Chelsea in bloom!

Chelsea pensioners look at 'Peter Beales Roses' in the Great Pavilion at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London

Looking for the perfect activity when visiting London’s fashionable Chelsea? The Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower show is just a leisurely stroll from Nell Gwynn House on Sloane Avenue and really proves that Chelsea is in bloom! Running from Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 May, Chelsea Flower Show, one of the best horticultural extravaganzas in the world is right on  your doorstep. We are a popular choice for visitors to the Chelsea Flower Show because of our location and still have some availability for the week. Please see our apartments page for more details. The RHS were established over 200 years ago and... View Article

London’s Christmas Markets and Fayres

Winter Wonderland

2. London’s Christmas Markets and Fayres Chestnuts roasting on an open fire……. London’s Christmas Markets and Fayres usually contain the traditional  Victorian features- mulled wine, Christmas Carols and Christmas Trees decorated with baubles and garlands. Chelsea has its own traditional Christmas Fayres held at the Chelsea Psychic Garden at the end of November and at Chelsea Christmas Gift Fair, held at Chelsea Town Hall on the first weekend of December. However,  for something rather more modern, wrap up warm and head from Chelsea to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, just a short walk away. Boasting over 100 rides and attractions suitable for... View Article

Savage Beauty

Spray painted dress Alexander McQueen

Savage Beauty, the only major retrospective in Europe of the extraordinary creative talent of fashion designer Alexander McQueen, opens at the V & A on 14 March 2015. More than half a million visitors attended Savage Beauty at the Met Museum in New York 2011 making it their most popular exhibition ever. Bringing the exhibition to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, McQueen’s hometown, means that interest is already at fever pitch. Record breaking advanced ticket sales have meant that the exhibition has already been extended by an additional 2 weeks until 2 August 2015 with ticket purchasers coming... View Article

Masterpiece London 2015

Guests observing the Art of Henri Matisse at Frederick Mulder Masterpiece 2014 (c) Rory Lindsay

Masterpiece London 2015, the exclusive art, jewellery and antiques Fair for serious collectors, returns for the 6th year to local landmark, the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Running from 25 June – 1 July with a preview being held on 24 June, the Fair has become the must-attend event at the centre of London’s busy summer art and auction season. Last year, over 35,000 visitors from across the world spent over £100 million over the duration of the Fair. With exhibitors showcasing museum quality works spanning over 3000 years of history from 150 leading galleries including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Rijksmuseum,... View Article

New Year’s Eve fireworks in London

New Year's Eve fireworks in London (c) Kois Miah

Looking to enjoy the New Year’s Eve fireworks in London? Limited tickets are being released every day from now until 15 December. Make sure you grab them before they sell out as the only other way of ensuring a good view will be on BBC1. London’s New Year’s Eve firework display has rocketed in popularity over the last few years, with 500,000 spectators turning up last year, causing a considerable headache for the organisers. Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, made the controversial decision to limit crowds this year to ensure safety for spectators by releasing only 100,000 tickets and charging for... View Article

The best ice skating in London

© The Trustees of The Natural History Museum, London 2014. All Rights Reserved.

Get your skates on and book now for the best ice skating in London. With plenty of pop-up venues to choose from, we present our top picks for your skating pleasure. There is a long history of ice skating in London with people skating on the frozen River Thames during the ‘Frost Fairs’ of the sixteenth century to modern pop-up rinks established across the city during the Christmas period. However, did you know that the first artificial ice rink was located just around the corner from Nell Gwynn House, off the Kings Road in 1876? With this in mind, our number... View Article

The EFG London Jazz Festival

Charles Lloyd London Jazz Festival

Tickets are still available for some of the biggest names including Branford Marsalis Quartet, Abdullah Ibrahim – Ekaya, Andy Sheppard and Robert Wyatt. There are also many free events listed and the wide range of acts ensures that there is something for everyone, not just the die-hard jazz fan. Held in various venues around London, the wide-ranging festival features some of the best acts in the world. There are also film screenings and talks that take an in-depth look at different jazz styles and performers. Beginning in 1992 as the Camden Jazz week, 22 years on, the EFG London Jazz... 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

Tempt your tastebuds at the London Restaurant Festival

London Restaurant Festival©_emily_sanders

This October sees over 800 London restaurants participating in the annual London Restaurant Festival. For 2 weeks between 8 and 27 October, some of the best culinary hot-spots across the capital will be offering visitors the opportunity to participate in special ‘Events‘ and ‘Festival menus‘. In addition, there will also be one-off ‘side-orders‘ – the Fringe of the Festival – where individual restaurants and chefs will be holding wine tastings, demonstrations, tasters and talks. As part of the special ‘events’ element of the festival, serious foodies can buy tickets to, amongst other things, The Champagne Laurent Perrier Gourmet Odyssey where... View Article

Frieze Art Fair –The largest contemporary art event in London

Frieze Art Fair 2013, Regent's Park, London. Photo by Linda Nylind. 18/10/2013.

This October, Regent’s Park will once again be the venue for the 12th annual Frieze Art Fair – the largest  contemporary art event in London. Much of the Park will be taken over by 160 of the world’s leading cutting-edge galleries, dealers and showcasing works from over 1000 international artists. Visitors will be able to browse and buy and also visit a new “live” section for exciting performance-based installations. Some of these works have been specially conceived for Frieze as well as the re-staging of a number of important historical pieces. A prestigious talks programme and an artist-led education schedule is also... 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=”” 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