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Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Weekend in London from Festivals to Afternoon Tea

Jubilee Celebrations on the Mall

Posted on: 29 May 2012
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Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Weekend is fast approaching. We will be celebrating  60 years of The Queen’s reign,  and the Diamond Jubilee celebrations will be through out the whole  4 day weekend on 2, 3, 4 and 5 June. We are spoilt by choice of exciting events and I will try to give you a round up of some of the popular events in London during the Queen’s Jubilee Weekend.  Four days of celebrations will include Thames river pageant, BBC concert at Buckingham Palace, fireworks , carriage procession through London and of course the Queen will be addressing the crowd on the famous balcony. Whether you’ve been able to reserve  a spot at any of these or not, there’s plenty of opportunity to get in the Jubilee spirit.

Jubilee Festival in Hyde Park is a two-day extravaganza over the Jubilee weekend. There will be live music and attractions.  Traditional British fare includes pies, roasts, fish and chips, jellied eels and cream teas, while top billing will be The Magic of Disney in Concert show. The tickets are 20 £


Union Jack Flags lining up London for Jubilee Celebrations

River Thames Pageant, Big Jubilee Lunch – Sunday 3 June
The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant will be one of the highlights of the weekend celebrations. At high water around 2pm in the afternoon more than 1,000 boats traditional and modern will escort the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh aboard a specially decorated royal barge down the River Thames. Of course, the best place to watch this would be in Battersea park. The tickets are probably all sold out but never know check it out !

Diamond Jubilee Festival at Battersea Park – Saturday and Sunday 2-3 June

You can expect a full on line up of DJs, live music, dancing, games, a pop up pub, makeovers and an alternative village fete. It will be just an amazing ground of celebrations for the whole family. Just hope for the sun to show up.

Field Day festival returns to Victoria Park over Jubilee weekend

The eclectic one-day party that is Field Day returns for its sixth year to Victoria Park next Saturday, June 2 – offering all the festival fun without the camping and unwashed crowds. Expect a great festival atmosphere full of wonderful music and cool crowd.

Camden is great every weekend but this Jubilee weekend there will be more to it. With four days of live music, vintage shopping an quintessentially British entertainment, Jubilee Jam at Proud Camden is a free festival that you can not miss.

Streets, festivals, parks and restaurants will be all themed around Jubilee celebrations. If you would like to taste some afternoon teas check out some of the selection made by the Telegraph here. Some are really tasty .

Expect to see lots of blue, red and white and streets are already covered with flags. Even if you choose to do nothing a stroll in Central London will definitely put you into the Jubilee Festive Mood. Please let us know where else you recommend by adding your comments below we would love to hear.


A taste of the international lunch organised by the University of Westminster MBA students

International Lunch by 2012 MBA Students at University of Westminster

Posted on: 28 May 2012
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Here at University of Westminster Business School we are proud to have an MBA community which is beautifully rich in international diversity that brings together students from all over the world. The best way to bond with your colleagues and build ever lasting relations is satisfying their rumbling stomachs with a delicious home cooked meal they’ve never tried before. This is exactly what our cohort did when we organized a big international lunch at university to celebrate the end of our semester; it was a festivity of diversity and an introduction to our various cultures and cuisines from all over the world.

The handsome Hanson with the class banner

We also invited all the master students next door for the get-together as everyone wants an excuse to get to meet new people, try new things and have a party!

University of Westminster MBA International Lunch

At the end of the lunch, we visually combined our diversity on a banner with newfound memories of drawings and names in our different languages.To top it off, we strolled together to the famous Regents Park which is just a few minutes away from our campus to enjoy the rare sunny day! While the lazy ones fed ducks and relaxed by the lake, others rented paddleboats, and burnt off some calories!

Hard at work on paddle boats in Regent's Park

If you would like to have a taste of our truly international menu please take a look at the selection down below

International Menu

This blog post is written by Nermin Hesham Abdel-Rahim Hassan who studies at the University of Westminster MBA Full-Time Program

A Westminster Business School student meets the Queen during the Royal Visit

The Royal Visit to Westminster MBA program

Posted on: 25 May 2012
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The Diamond Jubilee is coming up, preparations for this big celebration is underway. This is a special milestone in the reign of Queen Elizabeth II for sitting on the throne of England for 60 years. Many of us are curious, what it is like to meet the Queen and if there is any chance to meet her at all given with her busy schedule as she travels all over the UK to meet her subjects? A lot of people visit the Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle hoping to try their luck and have a glimpse of her.

Luckily for this Westminster MBA student, my opportunity came last November 10, 2011. It was the 80th Anniversary of my international student housing, Goodenough College. The Queen is the Patron of this institution. She has been a regular visitor in each of its milestone since 1953 when she was still a Princess when she first became its Patron. Goodenough College is located in Bloomsbury, close to the British Museum which the Queen was visiting on the same day.

Queen Elizabeth II at University of Westminster Goodenough College

Queen Elizabeth II at University of Westminster Goodenough College

Prior to the big day, we were informed by the Director of the College, Major-General Andrew Ritchie CBE, of the upcoming royal visit so that we can all prepare ourselves and put our best foot forward for the visit of the Queen. It also happens to be that our Director was formerly the Commandant of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst when Prince William and Prince Harry were there and has met the Queen several times. We were told of the proper etiquette and protocol on how we should behave when we meet the monarch. There are no obligatory codes of behaviour, just politeness. However, many people wish to observe the traditional forms of greeting. For men this is a neck bow (from the head only) whilst women do a small curtsy. Other people prefer simply to shake hands in the usual way. When presented to the Queen, the correct formal address is ‘Your Majesty’ and subsequently ‘Ma’am’ (as in ‘jam’).

Queen Elizabeth II visits the Goodenough College

I was able to videotape her and meet her briefly as her entourage was entering and leaving the college since I was part of the Quadrangle group. There were photographers but I used my Ipad to capture a video since I was really near her. She was a gracious and energetic lady for her age, always smiling and greeting people. She is really charming and charismatic like our grandmothers. Every one was following her every move but she was a gracious guest despite the number of people flocking her even when others have broken etiquette and protocol.

All I can say is that this is THE Ultimate British Cultural experience one MBA student can get. Thank you ‘GREAT BRITAIN.’

Benedict Carandang

is a Chevening Scholar from the Philippines pursuing his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Westminster. He currently resides at Goodenough College located in Bloomsbury, London.

Heading to Moscow….

Moscow in the Crowd by Minkel Cedeno

Posted on: 25 May 2012
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The study trip to Moscow is fast approaching, 20 eager students including me will be travelling on Sunday May 27th to learn about culture, business and life in Moscow. I must say that I am really pumped and excited to go to the heart of Russia, former Soviet bloc and communist country. The stories you hear about Russia coming from the West could be grim. Political corruption abound, cases of cultural intolerance, huge divide between the rich & poor, power and control over its neighbours and the list goes on. Sadly, I am not going to Moscow to learn about all that gloomy stuff, I am going to Moscow to have a good time. I am going to experience the vava voom of a BRIC nation, learn about the huge gas reserves and GAZPROM, the brilliance of Russian people and how they have shaped the world one way or the other. I can’t be sure of the motives of the 19 other students coming on the trip.

Watch this space ! Once we return from our International MBA study trip in Moscow, we will share our experiences online with some amazing photos.