Posts Tagged ‘LSI London Hampstead’

What’s Great About London

Friday, March 16th, 2018

A neo-gothic bell tower, a gigantic Ferris wheel by the river, large neon advertising on the curved corner of two avenues, two-level red buses running everywhere, endless rows of terraced houses – just a few of the iconic images of London. It is a city of contrast. Hectic and  peaceful, old and modern, industrial and green all at the same time. It’s European but with a look and feel that is very different from any other continental capital city. Newcomers find the city alien but exciting. They visit a few museums, take a stroll in St James’ Park, watch as the guards change in front of Buckingham Palace, raid the shops in Oxford Street, venture into the clubs on the very first weekend, just as they were advised by their friends who have been to London before. But is London only about entertainment?

I moved to London more than ten years ago with unspeakable expectations. I still remember the feeling I had looking at the unusual skyline and the seemingly haphazard streets from the ‘Waterloo to Surbiton’ train, on my way to a friend who was kind enough to put me up for a night. It was joyful anxiety. I knew it there and then that this city could be my home, but if I was to lose direction, it would chew me up and spit me out. It became my home. Oddly enough, I spent my time in central London – zone 1 – , seeing the iconic places only in the first year.

I gradually fell in love with an entirely different aspect of London. It’s arguably Europe’s most populous city, and yet it is here that I learnt the true meaning of the word “tolerance”. I can go for months on end without getting angry or frustrated or sad. Work and life in suburban London has shaped me into the person I am.

Visitors, I encourage you to see all the famous sights and try every thrill London has to offer. Take a few moments too to observe people in the street, on the tube, in the cafés. It is worth the study.

Andras’s London in Photos

Photos of London by Andras

Read some more quirky facts about the city or our top travel tips. If this sounds like a place you’d like to visit, LSI can offer courses at LSI Hampstead and LSI Central.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Near You

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Maybe you’ve never heard of St. Patrick’s Day before? Now’s your opportunity to experience this fun filled festival for yourself if you are studying at an LSI school in the US or UK.

From Boston to San Francisco, New York to London, streets and squares will be decked out with everything Irish from the familiar orange, white and green flag, to lucky shamrocks and crazy leprechauns hats. Expect to see parades with colourful floats accompanied by bands playing the haunting sounds of traditional Irish music and groups of mesmerising fleet footed, Irish step dancers. To fit in with the crowd, wear something green or, to go the whole hog, dress from head to foot in green. Iconic landmarks such as the Empire State Building and the London Eye light up in green for the occasion. And don’t forget to try the traditional Irish beer, Guinness. Be warned though, even the beer will be turned a shade of Gaelic green for this special fun filled day.

Whilst St. Patrick’s Day celebrates Irish culture, its roots began with Irish immigrants and soldiers who settled in the USA. The day was first marked in cities such as Boston (1737) and New York (1762) by homesick Irish settlers and soldiers who were keen to celebrate their common heritage. By the 19th century the tradition had spread to other American cities with large Irish populations. These days, all Americans, no matter their cultural background, embrace these annual celebrations.  It’s the perfect excuse for going a little crazy and having fun.

So what would St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, make of it all? Probably not much. Ironically this 5th century saint was actually British rather than Irish. He was also far more focused on bringing Christianity to the wild, unruly Irish pagans than partying. A far cry from the celebrations held in his name!

Find out more about celebrations near you. Check out the timeout guides for: London, New York, Boston, San Francisco and San Diego.

St. Patrick's Day Parade with costumed dancers

LSI London Hampstead Receives Special Visitors

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

At LSI, we love to receive visits from past students. One recent visit at LSI London Hampstead was extra special though. Akiyo and Takashi Yoshinaga were returning to the school after 29 years!

Akiyo and Takashi have more reason than most to remember the school fondly. This was the place where they first met in March 1988 as young students eager to explore the world. At 23, Takashi had just finished his degree in Japan and Akiyo, only 21, was still in her second year. Both viewed the opportunity to study English abroad as part of the common rites of passage that so many of their contemporaries pursued whilst at university.

In 1990, two years after returning to Japan, Akiyo and Takashi got married, and in 1992 they moved to New York for work. This is currently where they live with their two sons. Akiyo works as a music teacher and having completed an MBA, Takashi now runs his own company.


AKiyo and Takashi on the steps of LSI London Hampstead


We asked Akiyo and Takashi what they remembered about the school and what has changed.

