Culture

A Royal Day Out at Buckingham Palace

  Every Summer, Buckingham Palace, one of the last working Royal Palaces in the world, opens its doors for visitors to explore the stunning treasures held within. Your ‘Royal Day Out’ visit will allow you access to The Royal Mews, The Queen’s Gallery and also include viewing the 19 lavishly furnished and decorated State Rooms and the Throne Room. The impressive State Rooms contain the Queen’s private collection of paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Canaletto and Poussin along with many sculptures, beautiful Sèvres Porcelain and the most exquisite collection of fine English and French Furniture found together in the world.  ... View Article


The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration

  There is no better place to be than London during this special, once-in-a-lifetime event – you won’t want to miss out! On 6th February this year Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth. To celebrate this wonderful anniversary, events will take place throughout the year from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June! This two back-to-back Bank Holidays of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s... View Article


Hampton Court’s family-friendly Easter is all about chocolate, chocolate, chocolate

ENJOY THE LINDT GOLD BUNNY HUNT AT HAMPTON COURT PALACE THIS EASTER Hampton Court’s family-friendly Easter weekend — running through from 2nd April to 18th April —adds holiday chocolate lovers’ treats to the usual historic royal activities. A Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt around Henry VIII’s home and gardens will result in receiving a chocolate treat, once all the bunnies are found. There will also be the opportunity to decorate one’s own chocolate cup to be enjoyed at home, and a session on how the Georgians drank their chocolate. Strolling the palace grounds will be Henry and a pregnant Anne Boleyn... View Article


Your summer invitation to Buckingham Palace awaits

Summer is the time to visit the world’s most famous active royal residence. Now open until 19th September 2021, Buckingham Palace is a place you must go to in London or you will regret it! “Buckingham Palace is recognised around the world as the home of The Queen, the focus of national and royal celebrations. Explore Buckingham Palace Garden this summer, and discover its sights before enjoying a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to picnic on the lawn with views of the Palace. You can also see the magnificent State Rooms on a special guided tour of the Palace this summer” Tours... View Article


Princess Diana’s famous gowns and her beautiful wedding dress on display at Kensington Palace this Summer

    24 years after her tragic death, an exhibition and special commemorative temporary garden celebrating Diana, Princess of Wales’ life opened at Kensington Palace and now her wedding dress joins the exhibition this Summer 2021.  Opened on 24th February 2017, Diana – Her Fashion Story charts her fashion transition starting with a lace covered party dress worn by a young Lady Diana Spencer for a ball at her family home, Althorp, in 1979 and the demure image of the 19 year old London kindergarten assistant wearing a pale pink Emanuel blouse in her engagement portrait, through to the glamorous... View Article


Happy Birthday Nell Gwynn!

Today marks the 372th 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