Families

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

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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


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

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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


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

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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


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

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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


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

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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


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


Get ready for the ride of your life with Zip World London!

zip wire London

If your idea of fun is hurtling through 225 metres of air at over 30 mph, 100 metres above London then look no further than Zip World London, a brand new zip wire which boasts of being the biggest and fastest zip wire in the world. Located at London’s South Bank and just a 9 minute walk from Westminster Tube station, Zip World London provides riders with not only the thrill of their life but birds eye views of Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye. Booking is now open for rides between 10am and 7pm until... View Article


Ready, set — reserve a space for ‘Breakfast at Hogwarts’

Breakfast at Hogwarts

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today (19 July) for two unique “Breakfast at Hogwarts” days amid where all the Harry Potter magic came to life, at the Warner Bros. Studio tour in suburban London. The events on 20 and 27 August are more than just a breakfast, introducing guests to the behind-the-scenes magic of the Potterverse will exclusive, limited access to features apart from the regular tour groups. Tickets are £79 for each child and £99 for each adult, with youngsters under 4 admitted free. Reservations are available through wbstudiotour.co.uk or by calling 034 084 0900. Each day will... View Article


Explore Star Wars Identities at the o2 and ‘find’ yourself at unique exhibit

Starwars Identities

“Star Wars Identities” — at the O2 through 3 September — is more than just an exhibit of artefacts from the films that have thrilled generations and continue to enthrall. Described as a blend of science and memorabilia, the exhibit seeks to entertain with a vast collection of Star Wars film clips, costumes, art, props and scale models while providing insights, through the characters, into your own identity. Lucasfilms had a very specific mission in seeking proposals for an exhibit of the movie items: that it also include a unique scientific component. The result is an interactive exhibit that puts visitors... View Article


Have a whale of a time at Natural History Museum’s new central hall

The Hintze Hall

Displaced Dippy the Diplodocus — the prehistoric creature whose cast skeleton was long the symbol of the Natural History Museum — is readying for a tour of the U.K., while his breath-taking replacement will get a big reveal on 14 July as the museum unveils its brand new Hintze Hall. A massive blue whale skeleton (yet to be nicknamed) will be suspended from the ceiling where Dippy once lurked, and visitors will be able to get eye-popping views of the 25.2-metre creature, as the whale appears to be diving through the hall. Museum officials say the blue whale is a... View Article