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					          Settle in London
LONDON




Welcome to London!

Worrying about your arrival in the
Queen’s country? No problem!
Absolutely and the BDE have prepared a few tips for you…

•         Settle in London

Finding a house



You have no idea where to live and no contact in the city? Don’t panic!

We strongly advise you to live within walking distance from the school. Why? Because…

London’s transports are so expensive that going on foot to school will spare you many pounds.
It will be more convenient to go home for lunch (there is only a cafeteria, but still in the end you will get bored with eating
sandwiches... and eating in a restaurant each day can be quite expensive).

It will make it easier to come back from the numerous housewarming parties you will go to at the beginning of the year!
The neighbourhoods near the school are: West Hampstead, Kilburn, Golders Green and Cricklewood. Another advice : try to
have a nightbus line or a 24 hours bus near you. It will save you a lot of time (if you have to come back at night by foot...) or
lot of money (if you have to take a cab to come back!)

Firstly, go on the ESCP Europe intranet.
There are some interesting ads posted by other students or former students living in London, who have already found an
accommodation and are looking for flatmates.

You can also, and it is really advised, look at these websites:
•         www.gumtree.co.uk
•        www.findaproperty.co.uk
•        www.loot.com
•        www.vebra.com
•        www.rightmove.co.uk
•        www.net-lettings.co.uk


You will find many ads for flats to share (this is maybe the best way to improve your English!) and all the property agencies
for each neighbourhood in London.

If you really can’t find anything, you can try to find something in the estate agencies near the school.

Don’t forget!
Make sure you’re clear on what is included in the bills and what isn’t.
Make sure you view the property before signing anything! We are never too careful!



Opening a bank account
A bank account is mandatory in London as you will need it to get paid during your internship, to pay your bills, and your
rent (most landlords want to have it via bank transfer). And, the final reason: you will absolutely need it to have internet at
home! Unfortunately, it is not the easiest thing in the world. It takes 3 to 4 weeks or more if they lose your file, they will ask
for plenty of documents to bring etc. To sum up: it’s a complete nightmare!

No worries, Absolutely has negotiated for you a great partnership with HSBC which enables you to avoid all these
complications: you can now easily open your British HSBC bank account directly from France:

Have it ready even before you arrive in London!!
Transfers from your HSBC French account to your British one are FREE!! (so for each transfer you make, you save around
£6 = 2 pints ;-)).
Take cash from your French account at every HSBC cash dispenser without being charged (and in London, there is an HSBC
cash dispenser at almost every corner).
Have free credit card, free internet banking, and €100, to make sure you have enough money to enjoy life in London!

How do you do this??
Very simple: go to HSBC Colonel Fabien in Paris, or call Fabien Chambrellan(+ 33 (0) 1 53 38 41 42) and that’s it! Don’t
forget to let them know that you come from Absolutely ESCP Europe to benefit from the offer!

In case you are not from Paris, don’t worry, there is a solution. Go to the nearest Abbey branch and you will be able to open
your bank account without too many difficulties.



Communication (i.e. The ultimate recipe to widen your network)



         Telephone

On your first days in London, one of your main priorities will be to find a way to keep in touch with your friends from all
over the world… and with your family (Yes, you must call mummy once a week otherwise… I mean, it depends on your
mum!)

Cell phone
Check beforehand whether you can make your current cell phone compatible with a foreign Sim card! This way you won’t
have to buy another one.

Sim card
The best solution is still to choose for a “Pay as you go” formula. The principle is simple: you buy a SIM card (initial
investment: £5 to £10) and then you recharge it whenever you need to (even a 6-year-old could do it… !).

Which network?

