Top London hot spots to watch the FIFA World Cup 2018

Football. Love it or hate it. The World Cup is here. Howling and cheering crowds of people dressed in different national colors, the beer flows in streams and even football haters risk a glance or two at the screen. From June 14th to July 15th the Fifa World Cup 2018 takes place in Russia. Here’s our top pick of best pubs, bars and rooftop gardens in London to enjoy football with your colleagues, friends or family.

Pitch, Stratford

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At the Pitch you can tuck into some fantastic street food and wash it down with a wide selection of craft drinks while watching the World Cup. The best thing about the Pitch: Entry to most games will be absolutely FREE and, even the most popular games will be ticketed at just £5 a head, including a drink on arrival.  But don’t forget that the England games will sell out quick so get your bookings in now.

Boxpark, Shoreditch

Boxpark, the world’s first pop-up mall is famous for creating its mini foodie villages out of refitted shipping containers but did you know that they are also going to broadcast the World Cup? Get your tickets here.

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The Merchant Square Big Screen, West London

The Merchant Square Screen in West London will screen a number of the FIFA World Cup matches on their Pavilion Big Screen over June and July. Support your team and chill out on comfy seating whilst enjoying from the amazing retailers or street food vendors!

More information here.

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The Bud Boat, River Thames

We all know the problem. Your girlfriend wants to go on a romantic boat ride but you want to watch the World Cup. Why not watch the World Cup on a boat? Budweiser’s “Bud Boat” will set sail down the Thames for 14 games during the tournament, with DJs keeping the party going long after the end of the game. Pre-booked tickets start at £10, find them here.

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How to Nail an Office Move with no Digital Disruptions

We spoke to Telco Solutions last week and were posed the question on how businesses can best deal with office moves without the disruptions.

The reality is that no businesses should ever suffer from this in this new day and age, as we have access to all the latest tools to assist us to always stay connected and productive.

For us, it’s about one single easy solution: book adhoc work spaces and work anywhere, anytime.

You can read our latest Ellyot POV here

6 more remote working tools to boost your productivity

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A couple months ago we talked about some quick fixes to improve your productivity when working remotely.

We listened to your feedback and we’re delighted that you all found it super useful. So we’re back with 6 more recommendations of top tools to use…

I done this is a great productivity tool that helps you track progress over the day. It allows remote teams to work together in sync and know who’s accomplished what and where the team stands in getting towards their objectives. The tool gives you daily status updates, it lets you see what’s been done and what tasks your team can’t do (and why). If you are managing a team who are dispersed to various locations, this is one way to synthesise each member’s progress and keep everyone accountable and on track.

Hackpad is a collaboration tool by the creators of Dropbox- it allows you and your team to collaborate on text documents in real time, meaning you can create documents on the fly with your team, without the hassle of having to meet up and conduct multiple emails and phone calls to create one document. Think of Hackpad as your way to work together to create things seamlessly.  

Developed by Apple itself, Take a break please helps tackle the stresses of everyday life by helping us with our well-being. Sitting and working at your computer or laptop isn’t great for your eyes or back, or health in general and it’s recommended that you take short breaks every hour or so to give yourself some time to relax your eyes and give your lower back a rest. Not only is this app good for your physical health, it’s great for your mind- taking a break gives you the chance to step back from your work and take the time to look at things from a new angle. Some of the benefits include giving you increased mental ability and increased information retention.

Zoom is a communications tool. Similar to Google Hangouts but with a higher threshold limit for attendees, which means you can get more people in your meetings and get everyone up to speed quicker.

CodePen is a design and development tool where you can write up your HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code to share with remote team members and get them to review your code to give feedback in real time; it can be used to build your code with the team and test it too, again, all in real time. It is also a brilliant place to find some inspiration, at its heart it is a social development environment, helping the developers in your team collaborate as part of a larger community all working together to actively help each other test bugs, develop code and get on the right track to help you build your next great project.

Doodle, is a way to get your team together without having to call them individually, simply put Doodle is a poll that allows you to select a date or location to send to participants and get them to vote on their preferences. Think of doodle as your friend when it comes to collectively trying to organize anything with your team; this is a wonderful tool for those days working away from the office when you want a simple way to quickly get everyone’s answer to a question.

We’ve used these 6 tools to help us collaborate with our team, all of whom live and breathe the Ellyot ethos of working where you want when you want and how you want.

With our team dispersed between working in an art gallery, another working in a café and the third working from a co-working desk yesterday, these 6 tools (especially Doodle and I done this) gave us the opportunity to get in sync with each other, even though we were working in opposite ends of London.

Be sure to download Ellyot and along with these tools, you can crush your to-do list and be the most productive and efficient worker you can be.

