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.

Staying fit as a student in Bethnal Green

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If you like to keep fit and be active, don’t let coming to university stop you. Just because you’ve moved away from home and left your local sports club or gym behind, doesn’t mean the exercise has to stop. Here in Bethnal Green, there are lots of activities and facilities for you to enjoy and take part in. And if exercise isn’t something you’ve given much time to before – now’s the time to give it a go! Below are just some of the things you can do to keep fit.

Running
Running isn’t for everyone, but you don’t know until you try, right? Running is a great way to zone out and de-stress after a busy day at university. Or, if you’re more of a morning person, it’s the perfect way to start the day and energise yourself for a productive day of studying ahead. From a fast-paced run to a gentle jog, and a long distance to a short loop, put your headphones in and take in the sights of your local surroundings.

If you’re still not convinced, why not take part in a parkrun? Every week, parkrun organise free 5km runs around some of the local parklands and surroundings. People of all abilities can take part and with other people running alongside you, it could be that extra motivation you need. It’s also a great way to meet new people in the city!

Gym
If you’d prefer to exercise inside, or perhaps you’re after a bit more variety than just running, why not join a gym? At a gym, you’ll find it all. From free weights and resistance machines, to cardio machines and classes, there’s something for everyone. And if you’re staying with us here at The Hive, you couldn’t be much closer to some great, low-cost gyms.

Conveniently located just around the corner and only a 2-minute walk away from us is ènergie Fitness. For just £22.99 per month you’ll have unlimited usage and access to cardio, resistance, free weights, functional, boxing and stretch equipment as well as a variety of classes.

Alternatively, you can head to Fitness4Less for your workouts. It’s located slightly further away but still only a 14-minute walk away from The Hive, and it’ll cost you slightly less each month. From just £17.99 per month, you can sweat it out on the cardio machines, pump some iron in the free weights area or get your heart racing in the spin bike studio. If you don’t want to commit to a monthly membership, day, weekend and week passes are also available.

Bootcamps
Are you looking to combine the motivation of a group class with the freshness of the great outdoors? Then look no further than an outdoor bootcamp session. Get together with your friends and experience a workout like no other. From team games, circuits, body weight exercises, cardio and strength training, it’s a fun and challenging way to work out! Try the Tough Girl Bootcamp session just down the road at Weavers Fields (for free), or join the British Military Fitness community at Victoria Park for a Bootcamp class.

If you would like to find out more about our student accommodation at The Hive, please contact the onsite management team who will be happy to help. 

5 places to enjoy the summer sun in London

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Summer is here, which can mean only one thing – sunshine. And what better way to spend a sunny summers day than with your feet up, relaxing and soaking up the glorious summer rays. So, when the sun makes its appearance and the heatwaves strike, here are some top hot spots to enjoy the sun in London.

1. Bethnal Green Garden
If you want to get outside and enjoy the warm summer air, but don’t want to venture too far from your home at The Hive, Bethnal Green Garden is the place for you. Step outside of The Hive and across the road and within two minutes you’ll find yourself in one of the luscious open green spaces of the borough. And if you’re feeling active, there’s even courts for you to play basketball, tennis, netball and football.

2. Victoria Park
If you’re looking for somewhere on a larger scale, with more than just green grass, head over to Victoria Park. Soak up the sunshine by the waterfront at the canals and ponds within the park, sweat it out on the tennis courts, or enjoy a light refreshment at one of the park’s two cafes. And while you relax, do a bit of wildlife spotting with deers, moorhens, grey and Canada geese and squirrels all regular visitors to the park.

3. Hyde Park
Hyde Park is a Royal Park in London and is one of the largest out of the eight Royal Parks. It’s home to a number of famous landmarks including Speaker’s Corner and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. One of the focal points of the park is the Serpentine Lake. Here, you can hire a pedalo or a rowing boat to relax on the water and watch the world go by.

4. Tooting Bec Lido
Heading slightly further afield, but definitely worth a visit, is one of London’s best known open-air pools, Tooting Bec Lido. Get your friends together, dig out your bathers and take a dip in the 90m pool to cool off on a hot summers day. And when you’re done splashing in the pool, take some time out to sunbathe on the grass area or grab a bite to eat at the café.

5. The Hive
As a student living at The Hive, all you need to do is head upstairs to the outdoor roof terrace and you can enjoy the summer sun from the comfort of your own home. Chill out with your friends and then watch the sunset with stunning views across the city of London.

If you’d like to find out more about our student accommodation at The Hive for academic year 2017/18,  please contact the onsite management team who will be happy to help.

Experience the magic of musicals in London

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If you’re fortunate enough to live and study in London – or perhaps you’re just visiting for the holidays, you’re never too far away from something new to do in your free time. And something definitely worth doing is watching a musical. So, if you’ve not yet seen one of London’s musicals then now is the perfect time as some of the best shows are currently in town. Here are just some of the top picks…

The Lion King
You’ve probably watched the animated film – or at least heard the story, so why not see The Lion King live on stage? Now in its 18th year at London’s Lyceum Theatre and one of the most successful pieces of entertainment world-wide, the award-winning musical adaptation of Disney’s The Lion King uses breath-taking costumes and special effects to tell the story of Simba’s journey to become King of the African Pridelands.

