Christmas in Wembley

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If you’re in Wembley this December and looking for something fun and festive to get you in the Christmas spirit, you won’t be disappointed. There’s a whole host of events taking place and all within a stone’s throw of our accommodation here at Host Wembley. Check out some of our top picks below…

Let’s Rock Christmas
Party like it’s yesterday and join in the fun at a Christmas party like no other. On Thursday 14th December, Let’s Rock Christmas – The Retro Show, arrives at The SSE Arena Wembley for one night only. Dance the night away to non-stop music from some of the best-loved artists from years gone by including Tony Hadley, Kim Wilde and Go West. It’s the perfect way to start the festive season and get you in the party mood.

Peter Pan Pantomime
Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a trip to see a performance of the season’s hottest pantomime. And this year, it’s definitely one not to miss. The classic story of Peter Pan will be brought to life at The SSE Arena Wembley for an arena spectacular with the performance across three stages, plenty of action and an all-star cast featuring Bradley Walsh and Martin Kemp. But you’d best be quick to get your tickets, performances are for two days only on 29th and 30th December. After the hustle and bustle of Christmas, it’s a perfect post-Christmas activity to enjoy with family or friends.

Christmas Shopping
Whether you’re in need of a gift for the secret santa with your uni friends, something special for your loved ones or you’re simply looking to treat yourself this season, there’s only one place to shop; London Designer Outlet. Packed with everything from clothing and footwear, to beauty products and accessories, you’ll find something for even the most awkward if people to buy for. And when you’re done shopping, rest your feet and enjoy a well-earned drink or bite to eat at one of the coffee shops or restaurants, all under one roof at the shopping centre.

Slideatron
New for 2017, and a world first, head over to Wembley Park and check out Wembley’s latest free attraction for Christmas; Slideatron. A unique and modern take on a Christmas tree, the Slideatron is an 18 metre high LED Christmas tree with a 20 metre long thrill slide. Climb the 60 steps to the top and admire the views of Wembley Park and beyond from the open-air viewing platform, then when you’re done, slide your way down to the bottom for a festive thrill!

Looking for student accommodation in London? If you would like to know more about living with us here at Host Wembley during your studies, contact us on +44(0)20 3475 5952 or at wembley@host-students.com. We have a choice of room types and tenancy lengths available including single semester contracts.

Summer days in Wembley

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The sun’s shining, the air is warm and summer is here. So, what have you got planned? If you’re not busy working, studying or visiting other parts of the world, then how about an afternoon in some of Wembley’s local parks and outdoor areas? Relax and soak up the sun, get lost in a book or play Frisbee with your friends. Sound good? Check out some of these great green spaces you can enjoy…

King Edward VII Park
Located in Brent – less than a mile away from our accommodation, King Edward VII Park offers luscious green grass space for you to unwind and relax in. There’s a host of sports facilities you can take advantage of to. From bowling greens to football pitches, you’ll never be short of something to do!

Fryent Country Park
Step away from the hustle and bustle of the city and go on an adventure through the 103 hectares of rolling fields and woods of Fryent Country Park. Also located in the Brent area, the park is a wildlife site of metropolitan importance to London, with the woodland comprising of trees including French oak, ash and the nationally rare plant the narrow-leaved bitter-cress.

Barham Park
Head two miles west of Host Wembley and you’ll stumble upon the green grass, pathways and many mature trees of Barham Park. Blooming with bright and beautiful flowers and shrubs in summer, the walled garden is a popular relaxation spot. For those feeling more active, there’s even a free outdoor gym!

Northala Fields
Slightly further afield, but definitely worth a visit is Northala Fields. You’ll find lots of open space to enjoy as well as four large earth mounds – and with the tallest standing at 22 metres it makes an excellent viewpoint with a 360-degree view over the city. And with six fishing lakes, a model boating lake and wildlife ponds, streams and wetland, you can relax on the water’s edge.

So, if you’re in London and the Wembley area this summer and need a place to sunbathe, relax or explore then head to one of the above. Need a place to stay while you visit? We have summer accommodation available from 2nd July until 1st September. For more information please contact us on 0203 475 5952 or email wembley@host-students.com.

