5 places to take a break from your studies in Bethnal Green

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It’s that time of year again – deadlines are looming and exams are fast approaching. You’re probably glued to the chair, with your head in a book and typing frantically at the computer to get the latest assignment handed in on time. Sounds like you need a break! Well, you’re in luck. Located within 11 minutes’ walk of our student accommodation at The Hive, you’ll find a variety of coffee shops and cafes to enjoy a coffee or a cake, and take a well-earned break. Here are just some of the places you can visit…

Café 338
An independent, family-owned restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Café 338 is a family owned restaurant well known for its generous sized full English breakfasts. Here, all food is fresh and home-made, and you’ll find everything from bacon and eggs to pancakes and Paninis. So, the next time you need refuelling, pop down to this small but stylish café and we guarantee you won’t be left feeling hungry.

The Common E2
Not your average coffee shop, The Common E2 is actually a café and architectural studio combined. Here you’ll find photographers, architects, designers, performers, artists and the like working in an open and social environment. So why not pop in for a hot drink, pastry, cake or sandwich and take the opportunity to engage with others in the community and see designs develop in front of you.

Rinkoff Deli
There’s nothing more rewarding than the feeling of handing in an assignment you’ve been working hard on. And there’s nothing more satisfying than a tasty treat to celebrate. At Rinkoff’s – a family run business established over 100 years ago, you can spoil yourself with freshly baked cakes, pastries, rolls and breads. You can even sit outside and embrace the fresh air and sunshine.

Coffee Republic
If you’re after a more contemporary coffee shop with an acclaimed reputation then check out what Coffee Republic – one of the UK’s leading coffee chains, have to offer. If you want a warming drink or a bit of a boost to get you going, enjoy a coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Hot drinks not your thing? Don’t sweat, you can enjoy an ice cold drink instead!

Costa Coffee
And if none of the above take your fancy, then why not visit the nation’s favourite coffee shop – Costa. Whether your choice is a creamy latte, a luxurious Lindt hot chocolate or an intense espresso, take your pick and enjoy a quality hot drink in a relaxing atmosphere designed with you in mind. And if you’re feeling peckish fill up on a sandwich or indulge with a sweet treat.

Once you’ve taken time out from your studies and enjoyed a hot drink or a bite to eat, head back to your luxurious en-suite Studio at The Hive. If you would like to find out more about our accommodation and living with us here at The Hive, please contact us today on +44 (0)20 3551 2550 or email thehive@host-students.com.

3 quick & easy soup recipes to warm you up this winter

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January isn’t the most popular month of the year; Christmas is over, it’s cold and dark outside, and worse of all, your favourite pair of jeans might be feeling snugger than you’d like them too. So to help warm you up and beat the January blues, here are 3 quick, easy and not to mention healthy and low-cost soup recipes that you can make at home…

1. Broccoli Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 250ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 200g broccoli florets
  • Salt & pepper for seasoning

Method:

  • Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry the onion for 1-2 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Pour the chicken or vegetable stock into the pan and add the broccoli florets.
  • Bring to the boil and reduce the heat and simmer gently for 10-12 minutes, until the broccoli is tender.
  • Season with salt and pepper, then transfer to a food liquidizer and blend until smooth. Pour into bowls for serving.

2. Carrot Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 250ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 5 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • Salt & pepper for seasoning

Method:

  • Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry the onion for 1-2 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Pour the chicken or vegetable stock into the pan and add the chopped carrots.
  • Bring to the boil and reduce the heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper, then transfer to a food liquidizer and blend until smooth. Pour into bowls for serving.

3. Leek and Potato Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 large leeks, chopped
  • 4 medium potatoes, peel and chopped
  • 850ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • Salt & pepper for seasoning

Method:

  • Pour the chicken or vegetable stock into the pan and add the chopped leeks and potatoes.
  • Bring to the boil and reduce the heat and simmer gently for 30 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper, then transfer to a food liquidizer and blend until smooth. Pour into bowls for serving.

At The Hive, all of our luxurious en-suite Studios come with fully fitted kitchens so you can put your cooking skills to the test. If you would like to find out more about our accommodation and living with us here at The Hive, please contact us today on +44 (0)20 3551 2550.

Recipes sourced from the BBC, All Recipes and Student Recipes.