Top Five Tips for Spending the Holidays Away From Home


We know that not all of our students head home for the winter break, and that some of you are at Scape over Christmas and New Year. This doesn’t mean that you can’t be jolly and embrace the festive spirit; we’re on hand to tell you how you can make the most of London at this time of year!

Explore, explore, explore

You’re living in London, where there is always something to do and see. It might be the case that Christmas and New Year are an even better time to explore areas you’ve never been to, as they will be far less busy. Ian Mansfield writes a popular London blog, and featured deserted London for one of his articles a few years ago. It just goes to show that you can get some great shots of the city if you’re around at a certain time!

We're sure you've heard of Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland makes reality all those things from Christmas dreams. From top shows, to an observation wheel, and a huge Christmas market, this attraction provides hours and hours of fun and excitement for all. There’s something for everyone, you just need to get down to Hyde Park before the 5 January to find out what all the fuss is about. I’ve saved the best part ‘til the end, entry is free! Although if you want to go on the rides, or go round the ice rink there is a cost, but it’s not too much.

Start going to the gym

Beat the rush and all those trying to work off the post-holiday pounds, Scape East has its own gym which is free for residents of both Scape East and Scape Greenwich. It includes bikes, cross trainers, a treadmill, and weight machine. There is an area for stretching, and to use the exercise balls and free weights.

For those living on the Greenwich peninsula and don’t fancy the journey to Mile End, there are some fairly cheap options nearby. Pure Gym is on the Greenwich High Road, and the rate is just £25.99 a month with no contract. The nearest participating Pay as U Gym is on Trafalgar Road and there is no joining fee, nor do you need to have an induction if you don’t want one. A one day pass is £8.50 for one session; they also offer 5 session, 1 month and 3 month passes.

Markets galore

London is host to an enormous amount of markets, and they’re situated all over the city. Whether you’re looking for an interesting present for a birthday in the New Year, a bargain for yourself, or just something to eat there is a selection of stalls for everyone! Foodies will love Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell, Broadway Market in London Fields, and Maltby Street Market in Bermondsey. For clothing, one off products from local designers, and furniture, try Chatsworth Road (Hackney), Portobello Market (Notting Hill), and Netil Market (London Fields) 

Our blogger Paula has been to two of London’s best known markets, you can read all about her experience at our WordPress.

We hope you enjoyed our student guide to London over the holidays, Happy New Year from all of us at Scape!

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