Easter Weekend celebrations in London 2018

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This coming weekend is Easter weekend. And whilst there’s no doubt many of you will be busy tucking into chocolate Easter eggs and sweet treats, if you’re in London for the long weekend, there’s lots more going on in the city to keep you entertained. Below are just some of the seasonal events taking place to celebrate the occasion.

  • Head to Trafalgar Square this Friday – which is Good Friday, and watch a spectacular performance of The Passion of Jesus. The event is free and involves 100 performers and animals re-enacting Jesus’s final days – from his arrest to his resurrection.
  • From Good Friday through to Easter Sunday, join an Easter weekend service at one of London’s many churches or cathedrals, including Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, St Martin-in-the-Fields and Southwark Cathedral.
  • If you like chocolate then head down to Hampton Court Palace and you’ll be in for a real treat. Join the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt and admire the home and gardens of Henry VIII as you hunt for the delicious chocolate treat. And if that wasn’t enough to satisfy your chocolate needs, you can even partake in some Royal chocolate tasting!
  • If the Easter weekend weather holds up, it’s the perfect time to step outside and enjoy some fresh Spring air. And there’s no better place to do this than at the beautiful Kew Gardens. You can even follow the Peter Rabbit trail among spring daffodils and crocuses, stopping off for lots of fun activities along the way.

But the fun doesn’t end there. Once you’ve eaten enough chocolate eggs to make you feel sick, and have enjoyed some of the above Easter festivities, it’s time to make the most of the 4-day weekend and celebrate in style with you friends!

  • Willy Wonka Easter Brunch Party – From chocolate fountains and a Willy Wonka inspired menu, to live DJs and Oompa Loompas, head to Bunga Bunga in Battersea on Good Friday for a brunch like no other.
  • South Place Cinema – There’s no better time of year to watch the classic films, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory or Chocolat than at Easter. Showing on Saturday 31st March and Easter Sunday respectively, take your pick and also tuck into a delicious two-course dinner following the screening.
  • If you haven’t had enough of Easter treats, then why not sample a unique Easter cocktail? Many bars and restaurants are serving limited edition Easter-themed concoctions. Check out these 7 best cocktails for Easter 2018 – with many of them available right here in London!

Where to celebrate Pancake day in London

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Tuesday 13th February is no ordinary Tuesday – it’s Pancake Day! Which means it’s a great excuse to heat up the frying pan, put your flipping skills to the test and indulge in a stack of scrumptious pancakes. But if you don’t fancy cooking them yourself, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants close to The Hive where you can enjoy some of the best pancakes in town.

Where the Pancakes Are
Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, enjoy stacks of buttermilk pancakes all day long in a restaurant or at a pop-up shop dedicated to pancakes. There’s a special Shrove Tuesday menu available where you can choose from savoury favourites such as the Classic American, or keep it simple with sweet pancakes topped with lemon and sugar. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s even three-legged pancake races taking place!

The Breakfast Club
Fancy free pancakes? If you’re feeling competitive (and hungry), head to one of The Breakfast Club’s restaurants in London and take on their Pancake Day Challenge. If you manage to eat 12 pancakes in 12 minutes, you win and they’re free. But if you don’t, you’ll have to pay full price. However, The Breakfast Club will be donating the profits to their volunteering program Good Day Productions, so even if you lose you’re still helping a good cause.

The Diner
On a normal day at The Diner you’ll find delicious pancakes such as Blueberry, Banana and Choc-Chip to enjoy. But if that wasn’t enough, you can enjoy some special additions to the menu just for Pancake Day. From Oreo cookie pancakes to peanut butter and jelly pancakes, you’re in for a real treat down at The Diner.

And if you thought Pancake Day is just about eating pancakes, you’re wrong. There are a number of pancake races taking place across the city too. You can join in the fun yourself or watch as others – including MPs, Lords and political correspondents, compete to be best flipper.

5 Quick & easy snack ideas for students

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Student life can be hectic. Lectures, assignments, exams, part-time work and socialising can leave little time to experiment in the kitchen. Fortunately, there are lots of recipes out there which mean you can cook up some tasty snacks in no time at all…

Pizza bagels
If you love pizza, you’ll love these. All the great taste of pizza, with less calories and less time to wait to enjoy. These pizza bagels are quick and easy to make, and a very low-cost option compared to ordering in pizza!

Ham and egg baskets
When it’s time to rise and shine, enjoy some hearty eggs. Packed with protein, these crispy ham and egg baskets are not only a healthy way to start your day, but they’re super quick and easy to make too.

Microwave mug cake
Long gone are the days where baking a cake took an entire morning. If you’ve got a microwave, you can whip up a delicious chocolate cake for one in less than 5 minutes. The perfect treat to indulge in after a busy day at university.

Flapjacks
A great sweet snack to grab on the go and keep you fuelled for the morning or afternoon. And by following this simple recipe, you’ll have enough flapjacks to keep you going all week.

Pancakes
Knowing how to make pancakes is a must. Not only can you have them as a sweet treat with sugar, syrup or lemon, but they make a tasty savoury snack too – top with ham, cheese, mushrooms, etc. and try for yourself. Pancakes aren’t just for pancake day!

 

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.