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

  3. Skate at Somerset House-link

  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