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.

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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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