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Christmas at The Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall Christmas

If you are planning a visit to London during December, have a look at what is on the bill with our neighbours at The Royal Albert Hall – there’s something for everyone to help you celebrate the holidays. The spectacular venue has pulled out all the stops this year with a genre-spanning season that includes jazz, pop, soul, carols, classical, gospel, film music and ballet. Christmas At The Royal Albert Hall runs from Tuesday 3 to Tuesday 31 and includes carols performed by Bloodwise and the Salvation Army, The Royal Choral Society, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Community Gospel Choir... View Article


Half term London activities for teens

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If you’re stuck for ideas when looking for half term London activities for Teens, look no further than our handy guide. We can tell you what’s on and where’s cool to tempt them away from their smartphones – even if it is only for a few minutes House of Vans is an indoor skate park located beneath Waterloo station. Perfect for cool teens with a love of skating, sessions are organised on its ramps for skates, boards and BMX’s and there are regular live music, film and other events that are held on a regular basis, many of them free.... View Article


Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy 2019

royal academy summer exhibition

No visit to London over the summer months is complete without a visit to the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts held at Burlington House in Piccadilly. Running continuously since 1769, the annual Summer Exhibition is one of the world’s largest with over 1500 pieces on display and including all media– prints and paintings, film, photography, sculpture, architectural works and more – by leading artists, Royal Academicians and household names as well as new and emerging talent. This year, the 251st exhibition is being curated by Jock McFadyen who takes over from Grayson Perry’s witty and challenging selection... View Article


Museum of the Moon

Museum of the moon

Museum of the Moon is a huge touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings. The artwork itself lands in London at the Natural History Museum, just around the corner from Nell Gwynn House, on 17th May and will be there until September with entrance free to visitors. Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface. Various events will take place in... View Article


Happy Birthday Nell Gwynn!

Today marks the 369th birthday of our namesake, Nell Gwynn. Notorious in the Restoration period for her rags to riches story, there is so much more to Nell than her being one of King Charles II’s mistresses! Nell came from a poor background in St-Martin’s-in-the-Fields – the Covent Garden area now, and it is believed that she lived in a brothel run by her alcoholic mother. At the age of 13 she had a job selling oranges to theatre-goers King’s Theatre in Drury Lane (forerunner of the Theatre Royal), where she developed her gift for quickfire repartee. A year later,... View Article


Christmas Pantos in London 2018

Aladdin at Hackney Empire

No trip to London over the festive season would be complete without a trip to see a Christmas Pantomime. With a performance history dating back to the Roman era, modern-day Panto scripts are based on traditional children’s stories and fairy tales including those by the brothers Grimm, Hans Christien Anderson and Charles Perrault. Pantos such as Dick Whittington, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are perennial family favourites.  As the stories are well-known, satire and double-entendres are deployed to great effect in keeping adults as well as children amused! There are several conventions you can expect... View Article


Total Lunar Eclipse 27 July 2018

blood moon

Tomorrow evening, just as the moon rises at 8:50pm, Londoners will be treated to one of the most spectacular visions in the night sky – a total lunar eclipse. As the moon rises, it will turn a dramatic deep blood red colour which will also colour the London skyline. Unlike with solar eclipses, you do not need to protect your eyes and if you have binoculars you can use them to spot the craters and crevices on the moon’s surface. Timings: 20:50pm: The full moon begins to rise from the South East appearing red in colour 21:21pm: The time of... View Article


Set sail on the River Thames on a Royal Greenwich Tall ships cruise

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Join in the festivities and set sail on one of ten fabulous tall ships as part of the Sail Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival. Choose from one of four different cruises setting off from the Royal Arsenal Pier in Woolwich past some of London’s most famous sights including the O2, the Cutty Sark, The Royal Naval College, Canary Wharf and Tower Bridge. Four different cruise packages are available including a daytime cruise, a fireworks evening cruise, a VIP evening cruise, and for the first time, a brunch cruise. The festival takes place between 4th and 8th July 2018 and even... View Article


Catch a rare glimpse into Abbey Road Studios, where music history is still being made

Beatles at Abbey Road

The Beatles are the act which propelled London’s Abbey Road Studios into legend, but the music mecca boasts 86 years of rich history that has both preceded and endured outside the Beatles’ era. And for six days in August, you can immerse yourself in that history.   “The Studio That Became a Legend” will be offered in 12 lecture sessions by noted authors-music producers Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan from 3-5 and 10-12 August. Location is Abbey Road’s fabled Studio 2, where everyone from the Beatles to Ed Sheeran have recorded and where film scores including the Star Wars and... View Article


Celebrate the Queen’s birthday with military pomp and circumstance Trooping the Colour

trooping the colour

If you have ever wanted to experience the spectacle of a British military procession, Queen Elizabeth’s official birthday on 9 June (the actual date is in April) is the occasion for a two-centuries-old tradition of the Trooping the Color on Horse Guards Parade — and there are several other thrilling opportunities to enjoy military pageantry in May and June.   Although tickets for the stands were snapped up long ago, spectacular views of the Queen’s celebration may still be had by lining up on the edge of St. James Park or along the Mall leading to Buckingham Palace. You’ll be... View Article