 

Virtual exhibition: The Jackson Art Open Painting Prize

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The Jackson Open Painting Prize is to recognise excellence in original 2D fine art or drawn media. The competition which excludes art generated through computers, manipulated artwork, 3D works and photos offers an online showcase and prizes for contemporary and traditional visual artists, both established and emerging.

Interestingly, although the competition excludes digital art, the exhibition itself is all hosted online. It also means there are no barriers to international entrants, entries from artists in any countries and of any age are welcomed to the Jackson Art Open Painting Prize.

2016 saw Jackson’s run its inaugural major art prize. The competition (JOAP 2016) saw 300 entries submitted from all over the world, with many of the entrants submitting exceptional and original pieces.

The JOAP awards have a 2 tier selection and judging process, with the Jackson selection panel selecting a long list, then a panel of experts (made of Curators, gallerists and artists)  go on to select a short list and then the winners.

There are 4 category prizes (Watercolour, Acrylic, Oil and Drawing/dry media), each winning the prize of £1000. With an overall first place prize of £5000, 2nd place prize of £500 and £500 worth of Jacksons Art Gift vouchers, and third being the same

For more on the JOAP competition, click on the link: https://www.jacksonsart.com/blog/jacksons-open-painting-prize-2017/

Adidas in Savile Row

adidas-x-size-x-Henry-Poole-NMD-R2-02-1Adidas is a brand synonymous with sport, Stormzy and tracksuits. Henry Poole is a brand synonymous with Savile Row, military tunics and the smoking jacket. Not exactly a combination that comes to mind immediately, however, the two recently collaborated over a new trainer.

Henry Poole is a tailors which was founded in 1806, and was one of the first tailors on the now world famous Savile Row. Their tailors have created suits for everyone from Napoleon III, Charles Dickens and even Winston Churchill.

Adidas, who took inspiration from the long, illustrious history of Henry Poole, produced a shoe that fuses street wear with tailoring. While at first seeming a bit odd, it’s become a new trend, with many a red carpet being graced with the combination of tuxedo and trainer. The trainer is now seen as an alternative to the more classic Oxford or Brogue shoe. This meant that a trainer was the most suitable way to form a collaboration between the two clothing brands.

The Adidas-Henry Poole shoe, which is a variation on the Adidas NMD, has 2 colours, a navy blue and a charcoal grey variation, both of which come in a purple mesh bag, and for that added touch of class and sophistication – a wooden shoebox.

We think Adidas is always edging it with innovative new pieces and we love it.

Read more on this collaboration here.

6 Productivity Hacks to Remote Working

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Remote working is on the rise! In-fact Microsoft had partnered with 85 Broads a few years ago, to help them kick off their “Your office, your terms,” campaign. It was primarily focused on women, but saw some great findings such as participants preferring a regular remote working schedule. It also saw that the women who worked remotely saw “their personal productivity improve.” (https://www.forbes.com/sites/85broads/2011/11/01/out-of-the-office-but-still-hard-at-work/#66f5e6de4c96)

According to the TUC, the UK has seen an increase of 19% “over the past decade,” from the years 2005-2015. The analysis from the report also showed that just over 1.5 million people regularly worked remotely from their office, with 241,000 more people working remotely in 2015, than 2005.
4 million workers were found to want to work remotely, but were unable to work from home or remotely because their employers don’t give them the chance (which is a real shame as the benefits are amazing).
(https://www.tuc.org.uk/news/home-working-fifth-over-last-decade-tuc-analysis-reveals)

Benefits of Remote working:

At Ellyot, we love the idea of more freedom and choice. With our app, you can choose to work in any of our amazing co-working spaces and interesting venues, like art galleries and museums. These places all provide a great worker with amazing inspiration and the chance to break the monotony of office life.

It isn’t just inspiration that makes remote working such a great thing with less commuting, you can spend tons of time on the important things, be that work or family. In-fact, cutting out the long commutes is beneficial to you.

According to an ONS report, for each additional minute of commuting time would make “you feel slightly worse.” Not only that, but it found that those who used things like busses to commute would experience “lower levels of life satisfaction,” and those who used trains experienced “higher anxiety levels.” (https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2014/feb/12/how-does-commuting-affect-wellbeing).
Cutting out the commute also helps reduce your carbon footprint, leading to a better environment and with the stress of commuting cut out, it also leads to a healthier and better you.

So working remotely is a great way to reduce your commute, but there other great benefits such as
reducing your overall costs (less money spent on travelling, coffee etc.) and perhaps most importantly, it can lead to greater productivity (with less interruptions from colleagues, you can work uninterrupted for longer periods of time).

Negatives of remote working:

However with this increased freedom, it can be easy to get distracted and become unproductive- the complete antithesis of remote working.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the isolation of working remotely which is a real problem as it can lead to you being out of the loop with work, less creativity and ideas and also being alienated from the group- all of which are really bad outcomes for your work.

