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  • Wed 01 Apr 2015 14:08
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    There will be several rooms in 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields that will be reserved for study space in the Summer Term.

    The rooms will all be for use for undergrads and postgrads, and open from 8am to 9pm. They’re booked over the weekends and over Bank Holidays too.

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    • The following 10 rooms are available from Monday 27th April to Saturday 23rd May:
    • 32L.G.05, 32L.G.07, 32L.G.10, 32L.G.11, 32L.G.12, 32L.G.13, 32L.G.21, 32L.G.22, 32L.G.23, 32L.G.26
    • The following 13 from Sunday 24th May to Sunday 20th June:
    • 32L.G.05, 32L.G.07, 32L.G.10, 32L.G.11, 32L.G.12, 32L.G.13, 32L.G.15, 32L.G.17, 32L.G.21, 32L.G.22, 32L.G.23, 32L.G.26
    • The following 10 on Monday 21st June:
    • 32L.G.05, 32L.G.07, 32L.G.10, 32L.G.11, 32L.G.12, 32L.G.13, 32L.G.21, 32L.G.22, 32L.G.23, 32L.G.26
    • And the following 6 from Tuesday 22nd to Friday 26th June:
    • 32L.G.05, 32L.G.07, 32L.G.10, 32L.G.11, 32L.G.21 and 32L.G.26
  • Wed 01 Apr 2015 13:00

    It’s been six months since I’ve moved to London, and the number of tourist attractions I’ve visited during this time has been shamefully small. It’s time to remedy this. 

    I spent a day wandering around some of London’s top attractions. Here’s what I thought…

    London Dungeon (£20.50 adult ticket, online price) 

    Excitement: 5/5
    Interest: 4/5
    Navigability: 3/5
    Value for money: 5/5
    Overall score: 17/20

    The London Dungeon starts out sloooooooow. You’re in a massive queue that seems to go nowhere for about half an hour, and then there’s more waiting once you get inside. Thankfully, once it starts, it really gets going. 

    There are costumed actors re-enacting historical events, kitschy horror, and even two theme-park style rides (one goes through a watery tunnel and the other is a drop ride). Encounter famous historical figures such as Guy Fawkes, Henry VIII, and Jack the Ripper. I had a surprising amount of fun, although I would probably recommend you go with a friend if you’re scared of the dark/easily squeamish.  

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    Also, since I’m a sucker for anything which allows me to make horrific facial expressions, I just had to do the photobooth. If I were ever to be sentenced for treason, I’m pretty sure that is the exact face I would make.

    London Eye (£19.35 standard ticket, online price)

    Excitement: 1/5
    Interest: 1/5
    Navigability: 3/5
    Value for money: 3/5
    Overall score: 8/20

    When I first moved to London, I vowed that I’d never go on the London Eye. A slow-moving, expensive Ferris wheel where you can’t even get cotton candy and mini doughnuts? Count me out. 

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    I was really hoping that actually taking a ride on the Eye would change my mind, but unfortunately it’s 30 minutes of my life I’ll never get back. I can totally see the appeal if you like seeing large panoramic views of the places you’re visiting, but it’s not something I would personally choose to do. Perhaps I’d feel more positively if the full ride took 10 minutes instead of half an hour. 

    Needless to say, don’t go on the Eye if you’re scared of heights. 

    St. Paul’s Cathedral (£13.50 concession ticket, online price)

    Excitement: 1/5
    Interest: 4/5
    Navigability: 4/5
    Value for money: 3/5
    Overall score: 12/20

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    (Photo from Historvius)

    The outside of St. Paul’s Cathedral is iconic. In fact, it’s one of London’s protected views, which means that it must be visible from several key locations including Parliament Hill. The inside is no slouch either. 

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    Throughout my travels, I’ve been to my fair share of ornate cathedrals, so the real highlight was the crypt. Located just several flights of stairs below, It’s now home to some of England’s most prominent historical figures such as Horatio Nelson and Arthur Wellesey, the first Duke of Wellington. My personal favourite was the British Antarctic Monument, dedicated to “those who lost their lives in Antarctica in pursuit of science to benefit us all”. 

    Tower of London (£16 concession ticket, online price + £4 for audio guide)

    Excitement: 3/5
    Interest: 5/5
    Navigability: 4/5
    Value for money: 4/5
    Overall score: 16/20

    (Photo from the Telegraph)

    The real standout attraction of the day was the Tower of London. I live a mere five-minute walk from it, but had not yet ventured within its walls. It was surprisingly informative, interesting, and filled with sufficiently varied activities to amuse oneself: if you get bored of learning about the historical Royal Mint, clamber around on the old castle walls! Tired of looking at the Crown Jewels? Check out the fortress complete with life size metalwork soldiers and weapons! 

    Also interesting was a replica of Edward I’s bedchamber. Even for a medieval monarch, this room still looks way swankier than my dorm room!

    You can also choose from a self-guided tour using the audio guide, or join in the Yeoman Warder guided tour and talk. I started out using the audio guide, but found that the signs and descriptions accompanying the various exhibits were sufficiently clear and detailed for my level of interest. 

  • Wed 01 Apr 2015 10:54

    Throughout term we’ve been working with Residences to lobby them to freeze halls rents. Initially all rooms were seeing an increase of 4% applied, but we are pleased to say that we have successfully lobbied for a freeze in rent in all shared rooms.

    Meanwhile, the contract length for halls has been reduced which means that there are less weeks in a year that you’ll be paying rent. However, the weekly rent has not been frozen. 

    Overall this is good news so far because we have been able to influence rates for shared rooms - but throughout the rest of next term we will be questioning why other rents need to be rising when the School has a considerable surplus, has one of the highest paid Directors in the country and pays over 100 people in the School over £100,000!