Phantom of the Opera
Take a trip to London’s West End and be mesmerised by The Phantom of the Opera; a timeless love story set in the Paris Opera House. Based on the Gaston Leroux novel, Andrew Lloyd Webber – arguably the most successful composer of our time, has turned it into a multi-award winning musical that captures the hearts and minds of audiences at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London.

Wicked
Think you know the Wicked Witch of the West? Think again. In the classic story, ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Dorothy triumphs over the Wicked Witch – but there’s more to the story than you might know. Discover the incredible untold story of two young girls and how one came to be called ‘good’ and the other ‘wicked’ in the award-winning musical, Wicked, at The Apollo Victoria Theatre, London.

Aladdin
Another of Disney’s animated classics is adapted and brought to life on the West End stage in Aladdin. With extravagant costumes, a wonderful orchestra and all the songs from the film, follow the magical story about a young man – Aladdin, who discovers a genie in a lamp and is granted three wishes. What would you wish for?

Don’t fancy any of the above musicals? There are lots more to choose from in a variety of theatres across the city. And if you’re a student, check out StudentBeans before you book your tickets as you might be able to get a discounted rate!

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

5 films to see this February

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You’re probably beginning to miss the care-free hours you spent lying on the sofa during the holidays watching films and catching up with the latest boxset. But just because the holidays are over, it doesn’t mean the films have to stop. Make February the month to take a trip to the cinema and enjoy the latest blockbuster! Check out what’s on this month…

1. La La Land – Out Now
Fall in love with the musical story of Mia, an aspiring actress and Sebastian, a jazz pianist as they find romance and success, but will the dreams they’ve pursued for so long threaten to tear them apart? A must-see Golden Globe winning film, nominated for 14 Oscars and 11 BAFTAs including best film, best director and best leading actress and actor.

2. Rings – Out Now
Evil is reborn and Samara – the girl in the well is back, when Julia decides to watch the video ‘Rings’. As the video ends, the phone rings and a mysterious voice whispers ‘seven days’ – this time no one is safe. Rings follows on from The Ring and The Ring 2, will you dare to watch the latest instalment of the legendary horror franchise?

3. SingOut Now
If you’re looking for some light-hearted, animated fun then Sing is the film for you. Watch Rosita the pig, Ash the punk rock porcupine and Johnny the gorilla battle it out on stage at a singing competition organised by Buster the koala. With an all-star cast including Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon and Seth MacFarlane, it’s sure to be a laugh a minute.

4. Hacksaw Ridge – Out Now
Nominated for 6 Oscars, follow the incredible story of a heroic medic who heads to the front line of World War II but refuses to touch a gun or fire a bullet. Going above and beyond the call of duty on one of the war’s bloodiest battlefields, he single-handedly saves the lives of 75 men. Based on a true story, Hacksaw Ridge is an inspiring story of courage.

5. Fist Fight – Out 24th February 2017
End the month full of laughter with a trip to the cinema to see Warner Bros. latest comedy. Watch as two high school teachers prepare to solve their differences the hard way with a Fist Fight after school. How will it end as mild-mannered teacher Andy Campbell faces the school’s toughest and most feared teacher, Ron Strickland (played by Ice Cube)?

Don’t forget to take your student card with you as most cinemas offer student discount. Meaning the more you save on your ticket, the more you’ll have to spend on snacks!

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.

Nights out in & around Bethnal Green

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Big nights out with your friends, and trips into the city centre to enjoy the vibrant nightlife are a must as a student. But not every night has to be a great venture into the city – especially when you have so much to adore right on your doorstop.

Bethnal Green is an increasingly popular location for students. From restaurants and bars, there are lots of places waiting to be discovered in and around this bustling local community…

Vesuvio Ristorante
Located less than 1 mile away from The Hive, just off Brick Lane, you haven’t got to travel far to experience the real taste of Italy. Vesuvio Ristorante offers everything you would expect from a traditional Italian restaurant – pizza, pasta and more. Plus, like their page on Facebook and you could win a meal for 2!

The Star of Bethnal Green
If you’re looking to sit and enjoy a quiet drink with your friends, then The Star of Bethnal Green is the place for you. Serving locally brewed beers and delicious food, and located only a 10 minute walk away from our accommodation, this is the perfect hotspot for all locals. Look out for special offers and events throughout the week including quiz nights and 2 for 1 cocktails.

The Cocktail Trading Co.
Enjoy a cocktail or two at The Cocktail Trading Co., one of London’s award-winning bars. From a Queen Mary to the Bee’s Knees, you’re sure to find one that’s right for you. And why not make a night of it? Get together with your friends and polish off your cocktail making skills with your very own cocktail masterclass with the experts.

