Wednesday, June 25, 2014

London's Best Authentic Italian Restaurants

When you think of authentic Italian food, what comes to mind immediately? Common answers are pizza and pasta but, in fact, authentic Italian food is much more varied than this, and we’re going to recommend some places around London that serve authentic Italian food and are ideal if you’re attending Twin’s English Centre in London and staying in the capital.

Twin’s English Centre London is located in Lewisham, an area with excellent public transport links, making it extremely convenient if you want to visit one of these great places serving Italian food to relax with your friend after your English lessons.

Stef’s Italian
Let’s get started. The first place you should go to is the family run Italian Restaurant Stef’s Italian, situated in Central London. They’re known for their wide range of authentic Italian dishes made with passion, but their key selling point is the great atmosphere and extremely welcoming staff, who will ensure you have an excellent dining experience. 
What’s even better is that Stef’s Italian often has offers, at least one of which will probably suit your needs.  A two course special and a glass of Prosecco is only £16.95, or if you and your friends are feeling slightly hungrier, why not upgrade and go for a three course meal accompanied by half a bottle of wine for just £23.95. If you just fancy something small then we’d recommend one of their chef’s specials: ‘Petto Di Pollo Alla Boscaiola’. 

Citrus is a casual restaurant in Piccadilly serving traditional Italian cuisine combined with modern techniques, and like the name it’s vibrant and lively. One of its key attractions is that all food is made from fresh and seasonal ingredients in-house, and if you have a sweet tooth then we’d recommend their selection of ice-creams and sorbets. Why? Because they’re homemade too! It’s also highly affordable considering a two course lunch is only £15. For another £5 you can add an extra course, but there might be no need as their portions are quite ample.

Enjoy the scenery of Canary Wharf whilst dining in Sartori. This restaurant is famous for their metre long pizzas, as well as a variety of homemade Italian dishes ranging from seafood, such as poached salmon, mussels, and marinated tuna, to traditional pasta dishes with their own twist.  Prices vary according to the selected dish but it’s fair to say everything is reasonably priced and their 2 course lunch menu is only £9.95.

Hopefully, we have inspired you to discover the exciting side to Italian cuisine, so try and be adventurous and you might even develop a new love for Italian cuisine. There are many more authentic Italian restaurants scattered throughout London, so we challenge you to find the best one!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Things to do in London in June

We have all been waiting for it, and now summer in the UK is finally approaching! This June there are some amazing events taking place in London, which are ideal if you’re coming to study at Twin’s English Centre in London. Our English Centre is a great way of learning English in an exciting city, and the friendly community of students makes it easy to make friends and memories that will last a lifetime

The long awaited festival season is back with a bang in London! One of the most talked about festivals, ‘Found’, is happening on 14th June in Haggerston Park, which is an all-day house and dance music festival and arguably one of the best festivals taking place this year, so don’t miss out; there are still some tickets left! Another popular festival is ‘The Doctor’s Orders’. The festival is hosted in Shoreditch, an area famous for throwing unique urban parties, and The Doctor’s Orders follows the trend. Southbank is hosting the well-known ‘Meltdown Festival’ this month too, which hosts a variety of musicians producing various genres of music, as well as plenty of workshops to get involved in.

You may have heard of the film ‘Around the World in 80 Days’; well, the British Museum is providing visitors with the amazing experience of ‘Around the World in 90 Minutes’. Discover fascinating places many people have only dreamt of as they have never had the opportunity to visit them. The experience is on offer every Saturday and Sunday between 11.30 and 14.00, and provides you with the chance to get away from any troubles and worries and observe the intriguing world we live in.

Everyone’s been talking about it for months, and now the World Cup is finally about to take place between 13th June and 6th July. Even though London isn’t hosting the tournament this year, the capital still knows how to celebrate the great event that football fans around the world have been waiting for. London is home to some of the greatest places to watch the matches, allowing fans to feel the tense atmosphere each game creates. The Victorian Warehouse, for example, is bringing Brazil to the UK, with huge screens showing the games, chilled drinks, cheerleaders and even going a DJ! Other fantastic places to enjoy the football season include The Far Rockaway in Shoreditch, The Met Bar in Mayfair and Bounce in Holborn. London is by far one of the best places to enjoy the World Cup and experience the exciting atmosphere.

Whether you love music and festivals, learning about the world, or football, this June London is overflowing with interesting and exciting things to do. Make sure to come back next month to read about some of the best events on offer in the capital in July!