Europe’s premier city is a hotbed of inspirational education and cultural delights. From the British Museum and National Gallery to the Palace of Westminster and Tate Modern, there are countless sights to soak up. Not only this, but the city itself is wonderfully cosmopolitan, broadening the outlook of visitors and locals alike. Little surprise then, that an increasing number of parents are choosing London’s schools for their children’s International Baccalaureate education; an education which is inherently creative and global in its outlook.
London is the world's most-visited city, and one that has much to offer educationally, as well as visually. Those that choose to reside in the city while their children undertake the IB can be reassured that the city will inspire and delight in equal measure. Importantly, as one of the world’s leading international cities, the capital is a sympathetic foil to the world-encompassing outlook inherent in the IB curriculum.

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Location

As the UK’s economic and cultural powerhouse, it’s not surprising that London feels like a world unto itself. Indeed, for many who choose to live and work in the country’s capital, the city provides enough to keep them entertained for more than one lifetime.

For those that wish to travel beyond the city, Paris can be reached in less than three hours by Eurostar. There are also nine London airports and good road connections in every direction. 

Culture

London’s rich and varied culture is its pride. Places such as the British Museum and the National Gallery are loved by both residents and visitors – not just because they’re free, but because they, like the city itself, inspire both inquisitiveness and a sense of awe. Cultural delights seemingly lie around every corner – from the gothic Palace of Westminster to the modernist Tate.

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Why IB?

The International Baccalaureate is increasing in popularity in countries around the world – especially the UK. With globalisation having resulted in a demand for employees with a broad education, teachers and parents are ever more frequently turning to the IB to ensure that their children get the best chances in the future. 

According to David Miles, Deputy Head at Gresham’s School in Norfolk, ‘the IB is more about an ethos of an educational style’. This ‘ethos’, says the International Baccalaureate Organisation, encourages students to ‘participate in creative and service-oriented activities, while at the same time emphasizing the importance of reflection on a personal and academic level’.

The IB Curriculum is now taught in a number of schools in the UK, with increasing attention being given to the Primary and Mid Years Programmes. Gill Bowker, an Independent Education Consultant at Bowker Consulting, says that the greatest strength of the IB Primary and Mid Years Programmes is that they are ‘accessible and appropriate for children from any country and any educational background’.

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For those seeking an IB-focussed independent school, London has a great many to offer, such as the IC School. Situated in the quiet locality of Regent’s Park, the dedicated primary school teaches six main subjects areas. The exact way this is taught, says Assistant Principal, Liz Bowie, depends on the child. Our curriculum embraces purposeful, structured inquiry as the main feature of teaching and learning,’ she says.

Useful links

Visit London
Official guide to the UK capital

Re:locate
Is the IB the best option?

Hanover Research
Why IB Programs are Gaining Traction across the United States

 
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London has many different types of museums dotted all over the City from History Museums to Science Museums, below are a few of the best ones to visit in London.

Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum on Cromwell Road in London has a wide variety of different attractions to look at. The museum was established in 1881 and it has many fossils, minerals and rocks from all sorts of past creatures. The museum has many historical items such as dinosaur skeletons and a ‘Darwin Centre’ which is based around all of Darwin’s theories and work.

Museum of London
The museum of London has 9 different galleries that show the History of London from 1666 to the current day. The museums displays many of the important times in History such as the Romans, Medieval times, the outbreak of the Plague and much more.
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Science Museum
The science Museum was formalised in 1909 and has a collection of over 30,000 items, the museum has all sorts of things from the first jet engine to the parts from the earliest steam engines. The museum has a wide variety of different attractions such as Science in the 18th Century, the atmosphere and Veterinary History.  All of the Museums listed above are free to visit and are easy to access in London.

 
Learning English in England is a great way to improve your chances of becoming fluent quickly. There are plenty of places across the UK where you can settle in to learn. However, individuals tend to learn more quickly when they can immerse themselves in the best of British culture.

London is the most sought-after place for travellers to learn English because there’s so much to see and do. It also boasts great transport links with many places in the south of England, so you can opt to live in a smaller city with a slower pace and still enjoy all the fun of the UK’s capital. Here are three top places to learn English in England.

Soho, London

London’s Soho is a varied and busy place with something for everyone to enjoy. Famous for theatre shows, pubs, clubs, cabaret and stand-up comedy, your evenings will always be exciting if you choose to live here. Here are some of the top attractions.

Carnaby Street

Famous in the sixties for its iconic shops, Carnaby Street is still a must for fashion lovers today.

Soho Theatre

A cool place for theatre enthusiasts, this relatively new club has hosted independent artists, comedians and writers since its opening and is rarely less than packed.

Ronnie Scott’s

Opened in 1959, this legendary nightspot was the first place to host American jazz musicians in the UK. It’s seen some big names over the years and still hosts a variety of top-notch artists.

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Baker Street, London

Nestled in the City of Westminster district, Baker Street is a busy road which runs south from Regent’s Park and holds a wealth of history to its name. The fictional detective Sherlock Holmes resided along this road in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, and you can find a museum dedicated to the character at number 221B. Here are some other landmarks in and around the area.

