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August 27, 2014
by MSc Admissions Team

Park Life

I was recently asked by an applicant if there were any ‘green spaces’ near Cass, or whether being in the heart of the City meant that we were situated in a forest of tall buildings rather than foliage. They certainly had a point – at first glance it might not seem that there are many open spaces around the building, but a look at a map will prove that there are numerous parks and squares around the City that are open to the public. In this blog post we show you some of the places you may wish to visit if you have a break between lectures, or if you fancy an al-fresco lunch (weather permitting!)

Fortune Street Park – Situated just a couple of streets away from Cass, this is one of our closest parks. This is a great place to come if you’ve bought lunch from the foodie-heaven Whitecross Street Food Market, and is popular with office workers in the area.

Bunhill Fields – If you don’t mind being in a cemetery, this is the closest green space to Cass. Look out for the graves of William Blake and Daniel Defoe in this peaceful corner of the City.

Barbican Centre – Behind the concrete façade of the Barbican are a number of gardens within the Barbican estate. There are plenty of benches and picnic tables, and the Lakeside Terrace becomes a bit of a suntrap during the summer (accessible via the Silk Street entrance).

Postman’s Park – Located just south of London Wall, and near the Museum of London, Postman’s Park is one of the larger parks in the City of London. It is known for its area dedicated to the memory of people who died whilst rescuing others. You can see their plaques in the Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice.

St Dunstan-in-the-East – A bit further away (between Monument and Tower Hill tube stations) is a hidden gem. Destroyed during the Second World War, the church of St Dunstan was left to the will of nature before being turned into a park. Vines and creepers now wind their way across the ruins, making the area a spectacular site.

You can find more parks in the City listed on the City of London website.

As for the rest of London, there’s no shortage of green spaces, ranging from the Royal Parks to less well-known, but equally attractive, parks and gardens. For the best of the rest, check out Time Out’s guide to Secret Parks and Gardens in London and Major Parks of London. We hope that you will find time during your study to make the most of these beautiful areas!

August 8, 2014
by MSc Admissions Team

Get Active at City, University of London!

No doubt you are aware of the benefits of regular exercise. Not only does it help to keep your body healthy, studies show that it also reduces stress and can improve concentration and memory. What more could you want when studying for your Masters?!

There are many opportunities to continue with your favourite sports whilst at Cass Business School, and with so much on offer, why not take up something new? Joining a sports club or exercise class is a great way of making new friends and socialising outside of class. You can see some of the sports clubs available at Cass on our website. Aside from these, CitySport at City University London has a wide range of activities, including American football, climbing, cricket, football, tennis, rugby and squash. If team sports are not your thing, there are plenty of exercise classes to take your fancy, such as Box Fit, Pilates, Spinning and a running club.

If you are joining us for September 2014 intake you will benefit from our brand new sports centre, due to open on Goswell Road in late 2014. Check out the video below, giving a virtual tour of the facilities. Boasting an Olympic quality six-court sports hall, a 100-station fitness area and four multi-purpose studios, we hope you agree that these are cutting edge facilities.

Of course, if you can’t find what you are looking for within the University, you could join one of the many clubs throughout London. An advantage of living in the capital is that whatever sport you are into, chances are there will be a club to join – you name it, we’ve got it! Some gyms require a membership, but you can often find stand-alone classes that you pay for on a pay-as-you-go basis. Here are some websites to help you with your search: Get Active London, Totally Sporty London. You can also keep in touch with CitySport through their Facebook page.

So take a break from your studies and get active!

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