With Spring (and occasionally, sunny weather) finally upon us in London, here’s a list of some warm weather activities for current and future MiMs to enjoy throughout London:
1) Brick Lane Market
Brick Lane Market is basically a giant flea market near the heart of Shoreditch High Street. With tons of stalls and warehouses selling antiques, vintage clothes, and all sorts of accessories, it’s a great place for some unique finds. They’ve also got an amazing food hall with pretty much every type of lunchtime snack you could think of!
2) The Color Run London
This year, a large group of MiMs will be participating in London’s Color Run! The Color Run is “a five-kilometre, un-timed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometre. The fun continues at the finish line with a gigantic “Color Festival,” using more colored powder to create happiness and lasting memories, not to mention millions of vivid color combinations.” This year, the Color Run will take place the first weekend of June at Wembley Park!
3) Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Right next to our own London Business School Campus, the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park is the only professional, outdoor theatre in Britain. And it offers a range of events and performances starting from May through to September. This year’s productions include To Kill a Mockingbird, Twelfth Night, and more. This year, students can also grab discounted tickets for preview performances!
This past week, all of us here on the Masters in Management class had the chance to participate in Business Immersion Week. Some of the companies that we got to visit included Universal Music Group, Mastercard, Unilever, Deloitte, Net-a-Porter, Rackspace, The Pentland Group, Yahoo!, Bow & Arrow Consulting, and many others! The goal of the week was to give us insight into industries and companies that we might not have thought about or looked at before and I personally learned quite a lot.
During our visit to Universal Music Group, for example, we started off the day with an amazing breakfast and even some free CD’s by some of the labels stars!
(My desperately needed coffee and a CD to go along with it!)
Afterwards, we got to hear from Global Head of New Business, Olivier Robert-Murphy. Murphy gave us an amazing presentation on how Universal Music has continued to stay at the head of the industry despite all the challenges they’ve faced from the era of digitalization. He also gave some amazing examples of some brand partnership cases his team had worked on!
Another company I got to visit was Internet giant Yahoo! In a presentation by members of their corporate and business development team, my fellow classmates and I got to hear about all the new initiatives and developments Yahoo had been working on in the past year to help keep it among top companies at the forefront of internet search and content sources today.
Finally, on Friday, another group of Masters in Management students and myself got to visit the headquarters of RackSpace cloud and hosting providers nearby London. We heard from another LBS alumnus about the cloud and hosting industries and how Rackspace had managed to position itself to become such a top contender in the past 15 years. We also got to have a tour around their amazing headquarter buildings! Some of the amenities “Rackers” (as they call them) are offered include an amazing cafeteria and games room, a private employee kitchen, company-wide foam gunfights, and even a Mini Cooper near the first floor lounge!
(MiM’s hanging out in Rackspace HQ)
So, all in all, I had a wonderful time on all of my company visits and really got a great overview into some business industries I hadn’t truly considered before! Hopefully next year’s MiM recruits can help plan another amazing Business Immersion Week for our following class!