We wrote a while ago about some of the fantastic walks you can do in London which will take you from one side of London to the other – East-West along the Thames, North-South alongside one of the canals or just meandering across one of the huge parks. With only small stretches of road you can walk from UIC (Well Hyde Park about 15 mnutes away) to Kensington, through Holland Park then jump on a bus to Kew which joins up to Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common. A great day out! If you’d like to do something a little less strenuous and perhaps a bit more organised – you might like to try The Royal Wedding Walk, The Cty of London Walk, The Fashionable Soho walk, The Globe / Borough Market walk, The Covent Garden Walk, A ghost walk or perhaps a Beatles walk. Whatever you like the look of, if you are studying English at UIC all you have to do is come into Reception or find Mike our wonderful social organsier. We’ll help you decide what the best option is and help get you moving.
Archive for September, 2011
Have you ever wondered what the inside of London’s most beautiful buildings look like? Well if you are currently studying English in London, this is your chance. This weekend sees the return of the Open House event in which many of London’s most unique and beautiful buildings open their doors to the public. This is your opportunity to view and admire some of London’s hidden gems. And within easy access of UIC in Mortimer Street you can find:
The Gallery Pavillion at the Chelsea College of Art and Design – a ‘popup art gallery’
Jimi Hendrix flat in Brook Street – where he lived a(brioefl;y) and died
The Admiralty Buildings in Whitehall and now used by the Cabinet Office – a rare opportunity to see inside one of the famous centres of power in the UK!
London Underground Head OFfice – 55 Broadway has been the centre of London Underground since 1929!
Apsley House – Fantastic restored listed building – built in 1771
BBC Bush House – Home of the BBC World Service since 1940
Benjamin Franklin House – the only surviving home of Benjamin Franklin!
The Royal Society – Grade 1 listed building and home for the UKs national science academy.
Wigmore Hall (just along form UIC) a wonderful concert hall, now fully restored
and finally UIC – perhgaps the best language school in the world
If you are interested in beautiful buildings and what they have inside, this weekend’s event really is for you. And if you would like to come and study English in London, there are plenty of gorgeous buildings for you to view all year round.
It’s a bit of a silly question in some ways to ask what the best school is – some are big, some small some cater for general English, some for children and some for executives but there is only one school in the world which has won 2 major awards in the same year.
The Language Travel Magazine has awards for a number of different categories, all voted on from within the Industry. This year UIC London was awarded the STAR award in the category of English Language School Europe for 2011. The people who voted for us are travel agents around the world – all those agents who send us students and who have to make sure that schools they work with are able to offer a fantastic level of service. This category included all the schools in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Malta (and anywhere else that teaches English in Europe). Secondly….. earlier this year we won the prestigious British Council ELTon award – for innovation in Language teaching and in this we beat the major publishers in Language Teaching with all their resources. The other winners with us were the BBC! This competition is judged by academics and industry experts and is very serious and highly regarded.
So, whatever it means to be the best school you can be pretty certain UIC ticks a lot of the boxes. If you want to come to London to study and want to experience a school which offers great value for money, great service and great teaching then please have a look at what we have to offer.
YOu might be in London ofr the first time – studying English at UIC – and a little confused about the different areas. SOme of the local areas of London are well known and have had their names for hundreds of years – Soho, Mayfair, Marylebone, Covent Garden for example but now there are new ones springing up alol over the place. The Evening Standard newspaper reported the full list yesterday – do you know where Portman Village is? how about Midtown, Swoho, Connaught Village, Noho? Who knows why these areas have suddenly got their own names – these kinds of things are often driven by estate agents trying to make fairly ordinary areas sound much better – for all the details have a look at the Standard article.