•          Virgin: It is particularly interesting if you call or send texts to another Virgin phone (i.e. 15p per minute for phone
calls and 3p per text). Hence the advantage of choosing the same provider at the beginning of the year!!! The Sim card costs
£10 (including £5 of credit) and is really flexible since you recharge it whenever you want, with any amount and you can use
it indefinitely… Isn’t that wonderful? Moreover, you can top it up using your credit card at ATMs.
•          Talkmobile: It is a little bit less advantageous than Virgin as far as calls to England are concerned but really better
for international calls (4p per minute on fixed phone numbers and 15p on mobiles). However, in the end, you will spend
more time calling English numbers than foreign ones. So this is not the best deal if you do not have a girl/boyfriend to call
on a regular amount...
•          Orange: it is the most chosen by ESCP Europe students as the prices are quite the same as the Virgin ones and
Orange offers you the “Orange Wednesday” which permits you to have 2 cinema entries for the price of one. The Sim card
costs £10 (including £5 of credit) and is really flexible since you recharge it whenever you want, with any amount and you
can use it indefinitely… Isn’t that wonderful? Moreover, you can top it up using your credit card at ATMs. Or, it is free if
you buy a phone with it

You can also take a contract which is a lot cheaper... but most of the time, you will have to take a one year or a 18 month
contract....

•        Skype: Download it on www.skype.com in 3 secconds in order to have completely FREE phone calls to any
country of the world providing that:
1)       You have an internet connection + earphones and microphone
2)        The people you try to contact possess that as well!!!

If you want to phone cell phones or normal phones using Skype, it will also be cheaper than anywhere else. You just have to
top up €10 minimum (€11,50 VAT included).
Classic phone cards: Of you can buy them basically in every « Food and wine ». For £10 you can have up to 3 cards and 6H
of communication. You can also buy really cheap cards at your newspaper shop called « Eurocity » (count around £3 for 300
min of communication) that provides you with a code so that you can call your loved ones from every landline phone! You
also have the so-called « Telco Europe card » or the Nomicall. But be careful for the last one is only valid for a month.

         Internet

Considering the fact that the school has a free wireless access for all its students, is it really compulsory to buy internet for
ourselves?
The answer obviously depends on how much you need and use internet and how far your place is from the school. But as a
general rule, you will want to have it at home.

First, it will be more convenient to use softwares like msn or skype, to download the latest episodes of DH, Heroes, Gossip
Girl or Weeds while relaxing at home.
Second, there are not that many computers at school and they are often crowded, especially during the “I really really
REALLY need an internship” period.

Finally, having internet at home will be useful in a lot of situations. The (never endings) teamwork projects you will have to
produce will need short-term research and exchange of information, to prepare interviews (i.e. learning by heart the content
of the firm’s website) or to do online applications and so on. It is hard to do it without Internet as you may often have to
work until late at night on a group project...The only thing to be cautious about is the time you will have to wait for it: up to
one month…

Internet provider.
Virgin arrives first with its Virgin Broadband formula. Tough a little bit expensive, all the users seem happy about it. As a
general rule it costs a little bit less than £30 per month for an cable connection if you take it for 6 or 12 months. For those
who intend to live in flat shares the purchase of a wireless devise is highly recommended (free with Virgin). The main
competitors of Virgin are BT Broadband, UK Online, O2, and 3. But if you do not choice Virgin, you’ll make you will have
to open a fixed line with BT beforehand if it doesn’t already exist (you can apply for it online on the BT website) and than
you will have to open a line with your provider, always on the internet. That is why lots of students choose Virgin as opening
a phone line with BT can sometimes take a while.



Commuting within London




          The fisrt thing you MUST do when arriving in London is purchase your OysterCard (in any tube station or
cornershop)It is the cheapest way to pay for single journeys on the Tube, buses, DLR and trams (for example, one bus
journey costs £1 with the Oyster, £2 without!).
How does it work? You “top up” your card with any amount of your choice (in any tube station or cornershop),and then, you
“pay as you go”: your card is going to be debited each time you touch in and touch out in the bus or the Tube. You can make
as many journeys as you like in a 24 hour period on the bus, Tube, DLR, tram, and you will always be charged less than the
price of an equivalent Day Travel Card or One Day Bus Pass. If you travel a lot, it is better to purchase a weekly or monthly
travel pass. We advise you to wait for the school to give you a form to fill in to receive your Student OysterCard which will
enable you to benefit from much better deals. It will cost you an identity picture and £5 (to be sent in cheque-do not worry,
no need of a cheque book, you can do that from a post office- or via transfer), then, you will be able to purchase weekly or
monthly travel pass, for bus (approximately £10 a week, £38 a month), or tube+bus (approximately £19 a week instead of
£28, £74 a month instead of £105). Yes, it is still expensive, but much less than without the student OysterCard (the student
OysterCard is approximately 30% cheaper than the OysterCard)!!