Tapas Revolution
Hungry? Meeting with friends? With tapas from Tapas Revolution, you decide how much you want to eat. Whether its meat, fish or vegetarian, there are lots of small dish Spanish favourites to choose from, and tapas is the perfect choice for sharing with others. Plus, all day long on a Monday, you can get large paellas for half price.

The Hive student accommodation London is ideally located close to Bethnal Green underground with surrounding districts of Shoreditch, Brick Lane, Whitechapel and Aldgate only a few stops away.  If you would like to find out more about living with us here at The Hive, please contact us today on 020 3551 2550.

4 things to do in London for Halloween

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With Halloween just around the corner, you’ve probably starting thinking about how you’re going to spend one of the spookiest nights of the year. We all love a scary movie with friends, or a night out to the local nightclub, but how about doing something a bit out of the ordinary this Halloween…

Dinner At The Twits
You’ve probably read the book or heard about Roald Dahl’s classic story, The Twits, but how about a real-life experience? This October, join Mr & Mrs Twit for an entertaining evening with a dining experience like no other. From curious canapes to perilous puddings, Dinner At The Twits will be a night to remember.

Ghost Bus Tour
Hop on board London’s only fright bus service and take a trip back in time to learn about the city’s dark past. With history and Halloween combined, you’re sure to be in for a ride with plenty of laughter and spooks along the way.

The Witch Hunter
Head down to the London Dungeons this Halloween and take part in The Witch Hunter experience – if you dare. You’ll join the seventeenth century Matthew Hopkins, known as the Witchfinder General on the hunt for his next witch.

Fright Night Boat party
A Fright Night Boat sailing down The River Thames on Halloween weekend is the perfect spooky setting to spend one of the scariest nights of the year. With a fancy dress theme and a DJ, dancefloor and bar on-board, there’s lots of scary fun to be had.

A student’s guide to fresher’s week

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For many new students, fresher’s week is one of the most anticipated dates in the calendar when starting university. But before you head on down to the students unions, fresher’s fairs and local student events, here are a few things to consider:

Do the paperwork first
OK, so it’s not much fun standing in a queue waiting to register and have your photo taken, but it’s got to be done. We suggest getting all of the boring, admin stuff completed first so that it’s all done and dusted, and you can enjoy the rest of fresher’s week without worrying!

Purchase in advance
There will be lots of social events scheduled for fresher’s week – from foam parties to the fresher’s ball. But if you wish to make the guest list, purchase your tickets early or you could end up being turned away on the night if it’s a sell-out. You might even save yourself a few pounds when purchasing in advance!

Know your limits
With lots of new faces, you might want to make a good impression in front of peers, but don’t feel pressured into drinking if you don’t want to; you can say no. After all, the last thing you want is to be ringing for a taxi before the nights up, while everyone else stays and enjoys themselves.

Grab a bargain
During fresher’s fortnight, local retailers, fast food outlets, restaurants, bars and clubs – plus many more, will be out in force making sure you know that they’re there for you to visit and use. Whether it’s at the fresher fair, outside the students’ union or on the high street, many will be handing out coupons, discount cards, merchandise and even free samples – so make sure you get yours!

Have some fun
One of the most important things to remember when starting university is to make sure you have some fun! Fresher’s week is all about meeting new people, joining new societies and embracing the student lifestyle – so don’t forget your fancy dress outfit!

Want to try a new hair-raising experience in London?

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With the 2016 summer Olympics about to kick off in Rio, it got us thinking about when the Olympics were held here in London, 4 years ago back in 2012. Along with the thousands of athletes that took part, supporters that visited and medals that were won, you might also remember a very striking and visual landmark that was developed to commemorate the occasion; the ArcelorMittal Orbit.

olympic-Built from 60% recycled steel and 114m in height, the ArcelorMittal Orbit stands as the UK’s tallest sculpture and offers stunning panoramic views right across London. From parks and waterways, to Big Ben and Wembley stadium, see it all and take in some of London’s most icon sites with a 360-degree view of the city.

But that’s not all, NEW for 2016, you can now experience the ArcelorMittal Orbit – and London’s skyline, like never before, by speeding straight down a super tunnel slide! The Slide is one of London’s hottest new attractions and in just 40 seconds, you can go from top to bottom of the world’s tallest – and longest (178m) tunnel slide. Why take the stairs eh?

What’s more, as a student you can get a reduced price ticket at a cost of just £12, which will give you general entry to the ArcelorMittal Orbit as well as your pass for the ride on The Slide. So, what are you waiting for? Find out more and book your tickets here.

Located less than 3 miles away from the ArcelorMittal Orbit, our London student accommodation at The Hive is comfortable, stylish and affordable, and provides an ideal location to carry out your studies whilst in London. To find out how you can join our thriving student community at The Hive please contact us today on 020 3551 2550 to arrange a viewing.