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Embassy English 22 February 2017 - by Kit Claxton, Teacher, Embassy English London

Embassy Teachers: Kit Claxton from Embassy London

Students choose to study at Embassy English because they want to improve their English language skills with the most qualified teachers. Our diverse teaching staff is dedicated to helping students achieve their goals with fun and engaging interactive classes that help students learn English quickly and easily. We promise to give our students guaranteed outcomes, invaluable skills and amazing experiences that last a lifetime. Recently we caught up with Kit Claxton, English Teacher at Embassy London, to learn more about his passion for teaching and why the UK is great for international students. 

Embassy Greenwich Class2

My name is Kit and I have been a teacher at Embassy English London for over 12 years now.

I’m originally from the Peak District and I have lived in London on and off for about 25 years.

So I am proud to say that I know this city very well and I like to describe myself as the ‘Greenwich connoisseur’.

Embassy Greenwich at sunset

I think our students are so lucky to be in a school that can enjoy such beautiful and historic surroundings.

So here are my top 6 places to visit and things to do in Greenwich!

1. North Greenwich and the River Thames

Greenwich is a fantastic place to explore on foot and with the river on our doorstep. It’s easy and not too strenuous to walk to North Greenwich and the O2.

Embassy Greenwish Cutty Sark

For our over 18’s there are a host of good eateries and drinkeries en-route. The Sail Loft, Gypsy Moth, Trafalgar and Cutty Sark.

If you’re lucky you might also see a seal!

Of course when you are at the O2 you have a whole host of things to do including climbing on top of it!

2. Greenwich Park

A stunning park in every sense whether you want to savour the views from outside the Royal Observatory, feed the squirrels or admire the flowers.

Greenwich Park

What a lot of people don’t realise though is that there are deer roaming in the South East corner of the park.

See if you can find them!

Greenwich Park2

3. Greenwich Tours

There are plenty of interesting tours happening in and around Greenwich, but something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time is the Deptford Creek Tour at low-tide, which looks unique.

Greenwich low tide toursPhoto via Deptford Creek Tours

4. Greenwich Market

Greenwich Market is a fabulous place all year round, but it takes on a very special feel at Christmas time with the smell of mulled wine wafting through the market and Christmassy gifts on offer.

A good time to visit might be during the Lantern Parade at the end of November (23rd Nov). There’s something very special about the Christmas lights going on and really signals you are in the closing straits towards Christmas.

Greenwich Market

5. I can’t choose just 5 great things about Greenwich!

There are so many things to do that it’s a bit of a toss-up to choose a Number 5. So, I’ll choose a few small things:

The Ultimate street food: Oysters

You’ll pay a fortune in restaurants but go to this wonderful fishmongers, Prykes of Greenwich, they’ll shuck them to eat straight away.

Prykes OystersPhoto via @prykesfish Instagram

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

I always love taking students down to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel and telling them half-way through that it isn’t actually a tunnel, it’s a ‘tube’ sitting on the bed of the Thames! The acoustics down there are really quite incredible and you can occasionally catch buskers down there plying their trade.

Greenwich_Foot_Tunnel_3Photo via Wikipedia

(my real #5) GDIF

Despite not having a very memorable acronym, this event is very memorable. It stands for the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival and takes place throughout the borough and across the water.

The festival, which takes place in June, is a celebration of dance and street theatre. It’s absolutely stunning and completely free and a good reason to come or return to us in June!

Kit on trip

And if you’re looking for something further afield in the borough, then I would recommend Eltham Palace a fantastic example of Art Deco and where Henry VIII lived before moving to Greenwich and Oxleas Woods.  These woods are gorgeous any time of year and now have two cafes.

For the adventurous, why not use the Green Chain Walk to do both in a day.

Ultimately, despite being in spitting distance of anything and everything in Central London, you’ll never be stuck for something to do here on our doorstep.

That’s why I live here, that’s why I love it!

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