A trip to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

One of London’s most famous parks is dressing up for Christmas: Hyde Park has opened up its beloved Winter Wonderland. Since last Thursday, the whole park consists of little Christmas markets and a big fun fair. So no matter if you just want to have a stroll around the markets or ride one of the amazing roller coasters, Winter Wonderland will always bring you lots of joy. Winter Wonderland is divided into different parts. There is the big fun fair where you can find many different kinds of roller coaster like The Hangover or The Munich Looping. Speaking of Munich, Winter Wonderland offers you even more insight into Bavarian culture. The so-called Bavarian Village presents you with an Oktoberfest experience right in the middle of London. Traditional German foods like Bratwurst and Bretzel will come your way. The festive atmosphere gets even better as there is live music and DJs. Apart from the fun fair and the Bavarian Village, you can stroll around traditional Christmas Markets. Plenty of wooden chalets will inspire you. There is a huge selection of jewellery, clothing and handmade crafts which is a great opportunity to buy Christmas presents for your loved ones or even for yourself. No matter if you want to go ice skating or sing along at Christmas karaoke with your EC London friends, you can do all of that in Winter Wonderland. You can also visit one of the spectacular shows like Cirque Berserk, Paddington on Ice and so much more. Regarding all of these astonishing attractions, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is definitely worth a visit. As there is a large diversity of choice, you will, for sure, find your own favourite place.

Christmassy

Christmas is coming!

Christmas is coming soon, so prepare yourself for a Christmassy-looking EC London. But before our school’s Christmas decoration pops up, you can enjoy yourself by walking around in London’s city centre. The Christmas lights have been on since last week and make London look even prettier than usual. Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus All over Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus you will find London’s classic Christmas lights. Huge golden angels are hanging above the street and are brightening your Christmas mood. This is the place to go if you’re looking for some traditional Christmas decoration.   Carnaby Street If you are looking out for some more colourful and diverse Christmas lights, head over to Carnaby Street. Known for its fashionable vibe, Carnaby’s Christmas lights are representing all that is cool. This year’s lights are ocean-themed. They have been designed in collaboration with an ocean conservation charity. The display was created out of 1.500 recycled bottles and repurposed fishing nets. Therefore, Carnaby’s Christmas lights are not only nice to look at, but, at the same time, have a special meaning behind them. Covent Garden Covent Garden also has his own Christmas decoration. These lights are mostly star-themed and make the area look even more beautiful than usual. This year’s Christmas Lights are as stunning as usual. No matter if by day or night, you will be amazed at how breathtaking they are.

Hidden Places in London-Kingly Court

Being a student at EC London gives you the chance to discover many interesting places. As I have already mentioned Neal’s Yard in a previous post, I would like to come up with another hidden place in London. Kingly Court is located in Soho, one of London’s most fashionable areas. You can find it right behind Liberty in Carnaby Street. Carnaby Street is famous for its fashion boutiques, its diversity and its restaurants. In Kingly Court you can truly feel all of this. The hidden courtyard is picturesque. Apart from colourful little houses, plants and lights, you can find many different kinds of restaurants. There are 21 of international concept restaurants, bars and cafes. If you love pizza, there is Pizza Pilgrims. If you fancy Indian food, go to Darjeeling express. You can even try Peruanian food at a restaurant called Senor Ceviche. Kingly Court also offers loads of healthy food options. The Detox Kitchen sells all healthy food free from wheat, dairy and refined sugars. At Acai Berry you can try fruity acai bowls and smoothies. So no matter if you are craving burgers, ramen or kebab, you can find anything here. Apart from all the amazing restaurants, Kingly Court’s architecture gives a really nice vibe. There is a colourful railing all around the courtyard, paired with little plants and lights around it. In the summer, it’s open air, so you can sit outside and enjoy with your friends. In the winter, it’s covered so you can still sit outside and be thrilled by the beautiful lights.   Kingly Court is definitely worth a visit. Even if you just want to walk around or try some of the amazing restaurants, you won’t regret going there.

