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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?

Credit: @Mardi Gras World

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).

Credit: @We Are Waterloo UK

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

Credit: @London Revealed

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.

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

Gepostet von Christmas in Leicester Square am 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!

Credit: @Bar Hütte

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?)