Summer in the city


The UK has had the perfect start to summer already and we’ve heard that the wonderful weather is set to continue for a little longer. So, if you’re in London and have some spare time on your hands, then here are just some of the many things you can do during the summer in the capital.

Explore the parks
With almost 50% of London being green space, you’re never too far from a place to escape to and enjoy the summer sun. Amongst the open spaces and parks, there are eight royal parks all offering a variety of attractions and beautiful scenery including Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, Kensington Gardens and Richmond Park.

The best part? Exploring the parks is totally free. And if you’re after a little extra, there’s always something to do – from lounging in deck chairs and eating ice-creams, to rowing a boat on the lake and or hitting some balls on the tennis courts.

Take the plunge
When the summer heat gets too much, why not head to one of the city’s many outdoor lidos and dive straight in to cool off? One of the biggest lidos is the Grade II-listed Parliament Hill Lido which measures 60 metres by 20 metres. Other popular lidos include London Fields Lido, Tooting Bec Lido, Brockwell Lido and Charlton Lido.

And with plenty of additional facilities available at the lidos – from cafes and bars to fitness studios and loungers, it’s the perfect place to spend a summer’s day.

Quench your thirst
Enjoying the summer sun can be thirsty work. So, whether it’s a pitcher of Pimm’s, an ice-cold pint or a refreshing mocktail, there’s no better way to quench your first than with a nice cold refreshment.

And London is packed with pubs and bars with beautiful outdoor spaces, quirky beer gardens and stunning roof terraces, so you won’t be short of a place or two to soak up the sun and enjoy a cold drink.

If you’re in London this summer and need a place to stay then why not stay with us at The Hive? Summer accommodation available until 1st September 2018. To find out more, or to book, please contact the onsite management team at The Hive, who will be happy to help.

Make The Hive your home this summer


Exams done? University finished? It can only mean one thing… it’s summer time!

You’ve been busy working hard over the past few months and now it’s time to relax and have some fun over summer. So, what have you got planned? From shopping trips and picnics, to working and internships, there are many reasons why you might be in London over the summer months. And while you’re in the city, why not make The Hive your choice of accommodation?

Between 3rd July and 2nd September, we’re opening our doors to the general public – as well as students, and welcome you to stay with us for summer. We provide hassle-free, all-inclusive accommodation, which makes staying at The Hive the perfect solution for flexible and affordable London city living throughout the summer months.

So, if you stay with us at The Hive, what can you expect? Well, where do we start? How about a choice of luxurious Studio rooms all complete with their own private en-suite bathroom, study space and fully fitted kitchen? Meaning, after a hard day doing your thing in the city, you can cook up a storm in the kitchen, then kick back and relax in the comfort of your own space.

And for those days you want to socialise with others, you’re not restricted to your room. We have lots of communal areas for you to enjoy too. Grab a snack from the vending area, compete to become king or queen of the pool table in the games area, catch up with some work in the study area or watch some TV in the common room. But that’s not all. You’ll love taking in the beautiful views on The Hive’s landscaped roof terrace, especially as the sunsets – definitely worthy of an Instagram or two!

That’s the accommodation, now the location. Bustling with hip and ultra-trendy coffee shops, cocktails bars and eateries, The Hive is located in the heart of the ever increasingly popular Bethnal Green. And you haven’t far to go to explore other districts of the city, with the likes of Shoreditch, Brick Lane, Whitechapel and Aldgate all within close proximity. And when you want to get out and about in London throughout the summer, it’s quick and easy from The Hive, as we’re just a stone’s throw away from Bethnal Green underground station.

So, with a combination of luxurious rooms, modern social spaces and a desirable location, what’s not to love? We even provide free Wi-Fi for you to stay connected and up to date with what’s happening in the world!

If you’d like to find out more about our summer accommodation, or to book, please contact the onsite management team at The Hive, who will be happy to help.

10 places for students to visit this summer


With university finished for the year and the sun shining, that summer feeling has well and truly kicked in; and the need to travel is a must. But if you’re not sure of which direction to head, we have found a few places where you can enjoy the summer break:

1. Cornwall, England
Where else in the world can you camp with a wonderful view for as little as £9 a night? Cornwall is not only home to the famous Cornish pasties, but it has some of the most amazing views and beaches in England. It’s definitely worth a visit if you are looking for a beach break that is cheap, cheerful and worth every penny!

2. Malaga, Spain
Looking to party? Well look no further; Malaga in Spain is known for its vibrant nightlife. Plus, let’s face it, nobody parties like the Spanish! You can find cheap return flights with both Ryan Air and EasyJet, and if you book with a few friends and share an apartment, it’ll be a fraction of the cost compared to staying in a hotel.

3. Rome, Italy
If you’re looking for a city break or a location with a bit of culture, then look no further. Rome is one of the most traveled to places in Europe and with epic landmarks and architecture, it’s the ideal relaxing getaway. A book and a cocktail is all that is needed to complete the trip!

4. Valencia, Spain
Valencia is more of a quiet city break that promises sunshine, culture and walking tours around the old towns. To make this trip even better, you can stay with our sister site Victoria Hall Valencia that offers luxurious studios at competitive rates, why would you want to stay anywhere else?

5. Ibiza, Balearic Islands
Recommended by students as a cheap, yet full of fun and much deserved break, of course Ibiza was going to make it into the top 10. Wake up to beach views, spend your days shopping, and then turn up the heat in the evenings with beach parties, boat parties and dance until the early hours – remember, nightlife starts at 12am! Plus, with Island Guides to show you where the parties are and what you need to do while you’re there, you can be sure to make the most of your trip!