Takashi: “The school was quite small back then, probably around 40 students, of which 95% were Japanese. We made so many close friends and when we returned to Japan we stayed in touch with them. The teachers were very good but of course the classrooms were a lot more basic back then. Looking around the school now, I can see how everything is far more high tech these days. There seems to be far more facilities and the classrooms are definitely more colourful. From the outside though, the school still looks much the same – the imposing façade and of course the lovely back garden.“

Akiyo: “Hampstead has changed too. When we studied here, there wasn’t really much to do at lunchtimes. It was quite a sleepy place. There weren’t many shops and only one pub that I remember. It’s so different now – so many shops, restaurants and bars.“

Akiyo also remarked on the changes in London over the decades. “You can still see the lovely old, historic buildings but now parts of London have the tall skyscrapers we are used to in New York. The weather also seems to be better – we’ve even seen some sunshine!”

It was lovely to see Akiyo and Takashi at LSI London Hampstead. We hope they don’t leave it so long for their next visit!

CEO of LSI Interviewed by Pie News

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Pie News, a website dedicated to news about International Education, recently approached the CEO of LSI, David Immanuel, to discuss his views on a range of topics from LSI’s background and future plans, the recent company merger, and the current issues and  trends in the Language Training Industry. Here are just a few snippets of the topics discussed.


Pie News: How many language schools do you have now? And how has it changed since you started in 1970?

David Immanuel: We have 14 schools. And of course I also have the prep school. We started with two schools in London and Paris, and I’ve gradually built it up – the next one came in Germany, but you could say that my first serious language school was Berkeley in 1979.

When we organised the school, we modelled it on the Berlitz style of one to one teaching of foreign languages and we did quite well during the 70s, but then gradually English took over and for us the foreign language business in the UK shrank. We still do teach some foreign languages to a few companies but it’s a very minor, minor part of it now.

And if you had said to me then I would have been doing it 46 years later, I’d have been shocked.

Pie News: You recently acquired LTC. Is finding schools and acquiring them now is that part of your strategy for expansion?

David Immanuel: Well it’s slightly opportunistic ,… We work with strong individuals – the merger is going well. The [LTC] London school has closed by agreement, so we have by default inherited some of the business. I would definitely be interested in other opportunities if  they [mergers] came about, not only over here [UK] but also in the United States

Pie News: We often hear stakeholders say that general English is dead – nobody’s interested in it. But others say English remains their biggest seller. Which is the case for you?

David Immanuel: Yes, I mean it’s our core business. It’s been our strongest year ever in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, so it’s certainly not dead. There are a number of factors tying together have damaged the market: the finishing of the Saudi scholarships; the downturn of the currency in Brazil, Venezuela, Russia; economic problems, sanctions etc, … but there is a market. And new markets are opening up… South America opened up, and then Eastern Europe – there’s Vietnam and there’s the big one, China.

[In 2016] We opened a flagship school at $10m investment, we bought half a floor in a 20 storey in downtown New York. We’ve decided we are sharing the space now with a software training school, and I was just talking to them last night about a co-operation about programmes. I know there is space for that, but I think learning English will remain our core business

Pie News: So you talked about diversification, and lots of other people are trying to diversify through pathways. Is your sixth form college [in London]  a kind of pathway?

David Immanuel: The sixth form college is really about pathways, but doing it in the way of A Levels. We may well start foundation programmes from that college next year but if we do it, it will be one that’s recognised by the whole group of universities, rather than running around trying to get one university to recognise it.

Click here for the  full interview on the Pie News Website.


Christmas & Origami at LSI London Hampstead

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

The Christmas tree at LSI London Hampstead has a unique new look this year. For Christmas 2016 the tree has been decked out with beautiful origami decorations all hand made by LSI Hampstead students.  Many students took part in the origami workshop including students from Switzerland, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Colombia and of course Japan. The workshop was led by Japanese student Hideko Azuma who is currently on her second stay with LSI.

Hideko’s first visit, 5 years before, was totally different as her 6 months stay was during the spring and summer months. She enjoyed the first experience so much.

‘I felt it changed me as a person. Before , life had all been about work, but coming here made me realise how much more there is to experience. It was a wonderful time in my life, I made so many friends who I am still in contact with. I”ve travelled from Turkey, through Italy, Switzerland, France and Spain visiting my LSI friends. I remember one of my first impressions of London was how green it was compared to Japanese cities. This time it isn’t so green, ‘ she joked, ‘but of course, it winter and time for Christmas!”


Autumn Term Update on LSI Independent Sixth Form College

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Since the launch of the LSI Independent Sixth Form College in October, we’ve had a lot of interest and already have 8 students enrolled on our A levels courses. A levels are the standard qualifications required for entry into most UK universities. With more enrolments in January, it’s been a great start and passed all previous expectations.

Our students are both local and international students and the college has been able to accommodate all our students requirements in terms of subjects they wish to study and exam boards, alongside our published subjects list. Our students are enjoying their lessons in a wide range of subjects, from Modern Foreign Languages such as French, German and Spanish, to Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Business, Mathematics, Religious Studies and Latin. Our newly-built Science lab stands ready to welcome Science students in the near future.

