Posts Tagged ‘LSI London Central’

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

Halloween Party for LSI students in London

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

This year, the teams at LSI London Hampstead and Central went all out to celebrate Halloween. A Halloween party was organised in a hip Islington Venue, the Taproom, and students from both schools were invited to attend. As usual there was a fancy dress competition during which even Santa made an appearance. Students and staff had great fun parading along the Halloween catwalk. The LSI London Central team then had the solemn task of choosing the winner. A scary drag queen was presented the winning prize of a day trip to a UK destination of their choice.

In addition to the fancy dress parade, students were treated to the screening of short horror films. These films had been made by students in class earlier in the week, and were watched with great hilarity. There was also a scary quiz with students teaming up to beat students from the opposing school.  A Halloween party celebrated with much fun and frivolity and without a single pumpkin in sight!

Halloween Party organised by LSI London Central and London Hampstead

Find out how students in other LSI schools celebrated Halloween.

An Unforgettable Cultural Exchange!

Monday, October 9th, 2017

LSI London Central student, Vinícius Andrade de Jesus talks about his reasons for leaving Brazil to come and study at LSI . He reveals his thoughts about the whole experience and opportunities for cultural exchange.

“I first came to the UK six years ago, but it was only for a quick sightseeing trip around London. Anyway it was enough time to get me impressed by this fascinating city.  It has an incredible cultural richness, a cosmopolitan spirit and I love that it seems so vast and diverse.

So that’s why this time I decided I was going to come and stay a bit longer. Honestly it was one of the best ideas I’ve ever had. It was great studying at LSI, having classes with a very nice teacher while being in  central London, close to so many amazing places in the capital city of the world. The other great aspect was of course being able to speak English all the time, which surely helped me improve my speaking and listening skills and gave me confidence to talk to people anywhere.

I met people from every corner of the globe and made so many friends. I particularly connected with a guy from Saudi Arabia, but also made friends with people from Turkey, Switzerland, Poland, Japan, Spain, Palestine, France, Chile, and of course Brazil. This was easily one of the best parts of this experience. The possibility to spend time with people from various cultural backgrounds and learn so many things with them.

Add to this the wonderful trips we went on together around Britain. Places such as Cambridge, Bath, Brighton, Liverpool,…) and please believe me when I say that it’s hard to out into words just how exciting and  unforgettable experience this is.

Now I really wish I could go back in time and live it all again. But since that’s not possible, I’ll probably just book another course at LSI next year. Perhaps I’ll see if I can persuade my girlfriend to come with me. I’m sure she’ll love it, as will anyone who decides to take the plunge. It truly is a BRILLIANT life experience!

LSI London Central student Vinicius Andrade enjoying the cultural exchange at the Tower of London

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.


A Student’s Perspective on LSI’s UK Schools

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

We always love to hear about students who enjoy their time at LSI so much that they decide to come back. LSI Brighton school director, Rachel Vallins, talked to one student, Eduardo Vera Abad, who has studied at LSI London Central, LSI Brighton and LSI Cambridge to hear about his experiences.

Rachel and Eduardo (far right) at a local pub with fellow students

Rachel and Eduardo (far right) at a local pub with fellow students

Rachel: So, Eduardo it’s your last day at LSI Brighton.
Eduardo: Unfortunately, it’s the last day. I would like to stay longer but sadly I have to go back to work. I’m already planning the next trip and of course it’s with LSI.
Rachel: Fantastic. How do you feel about leaving?
Eduardo: Well, I have to say I’m happy but at the same time I’m a little sad because I will miss the exciting English lessons,  the teachers,  the students, the ambience of the school, the city and many other things.
Rachel: How did your LSI story start? I believe you went to Cambridge first in 2015.
Eduardo: Yes, the first time was in Cambridge. It‘s a very nice school. It’s a fantastic city – I love the river. I spent a lot of time walking next to the river and the park. It’s lovely.
Rachel: After Cambridge, where did you go next?
Eduardo: I was in London Central, I spent three weeks there. London is a big city so I really needed more time.
Rachel: Why did you choose LSI?
Eduardo: I love travelling but I thought why not learn English at the same time? I think it’s never too late to learn a language and as long as I can, I will keep doing it. I will keep coming to England and why not once more to Brighton? Wherever you have a school,  I will go.
Rachel: If you had to compare the three schools, Cambridge, London and Brighton, what’s different about them and what’s similar?
Eduardo: It’s true that even in the same school the teachers are different and have different ways to teach. But I have to say that all my teachers in Cambridge, London and Brighton were lovely, very good and interesting. I couldn’t say which school I prefer.
Rachel: I’ve heard that you want to go to America and possibly some other LSI locations.
Eduardo: Yes, I’m thinking about going to Berkley or New York. I asked for a brochure. I’m planning to do a trip in October.
Rachel: Great. What’s the most important thing you’ve learnt from coming to LSI Brighton?
Eduardo: The vocabulary exercises have helped me a lot to learn more and helped me to remember, it’s very important.
Rachel: Thank you very much for this interview Eduardo. We’ll miss you.
Eduardo: Me too. I’ve really enjoyed my time, thank you.


Eduardo with classmates at LSI Brighton

Eduardo with classmates at LSI Brighton

Keep to the Beat – Techniques to improve your English

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

MarkLaneAccording to Mark Lane, Assistant School Director at LSI London Central, learning English is great fun and it’s all about rhythm.