         The bus remains the cheapest way to travel, it may take a while to go from A to B. The tube is much quicker
(when there are no problems or engineering works...!) but also less nice as you can’t enjoy the sights... It is up to you to
make your choice!

          Anyway, concerning the Tube, the underground map is divided into zones: there are 6 main zones (zone 1 is
central London, and zones 2-6 form rings around this, with zone 6 being the furthest from the centre). There are also four
metropolitan zones beyond zone 6 (zones A, B, C and D) on the Metropolitan line. The cost of a journey depends on the
zone in which you start and finish (you can make as many changes as you need along your route).

To help you plan your journey, you should go on www. tfl.gov.uk
(NB: the buses stopping in front of the school are the 13, 82, and 113, the closest tube station by walk is West Hampstead
station on the Jubilee line but most of the student take the Finchley Road tube station -Jubilee line and Metropolitan line- as
you can go there by bus, and the closest National Rail Service station is Finchley Road and Frognal). You can also take the
Thameslink at West Hampstead.

         Walking is the best way to discover some places you would never have found otherwise! Nevertheless, be careful,
and: LOOK RIGHT! (or left… it depends…! But it is written down on the road, so, don’t panic!) One should know that in
London, cars are not really pedestrian-friendly…

         Biking:You can find some quite cheap in Portobello road on saturdays for example, or simply in the small ads…
NB: The school provides facilities to park your bicycle.

         And the boat Okay, there is actually a very last option, which is the boat: Making journeys by river within London
might be of particular interest to visit London, but you will see that tourists are not the only ones to use the boat, as many
commuters do so as well!
Good to know: Many operators offer 1/3 off normal advertised fares on production of a valid Travelcard (as well as of a
London student photocard) when purchasing a ticket




          ESCP Europe London


Syllabus

Now that you are well settled in London, let’s talk about serious business!

First Year Students

The first year is divided into two semesters and followed by an internship, starting in April (if you are lucky…) and lasting at
least 3 months.
The year starts really quickly with a seminar that gives you an insight into the Audit/Strategy world: you will have to give a
professional presentation, you will have the chance (or not…) to meet the members of your team.
The first semester is composed of 4 subjects:
•          Financial Accounting
•          Marketing
•          Psychology and Management
•          Quantitative Methods


The exams of the first semester are planned at the end of December before Christmas holidays (the only ones….). You will
have to go to the City University for them, so prepare your Oyster for this week.

After Christmas holidays, the second semester starts and it is quite different from the first one. Indeed, the lectures are split
into two different groups, and therefore you will not see your friends as often…

The second semester is composed of 5 subjects:
•           European Business Law
•           Fundamentals of Finance
•           Economics
•           Costs and decisions
•           Social sciences and humanities
You will alsocreate a start-up business.This will be the toughest subject ever and you will discover the joy of working in a
team, of brainstorming… You will have 3 months and a half to think about an idea of start-up, and to write the business plan
for it, discussing about the financials, the marketing plan… After this, you will have to present it in front of investors,
backing every single point of it. So, it can be good fun if you like the idea and the members of your team but may also be a
nightmare.


The exams of the second semester will certainly take place in the school in Finchley Road, so no need for a new Oyster card!

You have to expect a tougher second semester because you will need to find an internship during that period which is quite
stressful due to the difficulty in finding one. So good luck and check out the internship section.

Second Year Students
Basically the year is split into 3 parts: 2 terms of lessons, and one winternship (from January to March). The promo is
divided into 2 different streams which have no lessons together, so you may discover some new people at the very end of the
year!!

