Christmas in London 2018

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London is worth a visit at any time of the year but at Christmas, we think it is particularly special. If you are joining us this year for our Christmas and New Year Course then you are in for a treat. There are so many wonderful things to see and do at this time of the year and many of them are free.

Here is Tti’s guide to the best of London at Christmas time:

Make the most of your time in London over the festive period by visiting one of London’s magical Christmas markets. Here are our picks of the best markets giving you the chance to turn Christmas present shopping into a fun day out returning home with lots of original gifts from our wonderful city!

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The largest Christmas event in London which seems to get bigger each year is Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. This market is a must for any visitors to London over the next few weeks. Attractions include Zippo’s Christmas Circus, ice skating under the stars, the Giant Observation Wheel and the Magical Ice Kingdom. There are also plenty of fairground rides and 200 chalets to browse in the Christmas Market. Opens 10 am to 10 pm daily until Jan 6th. Look out for this market on our December Social Programme!

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Another popular and large market is the Southbank Centre Winter Market. It takes place until 6th January. The Winter Market and pop-ups offer the very best in global street food, craft beers, cocktails, artisan gifts and more. Along with the market you can also get involved in the South Bank Winter Festival.  Where you will find lots of lovely activities for all ages. It’s definitely worth a visit.

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Our final pick is Covent Garden Market! We LOVE walking through this market at any time of the year but at Christmas, it is extra special! The beautiful Christmas tree in the piazza and the stunning decorations in the Market Building really get us into the Christmas Spirit! This year they have created ultimate Christmas Instagram spot on the North Piazza. The Covent Garden green vintage ’67 Morris Minor is parked up on the North Piazza and has been decked out with a stack of 21 Christmas presents, 20 lights and finished with a festive green wreath. Definitely worth a few pictures!

We are sure that you will find some great gifts at these markets as well as having a great time in our fabulous city at this magical time of year! Happy Shopping!

It seems to us that year on year more ice rinks pop up in London over the festive period. As our Christmas Course students are arriving this weekend, we thought we would select the top five rinks as skating is a must for any visitor to London at this time of the year.

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In the past pop up ice rinks were not necessary as unbelievable as it may now seem, the Thames used to freeze over! Between 1600 and 1814, it was not uncommon for the river to freeze over for up to two months at the time! Enterprising Londoners made the most of the wintery conditions and set up the Thames Frost Fairs. Between 1607 and 1814 there were a total of seven large fairs, as well as some smaller ones. According to historical records shops, stalls, pub and ice rinks were all set up on the frozen river! Here is a list of the most popular ice rinks in London for 2018.

  1. Natural History Museum Ice Rink-link

  2. Tower of London Ice Rink-link

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  4. Hampton Court Ice Rink-link

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So, you’ve been ice skating and bought all your Christmas presents at one of the beautiful markets, so what’s next? Here are a few more seasonal suggestions:

How about visiting a royal palace? Kensington Palace has several Christmas events taking place throughout December. They include finding out about how Victorians celebrated Christmas as well as Christmas music and cinema events. Or how about a Christmas show? There are so many great shows to see at this time of year, everything from musicals, seasonal concerts, festive ballet to the British favourite, pantomimes! Snow White at The London Palladium is a star-studded show and will certainly get you into the Christmas Spirit!

We look forward to welcoming you to this amazing city at this magical time of year!

To find out more about our Christmas and New Year course please follow this link: www.ttischool.com 

What is it like to be an intern in London?

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Let me introduce myself! My name is Cas Goertzen, and I’m an 18-year-old student from the Netherlands who went to Tti School of English for an internship period of 3 months. I love to play football and go to the gym in my spare time, and like to make new friends! Now my three months in England are almost over, and I’m really sad about the fact that I’m about to finish my internship period at Tti School of English.

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I arrived in London on the 1st of September. At the time I arrived, it felt like I was thrown into the deep water without knowing how to swim. I had a lot of concerns about the way of traffic, the different currency, and other points even though I had invested a lot of time in making a clear idea for myself about how big the commitment is of being on an internship abroad.

In my first week in London, I went to school. During this week, I tried to get a better understanding of how working in England is different compared to my home country, The Netherlands. After this week of school, I started my internship at Tti School of English.

When I first walked through the door, I was nervous. I did not know what to expect, and it was a whole new experience. But once I went upstairs to meet my new colleagues, I immediately gained a warm-welcome feeling! I got offered a drink, and they really cared about me as a person (and not only as a colleague.) This immediately took my nerves away! All the staff members were really kind-hearted and had the willingness to help me.

I started to look into the Student Handbook, which is a handbook to give you a better understanding of Tti School of English, and London in general. The content in the handbook really helped me through my time in London!

I also got told that Tti School provides a Social Programme. This is a monthly schedule with a variety of activities every day after school to which Tti School of English recommends going! I went to the Camden Welcome Tour, which Sian recommended me. I really enjoyed it and got a so much better view about my environment! I am really thankful for the support from all of the staff members, and all the kind-hearted teachers.

