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7 Must-Visit Museums in London

7 Must-Visit Museums in London
by Nina Christopoulou

In the cultural mecca that is London, choosing which museums to visit first is undoubtedly a challenge. In case you would like a little guidance on which are the top picks, we have selected a few for you:

1. Tate Modern

Personal favourite and something more than a museum – an experience on its own right! Even those indifferent to contemporary art can not resist its charms. The numerous exhibitions are an added plus! Tip: Don’t miss the swing sets for three, currently placed in the Turbine Hall.

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2. Natural History Museum

The building alone is breath-taking, but the various collections inside of it leave you in awe. Understandably, the most popular being the Dinosaurs – and yes you do get Jurassic Park jitters. Tip: Did I mention the gigantic roaring T-Rex?

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3. Victoria and Albert Museum

Dubbed the world’s leading art and design museum, it lives up to its title! The permanent exhibition is more or less all-inclusive, and there are frequent exhibitions for all preferences. Tip: The Jewellery collection will definitely dazzle you!

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4. The British Museum

No introduction required here I would say. Around 8 million works originating from all continents fascinate guests, and it takes strong perseverance to manage most of the museum in one go. Tip: Do not miss the Rosetta Stone and Elgin marbles.

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5. The Design Museum

A new addition to London’s museum scene, the Design Museum opened its doors in 2016 with a rather small but immensely interesting main exhibition. Tip: While you are there, don’t forget to look up: the modern architectural structure of the ceiling is impressive as well.

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6. The Saatchi Gallery

Well, not exactly a museum but it made it to the list nonetheless! High ceilings, white walls and scarcely placed paintings and sculptures offer an experience like no other. Tip: The Gallery’s shop has the most miscellaneous findings.

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7. National Portrait Gallery

From Picasso to Rembrandt and Van Gogh, the National Portrait Gallery (conveniently located in Trafalgar Square) houses more than 2000 works! Tip: Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” is worth more than a momentary gaze!

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7 Reasons you should move to study in London

7 Reasons you should move to study in London TODAY
by Nina Christopoulou

London seems to be the obvious option when contemplating studying abroad, but why is it really that valued? Having spent some time in London as a student, I narrowed down why I believe that everyone should consider studying in London!

1. Unis

Couldn’t resist but begin with the basics. London has over 40 higher education institutions, amassing a total student population which exceeds 400,000. The reputation that these institutions have gained globally is by itself a substantial motive, but so is the opportunity to experience the UK educational system which – as per my experience – is unique in its approach!

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2. Culture

London is promulgated as a cultural hub, not without reason! Museums, musicals, theatre, exhibitions, street installations – you name it, London has it! There are new experiences to see every month in the city that does not allow you to be bored.

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3. Pubs

They are everywhere and they are definitely worth a tour! From Anchor Bankside featuring a breathtaking view of the Thames to Spaniards Inn, there is a variety for all ages and tastes. Student life anxiety is definitely tamed with a good ale in your arm!

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4. Trips

Although free time as a student is subject to question, whenever you are able to find a day or two you have unlimited opportunities to take a breather! Trips are easy to make in London and more importantly, there are budget options. Whether your interest lies in exploring England or travel abroad, London is the place for you.

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5. Food

A great selection of incredible tastes and authentic food from a variety of cuisines is a characteristic of the city and a must when it comes to student life. Ranging from Indian restaurants considered to offer the best of Indian cuisine, street food markets and pop-up food events, you will need discipline to not go all out!

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6. Discounts

Student budgets are respected here, despite the ultimately high cost of London life. Discounts are offered to anything from your Oyster card to your much-needed Topshop shopping spree, making you feel special and deserving of little perks! So don’t forget to sign up to UniDays!

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7. The Stay Club

Couldn’t finish the list without mentioning the Stay Club now, could I? If student life is to become comfortable, then this would be the place it happens! The Stay Club Cafe has got your stomach covered, the 24 hour reception is there for deliveries, your emergencies or simply to chat and the linen service caters to your laziness. So all that you need to worry about is time-management and how to become a billiard pro (yeah, we got one of those tables in our lobby – surprised?).

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How to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in London

How to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in London
by Nina Christopoulou

One of the highlights of London’s annual events is, as you may have already guessed, St. Patrick’s Day! March 16th marks the beginning of the celebrations, but they don’t end within 24 hours, but instead, March 18th. Green decorations, rivers of Guinness and bits and pieces of Irish culture make up this extraordinary experience – for those of you that have not experienced Paddy’s Day in London before, here are the essential pieces of information.

1. The parade – DO NOT miss the parade!

At 12 pm the impressive bands, colourful floats and Irish dancing schools start marching down Piccadilly – on the 18th of March, that is! A sight that you should not miss, the parade is a fun tribute to Ireland’s patron saint.

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2. There is a festival too!

Once you have seen enough of the parade you can make your way down to Trafalgar Square. You will find Irish food in all its glory, craft stalls for the birthday gifts you have forgotten to get, and performances to accompany your stride.

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3. Have I not mentioned the Guinness?