3 fun attractions within 30 miles of Host Wembley

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May; the month most students dread. Revision, exams and even more revision and exams. But, you’re almost there, you’ve almost made it across the finish line. And whether it’s the end of your first or final year, when you get there, you’ll feel great. And what better way to celebrate the end of exams than with a day out? You’ve worked hard and now’s the time to meet up with your friends and have a fun filled day at some of the UKs hottest attractions. What’s more, many are located right on your doorstep so you haven’t got far to go to get there – even better!

1. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Whether you’re a muggle or a wizard, if you’re a Harry Potter fan, a visit to the studios where all eight Harry Potter films were made is a must. Less than 15 miles away from Host Wembley, step into Hogwart’s and experience the magic of J.K Rowling’s stories for yourself. Walk the streets of Diagon Alley, down a pint of Butterbeer, sample Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans and give riding a broomstick a go!

2. Thorpe Park
For all those thrill seekers out there, this is the place for you. Only 28 miles away, let off all that post-exam stress and scream until your heart’s content on some of the UK’s top roller coasters at Thorpe Park. With over 30 rides, attractions and live events to choose from, there’s something for everyone. From twists and turns and high-speed rollercoasters, to super-soaking water rides and traditional tea cups and swinging ships, what will you ride first?

3. Twickenham Stadium
If you’ve been living with us at Host Wembley, you’ll be no stranger to sports fans and stadiums, with Wembley Stadium just a stone’s throw away. But if you head less than 12 miles South of Wembley, you’ll find yourself at Twickenham Stadium, the Home of England Rugby. Take a stadium tour, visit the World Rugby Museum and if you can get tickets, experience the excitement of a match day in the world’s largest dedicated rugby union venue.

These are just some of the interesting and exciting places you can visit, without travelling miles to get to. And after a busy and fun day out exploring, come home to hassle-free, comfortable living at Host Wembley. To find out more about our summer accommodation and/or our accommodation for students in September 2017, contact us on +44 (0)20 3475 5952 or email wembley@host-students.com.

Indulge in all things chocolatey this Easter!

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Attention all chocolate lovers. There’s no better time to indulge in chocolate until you feel sick than at Easter, righ? But why not take your love for chocolate to the next level and discover the secret of chocolate making this Easter. In London, you’re not far from a variety of chocolate-themed activities and things to do. So here’s our round up of some which are well worth a visit…

1. VIP Chocolate Tour of London

Chocoholic? Then you’ll LOVE this choc-tastic deal! Enjoy a guided walking chocolate tour in London’s Mayfair district and learn all about the history of chocolate and how it’s made. And of course, no chocolate tour would be complete without a few samples along the way! They’ll be delicious tasting opportunities for you to enjoy truffles, macaroons and ganaches, as well as unusual flavours such as Marmite truffles or London Gin with popping candy truffles. The tour will last approximately 2.5 hours and tickets are priced at £30 per person, but grab a friend and take advantage of the 2 for 1 offers available and enjoy an afternoon of foodie fun together!

2. The Chocolate Museum

Located in the vibrant area of Brixton in London, The Chocolate Museum represents the chocolate industry and brings together a collection of objects and memorabilia from different merchants and collectors over the years. The museum was established by a French artisan chocolatier who started her own chocolate brand, Melange Chocolate, in the UK – which you’ll find stocked in the museum to enjoy and try out the adventurous flavours. As well as looking back at the history of chocolate, you can also be creative and put your own chocolate-making skills to the test at the drop-in chocolate workshops held at the museum. With fillings, decorations and lolli sticks all provided, what will you make?

3. The Chocolate Run

How would you like to indulge in as much chocolate as you like this Easter and not feel guilty for doing so? Sounds like heaven, right? Well, get yourself signed up to The Chocolate Run where you’ll eat chocolate and burn it off as you run! Navigate around a 5-8k/10k distance race and follow the clues to work out and discover the location of the ‘stolen chocolate’ which some evil thieves have stolen from the Easter Bunny. You’ll be well fueled along the way with chocolate handed out en route, as well as a free Easter egg for all participants at the end!