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But the teachers are not the only thing that really helped me through London. I also want to mention the students! Every week new students are coming in, with the result being a (long-lasting) friendship. Everyone can get along, and there’s a great atmosphere within the school! I really enjoyed my time. I went to the Halloween Party with a nice group of students and teachers at Cafe Chula.  I enjoyed the party so much, and we even managed to make a lovely group picture, which will remind me of the great time I had during my internship at Tti School of English!

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Even though I was scared of what to expect, Tti School of English and London in general really surpassed all my expectations! I loved exploring new areas and went to see a lot of different things every weekend. I am a big football fan, and my host family was really close to the Wembley Stadium. I went to see the stadium on a big match day, and this was one of my most beautiful experiences because you could really see how crowded the stadium was on an important day!

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During my 3 months abroad I was staying in a really kind-hearted host family. They are of Indian origin, and were really good cooks! I really enjoyed my stay, and the host family was located in Wembley, (1 minute away from the stadium!) They also have a lovely 17-year-old cat named Lucky, which was really sweet!

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I would love to give a big thank you to all the students and staff members for giving me such a lovely time at Tti School of English. It was an experience of a lifetime, and I would love to go again in the future! I also want to thank my host family for all their care and support!

Thanks to you Cas! It was a pleasure having you work with us! Thanks also for your contribution to our blog! To find out more about our school please visit our website: www.ttischool.com

Living and Working in London-An Intern’s view

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Thilde from Denmark is living and working in London for 2 weeks. Here is her second blog describing her experiences at Tti and in London!

My second week at Tti is now done and I’m going home tomorrow, I’m so sad to leave because I’m just starting to get to know people and now I have to leave. It’s been a real pleasure to have this internship at Tti, absolutely the most friendly people and kind to work with so I’m going to miss this place. If I had to study English and become better at the language, I would without any doubt choose Tti (note that!)

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This week we’ve welcomed new students and I’ve been getting tasks that require more responsibility, such as checking invoices and checking attendance and things like that.  Also, I was asked to lead a tour for our social programme for this week. I had to take the students to the Natural History Museum, which is in South Kensington. We went on Wednesday and we had a blast! It was so cool to see all kinds of things from the past and new things that scientists have found recently, I would definitely recommend you to go there!

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This week we’ve had some partners visiting us, just make sure everything is as it should be and see our different accommodations. It was really exciting to experience, and to prepare for them to come.

Also, we’ve been preparing for the Halloween Party we are having at Cafe Chula which is in Camden Town on Thursday 25th October.

I haven’t got that much time this week to hang out with my friends, because I was tired when I got home, but on Tuesday I went  with three of my friends to a restaurant called Bills (42 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6EY), it was a bit pricey but it was worth it!

I invited two of my girlfriends to the Halloween Party, and we dressed up as three devil girls. We had fun and people were very scary and had made a lot of effort with their costumes. It was so great to experience!

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We have leavers day today and we said goodbye to a bunch of people, Marianne always says it’s Friday so we are not sad, but just a bit because we have to say goodbye to some of the students.

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Also, I got a goodbye gift, which was so kind and sweet and I really appreciate it, so Thank you for everything Tti Team!

Thanks to you Thilde! It was a pleasure having you work with us! Thanks also for your contribution to our blog! To find out more about our school please visit our website: www.ttischool.com

Christmas and New Year in London

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Christmas and New Year are just around the corner and unlike many other schools, Tti School stays open during the holidays! Every year we offer a course for our current students and students visiting London for those two weeks who wish to improve their English.

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The content of the lessons will depend on the makeup of the classes – our syllabus and lesson plans are negotiated depending on students’ needs, lacks and wants. But everybody should expect fun lessons led by experienced teachers who will incorporate Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening skills as well as work on Grammar, Vocabulary and Pronunciation. You may have a lesson explaining the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland that will incorporate listening tasks, vocabulary building and speaking presentations. Or practice a comprehensive list of phrasal verbs around decorating the house for Christmas. Or even complex grammar points used to express the future, to give advice and recommendation and even grammar needed to speculate, hypothesise and complain.

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Of course, Christmas and New Year is a special time to visit London and students should expect some of the lessons to incorporate some of the traditions and themes of Christmas. As well as the lessons, our always exciting Social Programme is particularly special during the holidays with plenty of activities with the best the city has to offer in this magical time. We have planned visits to galleries, museums and special exhibitions, visits to traditional restaurants and award-winning pubs as well as Winter Festivals and even the giant Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square – in the heart of historical London. Not to mention the fantastic Sales in the West End where all prices get dramatically reduced on the 26th of December.

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The school atmosphere is cosy and oh so very festive with our Christmas decorations and mince pies to snack on while in class. It’s a very special period to study in London and we guarantee that you will have the best of times!

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To find out more about our Christmas and New Year course please follow this link: www.ttischool.com

What’s it like to live and work in London?

