The first shows of the season are here in our beautiful Spiegeltent! http://www.christmasinleicestersquare.com/whats-on#stq=&stp=1

Posted by Christmas in Leicester Square on Samstag, 11. November 2017

So let the countdown begin and get ready to dance the night away on this very special day!

WHERE TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS IN LONDON?

WHERE TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS IN LONDON?

Christmas, the time we all have been waiting for! It’s just two steps away from us, and what’s better than spending it in the most Christmassy city ever – London?!

Here’s a list of 5 Christmas events happening in London that you can’t miss this year:

1. WINTER WONDERLAND

– FREE ENTRY

Like every year on the 17th of December marks the opening of Christmas Extravaganza, where adults and kids get lost in the most precious winter world in the heart of Hyde Park. An awesome experience for all ages to enjoy the beautiful Christmassy attractions with your loved ones.

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2. MAGICAL LANTERN FESTIVAL

– Adults £16.50 in advance/ £18.50 on the day (during week), £18.00 in advance/ £20.00 on the day (during weekend)

This Christmas don’t miss the chance to visit the gorgeous illuminated silk installations at the Magical Lantern Festival, located in Chiswick House, a quirky exhibition with a modern artistic touch.

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3. CHRISTMAS AT KEW (Kew Gardens)

– Adults £16.00 to £20.00 per ticket

Take an enchanting journey into a glittering wonderland in the beautiful Kew Gardens during this Christmas period where everything is always on a whole different magical level.

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4. WINTERVILLE

– FREE ENTRY

Come enter a frosty town brimming with festive activities at Winterville, based in the core of the young and lovely Clapham Common area. A place full of attractions such as an ice skating rink, UV-powered golf course and a spectacular Big Wheel. Visit Winterville to enjoy the Christmassy vibes with friends, food and loads of fun!

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5. SOUTHBANK CHRISTMAS MARKET

– FREE ENTRY

Like every year South Bank Christmas Market is the place to be. During this festive season, this side of the river is where the magic happens and that’s where this wonderful Christmas market takes place. Indulge yourself with all the different types of Christmas treats including baked cakes and yummy food from all over the world. Go there to do your Christmas shopping and make sure to check out the lovely cards, candles, decorations and much more. Finally, you can also join the amazing Christmas shows hosted at the South Bank Christmas Market to get into the festive spirit!

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So what are you waiting for?! Go visit these awesome places, and get ready for Christmas 2017 in style!

Five Reasons Why Winter Wonderland is a festive must

Five Reasons Why Winter Wonderland is a Festive Must
by Nina Christopoulou

It’s that time of year again and London has upheld the longstanding tradition of making you feel like a 5 year old who still believes Santa is on his way. Apart from the festive lights and the Christmas music, Hyde Park’s hidden gem, Winter Wonderland, made it’s way back for the 11th time. In case you haven’t had a chance to pop in for a visit, here are some reasons why you may want to re-think that:

1. The adrenaline

Oh no, I am not confused, that was correctly written. Winter Wonderland has many rides that you will love regardless of your preference- from the Air for thrill enthusiasts to Ice Mountain for those who are curious to see what the Arctic is all about.

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Tip: The Munich Looping is a personal favourite!

2. The food

It would be impossible to try to fit all the food options here. Hinting on some highlights though, there is a Bavarian village and it is even bigger than previous years since it comes with the traditional Octoberfest experience included: The Almhütte. In the case that rusty wooden chalets and flame grilled salmon is not for you, there are numerous street food options as well as the Arctic Lodge and the Carousel bar to help you brave the cold during your visit!

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Tip: The Glühwein will keep you warm and cozy!

3. The Christmas shopping:

No need to panic over Christmas shopping anymore, you can stumble upon anything you want here. The Angels market has anything you could wish for while doing your Christmas shopping.

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Tip: The ornaments are a must!

4. The karaoke

Bar Hütte gives you the chance to rent your own hütte (drink included in the ticket) and sing-a-long to the Christmas classics. If all else fails, karaoke-ing with your friends is bound to bring out your festive self!

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Tip: the sweet calzone is worth the taste.

5. The Bar Ice

It is all you could imagine in an ice bar, and even more! The only thing it is not, is warm and cozy (the temperature is -10°C!)- but they’ve got you covered! You’ll be provided with a winter cloak and gloves on arrival.

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Tip: The Instagram-perfect venue sells out fast- so book in advance to be sure.

The grandiose tribute to festive fun is worth a peek, especially considering that entry is free and opening hours accommodate all: 10 am to 10 pm. Remember, you only have until January 1st (well, there is always next year – but why wait?)

3 websites offering student discounts

Life as a student can be expensive and difficult but fear not, there are many websites to help you save money and solve your problems.

1. UniDays. UniDays is a super useful online discount website that provides special offers for students. Do you need a new computer or a perfect outfit for an upcoming party? Make a free account on Unidays and discover hundreds of great offers and discounts. UniDays also has a blog which provides you with recipes, fashion advice, and useful information on the latest trends in music.

More info: https://www.myunidays.com/

2. Student Beans. Student Beans is a website that provides you with discounts on a variety of products. From groceries to makeup to clothing you will be able to save money on almost everything you might need as a student. Student Beans also lists the latest jobs in the UK for graduates and students. This includes full time jobs, part time jobs and even weekend and summer holiday opportunities. All you have to do is sign up and search through the numerous offers and work placements.

More info: https://www.studentbeans.com/

3. Save the Student. Save the Student! provides free advice to students on how to get the most out of their money. It also finds the best offers and brings them all together in one user friendly website. Whether you want to find out how to make some pocket money or how to deal with a tricky housemate, they got all the advice you might require. The website is free and you don’t have to sign in.

More info: https://www.savethestudent.org/

There are many more useful student websites out there so make sure to browse the internet to find special offers and expert advice on exactly what you need.