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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


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


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


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


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


Masterpiece London is the world’s most exclusive marketplace — right in Chelsea

Masterpiece Fair

Masterpiece London is another one of our “neighbourhood” events near Nell Gwynn Chelsea Accommodation that is truly world-class in its opulence and scope. Located on the south grounds of the historic Royal Hospital Chelsea, a short 8 minute walk from Nell Gwynn House, it draws some 40,000 visitors and 150 galleries and specialists each year during the summer arts season. They’re attracted by the finest in cultural, culinary and social experiences, with breathtaking international collections of art, furniture, jewellery and other luxury items for sale, vetted by the leading experts in their fields. Now in its eighth year and running... View Article


Five days, hundreds of food experiences to digest at Taste of London Festival

Taste of London Festival

There’s no better way to enjoy the variety of London cuisine than by attending the semi-annual Taste of London festival, with the flagship event set for Regent’s Park from 14-18 June. You’ll have the opportunity to sample small plates of signature dishes from the city’s top restaurants and chefs, participate in interactive cooking demonstrations, enjoy wine, whiskey and beer tastings, and explore a vast array of unique and exclusive food and beverage products showcased at the gourmet marketplace. The dining experiences will be myriad, including a pop-up version of a different one of London’s most cutting-edge restaurants each day of... View Article


Starlight, a good movie — and some dazzling venues — make Luna Cinema a summer must

Luna Cinema

You haven’t experienced film-going until you’ve seen Casablanca under the stars at Westminster Abbey, Bridget Jones’ Baby at Kensington Palace, Notting Hill at the Ascot Racecourse, or Four Weddings & a Funeral (we joke not!) on the grounds of Hampton Court Palace. Those are just a few of the summer offerings running from June through October, announced by The Luna Cinema, which rightfully claims “classic films under the stars in the country’s most incredible settings.” They’re not all “classics,” but a fanciful mix of vintage treasures and more contemporary box office hits, such as La La Land and Fantastic Beasts... View Article


Be part of the world’s largest flower show at Hampton Court Palace

hampton court flower show

Tickets are on sale for the world’s largest annual floral spectacle — the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show — running 4-9 July on the sumptuous grounds of King Henry VIII’s historic residence. More than 130,000 are expected to attend the event, brimming with flower and garden displays which compete for awards, demonstrations, and a flower and supply marketplace. Enlightening tips on gardening in a changing climate and demonstrations by chefs and celebrity gardeners will be spread around the show grounds. Children will be captivated by the Butterfly Dome with thousands of colorful butterflies taking wing, and by cookery classes,... View Article


Merlin’s beard! More Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets go on sale Tuesday

Harry Potter and the cursed child

It’s been the hottest ticket in London theatre for nearly a year now, just notching a record nine Olivier Awards — and now the public has another chance to score tickets next year for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Beginning at 11 a.m. British Standard Time Tuesday 25 April, 300 tickets for every performance at the Palace Theatre between 2 May-22 July 2018 will be released online through a random queue system. Tickets cost 20 pounds or less for each of the play’s two parts and are limited to six per person. Those interested in buying may begin visiting... View Article


A half-century later, revisit the Summer of Love at Royal Albert Hall

Summer of Love at The Albert Hall

A half-century later, revisit the Summer of Love at the Royal Albert Hall It has been 50 years since the world celebrated (and in some corners, reviled) the counterculture Summer of Love, defined by its music, clothing and spirit of free love and peace. London was at the epicenter of this phenomenon, and the Royal Albert Hall (“now we know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall,” sang the Beatles on Sgt. Pepper) played a significant role. From 18-21 May, the landmark will host Sixties at the Hall Tours, with guides exploring epic performances by The Beatles... View Article


Recall the elegance of the Titanic with the first-class passengers’ ‘last supper’

Titanic last supper

Recall the elegance of the Titanic with the first-class passengers’ ‘last supper’ More than a century after it set sail, both the tragedy and the luxury of the RMS Titanic voyager ship are legendary. Hoxley and Porter — a noted London cocktail bar and eatery in Islington with period décor that recalls the Titanic — is serving a three-course menu on Thursday, 13 April, inspired by the last supper consumed by first-class passengers on that date in 1912, the day before the ship struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank. Oysters and punch will be offered upon arrival,... View Article


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

Hampton Court’s family-friendly Easter weekend

Hampton Court’s family-friendly Easter weekend — running through April 17 —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 awaiting the birth of their first child. The Magic Garden interactive family play area has reopened,... View Article


Hurry! Tickets are selling fast for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show

Hurry! Tickets are selling fast for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show One of London’s most stunning events — right in our neighbourhood — is the annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, running from 23-27 May this year, and ticket availability is limited. From gorgeous garden designs to wildly imaginative floral art and cultural pavilions, to a marketplace, lectures, sensory gardens, and historic displays, the show is considered one of the world’s premier gardening spectacles. The show itself began in 1862, but it was in 1913 that it first landed in Chelsea. Three of... View Article


Wave your wand today to be part of Harry Potter magic at the British Library this fall

Harry Potter

Wave your wand today to be part of Harry Potter magic at the British Library this fall Lumos maxima! Tickets go on sale at noon today (3 April) for the highly anticipated “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” exhibit that will run from 20 October 2017 through 28 February 2018 at the British Library. The exhibit, done in collaboration with Bloomsbury to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, will feature original material from J.K. Rowling’s personal archives. Inspired by the subject matter of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the Library will... View Article


Brewing up a festival celebrating London’s coffee culture

london coffee festival

Tea is a British tradition, but coffee is a growing obsession. Proof of that is the annual London Coffee Festival, running from 6-9 April at the trendy Old Truman Brewery in the heart of London’s East End – Brick Lane. More than 250 artisanal coffee growers, roasters, baristas and chefs will set up stalls for tastings, master classes, and competitions over the four days. Among the featured specialties will be latte art exhibitions, espresso martinis, and mastering food and coffee pairings. While you are there, make the most of the area by exploring pop-up boutiques, markets and sampling some of London’s... View Article


Mum’s the word on Mothering Sunday

Mother's day

What better way to honour your mother than with a day — or weekend — enjoying the best of London. Whether treating Mum to an elegant day with brunch, tea, and spa pampering, or a less formal schedule sampling goodies in Borough Market, catching the Princess Diana fashion exhibit at Kensington Palace, and enjoying Sunday Roast at a pub, there’s plenty to mark Mothers Day on March 26. VisitLondon.com has a splendid digest of ideas to make Mum feel like a queen.


London’s St. Patrick’s celebrations aren’t just one but three days!

St Patrick's day parade

You don’t have to venture to the Emerald Isle to have a festive St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Whether you favour hoisting a pint or two at a neighbourhood pub or joining in a mass Wearin’ o’ the Green, London has a full slate of activities from March 17-19 honouring Ireland’s patron saint. You’ll find an Irish film series, family-friendly festival with food and live entertainment at Camden Market, an Irish-themed historic walking tour, music and poetry in selected Underground stations, a vast family adventure trail, and more. The highlight, of course, comes on March 19 with the annual 1.5-mile (2.4km)... View Article