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Live and work in London-An internship in London…..Thilde joined the Tti Team as an intern. She is from Copenhagen, in Denmark and is here to support us with some of our administration tasks for two weeks. This is her first blog post about her time living and working in London!

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Read on to find out more about what it is like to intern in London!

Today, Monday 15th of October was my first day as an Intern and my second week in London is starting now. I’ve been to another English School last week, which helped me get prepared for the internship at Tti School of English. My purpose with this internship is to learn about work ethic and experience other costumes as well as working culture. It will help me get more independent and responsible and benefit me in my future.

I’ve met my workmates and done some small tasks to get me started. It’s been exciting and fun to experience what it is to work as an adult and to apply what I’ve been taught from the school. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the next two weeks bring me!

It’s now my second day at Tti School, I’ve been doing a lot of desk work as to do copies of CD’s so we are ready for the exams next week.

I’ve been writing a lot of questions from students who used to go here, who has recommended the school to other students. It’s been taking a while but it’s a task I have to do during the week. Because of the many tasks, I had to do to daytime just flew by.

I’m starting to learn how to do small tasks by myself without any help, and I’m really looking forward to doing some marketing tasks and maybe some research. I find it fun but also challenging but in a good way, the things I learn here will definitely benefit me in the future.   

After work, I’m going to a musical about Michael Jackson called Thriller Live with my classmates from my school in Denmark who also have internships here in the UK in different places. It will be nice to see them again because I haven’t seen them since Friday, and I really miss hanging out with them since I’m used to seeing them every day.

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Today has not been as busy as yesterday. I’ve been working on some schedules where I collect data to marketing, I find it really exciting but I have also found out that it takes a lot more time and preparation then I might think. I’m becoming much more familiar with the IT system and I’m starting to get bigger tasks and already been given more responsibility. We’ve had the usual (so, I’ve been told) weekly Wednesday meeting, here we talked about what tasks have been done and are in progress and also an improvement for the staff and the school to make it an even better place for students to come and study. A quite exciting thing I was told to do was, observe a class (to be a student for a lessons), so at 11 to 11:50 I was in Luke’s class as a normal student. I wrote a report on a topic I’d been given and got to learn some grammar which was very useful, plus I got to meet some of the students who go to the school which was really nice because they don’t see me as often because I’m in the office, so today I’ve met some new faces (yet again:).

After work, I will go and see my friends parents from Denmark who are visiting London for a week. Due to the fact that I’ve now been in London for a week and a half I consider myself being quite familiar with central London and so I will be their tour guide for a day.

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I will show them SOHO and China Town all the tourist attractions but also focus on things I’ve found myself such as small cafes, local pubs, small beautiful parks and a shopping centre known as London Designer Outlet close to Wembley Stadium.

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So I’ve finished all the tasks I’ve been given the past few days, I’ve done the statistics of the students to the different agencies and prepared classrooms 3 and 1 for the exams which will start next week. There hasn’t been much to do today other than preparation for the Leaver’s Ceremony, so I have made 25 welcome packs for the new students coming on Monday!

The weather was very nice so I decided to go to Camden Market where I got the best fish & chips I’ve ever had and this yummy waffle with ice-cream from Bubble Mania.

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At the evening, I went to In Parma (10 Charlotte Pl, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1SH) an Italian restaurant. I met up with my 3 friends and we went enjoyed a lovely Italian meal.

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Some of the students from the school had a social activity, they were going to the pub. I was also invited but I couldn’t go because of my appointment with my girlfriends, but I heard they had a lot of fun!

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So, I’ve been working on a marketing task were I had to answer a bunch of questions about the school from an agency. It was quite hard to find all the right information, but I managed to almost answer all the question without help :)

Also, every Friday we have the Leaver’s Ceremony where all the students who finished their courses get a certificate and we all say goodbye to them. There was about 7 leaver’s and they’ve all been enjoying classes and the teachers gave them credit for their hard work.

It’s nearly Halloween and here at Tti School, we are having a Halloween Party! I’ve been decorating the school a bit today so people really can get in the Halloween spirit.

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I must leave a bit earlier because of my mom and sister are coming to visit me and spend the whole weekend with me, which I’m really looking forward to because I really miss them a lot.

Thanks Thilde for your contribution to our blog! To find out more about our school please visit our website: www.ttischool.com

 

Where to see the best firework displays in London 2018?

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“Remember remember the first week of November!”

On 5th November this year people across the UK will light bonfires, let off fireworks, and burn effigies of a man named Guy Fawkes. The reason they do this is that it is the anniversary of The Gunpowder Plot (1605); a failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London by a group of dissident Catholics.

In 1603, Protestant James I became King of England. His predecessor Queen Elizabeth I had repressed Catholicism in England. Many Catholics hoped that James, being the son of the late Catholic Mary Queen of Scots, would be more sympathetic to their plight. He wasn’t and continued to carry out persecutions against them.

