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

Black Mirror: Can Bots Help Us Deal with Grief?

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If you ever had the chance to watch Black Mirror, you’d know that the premise of this Netflix original series is to showcase the wonders and dangers of Technology.

In the real world, people are experimenting with griefbotsMuhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, principal data scientist at KenSci, is often the center of attention when the topic of griefbots comes up.

He created a chat-style program that allows him to have conversations with a simulation of his father, who passed away a few years ago.

Muhammad’s experiences bring into stark relief the pain that loss can bring, and he has publicly taken up the cause of trying to spark conversations about the benefits and dilemmas involved with creating simulations of the deceased. Read Muhammad’s reflections in “How the Dearly Departed Could Come Back to Life — Digitally” and “After Death: Big Data and the Promise of Resurrection by Proxy.”

(Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad (Sonu) chatting with a simulation of his father, Abu Jani.)

It’s hard not to be moved by the exchange between Abu Jani (which means “dear father” in Urdu) and Sonu (one of Muhammad’s nicknames). The dadbot does what dads do best: remind their kids to take care of themselves.

The question posed here is really, how far is too far? And does a griefbot truly help us cope with loss or does it hold us back from moving on?

We’ll love to hear your thoughts.

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.

 

Top 14 things to see & do in Seoul, South Korea

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The capital of South Korea, Seoul, has a fantastic mix of old and new, with great food and amazing sights across the city. The capital has a great many things to do, and today we take a look 14 great places to visit and see in Seoul.

1) Korea Furniture Museum: a bit of an unusual attraction to start, but this museum has over 2000 pieces of traditional furniture, which help you get a real sense of a traditional Korean lifestyle and culture. It’s a great way to spend some time looking at the Korea of old.

2) Insadong: This is a great insight into South Korean culture. The district is home to lots of shops, teahouses and market style booths. Along with this, is many great art galleries and restaurants, a place perfect to eat and drink to your hearts content, and pick up a few souvenirs along the way.

3) Bongeunsa: The temple of Gangnam is a calm place, right in the heart of the city; offering a beautiful and contrasting view between the traditional houses and the modern skyscrapers.

4) Gyeongbokgung Palace (GP): GP is the largest grand palace in Seoul and a must see. It’s a huge complex, and it’s a great idea to leave a few hours to explore the palace properly. Picturesque gardens surround the palace, intricate designs adorn it, and if you wear traditional Korean clothing, you get free entry.

5) Eating in the city: Korean food has seen a recent rise, so in typical fashion, eating in the city is a must do. The best thing to do is to wing it, that means walk around town and eat at wherever takes your fancy. The more locals you see at the restaurant, the better!

6) Jogyesa Temple: Amongst the skyscrapers in the city is this little Buddhist temple. Filled with artwork, statues and figurines, the temple is a spot of quiet amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.

7) Myeongdong: This is known as one of the best streets for shopping in Seoul. It’s a great spot for souvenir shopping and it’s a fantastic place to wonder with an open mind and wallet!

8) N Seoul Tower: If you want an aerial view of the city, then the N Seoul tower is where you want to go. Watching the city transform from the day into night is an amazing view, and one we definitely recommend. Book your spot before sunset to capture the transformation of the city!

9) Bukchon Hanok Village: BH Village is a traditional Korean village, and the perfect way to step back in time to a Korea centuries ago. You can look in the houses and pop into tea houses for traditional rice tea. There’s also a lot of cool shops in the area, and taking the time to weave in and out of the stores and houses is the perfect way to spend an afternoon in the city.

10) Changdeokgung Palace: The palace is a real must see in Seoul due to its history and heritage; so much so, that it’s been declared a UNESCO world heritage site, with elements dating back from the three kingdoms period (57BC to 668AD). When visiting, be sure to check out Huwon, the secret garden. This can only be seen via a tour that is pre-booked, but do leave plenty of time to explore the beautiful secret gardens after you visit the palace.

11) Hangang Park: Located by the banks of the Hangang River, the park has open pathways for visitors to bike along or simply stroll through. If you want a change of pace, or a spot to relax, Hangang Park is the place to head to.

12) Deoksugung Palace: Here is another one of the five grand palaces, and this was home to the Korean royal family until the colonisation of the country by the Japanese Empire. While a smaller palace than the others, Deoksugung Palace is open later than other palaces, and is worth an evening visit.

13) Hangang River: The River is lovely from its banks, and the best way to experience the river is via a boat cruise.

14) Everland: This is the largest theme park in Korea, it’s also one of the most visited in the world. However, don’t let the crowds deter you as Everland is a great way to spend a day in Seoul.

As you can see, Seoul offers so much to do and yet our list only scratches the surface of this modern, yet ancient city. The capital is a diverse place to visit, where a clash of old and new come together to create a uniquely Korean city, where skyscrapers neighbour Hanoks, and business suits mingle with traditional Hanboks.

To read more on what to do in Seoul, click here!

Chelsea duo tested for drugs post UCL match

the-ball-stadion-football-the-pitch-47730.jpegRecently Chelsea produced a ‘superhuman’ display to beat Atletico Madrid at their new stadium in the UEFA Champions League, to help them become the first away team to win at the new Atletico stadium.

The win put Chelsea in control of their group and also put them above rivals Roma and 5 points clear of Atletico Madrid in the group, however this isn’t the most interesting part of the story.

It turns out that having such a wonderful night of football against strong opposition, may give rise to the idea that the Chelsea team may have had some help in the form of performance enhancing drugs.

UEFA asked the defenders Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta to take the pee in a pot test, to make sure they didn’t have any extra help from illegal substances. Normally players have taken offence to this accusation, but the two blues defenders seemed to take it in their stride!

Posting up a picture while in the doping control room, Cesar Azpilicueta also added this caption, “With my friend @marcosalonso28 in the doping control after this HUGE WIN!!! Come on Blues!!!”

Read more on this coverage here.

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/