Want to escape London for a day ?

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In need of a break from the bustling life in London ? Sipping a cocktail in front of the beach or simply discovering another english city makes you dream ? House London Trip is here for you as they are proud to annouce you their “Get out of London summer trip”.

In this article, we will present some of the destinations taken into consideration for this trip. You will have the possibility to choose whichever destination you would prefer on the big poll vote on our Facebook page. So be ready !

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” I needed change ” Mélanie, 33

Discover Mélanie ‘s story, a french woman who settle in London 5 months ago.

HLT: Why did you choose London ?

Mélanie: I worked 11 years in the same company in France and I just wanted to change. I already knew this city because my sister lived there for a while, then she went to Luxembourg and returned to France. Then we planned to go to London together but it turned out she had different projects so I have decided to leave on my own!

Here I decided to take the plunge but I am someone organized enough so I wanted to prepare my trip properly.

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Women in leadership

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It’s about time to reframe the gender issue ! The head of the IMF, the chair of the US Federal reserve and the Chancellor of Germany are all women. And yet, still too much women fear taking a career break and continue to be underrepresented in most businesses, in particular at the senior levels.

Are you interested in broadening your professionnal horizons with a job in London but too afraid to make this huge leap forward ? The opportunities of the labour market in the UK seems to be much larger than in France. It is time to provide an assessment of opportunities between the two neighbour countries as well as on the equality wages’ issue.

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London Summer Jobs Guide

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Summer vacation is only a few months away and, now is the time to plan and lay a foundation for landing that cool summer job you really want. Here we will provide some tips and valuable advice to land that summer, seasonal or short term job in the dream-like city of London !

Summer jobs may evoke images of serving drinks on a beach  but in reality, most summer Jobs are not quite as glamorous. However with the right kind of motivation and a down-to-earth mind, everything is possible  !

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MeetUp : meet people next to you !

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London is a city where it is impossible to get bored ! (Trust us, it’s not only our point of view ☺ ). Unfortunately, when you arrive here alone in the capital and you know nobody, it is not always easy to find the motivation to go out for a walk or visit something. It is funnier to do those things with people as as you all know, the more the merrier ! Don’t worry, MeetUp is here to help you socialize. Continue reading

A good deal for ladies: the Drinki app

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Unfortunately, when you are a student or in your early twenties and say « I live in London » it is kind of a synonymous for « I am totally broke » ☹. But ladies, we have good news for you today! If I told you that there is an app that allows you to get a free drink in a bar every night of the week in the english capital, what would you say? THANK YOU! Yes I was pretty sure of that 😉 Continue reading

Winter sales in London

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In the wake of Christmas, bellies are full, closets full of gifts but unfortunately wallets are empty! Don’t panic, this is not a problem in London because the period of winter sales starts on December, 26th with the famous « Boxing Day ».

What is the « Boxing Day » ?

Its origin dates back to the Middle Ages in the United Kingdom. Indeed, the day after Christmas in churches, they used to open boxes where were collected money or objects for the poor and they would distribute them.

It is also told that formerly, the servants had their day off and received as a gift the leftovers of the Christmas meal so they can share it with their families.
This day is important in the field of sports (football and rugby mainly) where are played matches between local rivals.

Nowadays, « Boxing Day » is above all a « shopping party » that launches the winter sales in the United Kingdom. This is a public holiday but no rest for the stores, turned into real boxing rings where elbows shots gush out and where customers are queuing up.

Why to do the sales in London ?

London is somehow a fashion capital: a rather extravagant fashion but a well-known fashion throughout the world. If the prices are usually high, the sales are very advantageous here. During the last week of the sales, the stores can apply 80% discounts. The sales usually last until January 31rd and attract many tourists.

To manage your shopping during the winter sales, it is difficult to give a specific location because you can do your shopping EVERYWHERE in London (and we can’t complain about it ☺) Moreover, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets, so there is no reason not to crack!

Some must-see places

  • Oxford Street: you will find well-known brands and shops in England (Primark, Urban Outfitters, Top Shop, Selfridges…)
  • Regent Street: this street is renowned to be chic with retailers such as Hamleys and Liberty and a great Apple Store.
  • Brick Lane or Camden flea markets: for the lovers of cheap and vintage items
  • Bond Street: sales are the perfect time to invest in luxury brands (Tiffany Co, Louis Vuitton, Burberry…) and why not going for a stroll in South Kensington to visit the Chanel or the Stella McCartney boutique? 😉
  • Carnaby Street: if you want to mix shopping and gastronomy, this is the place to go ! More than 150 brands and 50 restaurants. Feel free to visit the new designers’ shops if you are in the vicinity.

Still not convinced? Here are some good reasons to let yourself be tempted:

– You can spend the money you received for Christmas while making you new gifts
– You can enjoy a little more the decorations and lightnings of the city
– Go ahead and start to prepare your gifts for next Christmas! Shop smart 😉

Let’s put your most comfortable sneakers and let’s go shopping !

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How to help people in need during Christmas time?

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Volunteering in London is widespread even though unlike Paris, homeless people don’t occupy in the tube, poverty is really present in the city. Since 2010, the number of homeless people has increased by 77% and thousands of young people between 16 and 25 years sleep in the street every night. This burden, which continues to increase, is even more disturbing while entering wintertime. Continue reading