When is Bonfire Night?

The main firework action takes places on Monday, November 5th 2018, although events will run before and afterwards. Start planning your night of pyrotechnic fun using our listings below.

Where are the best firework displays in London?

Firework displays take place across the whole of London. Stay in your local area, or venture further afield, and pick a fireworks party that’s sure to end with a bang.

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Firework Displays in London 2018! Here is our guide!

BATTERSEA PARK FIREWORKS

Book in your friends and family as the annual Battersea Park Fireworks display is back on Saturday 03 November 2018 to ignite the skies of Wandsworth inspired by this year’s theme, “Circus”.

Head over to Circus West Village at Battersea Power Station before or after the fireworks to enjoy one of the many new restaurants, bars and cafes now open in this exciting new riverside quarter. There is something for all the family to enjoy plus you’ll also be able to hop on and off the MBNA Thames Clippers River Bus at the Battersea Power Station Pier.

Gates open at and the bonfire is lit at 7.30pm by Councillor Jane Cooper, Deputy Mayor of Wandsworth. Fireworks start at, there is no entry after.

Tickets: £10.00 + booking fee

Location:

Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ

https://batterseapowerstation.co.uk/whats-on/detail/battersea-park-fireworks

ALEXANDRA PALACE FIREWORKS FESTIVAL

The Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival is easily one of the biggest displays in town. In fact, it’s so lofty, this year it’s happening TWICE, Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd of November. See impressive fireworks exploding with a glittering panoramic view of London as its backdrop while munching on street food and drinking craft beer. There is a family specific area, too.

Tickets: from £8.50

Location:

Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY

https://fireworks.london/

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LAMBETH FIREWORKS

The Lambeth Fireworks display is back in Brockwell Park this year Saturday 3rd of November and promises to be bigger and better than ever with two displays for the price of one ticket. The first will be a kids’ movies themed display and will be followed by ‘The Time Tunnel’ show – fireworks choreographed to anthems from the ’90s onwards which to take revelers on a nostalgic journey. There will also be funfair rides, bars and plenty of great food from the likes of BBQ, Mac to the Future and Le Rac Shack.

Tickets: £10

Location:

Norwood Rd, London SE24 9BJ

http://www.lambethfireworks.london/

VICTORIA PARK FIREWORKS

Also known as the Tower Hamlets Fireworks, this is one of the few remaining free fireworks events in London. The theme of the display this year is Monsters, inspired by the first science-fiction novel Frankenstein which was published two centuries ago. The firework display and accompanying soundtrack have been designed by pyrotechnics group Walk the Plank and will start Sunday 4th at 7 pm. You’ll want to arrive early to enjoy a mulled wine from one of the local stalls in the park though from 5.30 pm.

Tickets: FREE event! No booking required

Location:

Grove Rd, Bow, London E3 5TB

http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?guide=Events&cat=44&cid=67956

CRYSTAL PALACE FIREWORK DISPLAY

Gates open at 6 pm on the 5th of November. The show will be a magical display with fewer bangs for the younger audience. This will be followed by a spectacular light show. The main family fireworks display including choreographed lights will take place at 8.30pm

TWO shows one fantastic price and even better news ticket prices are the same as last year!

Tickets: £8.50

Location:

Crystal Palace, London, SE19 2EL

https://www.crystalpalacefireworks.co.uk/

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BLACKHEATH FIREWORKS

As one of the capital’s rare major displays that’s still free, Blackheath attracts crowds of up to 100,000 to its all-day Guy Fawkes bash. This year’s event is on Saturday 3 November 2018.

Colourful fairground rides take over the heath from midday, food and drink stalls open at 5 pm and the fireworks kick off at 8 pm and will last for around 15 minutes. Don’t miss a wander through Blackheath Village, where the celebrations spill out into the streets.

Tickets: FREE.

Location:

Blackheath, London SE3 0TZ

https://lewisham.gov.uk/inmyarea/events/fireworks/Pages/default.aspx

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT IN WEMBLEY PARK

Wembley Park Fireworks Night returns on November 4th 2018 with FREE ‘Light Up The Night’ festival for all the family, to celebrate Brent’s cultural diversity in an explosion of music, colours, fire and light, which combine the best of Bonfire Night and Diwali. It will be free to members of the public, making it a unique experience for communities in Brent and London-wide.

Wembley Park’s Light Up the Night Festival will feature a packed programme of activities for everyone, including three stages with live performances and the ultimate fireworks displays across Wembley Park.

Starting at 4 pm, Light Up the Night will feature live performances, Doctor Kronovator’s Fire Laboratory – an interactive environment with nine ingenious fire installations – and a fire and light parade created by Emergency Exit Arts, culminating in a firework spectacular at 7 pm.