Located in Northwest London and close to all of the action of the city, our student accommodation at Host Wembley is the perfect place for you to stay during your studies. If you’re interested in staying with us at Host Wembley for September 2017 contact us today on +44 (0)20 3475 5952 or email us at wembley@host-students.com for more information.

Must-see movies this March

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The mornings are getting lighter, and the evenings are getting longer – Spring is approaching. But, the weather still isn’t perfect. So, for those wet and miserable rainy days, why not head to the cinema and watch the latest blockbuster? Here’s a sneak peek at what’s on this month.

Patriots Day – Out Now
In 2013 on ‘Patriots Day’, the Boston Marathon bombings shook the world. Based on the true story of the attacks, and the events that followed that day, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders and the rest of the emergency services, survivors and civilians join the manhunt for the bombers before they can attack again.

Logan – Out Now
For all you Marvel and superhero fans, the next instalment of the X-men Origins film series is here! Bringing the Wolverine story to a close, ‘Logan’ sees Hugh Jackman return, but this time not as Wolverine as he used to be called, but as ‘Logan’. Follow the story as a mysterious girl arrives in Logan’s life asking for his help – meaning it’s time for Logan to go on one last mission.

Fist Fight – Out Now
If you’re looking for a laugh this month, take a visit to see Warner Bros. latest comedy, Fist Fight. Two high school teachers prepare to solve their differences the hard way with a Fist Fight after school. How will it end as mild-mannered teacher Andy Campbell faces the school’s toughest and most feared teacher, Ron Strickland (played by Ice Cube)?

Kong: Skull Island – Released 10th March
The legendary King is back! The second film in the MonsterVerse franchise, Kong: Skull Island sees a team of explorers travel to an uncharted Pacific island only to meet Kong, the Island’s enormous King – a giant gorilla unlike anything they’ve seen before. Get ready for an action-packed adventure with one very big and very angry ape.

Beauty and The Beast – Released 17th March
If you love Disney, you’ll love the greatly anticipated live action remake of Disney’s animated classic, Beauty and The Beast. With an all-star cast, lose yourself in the musical fantasy story of Belle, a beautiful woman taken prisoner by a beast – who, over time she learns to look past his monstrous appearance.

And if one of the above films doesn’t take your interest, check out the full list of films out at Odeon this month. And don’t forget, as a student you can enjoy great savings with your student card! We’re only 20 minutes from the nearest Odeon – simply jump on the Jubilee line from Wembley Park Tube Station, get off at Swiss Cottage Station and it’s only a four minute walk to the Odeon cinema. If you’re interested in staying with us at Host Wembley for September 2017 contact us today on +44 (0)20 3475 5952 or email us at wembley@host-students.com for more information.

Student nights out in and around Wembley

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January’s over and what better way to celebrate the end of a long month than with a night out? And even though you’ve been living here for a few months, there are probably still places that you’ve not yet visited. So no matter what kind of night you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it right on your doorstep in Wembley…

Dance the night away
Dig out your dancing shoes and jump in a taxi with your friends and head to the close by Camden, where you’ll find some of the most renowned venues and clubs in the City. Boogie all night long to live music and DJs playing everything from hip hop, R&B, and dance to old school classics, pop and disco. A few places to try: Proud Camden, The Camden Assembly, EGG London.

Dinner for two
If you’ve got a romantic date on the cards then why not treat the lucky someone to dinner in Wembley. There’s lots of local and independent Chinese, Indian or Italian restaurants in the area to choose from. Or meet your date at the London Designer Outlet where you’ll be spoilt for choice with over 20 restaurants and coffee shops. Start the night with a cheeky Nando’s, followed by cocktails in TGI Fridays – you can even end the night with a trip to the 9 screen cinema!

Scrumptious cocktails
Going out with the girls? Celebrating a birthday? Fancy a cocktail? Whatever the reason, make a night of it with some delicious cocktails. Enjoy a classic such as a Long Island Ice Tea or indulge in a fruity number like the Mango Collins at Las Iguanas at the London Designer Outlet. What’s more, get there in time for happy and you can take advantage of their 2 for 1 offer!