The main characteristic of the courses in London is TEAMWORK. For each course, you will have either a project or regular
presentations or both. So you better like the people of your team or it will be hell (as you have one team assigned for every
project during one term).

A quick overview of the courses you will enjoy (… or not ;)):
•        Management Control
•        Corporate Finance and International Financial Markets
•        Company Project
•        Brand Management
•        Consumer behaviour
•        Languages
•        Operations Management
•        Human Resources Management
•        Taxation and European Business Law
•        Organisation & Management
•        Group Financial Statements




The exams:You don’t do them at ESCP Europe but at City University or the Metropolitan University. So immediately it
becomes quite an adventure (buying a weekly card – which means open-tube, a luxury in London! - getting lost between the
tube and the university, getting lost in the building etc.) The bad news is you don’t have as in Paris one or two weeks to
revise them. So don’t be surprised if you have your last lesson on Friday and exam on this very lesson the next Monday. This
is all the more problematic as attendance is not really compulsory in London, so beware of skipping too many lessons!!


Internship


Have you ever dreamt of working in Investment Banking?
London is one of the biggest places to do your first steps in the financial sectors. It is not its unique particularity. London is
also known for its companies specialised in marketing, consulting or advertising. Yet, finding an internship is not as easy as
it looks like. ESCP Europe is not as famous as it could be in France. So, if you have any contact in London or in any city of
the United Kingdom, seize the opportunity to use them to get your internship. Most of the students get their internship this
way. If not, do not worry; the school will help you in your research: completion of your CV, advice on your cover letters and
the last but not least, providing dozens of internship offers!!!
Usually, UK companies pay quite well their interns in the Banking area. But because of the financial crisis, the number of
internships and the salary have dropped. Your salary may depend on the economic situation next year...
The period to start looking for an internship depends on you and on your expectations. Three or four months before the
beginning of your internship is a good “kick off” for your research. But, no worries, your dear Terence Tse will start each
lecture with an internship countdown. The Career Office on the London campus will always welcome you and give you
advice in your research for an internship. Do not hesitate to contact them, they are very helpful and open. So, good luck in
your research and keep in mind that it is only an internship and your career will not depend exclusively on this experience!!!



Student societies


Some people might think that there is no student life on the London campus, but students are very motivated and we advise
you to take part in it as it is a great opportunity to meet people and have fun.

Here they are introducing themselves…

Absolutely
The society was created in June 2005 and is present on all campuses of ESCP Europe. Its aim is to foster the relations
between the students of the different campuses and help develop a strong community spirit. Absolutely London organises
events throughout the year on the campus as well as a big event : a European Week-End (EWE) every year, inviting staff
and board members of the school as well as corporate, students and alumni. This year the event was in Turin. During 2 days
or more students enjoyed a variety of events such as a garden party at the ESCP Europe campus of Turin, a visit of the city, a
high standard dinner at the Esperia building followed by a disco night and then a picnic in a Turin Garden.

For more information check out our website at: http://www.e-absolutely.com/


Bureau Des Eleves (BDE = student union)

The BDE in London is a kind of subsidiary of the Paris BDE. But it does not mean that the BDE will be organising less in
London than in Paris. On the contrary: the BDE is well positioned to provide maximum fun to all the ESCP Londoners.
From school parties to cultural visits, sports tournaments and guest lists at London's best and most exclusive clubs (Amika,
Cafe de Paris, Cuckoo, Club Valmont, Roof Garden and many more). This year the BDE organised a party per week!!




EE Consulting

It’s the junior Enterprise of ESCP Europe London. It is a consultancy cabinet run by students. They carry out paid projects
for companies, institutions and universities across Europe. They offer a wide range of services: Marketing (client’s
knowledge, marketing mix analyses, new product launch...); finance (advice in corporate finance and planning...);
translations. Their office is located in G01.
Along with board members, pollsters are regularly recruited for each mission to help us deliver our results on time.
So if you need some extra cash or if you want to be challenged, come and see them when you arrive in London as most of
the missions are reserved for board members (all the missions sadly this year...)