Tickets: FREE

Location:

Wembley Park, London, HA9 0EG

http://wembleypark.com/fireworks/

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And if you miss this chance but you are still in London at the end of the year…keep in mind that Bonfire Night in London is not the only large-scale fireworks London event. At the end of the year, London’s largest annual fireworks display place: London New Year’s Eve fireworks. You must book the tickets in advance! Tickets are £10 each and you can book up to four per person. Have fun!

https://www.seetickets.com/content/london-new-years-eve-fireworks

For more ideas on what to do in November check out our Social Programme at www.ttischool.com

Adult English Courses in London!

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The weekly social programme excursions are a unique aspect of our 30+ course.

As part of our 30+ course, we enjoy a variety of class excursions for educational purposes. Our trips vary from walks to enjoy the views from the top of Hampstead Heath, tucking into a bite to eat at the famous Borough Market to visiting museums and galleries. At the beginning of each week, we discuss suggestions as a group (as well as check the weather!) finding a suitable activity and time for everyone, fitting around other classes and social activities.

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Autumn in Camden Town

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In this blog post Ophelia, our Senior Registrar has put together a list of upcoming local Camden events that you should check out!

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Hello everyone! Summer might be fading away, but that doesn’t mean that events in our lovely borough are slowing down!

23rd September: Parliament Hill Street Party

The theme of this Sunday party is “Bunker Down at Haddo House”.There will be a virtual bunker tour, art workshops and installations, live music, food stalls, table tennis competitions and much more. For more information simply follow this link: https://www.parlyparty.org.uk/

Until 7th October 2018- Frieze Sculpture Festival

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Frieze Sculpture returns to the English Gardens of Regent’s Park for three months from summer until the end of  Frieze London Art festival, featuring works by 25 contemporary and modern artists presented by world-leading galleries. The free-to-view sculpture trail is the most accessible part of London’s biggest art fair with more than five million people visiting last year.

It is free of charge and you can find more information at http://www.frieze.com/sculpture

19th October: “Bad Moon Rising: a Creedence Clearwater Revival Special “ (at the Blue’s Kitchen and Bar)

We’re celebrating one of the greatest bands of the 60s, one that sold over 26 million records, played at the legendary Woodstock Festival and ranked in Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest artists of all time. Along with The Beatles and Stones, Creedence dominated the charts in the UK and USA during the counterculture period of the late 1960s. The Midnight Special will be performing their biggest hits to keep you grooving from 10:30pm.

Entry is only £5.70, and you can buy your tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk

Have fun and send us some photos of these events if you attend!

 Thanks Ophelia! For more information about our school visit our homepage www.ttischool.com

Millennial language

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Millennials or Generation X – people who were born between 1985 and 2000 and have no idea of what life was like before mobile phones are the current generation in their prime years. True, they get a lot of bad press but they have created a language of their own. In this Academic Blog, our Director of Studies Marianne will look into the most common words and phrases Millennials created as well as their complex online communication codes.

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Yudai: English and Football at Tti School

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If you are into English and Football, London is the right place to be. You can watch a match in a pub with a cold beer, join Londoners in a park for a friendly game or visit Wembley Stadium, the temple of British football.

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Yudai studied English with us for 10 months and now he’s leaving to make his dream come true and become a Professional Football Player. He has just signed a contract with a Swedish team and we’re delighted that he shared his story and his experience with us here at Tti! Congratulations Yudai! Watch the video!

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5 tips to improve your pronunciation

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Could you repeat please? Say that again?

Do people often ask you to repeat things because they didn’t understand you? Or perhaps you speak clearly but just wishes that your pronunciation continues to improve until you perfect difficult sounds? (th I’m looking at you) Fear no more. In this week’s Academic Blog, our Director of Studies Marianne, will give you some essential tips on how to improve your accent quickly.

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Poems inspired by Roald Dahl

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In our last cycle we had an Option class called Writing and Speaking Masterclass for higher level students. It was taught by our awesome teacher Steve and during one of the weeks, they were studying the works of British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot Roald Dahl. Keep reading to find out more about the author, his works, the techniques studied in class and read the amazing poems written by students.

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Swimming Pools in London

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The weather has been lovely recently and the height of summer is almost upon us. Did you know London has many wonderful swimming pools and sports centres that you can take advantage of, at very competitive prices? Here are some of my favourites, all tried and tested!

London Aquatics Centre ( Stratford- East London)
A truly wonderful and awe-inspiring state-of-the-art centre, this is the place where the aquatic sports of the London 2012 Olympics took place.  With two massive swimming pools, showers, changing facilities and prices starting at £4.95 per session, there is no reason not to visit it! Only 20 minutes away from Tti by the London Overground.
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London Fields Lido ( Cambridge Heath, East London)
THE place to see and be seen this summer! This wonderful open-air warm-water swimming pool is a very popular spot for the trendy locals of East London. The prices start at £4.85 per swimming session, and after that, you can have a picnic in the wonderful London Fields park, where the Lido is located.  Or why not visit Broadway market? Whichever you decide to do, make sure you do not pass this swimming pool! And…it is open whatever the weather!
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Hampstead Heath swimming ponds ( Kentish Town – North London)
Located a few minutes away from Tti by public transport, Hampstead Heath’s swimming ponds were originally dammed-off clay pits. Three pools are open, to ladies, men and mixed groups (including accompanied children aged eight-15, at the lifeguards’ discretion).
The entry price is only £2.00, and as they are natural open-air swimming pools,  even in the summer the water is chilly, but with good luck the summer in London will be hot enough for you to enjoy them!
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Hopefully, these suggestions have helped you find a nice place to refresh during the hot summer days in London. If you know some cool swimming locations in London, leave them in the comments!