6. Glasgow, Scotland
Are you a Hiker? A mountain climber? An abseiler? Well, Glasgow has it all. With panoramic views and a little Scottish culture that will get you doing the Highland Fling! You can also stay with us to keep costs down at Victoria Hall Glasgow; student living just got better!

7. Cardiff, Wales
Cardiff is the capital of Wales, and is home to Europe’s largest waterfront development, Cardiff Bay. With plenty of must see tourist attractions – from Cardiff Castle and The Principality Stadium, to the Doctor Who Experience and Wales Millennium Centre, there is something for everyone. So, whether you’re staying for a long weekend or just visiting for the day, Cardiff should be on everyone’s bucket list.

8. Paris, France
If you have never been to Paris, then this is a must. You have to go at least once in your life to see just how the French live. You’ll find fresh pastries on your door step and attractions such as the Notre Dame, Moulin Rouge and not forgetting the Eiffel Tower! Return flights from London start from as little as £31 on SkyScanner, or you can take the Ouibus to Paris from London for only £15!

9. Amsterdam, Netherlands
One of the most traveled to destinations by students, you’ll never guess why… because of the well-known canals of course! Amsterdam is also known as a tolerant, progressive city with a diverse culture and an active nightlife (well that’s what the brochures say). You can also get the Ouibus to Amsterdam for just £7 – which is probably one of the cheapest trips to Europe.

10. Europe – 30 countries, 1 Pass
If you really can’t decide where to go, then why not visit them all? Students can get a Global Pass from Interrail which allows you to travel by train through Europe at a fraction of the cost. You only live once hey!

So, there you have it, 10 wonderful locations for you to visit this summer for a well deserved break. Getting away will allow you to relax and recharge your batteries ready for the start of university in September!

Here at The Hive all our rooms have a purpose built study area as standard AND our students are able to take advantage of our clean and airy communal study areas. To find out how you can join our thriving student community please contact us today on 020 3551 2550 to arrange a viewing.

7 tips on how to stay fit this summer


Summer is a great time to be healthy, get in shape and finally reach your New Year’s resolutions. Here’s a few top tips to help you out:

1. Stay hydrated
We all do it, when the days are hot, the only thing that pops into your head is food. Particularly in the summer months, it’s easy to mistake thirst for hunger. Just ask yourself before you reach for that burger and fries “am I really hungry? Or do I just need a drink?” – 9 times out of 10, you’ll find you simply need a drink to rehydrate yourself and curb those cravings.

Top Tip: Try herbal teas as they have a lot of benefits and will also help keep you hydrated.

2. Exercise early mornings or evenings
Exercise should be included as part of a healthy lifestyle – you’ll not only burn fat, build up and tone muscles, but you’ll also feel revitalised in the process. However, when temperatures are higher during the summer months, the best time of day to exercise with maximum affect is either early in the morning or later on in the evening. If you exercise during the day when the sun is at its peak, it is more likely to tire you out – which may make you give up.

Instead, an early morning run will wake you up and energise you, so you’re ready for the day ahead. Evening jogs work in a similar way – they will help you to wind down and de-stress, which is just what you need after a long day.

Top Tip: 30 minutes of exercise a day can help you lose weight and maintain a balanced diet.

3. Eat healthily
A healthy and well balanced diet is essential if you’re trying to stay fit and healthy. They say 80% of getting fit is based on what you eat, and only 20% is dependent on exercise. So the next time you’re shopping for groceries, fill your basket with fresh and colourful foods such as green vegetables, fruit and proteins – instead of junk foods high in fat and sweets or chocolates full of sugar.

Top Tip: Eat hydrating foods such as watermelon, tomatoes and cucumber – not only are they great to snack on and for replenishing fluids, but many contain important vitamins and minerals.

4. Wear sunscreen
One of the first things you should buy if you are going on holiday or spending summer in the UK, is sun cream. The sun is great – it can lift your mood and can help boost levels of vitamin D, but it can also be very harsh on your skin. When you’re out in the sun, you are exposing yourself to ultraviolet rays which can be potentially damaging to the skin, can age it prematurely and increase the risk of skin cancer. Wearing sun cream will help to protect you against the suns UV radiation and prevent it from reaching the skin.

Top Tip: If you’re out in the sun, make sure you use sun cream daily and regularly apply it throughout the day – especially when it is really hot.

5. Create an exercise plan
It’s all too easy to say you’re going to get fit this summer and start working out or running, but without a plan in place, it’s even easier to make excuses and not see those ideas through to reality. So, set some time aside to create an exercise plan; decide what exercise you want to do, what days you will exercise, at what time, and for how long – this way there will be no excuses and it will be scheduled into your week. If you are new to exercising, start slowly – go for a short run or a light jog twice a week, and then increase when you feel like you can.

Top Tip: Focus on health, not weight!

6. Sing until your heart’s content
In a recent article, it was noted that everyone has a Beyoncé in them, can this be true? According to Beyoncé’s father (Matthew Knowles), it is. Taking a one mile run and singing at the top of your voice will improve your vocal cords and send oxygen around your body, which will increase your stamina. Oxygen is one of two essential ingredients our cells need to survive, having only a small about of oxygen in our bodies can cause you to feel tired and exhausted. This is why we yawn, to get more oxygen inside our lungs!

Top Tip: Breathe in from your nose and out from your mouth, it will let more oxygen pass through your body.

7. Laugh
As one final tip, make sure you have a laugh! Not only is laughing the best medicine, it is also known for boosting your immune system, relaxing the whole body and relieving physical tension and stress.

Top Tip: Knock Knock jokes are always a good one!

Here at The Hive all our rooms have a purpose built study area as standard AND our students are able to take advantage of our clean and airy communal study areas. To find out how you can join our thriving student community please contact us today on 020 3551 2550 to arrange a viewing.