London’s Irish pubs and bars are dressing up in their appropriate green ensembles and serving Guinness aplenty throughout the weekend. And yes, Guinness is a must, as it has been enjoyed at every St. Patrick’s Day since Arthur Guinness set up his brewery in 1759 (that seems like a long time, huh?).

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4. Yeap, the film festival seems pretty cool!

For those of you that want to emerge themselves a little more into Irish culture, this is a perfect pick! From March 16th to March 18th, the St. Patrick’s Film Festival has short films, Q&A’s and UK premieres in store for you. You can find out more about the film festival here: www.irishfilmfestivallondon.com/festival-programme/

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5. #IamIrish

St. Patrick’s Day is mostly fun and games, but this Photographic Exhibition taps into societal issues in the most magnificent way. The project was envisioned as a means of portraying what it really means to be Irish, via an intimate study of 24 mixed race Irish people. The exhibition runs from March 14th to April 13th at City Hall and is worth your attention!

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TOP 7 THINGS TO DO IN LONDON THIS MARCH

TOP 7 THINGS TO DO IN LONDON THIS MARCH
by Nina Christopoulou

7. The Great Daffodil Appeal

The Great Daffodil Appeal is making a come-back in 2018 for a great cause! Head over to Paternoster square to be dazzled by the 4,000 illuminated daffodils, hear letters from patient’s families describing the incredible work Marie Curie Nurses do in support of those affected by terminal illnesses and their families, and contribute your own message to the installation. You will have a chance to do so until Sunday, 11 March.

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6. March4Women

Αny plans for March 4th? No? Not yet? Well now you do- the March4Women is taking place, and no it is not just a female thing! From Sadiq Khan to Bianca Jagger all will be present, supporting gender equality. The rally ends in Trafalgar Square where inspirational speeches, music and entertainment will abound.

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5. St. Patrick’s Day

Celebrating St. Patrick’s day is a must-do in this city. Don’t be fooled by the term “Day”- the celebration is a weekend thing with all sorts of activities available. Most notable of said activities is of course the parade. But I wouldn’t want to disclose too much info- you can prepare your Paddy’s weekend when we release our guide on the top things to checkout for St. Patrick’s day!

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4. Hope to Nope

An exhibition bound to bring out your skeptical self, Hope to Nope chronicles the most turbulent events of the past decade. Opening on March 28th, it is definitely worth popping over to the Design Museum for a stroll around the exhibition!

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3. The Oscars

The Oscars are just around the corner, and there is no better way to enjoy them than with your friends, in a comfortable chair and a huge screen! How is that possible you ask? Well, we’ve got you covered. The Stay Club Colindale is hosting an Oscars screening in the cinema room (no, that’s not a typo, I am referring to an actual cinema room). There is also a popcorn machine. Also not a typo. So your Sunday night (March 4th) is now reserved, I presume?

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2. London Beer Week

In other news, London Beer Week is closing up and my excitement level is rising dangerously. The seven-day festival requires a Digital Pass which entitles you to 5 pound Beer Flights in over 75 bars across the city. I am definitely sold. Hurry, it’s closing up: 12 to 18th of March.

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1. The Cancer Research UK Boat Race

Sports for a good cause between Britain’s top universities sounds kind of cool. On March 24th, The Cancer Research UK Men’s and Women’s Boat Race will take place. Position yourself on either side of the Thames (tip: Putney Bridge or Duke’s Meadows are some of the best viewing spots) to see Oxford and Cambridge compete with each other as almost 250,000 viewers cheer along!

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GUIDE TO LONDON’S STREET FOOD SCENE

GUIDE TO LONDON’S STREET FOOD SCENE
by Nina Christopoulou

The fact that London has a lot to offer has been said before. What needs stressing is the importance of trying out the food in this city – and there are plenty of street food markets tailored to everyone’s needs!  

1. One of the most renowned street food scenes is KERB food market in Camden. Given Camden’s alternative character and variety of offerings, it would be unthought of that the market would not be accompanied by a street food market equally impressive. You will find it just across the street from our Camden residence!
Tip: Wheelcake Island is bound to satisfy your sweet cravings.

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2. For those which have a soft spot for Asian cuisine, Bang Bang Oriental is a must (conveniently located just ten minutes from our Colindale residence). With 33 individual kiosks it is safe to say that it is an all inclusive venue.
Tip: The egg waffles at Chatime!

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3. The Borough market needs no introduction to Londoners and tourists alike – more than 1,000 years of supplying food have rendered it synonymous with the London food scene. No need for a tip here! Just trust your instinct…

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4. Victorian railway surroundings and incredible tastes make the Maltby street food market in Southwark worth a visit.
Tip: Sausage enthusiasts are bound to appreciate Herman Ze German.

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5. Shoreditch is an area known for many things (first and foremost its vibrant atmosphere) – Boxpark being at the top of the list. The shipping container complex offers an abundance of mouthwatering venues to explore, so don’t dare waste your next Sunday outing on anything else!
Tip: Falafelicious does not disappoint!

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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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