We hope to see you soon and to book your course with us this summer visit our website www.ttischool.com or email us info@ttischool.com

Summer Festivals in London!

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BannerFestival2What images pop into your head when you think of festivals? For me it’s sunshine, great music, bright colours, street food and lots of booze! One of the things I most look forward to in the summer season is the variety of music festivals that London plays host to. So without further ado let me walk you through the festivals of 2018.

All Points East 

First up we have a new music festival called All Point East, which will take place in Victoria Park between May 25th-27th. This festival promises a shiny new celebration of alternative music in East London, welcoming brilliant acts such as Beck, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, Lorde and Father, John Misty and more. All Points East is single-handedly making it an exciting time to be a music fan in East London.

https://www.allpointseastfestival.com/

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Next up is Field day, which will be hosted by Brockwell Park, 1st and 2nd of June, and has a reputation for offering alternative music in London. Field day has been a major London event for over a decade and 2018 is rumoured to be the biggest year yet.

http://fielddayfestivals.com/

Wireless Festival

Now it is time for my personal favourite, The Wireless Festival (or as I like to call it “The dawn of RnB, Pop and House”). The Wireless Festival takes place in London from July 6th to July 8th. The headline this year is Stormzy who will perform alongside J WirelessFestivalCole and Dj Khaled. I love this festival as it offers 3 days of the biggest acts in dance, rock and pop all in North London’s Finsbury Park. But what makes this festival standout from all others is the amount and variety of food available, everywhere you look there is a food stand; Chinese, Indian, Thai, Italian, burgers and yes even fish & jolly old chips. There are bars serving drinks all around and ice-cream, doughnut, waffle trucks going around the park- it truly is heaven on earth. Last year I stuffed my face with cheesy chips while watching The Weekend perform, followed by a large serving of ice-cream, waffles and pie whilst Skepta rocked the stage. Do. Not. Miss. It.

http://www.wirelessfestival.co.uk/

South West Four

SouthWestFourOver the August bank holiday weekend, Clapham Common will play host to one of London’s biggest dance music festivals, as South West Four celebrates its 15th anniversary. The acts have been announced, the stage will be filled with the likes of Stefflon Don, Dizzee Rascal, Bugzy Malone and Craig David. With a line up like this you know it’s going to be one hell of a party.

http://www.southwestfour.com/

Notting Hill Carnival 

Much like the above festival, the Notting Hill Carnival will take place during the August bank holiday weekend. Given that it isn’t exactly a festival (let’s face it this NottingHillCarnival2street party is in a league all of its own) it is, however, the only street party we have here in London- and oh boy is it a PAR-TAY. I strongly suggest going on the Sunday (then you can have the Monday to recover), the costumes are better, the vibe is greater, the atmosphere is buzzing-er and the streets are cleaner (believe me after the Monday party Notting Hill is unrecognisable).

So there you have it music and party lovers, festivals and street parties to end all festivals/street parties. BRING ON SUMMER 2018 IN LONDON!

For more info: https://www.timeout.com/london/things-to-do/notting-hill-carnival-guide

We hope to see you soon and to book your course with us this summer visit our website www.ttischool.com or email us info@ttischool.com

Hidden Gems of London

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So you have already visited Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Primark and you are looking for something different to do? Follow this advice from the Tti Team and you will definitely have an alternative day out in London!

Hackney City Farm Garden-Suggested by Ophelia

If you have never noticed this hidden beauty on a visit to Hackney City Farm HackneyCityFarmGardenyou’re missing it out. The garden is divided into various sections including an orchard area which is made up of apple, plum and pear trees and the bog garden, which is filled with wetland plants. There are also several farm animals.

Located within Hackney City Farm, along with the ‘Frizzante’ cafe and a farm shop which sells produce grown in the garden.

Open all year round from Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4.30pm, closed Mondays except Bank Holidays.

The Bell-Suggested by Nadja

You have arrived in London but can’t decide where you should go to have some good English food? Well, here is a suggestion you won’t regret. “The Bell”, a pub in North London, combines tasty food and a real London experience. Their fish & chips are especially mouth-watering. The service is very friendly and they are always up for a laugh. Don’t miss out on having a beer while you enjoy the warm atmosphere. Be aware of the fact that this pub is always quite crowded after work, so try it in the afternoon after midday.

