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

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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