Neal's Yard

Hidden Places in London-Neal’s Yard

As London is such a large city, it has many places to discover. There are some incredibly cool ones that are a bit harder to find, so there are some kind of insider tips. One of these tips must be Neal’s Yard. It is a hidden courtyard in Covent Garden which consists of little shops and colourful houses. Therefore, Neal’s Yard is a really nice spot to take pictures because it adds a little splash of colour to your camera roll or even Instagram feed. Other than colourful houses, the courtyard offers little shops to spend your time in. There is a cute-looking hair salon called ‘Hair by Fairy’ and also the quite famous cosmetic brand ‘Neal’s Yard Remedies’. This brand is based in Neal’s Yard and sells organic beauty products. They are well-known for aromatherapy and essential oils, as well as good-smelling skincare, hair care and bath salts. So if you want to treat yourself with some relaxing new beauty essentials, Neal’s Yard Remedies is the place to go. If you are hungry, head over to Homeslice. The small restaurant is really nice place to eat pizza, as they have many interesting toppings to choose from. These might be mushroom, ricotta, pumpkin seed and chili or even cauliflower shawarma, tahini, pomegranate and chickpea. Other than that, they also offer vegan options. If you are looking out for a healthier food option, try Neal’s Yard’s Wild Food Cafe. Wild Food Cafe is all about wellbeing which is why they focus on plant-based food. You can choose from salads, vegan burgers and tasty vegan desserts. As for the cheese lovers, you are going to admire Neal’s Yard Dairy. Founded in 1979, they sell high quality British and Irish Farmhouse cheese. Regarding the above, Neal’s Yard is a fascinating little spot in … Read more

Last Blog in London

Feedback on my life in London since May Hello, I arrived the 20th of May in London to work as an intern in EC London. Thanks to this job I have an incredible chance to meet a lot of people from many different countries all around the world. They could be my colleagues or simply students in the school where I am working. This amazing internship allows me to speak and work only in English everyday, to learn so many different facts about countries around the world and of course to make friends to hang out in London. I also improved my working skills which is important in order to get experience for my studies (working in English with customers from many nationalities etc…) But the most wonderful thing which happened to me in London was just to meet amazing people from all around the world and to know them, speak with time, spend time with them, discover London with them. That’s the incredible thing with EC School, to speak only in English with even people who come from the opposite of the world, it is really interesting. Personally I met amazing people thanks to EC London, I shared with them so many beautiful moments in London that I am not gonna forget. Thanks to them I had 3 perfect months, maybe the best of my life. I am leaving London with such perfect souvenirs that I will remember forever. Thank you very much for everything. Dorian

Hello, I’m the new intern !

Hello, My Name is Dorian, I am the new Student Services intern of EC London. I’m 20 years old and I’m French ?. I was born in the real countryside of France in the south west. During my childhood, as every boy I loved playing video games and watching dragon ball (and I still love it ahahaha) I got a scientific secondary school diploma and then I entered in a business school in Bordeaux (famous French city for the wine in the south west). I am currently studying international business. I would like to get an MBA to become an export manager or another job related with international business in order to not live in France. I am interning in EC school because I want to improve my level of English., I’m also meeting a lot of people from all around the world (Chinese, Brazilian, Saudi Arabian, Russian etc…) which is very important for me to know the different mindsets of people to work abroad. I have been learning English since I’m 12 years old, and last year I got 6.5 at the International English testing system (IELTS) which has allowed me to continue my studies abroad. Next September I’m going to study in the international business school of Dublin and I will continue my life in Dublin instead of France. I am very excited about it especially that my life will be completely in English. I love travelling to discover something different, I especially love countries from the east of Europe (Scandinavian and Slavic countries), for example I have been in Norway… I’m also currently learning Russian for one year. Indeed, my business school is asking us to learn two languages in addition to French and as I mentioned before I like Slavic cultures that’s why I chose Russian. … Read more