“For most of our students, one major reason for coming here to study is that they want to improve their speaking. We all have an accent that is not entirely natural when we speak a second language, and many of our students state that they would like to totally lose their own accent. It’s not very easy to do this .However, working on your English pronunciation and intonation can make a big difference to your speaking (and also your listening) skills. ”

“English is a stress-timed language.This means that there is a natural rhythm to the language and that stressed syllables follow a beat (they are said at regular intervals.) Not every syllable in a sentence has the same length or the same importance. The important information is stressed and then the rest fits into the gaps – e.g. Bob is going to France on Wednesday. If you only heard the stressed parts you would still understand the sentence.”

It’s good to practise this by trying to say the following sentences to the same beat. Try reading this out loud. You can clap on the stressed beats too if that helps!

(clap) (clap) (clap) (clap)
One Two Three Four
One and Two and Three and Four
One and then Two and then Three and then Four
One and then it’s Two and then it’s Three and then it’s Four
One and then after it’s Two and then after it’s Three and then after it’s Four

You could create your own different phrases, and see what you end up with, for example:

He likes eating eggs and he likes eating beans and he likes eating chips and he likes eating cheese.

Use your imagination, and don’t forget to keep to the beat!

New Mini Group for Pre-intermediate Students

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Due to increasing interest in our Mini Groups courses, LSI are now offering a new type of Mini-Group course. In addition to our existing Mini-Groups for intermediate to advanced level students, we are now introducing a course for pre-intermediate level students allowing them to benefit from the intensive, more tailored-made character/structure of small group classes. Whilst the main focus of language teaching will be on General English, there will also be opportunities to cover aspects of Business English specifically requested by the students. The small group environment ensures students profit from more in-depth teacher feedback about their language learning and how to achieve their next language targets.

Key Features of the course:

  • Pre-intermediate level of English required
  • 20, 30, 40 lessons per week (check with individual schools for lesson options available)
  • Participants: maximum 5
  • Minimum age: 21
  • 1 lesson: 45 minutes (in the USA and Canada 50 minutes)
  • Courses begin every Monday

The new Mini Group is available at our schools in  Auckland, Berkeley, Boston, London (central)  , New York, San Diego, Toronto and Vancouver. For more details contact the schools directly.


Mini Group at LSI London Central

Did you know? Some Quirky Facts about London

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Our LSI team in London have put together some of their favourite facts about this fascinating city. 

May2014OldLondon In 1811 London was the first city in the world to reach a population of more than one million people and remained the largest city in the world until it was over taken by Tokyo in 1925 . With a population of 8.2 million London is still the largest city in European Union.
May2014SPauls St Paul’s Cathedral is the second largest church in the UK, has the third largest dome in the world and possesses Europe’s largest crypt where amongst others, architect Sir Christopher Wren, painters Joshua Reynolds and JMW Turner, and national heroes Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington are buried.
May2014BlackCab To get a London taxi license to drive one of London’s iconic ‘black cabs’, you have to prove that you know every single street and landmark in London. It’s called “The Knowledge” and takes 2-4 years to memorize.
May2014LondonZoo London Zoo is the world’s oldest public zoo. Originally opened in 1828 to members of the Zoological society for the scientific study of the animal collections, it finally opened to the public in 1847. The Zoo, one of the UK’s largest zoos, is located on the edges of Regent’s Park and is commonly referred to as ‘Regent’s Zoo’
May2014EalingStudios Established in 1902, Ealing Studios in West London are the oldest continuously working film studios in the world. Whilst best known for its 1950s comedy classics such as ‘The Lady Killers’, the studios are still used for TV and film work such as the period drama ‘Downton Abbey’.

If you have some interesting trivia you’d like to share about London send them in to . Why not come and join us in London– we look forward to welcoming you to LSI London Central or LSI London Hampstead ! Read more about why London is such a great place to live and study .

A Bird’s-eye view of London – Our travel tips

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Here are our top tips to get some amazing views of London!

May2014Monument The Monument
Standing 62 metres high, this stone column was built in 1677 to commemorate the Great Fire of London which began in a baker’s shop 62 metres from its base. After climbing 311 steps up the stone spiral staircase, you are rewarded with one of the best 360-degree views of London from the viewing platform. Our opinion: hard work but worth the climb and don’t forget the souvenir certificate.
May2014O2walkway The O2 Rooftop Walkway
The O2, originally named the Millennium Dome due to its unique shape, is one of London’s largest entertainment venues. In 2012, a 380 metres long walkway was constructed over the roof. The pathway is created by a tensile fabric and in place of side barriers, walkers are secured by means of clips to a central cable running along the length of the path. From the central observation platform there are amazing views across central London and the Docklands. Our opinion: An exhilarating experience but not for the feint hearted or unfit!
May2014ThamesCableCar Thames River Cable car
Constructed in time for the 2012 Olympics, the cable car connects the Greenwich Peninsula with the Royal Docklands. The 5 minute aerial ride across the Thames River inside pretty glass gondolas gives wonderful views along the river, East London and the beautiful Greenwich Park. Our opinion: A novel addition to London’s transport and cheaper than all other viewing point options!
May2014Shard The Shard 
This 87 storey glass clad pyramidal tower nicknamed ‘the shard of Glass’ is the tallest building in Western Europe at 310 metres and it provides the highest viewing point in London . Possible to see up to 40 miles on a clear day, it has three viewing platforms on different floors. Our opinion: Great views, amazing architecture but best to avoid the ticket price by visiting the bars on the lower floors.
May2014LondonEye The London Eye
This huge Ferris wheel is perhaps the most iconic of our viewing points. Located across the river from the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, it was originally intended as a temporary structure to celebrate the Millennium but proved to be so popular that it is now a permanent landmark and has been widely copied in many cities across the world. During the New Year’s firework celebrations it is frequently used to spectacular effects. Our opinion: Worth a visit but get there early to avoid the lengthy queues.

Try our tips out and let us know your opinions at lon@lsi.eduRead more about why London is such a great place to live and study .