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Spring Hiking(踏青)@ Box Hill

Waterloo Station Waterloo Rd, London, United Kingdom

The spring is finally here! In Chinese culture, people like to go on a big hike during solar terms(节气)like 清明 (tombing sweeping festival), or 谷雨. It’s the time to appreciate the beautiful fresh blossom after the spring rain, and enjoy the warming weather after a long winter.  

We are inviting you to join us for a hike in London’s famous Box Hill hiking route. You will meet our teachers and fellow students, we’ll stretch our legs, practice your Mandarin in a beautiful scenery.

The Best of Asia (Japan, Korea, China) Tea Tasting

Aldgate Tower 2 Leman Street, London, United Kingdom

Tea is an important part of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cultures, with a long history and a significant impact on their respective societies.
In China, tea has been consumed for thousands of years and has become a symbol of Chinese culture. Tea is also an essential element of traditional Chinese medicine and is believed to have health benefits.
Similarly, in Japan, tea has been an integral part of the culture and is deeply ingrained in the country's social fabric. The Japanese tea ceremony, or "chanoyu," is a formal ritual that involves the preparation and serving of matcha tea and has a strong influence on Japanese aesthetics, philosophy, and etiquette.
Korean tea culture has been influenced by both China and Japan, but it has developed its unique characteristics and traditions.

In this event, you will get the chance to taste the most popular and signature tea from Japan, China and Korea with pairing treats for each tea. You will also learn the ritual of the traditional tea ceremony and the significant role tea plays in each country.

端午节 Dragon Boat festival – Perfume Pouches Making Workshop (19 -22 June)

Aldgate Tower 2 Leman Street, London, United Kingdom

During Dragon Boat Festival, perfume pouches are hung around people's wrists, bags, or tied to the front of a garment as an ornament. The perfume pouches are said to protect people from evil or bad luck.

We will teach you how to make your own perfume pouches! You can choose different fabrics, perfumes, and make your own unique ornament to wear on Dragon boat festival!

Fun Day Out at Hyper Japan – The UK’s Biggest J-Culture Event

Olympia London Hammersmith Rd, London, United Kingdom

Hyper Japan fuses traditional and contemporary Japanese culture showcasing music, food and history as well as anime, manga, technology and much more!

It has been running since 2010 and has become the UK’s largest Japanese Culture event. Join us to experience the colourful culture from the other side of the world in London!

Soju Tasting – the Korean National Drink

Aldgate Tower 2 Leman Street, London, United Kingdom

Ever watched a Korean movie or drama and wondered what are the rounds of shot they are drinking? It is Soju, Korea’s national drink, a grain-based spirit that’s often served in shot glasses. It is often called the Korean vodka, since it's smooth, mild, and mostly neutral. It also happens to be the best-selling liquor in the world by volume and gaining more fans each day, with good reason.

If you’re looking to try soju, or are simply curious about this Korean national drink, come join this soju tasting event. You will get the chance to taste the traditional soju and other different flavours. We will also share more about the food and drink culture in Korea.

Mahjong Workshop

Dear Asia Aldgate Centre 2 Leman St, London

Do you know how to play Mahjong? It’s the Chinese dominos game that you might have seen on TV or in the movie. There must be a reason why it’s so popular in Asia. Well, we can only think of one – it’s fun!

Come and join us for a fun Saturday afternoon, playing Mahjong and having social drinks with many other people for language exchange or cultural talks.

We will teach you how to play Mahjong if you are new to the game. The whole demonstration of how to play will be 30mins. Then you can play with other players on your own.
If you are a master already, you can get teamed up with an advanced group to engage in a more serious game. If you arrive earlier or later, doesn’t matter, talk to other people around the Mahjong table, they are most probably fellow students or other languages enthusiasts.

It's also free! Book to secure your space now!

Korean Chuseok (Thanksgiving) Festival – Songpyeon & Tea Tasting (26 & 27 Sep)

Dear Asia Aldgate Centre 2 Leman St, London

As the autumn breeze begins, we find ourselves on the cusp of one of Korea's most cherished traditions - Chuseok, the Korean Harvest Festival (Korean Thanksgiving) . This vibrant and joyful occasion is not only a time to give thanks for the bountiful harvest but also an opportunity for families and communities to come together, share stories, and create lasting memories. Join us as we pay homage to Chuseok's rich traditions, focusing on two of its most cherished elements: Korean Songpyeon and Tea.

中秋节 Mid autumn Festival – Mooncake & Tea Tasting (25 & 28 Sep)

Aldgate Tower 2 Leman Street, London, United Kingdom

August 15 on the lunar calendar is the Chinese Mid Autumn Festival. On the day, a full moon is always expected, therefore, people traditionally eat a rich pasty called Mooncakes, which is typically filled with sweet-bean or lotus-seed paste, or sometimes with a salted duck egg yolk. When family sits together to offer prayers to the moon goddess on this day, they often eat mooncakes.

For this Mid Autumn Festival, we’d like to invite you to taste different types of Moon cakes and Chinese tea. The traditional flavours include white lotus seed, green tea, red bean paste, wu ren (mixed nuts), salted egg yolk, and yam… Come and taste different mooncakes before your evening class!

Halloween Japanese Kitsune (Fox) Mask Painting Workshop

Aldgate Tower 2 Leman Street, London, United Kingdom

The Kitsune mask has been a staple in Japanese culture for hundreds of years. You may have seen it being used in manga, film, and theatre. A kitsune mask is a traditional Japanese mask that represents a fox. In Japanese folklore, the kitsune is a mythical creature with shape-shifting abilities and supernatural powers. It is believed to possess intelligence and wisdom.