London : World’s Best Destination

Dubai, Marrakech, Tokyo, Paris, Bali, Phuket, Barcelona, Istanbul… On a list of the 25 best-rated destinations in the world, London now holds the first place ! The Capital of the United Kingdom is now named as ‘world’s best destination for 2019’ in TripAdvisor’s annual Travellers’ Choice awards. Apart from the fact that this city is just amazing, how can we explain this position? There are several reasons explaining that top place. One of them is that London is full of activities. Indeed, you can find beautiful parks, museums (free for some of them). In London you can also find some of the best restaurants and an amazing nightlife for young and old people. As you can see, everybody can be quickly addicted to that London life! Moreover, during the past 12 months a lot of exceptional events happened in London, such as the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Football World Cup, which attracted lots of visitors, creating a buzzing atmosphere in the capital. It has been 2 months since I started my London life and I just can’t get enough of every place that I am discovering each day when I leave EC School, and even more on weekends. What I really like here in London is the number of activities but also, ( and especially) the diversity of restaurants, because food is my number one passion. Here are some pictures of London that I have taken since my arrival. Enjoy!                                                            If you would like to take part of ‘the London life experience’ and Learn English Abroad , then join us at EC School London and discover … Read more

Christmas Lights in London

  If you are into Christmas and you love nothing more than getting into the festive spirit, what better way to do so than to wander around London, taking in all of Christmas lighting on show. From tasteful to tacky, take a look at the following list for the best lights on show in the capital this December. Carnaby Street Definitely at the tacky end of the Christmas light spectrum, but beautifully and charmingly tacky it is. Each year brings a different theme and this year’s is ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. In honour of Queen and the release of the film released this year, the street is filled overhead with bright lyrics from the famous song. Line by line of Bohemian Rhapsody, sing your way down the street as you stroll under the colourful lights. Regent’s Street Slightly more high-end and and tasteful, Regent’s Street has a slightly more mesmerising feel. You will see bright white angel after bright white angel and their sheer size and juxtaposition against the night sky will captivate you. Kew Gardens London’s famous gardens are beautiful enough during the day, but to see them lit up at night is like walking into a neon wonderland. This is still a new experience in London so if you are interested in beautiful gardens combined with Christmas lights, book as soon as possible. Covent Garden This wonderful square and market in the heart of London needs no introduction as already one of the most beautiful places to visit. But, during December, Covent Garden is simply magical. Not only are there numerous Christmas lights, but there is also the famous Christmas tree. All this and the street performances make for a great evening.   Looking for a new year’s resolution and want a new challenge? Why not do a Celta in … Read more

Charity

Jeans for genes in EC London

EC offers various English Courses in London and that’s not all. Last Friday we did something amazing! As usual every year we help the charity jeans for genes. Raising money to make a difference for children affected by genetic disorders it’s important for us. On the 20th September we prepared a bake sale for the whole day that our students and staff appreciated a lot! We are grateful to have raised £116.62 for them. Since we promoted the event in the classes and on social media, on the day EC London was awash with jeans. Now we liked to share with all you some pictures of this special day!

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Michelle’s experience at EC London School

Michelle is a EC LONDON student from Switzerland. She wanted to take English Courses in London. She chose EC LONDON because her friend suggested to her. About the school Michelle thinks that all teacher are really friendly, and the school give her a relaxed atmosphere. Regarding London, she  thinks that there is always something going on, something to do! Michelle will recommend with pleasure EC London course to a friend because she thinks that the school it’s a good thing, she stayed here only 4 weeks but she learned a lot. About hanging out in the evenings, she likes Leicester square because it’s full of people. She also loves Shorediditch and Soho.   We are greatful for the positive feedback that Michelle gave to us and feel glad that she had a great time here :).