Art’Maniac, the drama society

Created in September 2006, Art’Maniac is the British “sister” of Art’Maniac in Paris and aims at setting up a play in English
and performing it in a theatre in June. All this by themselves, without any teacher!!!!
Everyone is welcome, whether you’ve never done theatre before, or whether you come from Art’Maniac Scène, Art’Maniac
Impro or the Comu!
Come and have fun acting!


In the past, there were other student societies like Oenocratia. If you are interested in a topic, try to create one ! The BDS
(Bureau des Sports, a sport student society) is also being created in order to help the students to exercise.




Sport



As the school doesn’t have any sports equipment you will have to find a place to exercise and find the motivation to do so by
yourself. This year BDS was organizing foot or rugby events on a regular basis for two or three months but then sadly
stopped in the internship period.
But don’t worry there are plenty of possibilities near the school or your home, and you can always find someone to go with
you, and the opening hours are generally wide, so no excuse to stay at home. The main sport centres students go to are:

Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre (cheapest and most used)
In this very big sport centre where you can practice many sports: all kind of aerobics, musculation,climbing, swimming,
badminton, sauna….
Just 100m from Swiss Cottage tube station
5 min from school by the 13 or 82 bus
All details at: www.gll.org.uk
$Prices:
As a student of the area you will have special prices (don’t forget to bring the school’s letter proving you are a student at
ESCP when you register). You can: Pay as you go: you pay 2£ for the annual membership and then pay the concessionary
price each time you go, depending on the activities (1.4£ the swimming pool, 3£ climbing, 5£ for fitness…). Or subscribe to
a monthly membership, with free access to many activities (not all) for 30£/month

Golders Green LA fitness
Small but chic fitness centre where you have: fitness, (small) swimming pool, dancing classes, yoga, tai chi…
!! Some day times are women or men only
Address: 152-154 Golders Green Road / NW11 8HE
6 min walk from Golders Green tube station

$$Prices:
They will absolutely try to make you subscribe for a year (45£/Month+ 39£ year fee), but apart if you are really motivated, it
is better to pay as you go. It will cost you 5£ per entrance but once you are in you can stay as long as you want and do all the
activities available.


O2 centre : Esporta
Near the school, chic but expensive it has: fitness, swimming pool, yoga, martial arts, running groups, football club, spa…
Address :Adelaide Road / NW3 3NF
$$$Prices: 75£/month with free access to all activities

Brent cross leisure centre
Same activities and prices than Swiss Cottage but it is near the Tesco and Brent Cross shopping centre.

Holmes Place
General fitness, spa, swimming pool, yoga, beauty…
Address: 108-110 Cricklewood Lane / NW2 2DS
$$Prices: 53/month for free access to all activities


          Living in London


Shopping

If you believe that you don’t need to do any sports because you always shop till you drop; this section is for you! London has
some truly amazing shops – more or less expensive.
The less expensive ones: French Connection, TopShop and for shoes Office. They’re great and students get a 10% discount.
And if you want to completely loosen the purse strings; have a glance at Ted Baker; so british!
Cheaper stores: Next, Primark (if you’re courageous enough to fight other ones, you’ll find very cheap basics).
And don’t forget to browse the small streets of Covent Garden, South Kensington. This is how we found the Lotus Leaf on
St. Christopher’s Place: amazing items for great prices!!!
Another typically British shopping routine is rummaging through clothes in Charity chops such as the British Red Cross in
Chelsey.
Happy shopping!!


Going out

London is not only a large, financial city; it is above all an amazing place when it comes to parties and clubbing. As it is one
of the most multicultural cities worldwide, you will find every kind of atmosphere. Every single area is different from the
others, and after one year in London, the most motivated among us have hardly discovered a tenth of the places of interest.
Here is a small list of pubs, bars and clubs we did really enjoy, but you will be in charge of drawing up you own list.