It’s also easy to overwork and underwork. When you don’t have any separation (such as a home office), you could be at risk of being completely immersed and risking other important aspects of your work and life. The other problem is underworking; self-discipline is key here and without it, you may revert to procrastinating or distracting yourself.

However, in order to stave off these problems and to benefit from remote working, read on for our 6 hacks to help you be a remote working success.

 6 productivity hacks to remote working success are:

1) Set yourself daily goals with deadlines and tick them off as you complete them.

Have a tangible goal for your day which could be in the form of a to-do list which will help you stay on track. Keeping yourself on track with an end goal and a realistic deadline for your tasks will help you stave off procrastination and focus.

Having a goal with a deadline to work towards gives you a sense of momentum as well, ticking of your to-do list gives you a tangible way to know where you are in your working day. If it’s getting close to the end of the day and you’ve procrastinated too much, without completing your work, you now have a tangible way of measuring this and improving.
Now you can start to build a log and work towards getting better each day by increasing your focus and staying on track.

Goals and deadlines need to be SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound) so you can actually complete your to-do list; without a SMART goal and deadline, you will set yourself up to fail as trying to do much (or to little) will undermine you.

Procrastination is a difficult thing to conquer and when remote working you can either end up getting away from distractions or walking into more of them however, using goals/ a to-do list gives you some way to control the urge to procrastinate and work effectively.
TED has a great talk on procrastination and the thought-process behind it- be sure to check it out as it can provide some great advice on how to combat this enemy of remote working success. (https://www.ted.com/talks/tim_urban_inside_the_mind_of_a_master_procrastinator).

2) Set your priorities correctly

It’s all well and good having goals/deadlines and trying to complete all of them, but the world is dynamic and this means that some work is more important than others.
Working away from the office can mean that you never run out of things to do, especially if you work from home; set your to-do list up in a way that completes important work first and urgent work later.

This may sound counter-intuitive to many people however important tasks are ones that will contribute to the long term goals for your company or yourself. These could be things like planning the presentation you need to make for your promotion, or starting on your business proposal. These important tasks help propel you forward and are the number 1 priority when working remotely.
Urgent tasks on the other hand, are tasks which need to be dealt with immediately- these include answering phone calls, responding to emails etc. These tend to be menial activities which can waste time.

The problem that most of us have is that we will place urgent tasks above important tasks which is a mistake; there is a finite amount of time and concentration one has and in order to be effective when working remotely you need to work on the important stuff first.

A great tool you can use is the Eisenhower matrix to help you distinguish between the urgent and important, the non-urgent and non-important tasks- all of which help you succeed in remote working.
(http://www.eisenhower.me/eisenhower-matrix/)

3) Use the short sprint rule (the 25 on/ 5 off rule)

What exactly is the 25 on/ 5 off rule? When working, most people work best in short sprints with a break in between, simply put you work for 25 minutes and take a 5 minute break to do whatever you want (get a coffee, check social media etc.).

We work best when we have the option of a reward to work for and with a short sprint, it means that our prescribed time never feels too long or too short. Working in this way is very effective as you can refresh your mind quite a bit in 5 minutes. Having this short break acts as the carrot on the stick, releasing dopamine as you hit your 25 minutes of uninterrupted work.

In fact, with some training and carefully placed breaks, you can adapt this rule to fit your tasks, giving you the ability to complete a task fully and feel an even greater rush of dopamine as you complete your important tasks and feel more motivation to stay on track.

Take it from us, this little hack is a gem.

4) Disable your email and social network alerts and if you can, go offline.

As we all know, social media is huge distraction to workers and working remotely means no boss watching you, making sure you’re working. However social media use can lead to efficiency and wellbeing, being negatively affected.

A study conducted by Middle Tennessee state university found that people who tried to multitask by using social media when they working, performed worse off than those who could focus on their task. They found that the interruptions from changing tasks (work to social and back) led to inefficiencies and a mental challenge.  (https://www.ft.com/content/4f5d0404-de90-11e4-b9ec-00144feab7de)

Being connected all the time isn’t a helpful thing to do, so tuning out of social media during work hours can really improve efficiency and keep you on track to remote working success. And besides, it’s good to disconnect from all the clutter on social media and a digital detox is always a great way to improve your mental wellbeing.

5) Find out when you work productively and work then

This hack ties into scheduling, but simply put, people are either night owls or early birds. If you work with your natural body clock and don’t try to fight it, you can achieve a huge amount productivity with your work.
Turning this natural body clock schedule into a productivity hack is the easiest thing you can do to naturally become more productive when working remotely. Having a schedule that can fit you is a great benefit of working away from the office and the ordinary corporate structure of things. Work in your own time and when you feel most productive, repeat this and you’ll end up with huge amounts of work done.