We are inviting you to join this fun workshop! You’ll use brushes, colourful paint, your imagination and creativity to draw a beautiful fox mask just for yourself!

Single Day Hotpot

Central London

Singles' Day is a holiday celebrated in China on Nov 11. Unmarried people commemorate the occasion by treating themselves to gifts and presents, leading Singles' Day, or Double 11 as it's also known.

So this year’s single’s day, we are arranging a heartwarming hot pot party for everyone! If you are single and would like to meet people, or you just want to make some new friends, this event is for you! Hot pot in winter is also heartwarming and cosy – perfect for this date!

Year End Christmas Party

Aldgate Tower 2 Leman Street, London, United Kingdom

After a year of eventful studies, we would like to bring along our community to share a few glasses of bubbly and talk about their learning journey, or anything really.

We recognise how valuable our unique community is, because they are the Londoners who are active in life and active in minds, they are culture lovers and world travellers.
So mark your calendar, come and share a drink or two with us.

At the end of the evening, there will be 2 lucky draws (the best comes in two), for a £300 worth of courses tuition.

New Year Term Daruma Welcome Party & School Open Day

DA Aldgate Centre 2 Leman St, United Kingdom

We are excited to invite you to our first ever School Open Day during our new year term! We are going to celebrate the art of setting and achieving new year resolution with a theme inspired by the traditional Daruma dolls. The Daruma doll is said to grant wishes and help you accomplish your goals. It is a great opportunity to set your new year learning resolutions and wishes. We are committed to help you achieve your language learning goals. Let's make your wishes and dreams come true in 2024!

Lunar New Year (Year of Dragon) Celebration

DA Aldgate Centre 2 Leman St, United Kingdom

The Lunar New Year, is steeped in centuries-old Chinese traditions that signify renewal, family unity, and the welcoming of good fortune. We want to share the customs and celebrate this important festival with all of you. The event will feature a reception of traditional Chinese food and snacks, baijiu tasting, traditional craft like paper cutting and calligraphy for the new year. Come join us for a heartfelt celebration to welcome Year of Dragon!

Korean New Year Seollal Celebration

DA Aldgate Centre 2 Leman St,, London, United Kingdom

Get ready to experience the richness of Korean culture at our Korean Seollal Celebration! Seollal, also known as Korean Lunar New Year, is one of the most significant and widely celebrated traditional holidays in South Korea. The holiday typically lasts for three days and is a time for families to come together. Join us in celebrating the Korean Lunar New Year with an evening filled with tradition, cultural festivities and fun games.

Dear Asia London Mahjong Club (Workshop)

DA Aldgate Centre 2 Leman St, United Kingdom

Do you know how to play Mahjong? It’s the Chinese dominos game that you might have seen on TV or in the movie. There must be a reason why it’s so popular in Asia. Well, we can only think of one – it’s fun!

Due to popular demand, we are going to organise Mahjong Club regularly to welcome players of all levels.

Come and join us for a fun Saturday afternoon, playing Mahjong with many other people for language exchange or cultural talks.

Lantern Festival Chinatown Food Crawl

Chinatown 16-17 Wardour St,, London, United Kingdom

The Lantern Festival marks the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Lanterns, representing hopes and dreams, are released into the night sky, creating a spectacle of vibrant colors and positive energy.
There's no better place than China Town to celebrate this with hundreds of lanterns decoration as we invite you to a special Lantern Festival Chinatown Food Crawl! In this Food Crawl, we will take you on a food tour to sample the best snacks/ dishes and take you to the hidden gems only Asian know in China Town.

Hanami Season: Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Fan Painting & Kimono Experience

DA Aldgate Centre 2 Leman St, United Kingdom

this will interest you Hanami, which translates to "flower viewing," specifically refers to the tradition of appreciating the beauty of cherry blossoms (sakura) in Japan. Cherry blossoms are not just flowers; they hold cultural significance, symbolizing the transient nature of life, beauty, and renewal. Historically, people in Japan have dressed in kimono for significant cultural...

Dear Asia London Mahjong Club (Workshop)

DA Aldgate Centre 2 Leman St, London, United Kingdom

Do you know how to play Mahjong? It’s the Chinese dominos game that you might have seen on TV or in the movie. There must be a reason why it’s so popular in Asia. Well, we can only think of one – it’s fun!

Due to popular demand, we are going to organise Mahjong Club regularly to welcome players of all levels.

Come and join us for a fun Saturday afternoon, playing Mahjong with many other people for language exchange or cultural talks.

Spring Term Zen Garden Welcome Party (School Open Day)

DA Aldgate Centre 2 Leman Street, London, United Kingdom

As spring flowers starts to blossom around us, join us in celebrating the new term with an experience that blends cultural exploration and the joy of language learning.

You will get to socialise with fellow students with reception of food and snacks, follow by the introduction of Japanese Zen and the practise of Japanese Zen gardening to celebrate the beginning of the new term and season.

KPop & KDrama pop quiz with Soju Cocktail

DA Aldgate Centre 2 Leman St, London, United Kingdom

Are you a KPop or KDrama fans? Get ready to immerse yourself in the worlds of K-Pop and K-Drama at our Pop Quiz Night! Join us for an evening of music, drama, and a dash of competition, all while sipping soju and learn how to make soju cocktail. You will have a chance to win a Korean language course worth £300!