           Pubs

You must go and discover these traditional “Public Houses”, called pubs, where you can comfortably sit in a deep armchair
while enjoying a pint of ale, this typically British beer, and discuss with friends. You will definitely not have a struggle to
find nice pubs in London, however we strongly recommend :
•         “the Old Bank of England” on Fleet Street and take the famous Fuller’s London Pride.
•         The “ain’t nothing but blues” on Carnaby Street, typically British and where artists play every night, for free from
Sunday to Thursday, £3 after 9pm the rest of the week. If you arrive after 7, you can wait hours on a week-end night !!!
•         The “Bar Music Hall” in Old Street is a tipically London place where all kind of people have fun together in a
tolerant and very strange atmosphere.
•         The Lion on West End Lane. It is known for their famous burgers and it is only 5mn from school ! Lots of students
hang out there on weeknights.
•         The “Dublin Castle” in Camden Town has live music and red lights which give a great ambiance.
•         The O’Neils in Soho. It has a nice terrace on the top which is open during the summer.

If you suddenly fancy a pub while you are on the campus, you will find a series of pubs on West End Lane. The Lion in
West End Lane is a very comfortable place with a heated terrace.
You can also eat traditional meals, such as pies and fish & chips, in most pubs so feel free to try it at least once.
The last, but not the least advantage of pubs: beer in London is really not that expensive! But don’t forget, the waiters ring
the bell at around ten to midnight, which means you have only ten minutes left to order your last pint, though new laws allow
pubs to serve alcohol later on.

          Bars

On the contrary, bars close much later (well, they are not open until the dawn, this is still London…) Generally speaking,
you can dance and there is a good choice of drinks.
•          Near the school, you can go to “The Walkabout”, which lies in the O2 Center on Finchley Road. This is an
Australian-style bar you will enjoy if you are not willing to go to Down Town. Try the Thursday night, it is a student night
(beer and vodka redbull for only £1.5) But after a few nights there, you might very well get bored.
•          On. On Brick Lane, we recommend you the “Dragon Bar”, the “93” or the “1001 café” (free before midnight).
•          In Camden Town, try the “Underworld” on Friday evenings: they play 70s, 80s and 90s music. It’s a lot of fun and
it’s £6.
•           In Soho, go to the “Revolution bar”, the OnAnon or the TigerTiger. There is also a very famour bar in Carnaby
Street : “Ain’t nothing but blues”.
•          In Covent Garden, you must try the “Cross Keys” on Endell Street.
•          If you are in Aldwych, don’t miss the “Cellar Door”, bar in former public toilets, which is also a jazz club where
talented artists play for free every night. And last but not least: a cellar with cheese, hot bread, pickles and wine: the Godrons
wine bar, in the street linking Charring Cross station to Embankment (yes, this little street close to the thames and full of
bars..)

          Nightclubs

London is famous for its clubs and its amazing nightlife throughout the world. But the local tradition is to go for clubbing
very early, even before ten, and to leave quite early as well. Clubs can be very expensive, especially if you get there at what
a continental European would call a normal time. Don’t feel shocked if they charge you more than £10, this is more than
usual if you try to get out on your own without being on a guestlist. We would advise clubs like the Cafe de Paris, the Punk,
Amika or Cuckoo. If you look for something commercial but in a nice atmosphere and quite cheap, get in the “Tiger Tiger”
(you can get in for free before 10pm) near Piccadilly Circus or the Walkabout on Shaftesbury Avenue, which lies in an old
Church (in the walkabout, you can pay your vodka-red bull only £1.5 with the Boomerang Card. The BDE organises
approximately a party each week and it is often really cheaper to go on their parties than to try to discover clubs by yourself.
In High Street Kensington, a real nice club is the “Roof Gardens”, which is situated on the sixth floor of the building. You
will be really surprised to be surrounded by tropical plants, fountains and olive trees. However the entrance really expensive
: you will be charged £15 on a Friday night and £20 on a Saturday night. Lots of clubs are also free for ladies (but in
exchange, they often charge guys £20...). The best areas for clubs are often considered Mayfair and Kensington.


