Living and Working in London-An Intern’s View

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Hello everyone, my name is Anh Viet, I am 25 years old, and I am doing an apprenticeship as an Administrative Assistant at the Senate Department for Interior and Sports in Berlin, Germany to become a Public Servant.

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In my vocational school, I am taking part in the language project, that means I have more English lessons, and in exchange, I can do an Erasmus+internship in Europe for 5 months. Before I came to London, we had a lot of exams and it was necessary to pass them all. I would like to say thank you to my class teacher for giving me the opportunity to do an internship in London at Tti School of English in Camden Town.

One of my first challenges was to find affordable accommodation in London, it is not an easy thing to do and I was afraid of being scammed. In the end, I found a room on Airbnb, located in Holloway, very close to Camden Town, I just need to walk 30 minutes to work, very convenient and I won’t be late!
I always get very excited about going abroad for a long period of time and this was one of the best decisions I have ever made! Everyone here is so kind, friendly and helpful. Surprisingly, I love London and British cuisine.
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My work time is from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm with one-hour lunchtime and my basic tasks at work are to assist with students arrivals on Mondays, put the new student details into the database, print student cards, class lists, registers, timetables, the starters list, the social programme sign up sheets and prepare the E-learning platform and the attendance letter for the students. Furthermore, I correct and update level tests, put the attendance of the students at the end of the week in the database and do some social media tasks.
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During my time here at the Tti School, I made a lot of good friends, we did many many many activities almost every day, especially at the weekend. Sometimes it exhausting, but thanks to them, I have seen and discovered so many different places in the UK and London.
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Thank you so much for reading my first blog, I hope you enjoyed it!
Thanks so much, Anh Viet! To find out more about our school please visit www.ttischool.com

 

How to make the most of your first days in London!

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On this blog, Christian our 30+ student from Switzerland, share his advice about how to get the most of your first days in London!

“Hello, my name is Christian, and I recently studied at Tti School for 10 weeks. I would like to share some advice to enjoy this amazing city when you are studying here.

If it is your first day in London you should start with a full English breakfast. It is served in lots of pubs and restaurants around and will fill you to the brim with grilled bacon, cumberland full-english-pagesausage, free-range eggs, slow-roasted thyme tomato, baked beans, roasted mushrooms, black pudding and toast, all for around £10.

After filling your belly, why not visit the Tate Modern? Even if you are not interested in art, this modern art gallery is impressive! The building is close to the Millenium Bridge and you can go to the top floor of the Blavatnik Building where there is an open viewing terrace and it is free. It boasts spectacular 360-degree views of the London Skyline. Enjoy a drink and snacks from the bar as you look across the River Thames, St Paul’s Cathedral, and as far as Canary Wharf and Wembley Stadium. The view over the city of London is overwhelming.

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Why not explore one of the many markets in London? By this time of the day, you should be feeling hungry. I would recommend walking 10 minutes from the Tate Modern to Borough Market and try delicious free samples. Part of the fun is wandering around, gawking at fresh and strange ingredients, and scouting out prices and quality, so take your time before buying!

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How about a 20 minutes walk to discover Tower Bridge and Tower of London? Unique and beautiful, Tower Bridge is an icon of the London skyline and is definitely a must-have picture or video any visitor to London will want to take home.

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If it is getting dark how about a breathtaking view of London by night from the London Eye? At that time, It is not so crowded and you do not have to queue to get on. Students save over 40% on London Eye tickets, only available when you book online! It is £16.00, but if you london_eye2like London by night, it is worth it and of course, you will be able to see the lit up Big Ben very clearly. You should finish your day with a tasty pizza and a pint in a traditional English pub! 

 

 

On the next day, you should start early, have a coffee near Piccadilly and try a jam croissant or a pancake. Then go shopping, but today not at a market, go instead to Oxford Street. There are lots of shops and the famous Selfridges department store with over 300 stores inside.

If you aren’t exhausted from walking up and down the streets, you could visit Madame Tussauds near Baker Street, also where Sherlock Holmes used to live.

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After that, you can walk and cross Regent’s Park to reach the huge Camden Market. Don’t get confused, this market has a lot of narrow streets and alleys and it’s impossible to experience C503E2B3-5F45-4B94-A2EB-D90CE6996565the entire market by your first visit. From street art to souvenirs, music and food Camden has a unique and vibrant atmosphere, the best of the best is that Tti School is only 5 minutes walking distance from here!