6) Make remote working less remote

Let’s face it, working alone can be very boring. Isolation is a dangerous thing, especially for creative types- the lack of inspiration and intermingling of ideas and people leads to less enjoyment in your work. For that reason, it can pay to make remote working, less remote.
Finding a community of people you can work with (like those on Ellyot) can help you find the motivation, accountability and inspiration to break through plateaus and ruts.

While sometimes you will need to lock yourself away in order to complete some work, there will be just as many times that’ll you need to find yourself working with people in order to obtain the best results. Each type of work you do will differ in the approach you should take, but figuring out which approach (solo or group work) works best, will exponentially increase your productivity.

Meeting new people leads to different ideas and opportunities’ being created, while helping you solve problems in new ways opens us up to inspiration to use in our work. This symbiotic relationship gives any remote worker the chance to look objectively something and incorporate new views and techniques into their work, adding to your tool belt of expertise and skills- which aids productivity in future problem solving.

So there you have it, 6 easy hacks to be more productive when you work remotely

But there’s one more tip we can provide to anyone looking into this new mode of working: Try out Ellyot for your next foray into remote working; working from home leads to many distractions, be that the TV or your phone. Cutting out the distractions, limits your temptation to indulge in them and lose precious time and productivity.
Ellyot also offers you the chance to join their community of workers all looking to push the boundaries of what can be done and bring to life brilliant ideas. This is a great way to help you use hack number 6.
We have a great number of co-working spaces, from more traditional offices to innovation driven tech hubs (Like Work Hub Made Simple, a great co-working space near Old Street, the tech hub centre in London). Ellyot also lists interesting venues (Like The Archivist, an art gallery in Haggerston in East London) that you can work from, gain some inspiration and most importantly succeed from.

We have even got locations listed in Los Angeles and New York, so there’s no excuse not to try Ellyot when you’re next looking for a work space.
So whether you’re working in LA, London or New York, Ellyot has you covered.

Check Ellyot out for yourself 😉

 

Bumpkin with Marissa Hermer from Ladies of London

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Marissa Hermer and her husband Matt Hermer are owners of one of Ellyot’s most A-list venues – Bumpkin. They have three branches in London located across Chelsea, South Kensington and Stratford (Westfield). Marissa is also a cast member on Bravo TV’s “Ladies of London” and Bumpkin features prominently in the popular reality series. Series two kicked off with an explosive confrontation when Marissa chose to host her annual Thanksgiving dinner in the Private Dining Room at Bumpkin South Kensington to the dismay of another cast member who hosted her own duelling event at home. Fans from around the world continue to visit Bumpkin and try her signature cocktail and favourite sticky toffee pudding.

Bumpkin offers a comfortable home-from-home for city folk who like a little country living.

Check out the space on ellyot.com/

Vibey work-space in King’s X – Generator London

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“I think the highlight for me as the Events Coordinator for Generator London is always working with such an eclectic mix of clients. Everyday is a new vibe, from creative start up and social influencer events, right through to massive global brands and companies.

Our biggest event was for 500 people from one of the UK’s leading health and fitness companies and it was a massive success with so many good memories forged. On the flip reverse of that the day after I was hosting 20 people from a small tech start up, so it’s incredibly varied but just such fun.” (Nathan Roberts)

Generator is located in the heart of Central London, next to King’s Cross station. Unlike any other hostel, it’s a really creative environment with tons of little quirks and features and no matter what you’re up to there’s a space for it.

You can book this space – Search Ellyot for iOS on the appstore or head to ellyot.com.

The Workers’ Cafe – Hackney, London

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“There was this one time where we were too cool for Harry Styles of One Direction (or more likely the other way round). Back before we made sandwiches and all the other things we make now, we only sold soups that are made by an amazing French/Iranian chef. Anyway, Harry waltzed in with his mate and bluntly asked “Do you do food?” to which I replied affirmatively and offered him a sample. One of our customers, a friendly Scottish girl, saw he was hesitant and encouraged him to try the sample as she’d just had the soup and loved it. He mumbled something to his mate, declined just as bluntly as his introduction, and they left. After a short pause, the girl asked me, “…was that Harry Styles?” I said, “Yeah, I think it was.” and we both carried on with our evening. And that was that. I must say though, I was much more starstruck when the storyboard illustrator for my favourite cartoon The Amazing World of Gumball came in to try out our co-working space for the day! I’ll admit I fanboyed pretty hard that day.” (Mike, manager of The Workers’ Cafe)

The Workers’ Cafe is located in Hackney, London. As well as their fascinating, creative, professionals with diverse careers and backgrounds, they are the only place that offers the setting of a cosy, independent cafe with the purpose of a co-working space.

You can book this space with Ellyot. Download the app and check us out on ellyot.com/