          Restaurants

Do not expect to become crazy about British food, but as a multicultural city, London offers a variety of restaurants from all
over the world. Most of the restaurants are cheaper in London than in Paris, especially at lunch time. Due to British history,
lots of good restaurants are Indian. If you look for good value for money, go to “The Punjab” on Neal Street, a family-run
business for three generations, and one of the oldest Indian restaurants in London. You can eat there for £15.

You can find a lot of others Indian restaurant in Brick Lane, the Indian neighbourhood: they are so numerous there that they
often offer you the drink and a discount on the bill to attract you in their restaurants.
If you want to eat good British Food, as said before, go to a pub. For good pies, we recommend you “The Nags Head” in
Covent Garden. For Japanese food, we enjoyed the “Japan Center” on Piccadilly or the NambuTei in Soho. If you want to
eat japanese food for only £1 the two sushies, try Wasabi (on Oxford Street for example). A quite good Italian restaurant
(and really cheap for lunch with their two courses menu for less than £8) is the l’Ulivo.

Near the school, the “Lion” serves great burgers for £7 a meal or during lunch time, two meals for £10. The Lion’s is often
considered as the school canteen as you will always find there ESCP students taking their lunch, dinner or pints there.

In Covent Garden or South Kensington, don’t miss out on delicious “Ben’s cookies”!



Leaving London for the week-end



You have certainly heard how bad the British railway was…Well, this is not purely a myth: in fact you will often make the
best deals by travelling by bus: National Express most of the time, or Green Line. Or if you are in a hurry: Easyjet,
Ryanair…
Therefore, from the nearest to the furthest, I proposed you to take your rucksack away from London to these exciting
destinations: Windsor, Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Dublin, and Amsterdam.

•         You can go to Windsor in less than 1hour for only £3. For this, you have to check the fares on Greenline.com. The
departure can be Victoria, Hyde Park Corner, or Hammersmith. There you can visit the wonderful castle of the Queen for
about £10.

•        To do some punting on the rivers through the colleges in Oxford or Cambridge, you need no more than £10 with
National Express or Megabus (for a few more pounds, you can be in Cambridge by train in 45 min: www.nationalrail.co.uk).
To do once there –besides punting- eat and drink in pubs and visit the numerous free colleges.

•          And if the weather is not so British this week-end, why not go to Brighton? It takes two hours with the National
Express and only costs £7 if you got the cheap price (Fun Fare: limited number). The departure, as for most National Express
buses, is from Victoria Coach Station. Brighton is the equivalent of Deauville for French people. You are going to enjoy its
shingle beaches, all the casinos and bars on the peer. You’d better go also to the Seven Sister’s Cliff not far and quite
amazing.

•          Then if you have ever dreamed to wear a skirt, but unfortunately you had the disgrace to be a boy (!), you can still
leave London for Scotland. You travel there easily for £30 with the National Express bus or Megabus from Victoria Coach
Station. It lasts about 9 hours. You can also rent a car, you need to be at least 21 and it is about the same price as the bus if
you are five people. You can drive there in seven hours.

You can find cheap youth hostels there for around £12 per night. Check on the Internet and call them to book. If you do not
mind cold showers and creaking bunk beds, book at the City Centre Guest House (0131 221 1991) very near to the main
street Princes Street
If you stay long enough, you can take a one-day bus trip to chase Nessie in the North. We advise you to take the Company
Scotline Tours you can reach on the following number 0131 557 0162. As a student, you are going to pay £28 (+ £7 for the
boat trip on the Loch- marvellous by the way and a unique chance to catch a sight of our green friend). The guide and bus
driver usually wears a beautiful green and blue skirt-it is called a kilt apparently, and makes jokes every 2 miles…

If you wish to try a pure and fresh Guinness, then fly to Dublin for sometimes less than £40 with Ryanair, or go there with
the National Express and ferry for 35€. You do not need to stay there more than a week-end. What you MUST do: the
pedestrian street called Grafton Street, visiting Trinity College, the Guinness Museum and the Jameson Museum. For the
night, go out in Temple Street which has an amazing collection real irish pubs (quite normal, it is Dublin...)… Out of Dublin,
you can go to the small and picturesque fishers’ village Howth and to the Celtic site Glendalough in the South.