A drink down the local
Sometimes it’s nice to grab a drink or bite to eat with your friends, without the pressure of dressing up and making a fuss. So, chuck your hoody on and head down to some of the local pubs for some tasty food, sports on the big screen and of course some special offers! A few places to try: The Liquor Station, The Torch, Watkins Folly (Fridays are student night)!

Takeaway
And for the nights you want to stay in – or for the day after a night out, how about a takeaway? You can enjoy the delicious taste of hot served food without lifting a finger. Wok N Roe is a local favourite, serving Chinese and fish and chips – the only downside is that it’s collection only. So if you don’t fancy going out, how about a freshly cooked pizza served straight to your door from Dominos or Pizza Hut.

All of these – plus many more shops, bars, clubs and restaurants are located close to Host Wembley. And with UCFB Wembley, University of Westminster, London School of Science and Technology and the Royal Academy of Music all within close proximity of our accommodation, it’s the perfect student living choice for students. International and UK students can enjoy first class, fully managed student apartments at a reasonable price within a minute’s walk of Wembley Park Underground Station, and easy access to Central London. Bookings now being taken for September 2017 – for more information about living with us at Host Wembley please contact us today on +44 (0)20 3475 5952 or email us at wembley@host-students.com.

Where to enjoy Chinese cuisine in Wembley this Chinese New Year

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Chinese New Year is fast approaching – this year, the first day of the New Year is on Saturday 28th January and it is the year of the rooster. So to get in the spirit of the Chinese New Year, below are some local outlets where you can indulge in some traditional Chinese food and drinks.

Ni Hao Wembley
From Vegetarian Singapore Fried Rice to Sweet & Sour Chicken, order your favourite Chinese dishes any day of the week. Open 12pm – 11pm every day, and located just 6 minutes away from our student accommodation in Wembley, you won’t have far to go to collect your food. And for those days you’re not up for going out, you can even get it delivered.

Young’s Peking Restaurant
If you want to sit down and enjoy an evening meal out – instead of a takeaway, head over to Young’s Peking restaurant. Located less than a mile away from our student accommodation, you’ll find this small and contemporary Chinese restaurant serving a range of classic Peking Chinese dishes.

Jimmy’s World Kitchen
Not your traditional Chinese restaurant, instead, Jimmy’s gives you a flavour of cuisines from all around the world. Here, you’ll find all of the Chinese foods you’d expect to find at any Chinese restaurant, with Italian, Thai, Indian, Mexican and many more dishes to enjoy alongside. What’s more, it’s all you can eat, and with prices starting from just £9.99 per person, it’s well worth a visit.

Ping Pong
If you’re after a light bite to eat or a refreshing drink, then this is the place for you. Located in the London Designer Outlet, Ping Pong serves Dim Sum and a variety of fruity cocktails and Chinese teas – perfect for a quick bite to eat after shopping or a light lunch with friends.

Host Wembley is the perfect student living choice for international and UK students looking to enjoy first class, fully managed student apartments at a reasonable price, yet within a minute’s walk of Wembley Park Underground Station, and easy access to Central London. To find out how you can join our thriving student community at Host Wembley please contact us today on 0203 475 5952.

Party in the streets of Notting Hill this weekend

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It’s that time of year again where the streets of London come alive with traditional and contemporary sounds, vibrant colours and joyous celebrations. Every year on August Bank Holiday weekend, Afro-Caribbean communities come together for Europe’s largest street festival; Notting Hill Carnival.

Originating over 50 years ago in 1964, the Carnival is a time for Afro-Caribbean communities to celebrate their own cultures and traditions, and to remember the Caribbean homes they have left behind.

Kicking off with a pre carnival street party on Saturday, followed by Children’s Day on Sunday and the Monday Parade / The Grand Finale being held on Monday, there’s an array of events and celebrations taking place over the weekend to keep you entertained. Along with music, parades, performances and a wonderful carnival atmosphere, you can even enjoy some tasty Caribbean food and drink!

Here at Host Wembley all our rooms have a purpose built study area as standard and our students are able to take advantage of our clean and airy communal study areas. To find out how you can join our thriving student community please contact us today on 0203 475 5952 to arrange a viewing.