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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


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

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics at the V and A

Nadja Michael as Salome, photograph by Robbie Jack/Corbis via Getty Images, 2008, Royal Opera House, London. © Robbie Jack – Corbis/Corbis Entertainmen/Getty Images

Whether you are an opera lover or completely new to the genre, a game-changing exhibition at the V and A – Passion, Power and Politics has received incredible reviews and is highly recommended for a visit.  Located in the new Sainsbury wing in the glorious Victoria and Albert Museum which is just a short 12 minute walk from Nell Gwynn House, visitors are supplied with headphones to create an immersive multi-media experience like no other. Explore over 400 years of European cultural history from the origins of opera in late-Renaissance Italy to the present day in this landmark exhibition which... View Article

Somerset House celebrates the art of world-class illustrators

Bill Murray by Tony Rodriguez for the Mark Twain Awards

Fifty of the most compelling recent illustrations from around the world will be on display at Somerset House on the banks of the Thames from 31 July to 28 August. They have been selected from more than 2,300 entries from 64 countries for this year’s World Illustration Awards, sponsored by the U.K. Association of Illustrators with the Directory of Illustration from the United States. The works include posters, book covers, murals, product packaging from the worlds of advertising, design, publishing — as well as pieces representing political issues from the environment to immigration to the tumult in American politics. They... View Article

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

summer exhibition RA Photo Dave Parry

249 years ago, founding members of the Royal Academy decided to hold a summer exhibition showcasing “Paintings, Sculptures and Designs … open to all Artists”. The Summer Exhibition became an annual event with the proceeds being used to support student artists where the likes of Gainsborough and Reynolds, Turner and Constable sharpened their skills against each other. Today, the exhibition is one of the largest in the world, displaying over 1,200 works by established as well as lesser known artists all hoping to receive some of the £50,000 prize money available for stand-out works. This summer, artists including Rosemarie Trockel,... View Article

Explore the classic couture of Balenciaga at the V&A

Balenciaga at the V&A

The contrast between today’s celebrity designers parading their collections at flashy shows around the world and the quiet, enigmatic brilliance of fashion legend Cristobal Balenciaga becomes apparent in the Victoria & Albert Museum exhibition “Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion,” on display through 18 February 2018. The three-part exhibition — Front of House, Workrooms, and Balenciaga’s Legacy — draws heavily on the V&A’s own large collection of his ‘50s and ‘60s designs (curated famously by Cecil Beaton for a 1970s exhibition), loaned pieces from private collectors, and contributions of more than 30 current design stars displaying his influence on their own careers. The... View Article

Shakespeare and Prokofiev meet Nureyev: English National Ballet performs Romeo and Juliet

English national Ballet Romeo and Juliet

Reviewed as “deeply romantic” and “powerfully atmospheric,” the English National Ballet will perform Rudolf Nureyev’s exquisite choreography to the music of Sergei Prokofiev in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet from 1-5 August at the Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre. The Prokofiev score will be performed live by the English National Ballet Philharmonic for a truly all-encompassing sensory experience. The ballet — which was first commissioned for Nureyev to choreograph for the national ballet for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 — is now celebrating 40 years of international performances. It is richly costumed, and the sets and large cast of... View Article

Your summer invitation to Buckingham Palace awaits

Buckingham Palace

Summer is the time to visit the world’s most famous active royal residence — Buckingham Palace. Tours of the 19 State Rooms and 42-acre gardens — both the London home and offices of Queen Elizabeth — are available 22 July through 1 October, but early booking is encouraged for one of the city’s most popular attractions. The tour includes a remarkable collection of paintings (including works by Rembrandt and Rubens) and sculpture, fine porcelain and elegant English and French furniture. This summer’s special exhibit is a display of Royal Gifts from the Queen’s 65 years on the throne. More than... View Article