If you need more ideas to change country for the week-end, just check on the Eurolines-National Express website the
destination you can reach for a low price by bus (Brussels, Paris, Bruges, Copenhaagen, Antwerpen, Morocco,…). You can
also take a low cost company like Easyjet or Ryanair and visit Europe : England is sometime considered as the kingdom of
low costs !



Going back home



How to arrive in London, and how to go back home???
Five options in theory, even though in practice you will only use the two first ones:

First, mainly for non-Parisians, the plane : the easiest, quickest, and quite often cheapest way to travel to and fom London
Indeed, London has 5 airports: Stansted, London City Airport, Gatwick, Heathrow, and Luton


Low cost companies such as Easyjet (Stansted, Gatwick, Luton ) and Ryanair (Stansted and Luton mainly) operate in these
airports, as well as national companies such as British airways, Air France, Lufthansa, Luxair, etc...
The best way to find the cheapest tickets is to reserve in advance (at least 3 weeks if possible),
on www.ryanair.com , www.easyjet.com, and you can also compare national companies’ offers on www.shop-vol.com.
You can easily fly for £100(often much less!) return.

To go the airport, once again, many options:
•          The tube to go to Heathrow (Picadilly line) and London city airport (DLR),
•          The bus to Luton, Stansted, Gatwick, Heathrow( Green line to Luton (bus 757),running 24/7, single: £10 return:
£12 –www.greenline.co.uk; Stansted Express to and from Stansted www.stanstedexpress.com; National Express to and from
all the airports, particularly useful to and from Stansted (bus A4 from and to Golders Green))
•          The train to Gatwick (First capital connect-the cheapest (£10.90), Gatwick express-the most reliable (£17)...)
•         The taxi: expensive!



Beware!
When you arrive, bringing with you half your house, think about the way you are going to carry your luggage... you may
need a cab (expensive!!!!), if catching the tube, think about the escalators! (for exemple, at Leicester Square station, when
you change from the Piccadilly- line if coming from Heathrow- to the Northern line - if going to Golders Green- : no
escalators…!). A way to save some money is to book a minicab which will charge you £12 to make the journey Train station
– School (a black cab will cost you more than £20 !!!)

Second, the train : the Eurostar leads you directly to St Pancras International station from Lille and Paris (Gare du Nord),
To get the best prices, again, reserve in advance, but so you know, there is a huge traffic of Eurostar tickets going on at
school and on the intranet! You may thus find quite cheap tickets a few days before your departure, but don’t always rely on
it, you may be disappointed! If you book your tickets 3 month before your departure for example, you may be able to pay
60€ (the price in pounds depends of the exchange rate...), return included. If you try to buy a ticket two days before your
departure, it may cost you 200€ one way !!! In this case try to look on websites like kelbillet.com or on facebook groups
dedicated to the exchange of tickets.
Then, from St Pancras International, you can either catch the tube (Metropolitan, Northern, Victoria, Piccadilly, Circle,
Hammersmith and City lines) or a bus (you can take the 30 and the 205 to Baker Street and than the 139, 189, 13,113,82
which go near the school)

The Bus: quite cheap (you can find one way for around £15), but it takes ages to go from the continent to the isle (8 to 10
hours from London to Paris)...But if you travel by night, why not...
The National Express with its Eurolines is a reliable company, which carries passengers all over Europe, to Paris, Lyon,
Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Brussels, Luxembourg, etc etc...for more information, go on www.nationalexpress.com/eurolines
NB: there are departures from Golders Green Station.

Then, for the warriors, you can still catch the boat from Calais or Dover.
For further information, you can go on www.speedferries.com (departure from Boulogne-France to Dover(Douvres)-UK,
50min)
www.seafrance.com
www.ferry-to-france.co.uk

And for the mega warriors, you still have the option of the car...

				
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