 

Columbia Road Flower Market and Broadway Market -Suggested by Marianne

ColumbiaRoadFlowerMarketTake a nice walk on beautiful Columbia Road Flower Market and then enjoy your breakfast in one of the many brunch & breakfast spots over there. Or visit Broadway Market in East London for things to eat, vintage shopping and artisan bread, cheese, olive oil and charcuterie.

Columbia Road flower market and shops are open on Sundays from 8 am ’til 3’ish and Broadway Market on Saturday from 9 am til 5 pm.

 

The Dev-Suggested by Michelle

Just two minutes from Camden Town Station you can find an amazing full metal pub, playing great music and selling the most affordable drinks I’ve found in London. And I am definitely not talking about the Underworld or the World’s End. The real metalheads meet up at the Devonshire Arms at Kentish Town Rd, drink cider or beer, listen to metal and sing Karaoke, or should I say growl?

 

We hope to see you soon and to book your course with us this summer visit our website www.ttischool.com or email us info@ttischool.com

Our guide to some of the best Markets in London!

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There are more than 100 markets in London and they offer everything from food, to fashion to antiques and much more. So, they really do have to be on your to do list while you are here! Here is our guide to some of the best ones!

Camden Market

Camden LockSo we start with the best and most popular market in London and no we are not biased! Not far from Tti School you can find Camden Market, which offers plenty of street food, a variety of retail shops and a lot of pubs nearby. You could spend a whole day in the former stables and enjoy exotic food or look for some treasures in one of the over 100 stalls. And did you know that the famous singer Amy Winehouse worked on a stall in Camden Lock Market when she was a teenager?

Closest tube station: Camden Town

Leadenhall Market

LeadenhallMarketLeadenhall Market was build in the 14th Century and primarily sells fresh food, but it offers also a number of shops and what is even more important an amazing architecture. The old-fashioned and ornate roof and walls create a literally enchanting atmosphere. As some scenes of Harry Potter have been filmed in front of Leadenhall Market so it is a must see for every fan.

Closest tube station: Bank and Monument

Old Spitalfields Market

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This indoor market is a must for brilliant vintage and unique handmade finds. You can also find a stunning selection of independent fashion options, as well as may delicious food stalls and restaurants which offer you a great view of the market, that has been on this site since 1638.

Closest tube station: Liverpool Street

Portobello Road Market 

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This market isn’t famous for nothing- the charming atmosphere and wide selection of food, fashion, antiques and much more make it an absolute must on your trip to London. But if possible you should definitely visit it during the week and avoid the massive crowds at the weekend.

Closest tube station: Notting Hill Gate and Ladbroke Grove

Covent Garden Market  

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This marketplace in Covent Garden is packed with diverse offerings, from high-end fashion to trendy fast food and cafes to fresh flowers to affordable clothing, accessories and trinkets in the Jubilee Market Hall. And when you are finished with shopping you can have a drink on the roof of the market.

Closest tube station: Covent Market

We hope to see you soon and to book your course with us this summer visit our website www.ttischool.com or email us info@ttischool.com

Living and Studying Abroad

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This week in our 30+ class we have been studying vocabulary for talking about living abroad and sharing our own experiences. My class this week included a Russian, a Kazakh, an Italian, two Germans and a Brazilian, all of whom have previously lived abroad. One of the greatest pleasures I get from teaching the 30+ course is enjoying such interesting company and getting to know different cultures from all around the world, without leaving London. Below are two examples of written homework I received this week on the topic of living abroad.

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London Parks-Summer 2018!

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London might be a big, smokey, noisy metropolis but it is also one of the greenest cities in the world with some lovely green and tranquil spaces to escape the hustle and bustle!  Now that the weather is warming up and summer is coming we have put together our recommendations for some of the best outdoor spaces for you to enjoy during your stay with us!

Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill

So let’s start with our local parks! We are so lucky that Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill are located within a 7 minute walk of Tti! Relax in this beautiful park after you finish your classes at school. Have a stroll through the giant Regent’s Park and walk up Primrose Hill for wonderful views of the London skyline. Amble through the elegant flowerbeds in Avenue Garden, see more than 12,000 roses in Queen Mary’s Gardens, or hire a rowing boat and join the ducks on the boating lake. The nearest tube stations are Regent’s Park, Baker Street, Camden Town and Mornington Crescent.

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Hyde Park

Hyde Park is one of the largest parks here in London. It’s worth seeing this nice spot now spring has arrived and all the beautiful flowers have finally blossomed.

Hyde Park offers a wide range of activities like horse riding, boating on the Serpentine, feeding some animals (ducks, squirrels), having a coffee or cold ice tea and some food in the sun.

lf you’re not really into activities you can just lie down on the soft green grass and enjoy the sun for as long as it lasts. Don’t forget to visit all the memorials, statues and fountains Hyde Park has to offer! 

The nearest tube stations are Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch, Lancaster Gate and Knightsbridge. Hyde Park is open from 5am till midnight all year around, so it doesn’t matter if you want to jog in the morning, enjoy your lunch break or the watch the sunset in the evening.

