The Enchanted Woodland

Enchanted Woodland by Simon Hadleigh-Sparks.

As the winter evenings begin to draw in, magic appears in the Enchanted Woodland at Syon Park… For a limited time each weekend, the stunning parkland surrounding Syon House is illuminated by a beautiful display of clever light installations, some of them interactive, to create a colourful trail for visitors to follow. The route is 1 mile in length if walking briskly and only takes 30 minutes to complete. However, most visitors prefer to take their time and enjoy the spectacle, finishing off the evening with warming mulled wine and food served in the Refectory in The Garden Centre. The... View Article

Christmas Ballet and Dance in London

The Little Match Girl by Phil Conrad

Watching a Christmas ballet in London has become a tradition for some, but it doesn’t have to be all tutus and tiaras. We have chosen a few of the best to put you in the festive spirit and add some magic to your Christmas. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – The Royal Ballet Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD Tube: Covent Garden Station, Leicester Square Station Dates: 6 December 2014 to 16 January 2015 This stunning version of Lewis Carroll’s fantastical story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland returns to The Royal Opera House after its highly-praised world premiere in 2011. Christopher... View Article

Bright lights, big city – Christmas lights in London

Oxford Street Christmas lights

As the evenings begin to draw in and the temperature drops, what could be better to lift the spirits and start the Christmas countdown than visiting the dazzling lights on display in London? The tradition of switching on the Christmas lights draws thousands of spectators each year in the run-up to Christmas and is a sure-fire way to put a smile on your face and banish the winter blues with a little bit of sparkle. Get switched on for Christmas with our handy guide to the best of the Christmas lights in London. Oxford Street Christmas Lights As is traditional,... View Article

Lord Mayor’s Show, procession and fireworks

Lord mayors show

This year, the London Lord Mayor’s Show, procession and fireworks take place on Saturday November 8. Every year, since 1215 when King John granted the citizens of London the vote to elect their own Lord Mayor, a procession has taken place marking the journey from the City of London to Westminster where the new Mayor pledges allegiance to the Crown. By the sixteenth century, the procession had become a popular pageant with the new Lord Mayor first making the journey by boat, then on horseback until Sir Gilbert Heathcote fell off and broke his leg. The magnificent State Coach subsequently commissioned from... View Article

Christmas shopping in London

Duke of York Square Christmas Lights

Christmas is fast approaching so make sure you are fully prepared for the festivities with our guide to all that’s good over the coming season when Christmas shopping in London. When searching for convenient accommodation in London, Nell Gwynn House guests are perfectly positioned for Christmas shopping in Knightsbridge and Chelsea. Sloane Street, Kings Road and Knightsbridge are just a short walk away so guests are spoilt for choice. Walking along Kings Road in Chelsea and up Sloane Street towards Knightsbridge, you’ll find an eclectic mix of trendy boutiques, unique labels, department stores, prestigious designer shops and independents. Keeping it really... View Article

Sherlock Holmes Exhibition

Sherlock Holmes exhibition (C) Museum of London

This October, the Museum of London welcomes visitors to an exciting new Sherlock Holmes exhibition. Visitors are given the opportunity to delve into the mind of the world’s most famous fictional detective. Curated by Victorian London expert Alex Werner, ‘Sherlock Holmes – The Man Who Never Lived And Will Never Die’ explores the historical backdrop to the mysterious super-sleuth created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 125 years ago. Expect to solve mysteries such as who is Sherlock Holmes, and why does he still hold such a fascination to contemporary audiences? This major exhibition, the first in 60 years, will explore how Sherlock... View Article

Totally Thames Festival London

(C) Barry Lewis Great River Race

Totally Thames Festival is an exciting, new, month-long arts and cultural festival of London’s river, featuring over 100 river-related events along its entire 42 mile course through the capital.  Previously known as The Mayor’s Thames Festival, Totally Thames will feature arts, music, colourful regattas, exciting river races, foreshore archaeology, exploration, environmental and educational activities, as well as river-linked activities in all of 17 London riverside boroughs. It promises to deliver the biggest and most exciting season of river events in the world. Some of the highlights of the festival include: Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival This is one of the... View Article

A Royal Day Out at Buckingham Palace

Royal Collection Trust / (C) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014.

[typo_image src=”https://www.nellgwynnchelsea.london/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/rsz_100207.jpg” width=”100%” height=”auto” title=”” style=”resize”]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... View Article

Last Minute Proms

[typo_image src=”https://www.nellgwynnchelsea.london/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/albert-hall750x450.jpg” width=”100%” height=”auto” title=”” style=”resize”]It’s the 120th year of the biggest, best and most prestigious event in the Classical music world and if you’re quick you may still be able to pick up some tickets for Last Minute Proms.   The Proms, held annually at the nearby Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall on Sloane Terrace, take place over 8 weeks this Summer between 18 July and 13 September 2014 and are just a stone’s throw away from Nell Gwynn House.   Although the series is now drawing to a close, there are tickets still available in advance for... View Article