It was also very pleasing to get our first offer from UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service), a very good one from the University of Nottingham, and we hope to have more UCAS news in due course.


LSI expansion in the UK – LSI merger with LTC

Friday, September 30th, 2016

LSI is growing from strength to strength in the UK following LSI’s recent acquisition of  the LTC language school chain. LTC has schools in Brighton and London which have now been acquired as part of  LSI Group.

In Brighton the two schools are only a short ten minute walk from each other. Like the current LSI Brighton building, the LTC school is housed in four elegant interconnecting townhouses and with an extra 18 classrooms at our disposal, LSI will be able to accommodate over 200 additional students in the two buildings. The new facilities include a large student lounge that can seat 50 students and a large patio garden with space for over 100 students. There is also a student kitchen and a computer lab. LSI plans to extend the Junior summer camp in Brighton to make full use of the newly acquired building and the nearby St Christopher’s preparatory school.

In London, LSI are planning to run an additional junior summer camp programme from LTC’s London Ealing campus.  LSI London Ealing junior programme will take place at Ealing Green College located just 10 minutes walk from Ealing Station (west of Central London). The College has a warm, friendly atmosphere and students enjoy a canteen overlooking Walpole Park, and free internet access, among other amenities. Ealing is a hot spot for London families seeking  a safe environment for their children whilst being close enough to central London to enjoy all the fun things London has to offer.


Japanese Student Revisits LSI London Hampstead after 23 years

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Yuko Tabata’s first visit to LSI London Hampstead was in 1992 when she was a young woman in her twenties. It was an exciting and memorable time in her life, so much so that 23 years on she decided to make a return visit and bring her young niece Nana with her.

“I have such great memories of LSI and I am still in touch with many of my friends I made back then. Some things don’t change. The teachers then and now were all really nice, the atmosphere in the school is friendly. I especially feel it’s a safe environment. My niece is only 16 years old but I knew that she’d be happy and feel secure here. During my current visit, I’ve taken my niece to see all the main tourists spots and I feel that London has changed a lot in 23 years. Hampstead though still remains a charming village in the centre of London. It is also incredibly nice to see that the LSI standards are the same after all this time.”

Yuko Tabata and her niece Nana

Yuko Tabata and her niece Nana

A Move for Marketing

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

After some stunning  refurbishments in our London schools, LSI Marketing has moved into their spacious, new office at London Hampstead. For the first time all the marketing team based in the Uk, including the web and publishing departments and direct sales will be working under one roof enhancing the coordination of our sales and marketing services. The office  includes a conference area, where our team can host  meetings with agents in a comfortable, relaxing space. If you’re passing LSI London Hampstead, why not drop in and meet our team !

The New Management Team at LSI London Hampstead

Monday, October 27th, 2014

We’d like to extend a warm LSI welcome to our new school director and assistant director at LSI London Hampstead, Maggie Carruthers and Kat Holloway.

From left to right: Kat Holloway and Maggie Carruthers

From left to right: Kat Holloway and Maggie Carruthers

Maggie Carruthers, our new school director, comes to us after seven and half years working as a school director for Kaplan in southern Brazil. Despite her rather Scottish sounding surname, Maggie actually hails from Brazil but has spent several years in London. With a CELTA, a BA in Law, and a Masters in International Law under her belt, Maggie is highly qualified and with a total of  14 years working in EFL as a teacher, senior teacher, academic director and school director, can call upon a vast amount of experience for her new role with LSI. Despite a busy schedule, Maggie still finds time to study for the diplomat exams, her long term goal being to work as a diplomat in Afghanistan.

Maggie: ” I want to make a difference to people’s lives , which is one of the reasons I love teaching. As a diplomat though , especially somewhere like Afghanistan,  I feel I could really help to change people’s lives for the better .”

Our new assistant school director, Kat Holloway,  also has plenty of international experience and excellent EFL credentials with both DELTA qualifications and a Masters in English. Earlier customer focussed roles included advising on unforgettable gap years for eager but often inexperienced students, looking for their first independent, global adventure. In Kat’s first ever teaching role, she was thrown straight in at the deep end. She spent 18 months working in Taipei teaching students ranging from the Kindergarten all the way up to international businessmen, surely a challenge even for the most experienced teacher!

Kat flourished though and was soon looking for a fresh challenge. Moving to Madrid, she worked at both the Chester School of English and Hylands working as a teacher, then teacher trainer and finally during the last year as the Director of Studies.  Kat is really happy about her move to London.

Kat: “I’m sure I’m going to love living in London, there’s always so much to do. The atmosphere at LSI is so friendly so I know I’m  going to love working here and being part of the LSI London Hampstead team. ”

Welcome on board guys!