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Holland Park

You can never get tired of enjoying the sun and breathing some fresh air. So why don’t visit Holland Park? This park is not just a mixture of trees, it includes beautiful flower beds, animals and several pathways with interesting chill out areas.

The highlight is the Kyoto Garden. It’s a Japanese garden which contains a small waterfall surrounded by lovely trees. Have your own magical moment by standing in front of the waterfall and looking at the koi carps. The other parts of the park are worth visiting as well. Have a pleasant time by smelling the sweet fragrance of the roses or relax by watching the peacocks. The park is open from 7.30am till 30 min before dusk (tube station: Holland Park)

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Victoria Park

Also known as the people’s park, Victoria Park is one of the oldest parks in London with canals, ponds, a pavilion, tennis courts and a sports ground which makes it an absolute must see.

It is also perfect for people who like to party because in summer it’s taken over by a number of festivals (example: Lovebox and Field Day last year).

Take a picture at the Chinese pagoda or chill out near the fountains while enjoying some ice cream. Victoria Park boasts a lot of wildlife which includes a deer enclosure, moorhens, Grey and Canada geese and of course squirrels.

The park is open from 7am till dusk from Monday to Sunday. The nearest stations are Cambridge Heath and London Fields.

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Greenwich Park

Make the most of your time in London and combine history and summer! Visit Greenwich Park which is the location of the prime meridian. Climb the hill for a panoramic view of London and afterwards pass by the Royal Observatory and have a journey through space and time. As the park covers 74 hectares you have the opportunity to explore a huge area of nature.

The variety of ways to get to Greenwich is huge! Decide between bus, tube and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). However, the best mode of transportation is the still getting there by boat. It’s great fun and you get the opportunity to pass a lot of sights. Greenwich Park is open from 6am all year round.

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We hope to see you soon and to book your course with us this summer visit our website www.ttischool.com or email us info@ttischool.com

Summer in London at Tti School of English!

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We hope that you had a nice Easter weekend and a great start to Springtime! We are enjoying the rising temperatures and the blooming nature of London. But as you know, time flies and we are already looking forward to Summer when the sun will shine, the days will be longer, everybody will be outside enjoying all that London has to offer! Summertime is the perfect opportunity to improve your language skills and travel to London because here you’ll find a variety of activities, a mix of cultures from all over the world and the possibility to study English better than anywhere else. If you are still not sure about spending your summer in London, then we would like to give you ten reasons why you should:

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How do you feel after eight weeks of an Exam Preparation Course?

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Here at Tti, we are very sad to say goodbye to our Winter 2018 Exam Preparation (CAE/FCE) classes. It has been a challenging journey for our students, but they have prevailed. So how do our little champions feel at the end of their eight-week intensive course?

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Chiara:

“I feel that the course is complete and very intensive. I was prepared to study, that’s actually why I took an eight-week course. I am satisfied and happy eventually. I will do my exam with a relaxed feeling because I have improved my grammar a lot, as well as my writing and listening skills. I think this course is for anyone who wants improve their English skills but they should prepare themselves to study a lot and come every day at lessons.”

Amaia:

“The course met my expectations in terms of the way the classes were taught, and also in the material that we have used, I think it is useful for the FCE exam because it is similar. I’ve improved my speaking which I found difficult to do in Spain. I really like learning this way, and how we can speak with each other while we are doing the class.”

Helene:

“When I arrived in London, it was very difficult for me to speak English, almost impossible. Nowadays, I am really happy because I can have a real and good conversation. I think it’s the best to be with a small group of only 5-6 students. I think everyone will find this course useful.”

Leslie:

“I learned to feel more comfortable when I’m speaking. Also about specific topics. Although I also learned to read and understand. I think I improved a lot. I learned how to use expressions and pronouns. My writing has improved a little bit and also my use of English (grammar). And the best thing is I understand what I am reading. Even though it was really intensive we always did different things. We started to read something and the next part of the lesson was speaking etc. I really enjoyed it.”

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CAE Course Students

Leah:

“The course helped me improve the things I wanted to improve. It was always fun and funny with the teachers and the other classmates, I had fun doing the exercises and I learned a lot. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to improve their English in all areas. Thinking about the highlights for me every day was a highlight.”

Eduardo:

“This was more intensive than the general class, I feel like I know so much now. There was a lot of work but the time passed quickly. I liked it a lot and I’m not taking the exam so I will do the course again I think to improve more and more.”

If you want to find out more about our FCE and CAE courses starting 16th April, click on the link below: FCE and CAE Exam Preparation 

The Advantages of Private English Lessons

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Group classes or private lessons? Many students ask themselves that question when they embark on a language learning journey. Of course, every student is different, but our Director of Studies Marianne believes that there are many advantages to one-to-one lessons, be it face to face or English lessons online. She’ll list the reasons below to help you make an informed decision.

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