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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


Ah, love! Tour the palace and castle with centuries of royal storybook romance history

Prince Harry Meghan Markle

Nothing brings out international interest in the British Royal Family like a love story, and the engagement and impending wedding of Prince Harry to American actress and humanitarian Meghan Markle is no exception. Nell Gwynn Chelsea Accommodation is in London’s best neighbourhood, and our location makes it easy for you to explore sites that will soon be in the world spotlight as the Prince’s happily-ever-after tale unfolds. While the Queen’s residence, Buckingham Palace, is open to the public only in summer months, we are exactly one mile from Kensington Palace, on the edge of Hyde Park, boasting a red brick... View Article


If football is the goal, Christmas fixtures abound in London

Christmas football in London

English Premier League football reaches a fever pitch on the pitch with the usual spate of holiday matchups warming up chilly stadiums throughout England. The “festive fixtures” come at a critical point in the season, and eight of them will take place in London from Boxing Day on 26 December through 3 January 2018 — three of the games involving our “neighbourhood” team, Chelsea, and two of them at nearby Stamford Bridge, home of the “Blues” for more than a century. The climactic, cross-London conclusion to the fixtures will see Arsenal hosting Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on 3 January. The... View Article


The stars are out in December at blockbuster London film premieres including the latest Star Wars!

London Film Premeieres

Getting star-struck this time of year is easy in London. December is one of the liveliest months for releases of blockbuster films, and London rolls out the red carpet for a number of world and European premieres. Fans can line up — sometimes laying claim to their spot by camping out overnight— for a bit of Hollywood glamour, and if they’re positioned just right, for an autograph or selfie at this December’s London film premieres. While tickets to these splashy events are hard to score (and expensive), the premieres are glittering with stars and filmmakers, high fashion and media frenzy... View Article


Holiday film series unspools at Luna’s Battersea pop-up

Luna cinema

Luna Cinema is known for its seasonal pop-ups in weather-appropriate and dazzling locales, and winter is no exception. A collection of holiday and family favourites and rollicking comedies is set for December under the arches beneath the Battersea Power Station — selections such as Elf, Home Alone, It’s a Wonderful Life, Love Actually, Miracle on 34th Street, Frozen, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. General admission seating is on luxury bean bags, and two-person premium seating is on sofas with complimentary drinks served upon admission. The Luna Bar will have hot and cold beverages for sale, and there are several restaurants... View Article


Step into 20th century Paris through Modigliani and virtual reality at Tate Modern

Modigliani exhibition at tate

Immerse yourself in the provocative art of Paris in the early 1900s in a major exhibit of the works of Amedeo Modigliani, running through 2 April 2018 at the Tate Modern. In addition to a splendid collection of Modigliani’s paintings and sculptures — including an unprecedented “reunion” of 12 of his most famous nudes — the exhibit also features sculptures and some of the artist’s most intense portraits, including those of his intimates, Picasso, Brancusi and longtime partner, Jeanne Hébuterne. Some visitors will be able to share in a completely immersive virtual reality experience, “The Ochre Atelier,” transported through state-of-the... View Article


Find the perfect gift for all on your holiday list at London’s vast shopping options

HARRODS

You can check every name off your Christmas list — and have the time of your life doing it — browsing in any of London’s celebrated department stores, along its glittering shopping districts and at seasonal holiday market pop-ups.   Temptingly close to Nell Gwynn Chelsea Accommodation, down Brompton Road in Knightsbridge, is the world-renowned Harrods, with its one-million-square feet of items in 330 departments. You will find  everything from fashion to furniture, toys, jewelry, bespoke goods and services — as well as 32 restaurants to fuel your energy to shop ’til you drop. Our location makes shopping a breeze... View Article


Royal Albert Hall concerts, sing-alongs, Nutcracker Ballet guaranteed to spread Christmas cheer

Royal Albert hall Christmas

Nothing elicits the holiday spirit like a visit to the legendary Royal Albert Hall, festooned in red and green décor, alive with songs of the season and with rich traditions, such as visits from Father Christmas and performances of The Nutcracker Ballet.   First to arrive will be Father Christmas, who will greet youngsters with a gift and a photo opportunity at the end of an immersive, interactive journey through the winter wonders of Royal Albert Hall from 5-24 December. The Snow Queen and other characters will serve as guides, with interactive games and activities and music along the way.... View Article


Glide into the season on pop-up ice rinks at iconic locales

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We won’t fib — the London weather can be bone-chilling this time of year, and the daylight is limited — but ironically, there’s no better way to warm the body and lift one’s spirit than on ice. Pop-up ice rinks at some of London’s most popular sights are open daily, except for Christmas, into the New Year — including a pair close enough to Nell Gwynn Chelsea Accommodation to make them part of your daily routine:   NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM: Daytime and nighttime skating (generally 11 a.m.-10 p.m.) is available through 7 January at the rink set up on the... View Article