 

 

 

 

 

Go out of the crowded market and walk to Primrose Hill. It’s located on the north of Regent’s Park and you can get a great view of the skyline of London.

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On your last evening, you must experience one of many musicals and plays, even if you don’t understand so much English. There are always stunning actors and great live orchestras.

After those strenuous days have a beer or eat something in an atmospheric pub.”

Thank you so much Christian for these amazing recommendations! For more details about our 30+ Course please visit our website http://www.ttischool.com

Summer Festivals in London

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Summer is coming up and with summer comes the festival season. This blog will give you some suggestions on where to have your best festival experience in London this year. So read it, book your tickets and let’s party all summer long!

May 2019

Jam on Rye Festival

Our Jam On Ryerecommendation for a chilled out start into the festival season would be the Jam on Rye Festival. Just hang out in the wide area of Peckham Rye Park, enjoying the grassland and ornamental and water gardens whilst having a listen to the reggae and urban styled line-up including Kelis, Jazzie B, Omar, General Roots, Greentea Peng and Barney Artist. The venue also offers all kinds of street food from all over the world, so don’t worry about bringing loads of food with you.
When: May 27
Where: Peckham Rye Park
Nearest (Tube) Station: Peckham Rye Station (Overground)
How much: £30 (adult), £15 (up to age 17)
Book tickets: https://www.jamonryefestival.com/

June 2019

Field Day

Field Day

This festival was already in last years blog and is a “must-go” in June! Located at a venue called “The Drumsheds” in Meridian Water, Enfield, the festival ground spans across 10 acres of outdoor space and 4 gigantic interlinking warehouses. Enjoy your time on the stages, where EDM music will be played by a line-up including Diplo, Skepta, Jorja Smith, Earl Sweatshirt, Jungle, Todd Terje and Bonobo (DJ set). You can sample sensational food from some of London’s finest traders in their Street Food Arcade, check out 10 independent breweries in the Beavertown & Friends Beer Market, take a Photography Masterclass with the Guardian, be part of Boiler Room’s first live festival broadcast and much, much more.
When: June 7-8
Where: “The Drumsheds”, Meridian Water, Enfield
Nearest (Tube) Station: Meridian Water Railway Station (Overground)
How much: £77.50 (weekend), £40 (Friday), £47 (Saturday)
Book tickets: https://fielddayfestivals.com/

July 2019

British Summer Time Festival

British Summer Time

British Summer Time Festival has by far the most recognizable line-up including big shots like Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Barbara Streisand, Florence + The Machine, The National, Robbie Williams and Black Eyed Peas. The show goes down right in the centre of London in Hyde Park (so don’t worry about having to travel a long way). With a lot of food and bar stands around, which will serve drinks and food from all over the world in all different varieties (vegan, pescetarian, non-diary, sugar-free,…) you will not have to fear to get hungry or thirsty at any time.
When: July 5-14
Where: Hyde Park
Nearest (Tube) Station: Hyde Park Corner Station
How much: £89.75
Book tickets: https://www.bst-hydepark.com/

August 2019

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

The Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street festival is organised by Notting Hill Carnival Limited. The festival is filled with free open-air performances and always joined by a massive parade with live and recorded music, dancers and performers.
When: Aug 24-26
Where: Notting Hill
Nearest (Tube) Station: Notting Hill Gate Station
How much: FREE!

September 2019

Hospitality In The Park

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Hospitality In The Park is back for round four and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before! On Saturday 21st September they’re be bringing the unbeatable Hospitality atmosphere straight into the heart of London with their 12,000 strong Hospital family in tow. The UK’s best drum & bass festival will once again unite all corners of the scene, spanning the entirety of D+B and beyond. After 3 years of sold-out showdowns, world-famous stage takeovers, A-List DJs, MCs and live acts, they are upping the stakes once more for the biggest line-up to date! There’ll be world exclusive live performances, brand new stages, unparalleled sound-systems, incredible food, guaranteed vibes and plenty more are all on the menu for Hospitality In The Park 2019!
When: Sep 21
Where: Finsbury Park
Nearest (Tube) Station: Manor House Station
How much: £45.60
Book tickets: https://www.hospitalityinthepark.london/

 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