Welcome to ICE! London’s best value English school.
We are the English language specialists and our popular courses will help you achieve exam success in IELTS, Cambridge First Certificate (FCE), Cambridge Advanced Exam (CAE) & ILEC or simply give you the tools to speak, write, listen and read better in General English. We have many years experience in English language teaching and we know that communication is everything, so, we will get you talking! In each class, we give you the tools to succeed in English in the real world. This includes building your vocabulary, increasing your spoken fluency, improving your reading & writing skills and giving you the grammatical knowledge that is essential for you to take ownership of the language and be able to use it effectively outside the classroom.
For some, the aim is to find success in a better job either in the UK or back home. For others, the goal is to achieve personal fulfillment through mastering a new language. In all cases, we teach the real English that real English speakers use and, for this reason, all our teachers are native speakers; English is their first language.
Why ICE? Well, we believe we have the best combination of the following: flexible, low-priced courses, high quality, great location, maximum class size of 15 in most classes, ALL native speaking teachers and an amazing social program that runs an incredible 6 days-a-week!
Flexibility and Low Prices
If you are in London, on a budget and want to work around your studies (or the other way round, of course) you can enrol part-time and study as little as 5 lessons per week any weekdays you choose. If your job at a funky local Islington cafe is every day except Tuesday mornings and Friday afternoons, then ICE is your perfect choice – study when you want, for as long as you want. If you want qualified, native speaking teachers with a maximum class size of 15 students right opposite Angel station in the coolest part of London AND you want to spend only £224 on a course, take 5 lessons per week for 8 weeks in the afternoon. We are popular because we are able to offer great value for money. Many of our courses work out to cost less than an incredible £4 per hour. See price table for full details. We are confident you will not be able to find a school in London both cheaper and nearly as good as the Islington Centre for English.
Location: Islington, Central London (but not the boring, cliched part)
Opposite Angel underground station, we are situated only 12 minute’s walk, or just one stop on London Transport, from Kings Cross St Pancras International station, or just 10 minutes by tube to London’s West end. Only 12 minute’s walk from some great student accommodation in St John’s Street such as Liberty House or Nido in King’s Cross, ICE is not only right in the heart of a really fashionable part of London, but it is convenient to travel here from abroad and live near your English school. If you love music, we recommend a visit to see the O2 music venue, the famous rock pub the Hope & Anchor or the Scala for a gig. For gastronomes on all budgets, Upper Street’s pavement cafes and restaurants of every conceivable nationality cuisine. For the older student, antiques in Camden passage or maybe the picturesque canal that runs beneath Upper Street and appears as if by magic behind the York pub. If it is a part-time job you are looking for, Islington has so many shops that the conscientious English student can easily find employment to support his or her studies.
For most classes, including General English, First Certificate Exam preparation, Cambridge Advanced Preparation & IELTS exam preparation, 15 is the maximum number of students. The majority of your timetable will probably consist of classes like this. Additional Skills Workshops in which students practice 30 minutes of specific Reading, Writing, Listening, Grammar & Conversation skills, then 20 is the maximum size, though a typical class has around 12 students. For Legal English, the maximum is 6 students only and for Business English Evening & Day courses, 8 students.
All Native-speaking English Teachers
You leave Madrid, full of excitement to study English in London. You arrive at your English school ready to spend a few hundred pounds of your hard-earned savings on some lessons. You enrol and eagerly run early into your class ready to really learn that English accent in sharp contrast to your lessons back home… Your disappointment on discovering that your teacher is from Madrid is bitter. Never mind! You can still go to Islington! We believe that students come to the UK to learn English from teachers who heard the language from their parents the day they entered the world.
Social program, 6 days a week
The London English school experience is not just about studying in a classroom. At ICE, we believe that making life-long friends and having an amazing time is not an optional extra! Whether it be a London pub quiz, an Islington treasure hunt to find famous Islington residents like Tony Blair or Charlie Chaplin, A Jack the Ripper tour of the East End, a huge club night at Pacha or a cultural program tour on a Sunday to Oxford, ICE has your social calendar all ready to go. By the way, we don’t force you to go
A Quick Word or Two about our Origins
ICE was started in 2004 by Tim Shoben (English teacher and musician) as a small, family English language school in Islington with one lovely student called Hiroko. Today, although we have grown considerably, we retain the same heart of a small school in which every student is known by our administration staff and our teachers. Though he doesn’t teach much these days, Tim can generally be found walking around talking to students when they are supposed to be in class and occasionally can be heard playing his guitar in his office when he should really be working.
Come and study with US!! Come and study with ICE!! We hope to see you soon.