Madame Tussaud’s

No visit to London would be complete without a trip to this iconic attraction. See waxworks of famous celebrities throughout the centuries.

Regent’s Park

One of London’s lovely open spaces, Regent’s Park boasts a boating lake, three tennis courts and an outside theatre for visitors to enjoy.

Royal Academy of Music

A must for music-lovers, the Royal Academy of Music holds a collection of musical instruments from around the world, as well as important manuscripts from famous classical composers.


Exeter

Exeter is a city in East Devon with a history that spans more than 2000 years. Easily accessible from many major UK cities, including London, this quiet yet interesting city is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for a gentler pace than England’s capital. Here are some of the top attractions in the area.

Exeter Cathedral

This beautiful medieval church is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the UK. Regular guided tours are available.

Quayside

One of the most attractive areas of the city, Exeter’s Quayside has a fascinating history, beautiful architecture and many lively bars and restaurants.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Discover the history of Exeter in this stunning and varied museum.

If you’re interesting in learning English in the UK, visit the Skola website for more details of these three top locations. You can also find out more about English courses for adults in the UK and register your interest online.

Useful links

Visit Devon

Destinations and attractions in the south west.

Soho area guide

Time Out’s guide to Soho.

Attractions near Baker Street

All in London’s guide to Baker Street.

 
As the weather is heating up and we are heading for the warm spring weather, so is the summer break. What will you do this year: relax or do something worthwhile? If you are thinking about the last one you might want to look in to vacation language courses. It might not sound like the ideal way to spend your summer holiday, but picture this:

You live in beautiful apartment in London, near Hyde Park. You get your breakfast from the local deli around the corner every day. In the evening you enjoy the sights London has to offer and of course the exciting night life. A picnic on primrose Hill, high tea at the Dorchester and dinner at Jamie Oliver’s fifteen restaurant. You are living the big city life to the fullest, knowing that you can go back to a more tranquil pace of life, at any time. Have we grasped your interest yet?

Why should you do a language course?

A vacation language course is the perfect opportunity to combine travelling with building up your CV. A foreign language always looks good on your resume, it shows you are interested in other cultures and it shows you are determined to improve your skillset.

What does a language course entail?

During the day you learn something new about a new culture that is foreign to you. In small groups of 12 you improve your knowledge of a language of your own choice. You practice the grammar, pronunciation and spelling of this language and slowly develop a basic knowledge. You can use this level of knowledge to move to an advanced course or you can try your luck in a native speaking country.

Why choose London?

London is a great place to study a foreign language because it is such a multi-cultural city. It doesn’t matter which language you decide to study, it is almost guaranteed you will run in to someone from the background of which you are studying the language and culture.  This enables you to practice your school knowledge with a native speaker straight away. It doesn’t matter if it is only a quick chat in the pub because when it comes to learning a new language:  practice makes perfect.

Plus there are also a lot of amazing cultural themed festivals in London throughout the year. The Hyper Japan London festival in February and the Caribbean Notting Hill carnival in August are just two of the biggest examples. The city of London makes it therefore not only possible but also exciting to indulge yourself in a foreign culture.

What to do afterwards?

The majority of vacation language course are taught in small groups so you can easily make friends that have the same interest as you do.  Chances are you make some great travel for your next vacation. Or you can choose to make use of the central location of London and make a little road trip to the South or the East coastal regions.

There are more than plenty of great opportunities for a holiday that combines leisure and doing something worthwhile. You just need to find the one that suits you best.

 
_Looking for an easy way to do some more exercise?
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Why don’t you substitute your car for a bike? Try going to your office, your leisure centre or anywhere else by bike and you will soon be a lover of this great medium of transport.

In some of the most important cities around the world you’ll find bikes on each corner. Amsterdam is one of the best examples, bikes fill the streets. They are part of the city’s decoration! And now London is in on the act, with city residents able to take a bike from any docking station, ride it to their destination and leave it in another docking station. It makes sense, bikes can be useful if you want to save time, because of the traffic jams. Cycle lanes are all over the cities, meaning you don’t always have to ride in the middle of the traffic.

Choose your bike model carefully, because decoration is part of your bike and your lifestyle too. Complement yours with bags, great baskets and bells. Don’t forget your light if you are thinking about using it at nights.
Remember the old times, the summer days when you were just a child riding through the streets with your close friends.
It will be a real trip down memory lane!


 
Have you ever been to London? Have you ever taken the underground?
The London underground is the oldest in the world, that's why is so famous. When other big cities had not thought about building undergrounds, the tube was already working  in London.


Since 1863 (the year that the first section of the underground opened) to present, the tube has evolved and undergone many changes to amplify and maintain everything in good conditions. The tube has good connections everywhere around London center and surroundings. It's therefore very useful to the millions of people who used it every single day.

London is a big city so people need public transport to move around the city, go to work, study or simply go shopping. 

Live music, people, steep stairs, mazes... are some of the things that you can find in the London underground.

It's an experience that some people like and others hate... What do you think?