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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.

 
New Forest, Hampshire, England

One of Britain’s largest national parks is situated in the South of England. Walk around the cute villages of Christchurch and Brockenhurst and try not to buy some antiques or handmade curiosities in the artisan shops.  The new forest is very big and famous for its great cycle and walking paths. Enjoy the fresh air, the animals that are running wild and beautiful scenery for the day until you find that perfect spot to sit down and enjoy your home made picnic. Don’t feed the ponies though; they will never leave you alone.


Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh houses the world’s biggest collection of plants that are native as well as non-native to the UK. It is a great place for a day out especially during spring when the trees start to blossom and the flowers come out. You can easily walk around for an entire day in between the multitude of flora that the gardens have to offer. Take a look at the website for special events and festivals that are organised during the spring and summer months to make your visit even more special.

Fermanagh Lakelands, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland

Fermanagh Lakelands are part of the beautiful countryside of Northern Ireland. They are situated in the West of the country and only 2 hours away from Belfast. Within the parameters of this countryside jewel you will find a treasure of outdoor activities. You can do anything from caving to hiking and from cycling to paintballing. We suggest a nice horseback ride through the countryside of Irvinestown with a picnic at Enniskillen Castle.

Llangennith, Swansea, Wales

This beautiful stretch of sandy beach on the coast of West Wales is great for an outdoor picnic. The beach itself is gorgeous and deserted during low-season. However there are always some great surfers battling the crashing waves who are certainly of entertainment value. If the weather really heats up, you can also sign yourself up for some surf lessons in one of the many surf schools around the area.

Organising a picnic in a park or a forest is a great way to celebrate a birthday. Most parks are open to the public so you can invite as many people as you like, or make it a romantic lunch for two instead.  To make the picnic extra festive bring one or two birthday present hampers which you can find online via many Great British patisseries. All you need other than that is a blanket, sunglasses and a charged i-Pod.

Enjoy the spring!

 
English is one of the most widely-used languages in the world, but what is the lowdown on studying English in the UK, as appose to your native country? In this article we examine learning English as a second language.

The importance of English

English is arguably the most important and widely-spoken language around the world. For a start it is spoken in some of the most powerful countries, such as the US, Britain, Canada and Australia – in total 57 countries speak English as the official language. It is also the language of NATO, the European Union and the United Nations.

Although only the third most-spoken language in the world, after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, English is probably most used as a second language. It is estimated that around a third of the world speak some English.

Learning in England versus learning in your native country

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You can pretty much find English courses anywhere in the world, and for many English is taught from a young age at school. Although these classes are certainly beneficial to millions, if not billions, of people around the globe, there is nowhere better to learn English than in the country it was born.

For those who are looking to better their English for career purposes, you may be tempted to take classes in your own country. Although this is certainly cheaper and more feasible with a working lifestyle, if you do get the opportunity to take classes in an English-speaking country then you should take it. Nobody can teach the English language as well as a professionally trained English native.

By living the UK, students are surrounded by the language at all times and are practically forced into speaking English. Everywhere you turn and everything you do, including shopping, public transport and the media, you must use English. Instead of switching off until your next lesson, which can be the case when studying in your own country, your brain will be switched on to English at all times.

Schools in the UK

If you are looking for an English course UK schools often vary greatly in quality. Many schools offer cheap classes, taught by unqualified teachers. It is certainly worth doing some serious research and making sure that the place you end up studying has been accredited by the appropriate bodies.

The location can make or break your trip to the UK, so it is worth thinking about what you really want from your trip. If you are want to get down and do some serious studying for an exam or foundation programme UK schools in the countryside, where it is much more peaceful and quiet, might be more suitable. But if you want to experience the social side of living in the UK, a school in a major city, such as London or Manchester, might be more appropriate.

Links:

English Grammar Guide - A useful online guide to English grammar rules

BBC World Service - A guide to learning English from the BBC World Service

British Council Teaching English - Site featuring information for students and teachers of English as a foreign language, including videos