‘Best view in Europe’: See Westminster Abbey anew from new galleries, tower

westminster abbey

Westminster Abbey is on most must-see list of sights when visiting London — but even if you’ve toured before, a magnificent new experience awaits this summer.   On 11 June, the much-anticipated Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries — a breathtaking 70 feet above the history-rich floor — will debut in the medieval Triforium, which is being open to the public for the first time in 700 years with a treasure trove of historical artefacts. Private donors have contributed £23 million to fund the first phase of the development, allowing guests to see what was once deemed “the best view in Europe”... View Article


Soak up history, romance at sites of the Royal Wedding

Soak up history, romance at sites of the Royal Wedding

Windsor Castle has always been a popular day-trip from London for visitors who have wanted to experience the oldest occupied castle in the world — but with its global exposure to 2 billion viewers who saw the fairy tale wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, the castle and its quaint village have taken on an air of romance. Windsor is a direct hop via train or bus, and because of the demand, reservations for transportation and pre-purchase of tickets is now highly recommended. Admission includes what you’ll need for a self-guided tour of the vast (and hilly) grounds and... View Article


Our guide on how to watch the Royal Wedding

Harry and Meghan

Our guide on how to watch the Royal Wedding Visitors in their thousands are flocking to the UK to watch and join in the celebrations for the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle on May 19 2018. Keep reading for our special guide on how to watch the Royal Wedding and where. The couple will be making their vows in St George’s Chapel, located in Windsor Castle in the picturesque riverside town located a short distance outside London. Arrangements have already been put in place for the large volume of well-wishers expected to travel to Windsor for... View Article


Royal Albert Hall has this festival programme down to a science

Festival of science

Royal Albert Hall will host its first Festival of Science from 5 May-10 July, featuring musical concerts, lectures, comedy, screenings and performances for all ages. The variety ranges from the exploration of Albert Einstein’s genius in science to the musical genius of film composer John Williams, from film special effects to jazz. In addition to two concerts of music from Star Trek during the festival, four Space Spectacular concerts on 11-12 May will feature popular space-themed works by Holst, Strauss and Williams performed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra accompanied by lights, lasers and indoor fireworks. You can easily beam... View Article


Frida Kahlo coming to life at V&A

Frida Kahlo coming to life at V&A

Tickets are on sale for Making Herself Up, a highly personal exhibit of the belongings of iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, from 16 June-4 November at the Victoria & Albert Museum. More than 200 items from her home in Mexico City, La Casa Azul (the Blue House), will be on display — the first time they have left Mexico. They range from the elaborate native costumes and handcrafted jewelry that she wore in her self-portraits, to her favourite eyebrow pencil used to enhance her trademark uni-brow, to handpainted corsets which supported a painful spine, and an embellished prosthetic leg that... View Article


Impressionists in London exhibition at Tate Modern

Impressionists in London exhibition Tate Modern

A greatly lauded exhibit of French Impressionists who sought refuge in London to escape war and unrest in their homeland will close 7 May. The EY Exhibition: The Impressionists in London at the Tate Modern presents works by Monet, Tissot, Pissarro, Dalou, Sisley, Derain, Legros and more and is the first exhibit to examine their bonds with and influence on British artists by seeing London through French Impressionists’ eyes. The Impressionists in London exhibition at Tate Modern is a unique look at London from 1870-1904 while, across the Channel, their country was torn by the Franco-Prussian War, and insurrection plagued Paris.... View Article


A year to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage

100 years of womens' suffrage

Throughout 2018, opportunities abound in London to learn about and celebrate the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the UK under the Representation of the People Act of 1918 through special events, exhibits and activities. The National Portrait Gallery has adopted the theme Rebel Women for its series of exhibits and programmes. On view through 13 May is the Votes for Women display of images of suffrage leaders — including surveillance photographs taken of the movement by Scotland Yard. Running now through 2 December is Votes for Women: Pioneers, spotlighting leaders in the fight for gender... View Article


Spring over easily to one of the world’s great garden shows

Chelsea Flower Show

One of the most magnificent spectacles of spring in London is right in Nell Gwynn Chelsea Accommodation’s neighbourhood, the annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show — and tickets for the 22-26 May event are going fast. The Royal Horticultural Society has staged the show since 1912, and it is now held on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, attracting exhibitors and guests from around the world. This year’s programme will showcase a section with gardens designed to enhance health and well-being on a small scale and the importance of plants to the global environment. Another focus will be on small... View Article


40,000 to take ‘historical jog around London’ in 2018 marathon

London Marathon

Queen Elizabeth will be the official starter when more than 40,000 runners take to the streets for the 2018 London Marathon on 22 April — whether to challenge themselves, put on a good show in outrageous costumes, raise money for charity — or all of the above. Some 327,516 UK residents applied for a coveted spot in the pack for what many consider the world’s top marathon — endearingly dubbed “a historical jog around London.” The route covers 26.2 miles dotted with iconic sites including the Tower Bridge and Tower of London, Big Ben, and concluding at Buckingham Palace. Known... View Article


Lumiere London’s festival brings much needed brightness to the long, dark winter evenings

If the shorter winter days are getting you down, lighten your mood by checking out some of the fifty dazzling artworks being installed across London during the second Lumiere London festival turning the city into a nocturnal art exhibition. Lumiere London- the UK’s largest free light festival specially, commissioned by the London Mayor Sadiq Khan – takes place between 18th-21st January 2018 across London, brightening up the dark evenings between the hours of 5.30pm and 10.30pm. If you visit the Lumiere London website, you can even plan your viewing itinerary from one day to four days or a route that... View Article