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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


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


Opera: Passion, Power and Politics at the V and A

Nadja Michael as Salome, photograph by Robbie Jack/Corbis via Getty Images, 2008, Royal Opera House, London. © Robbie Jack – Corbis/Corbis Entertainmen/Getty Images

Whether you are an opera lover or completely new to the genre, a game-changing exhibition at the V and A – Passion, Power and Politics has received incredible reviews and is highly recommended for a visit.  Located in the new Sainsbury wing in the glorious Victoria and Albert Museum which is just a short 12 minute walk from Nell Gwynn House, visitors are supplied with headphones to create an immersive multi-media experience like no other. Explore over 400 years of European cultural history from the origins of opera in late-Renaissance Italy to the present day in this landmark exhibition which... View Article


Somerset House celebrates the art of world-class illustrators

Bill Murray by Tony Rodriguez for the Mark Twain Awards

Fifty of the most compelling recent illustrations from around the world will be on display at Somerset House on the banks of the Thames from 31 July to 28 August. They have been selected from more than 2,300 entries from 64 countries for this year’s World Illustration Awards, sponsored by the U.K. Association of Illustrators with the Directory of Illustration from the United States. The works include posters, book covers, murals, product packaging from the worlds of advertising, design, publishing — as well as pieces representing political issues from the environment to immigration to the tumult in American politics. They... View Article


The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

summer exhibition RA Photo Dave Parry

249 years ago, founding members of the Royal Academy decided to hold a summer exhibition showcasing “Paintings, Sculptures and Designs … open to all Artists”. The Summer Exhibition became an annual event with the proceeds being used to support student artists where the likes of Gainsborough and Reynolds, Turner and Constable sharpened their skills against each other. Today, the exhibition is one of the largest in the world, displaying over 1,200 works by established as well as lesser known artists all hoping to receive some of the £50,000 prize money available for stand-out works. This summer, artists including Rosemarie Trockel,... 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


Shakespeare and Prokofiev meet Nureyev: English National Ballet performs Romeo and Juliet

English national Ballet Romeo and Juliet

Reviewed as “deeply romantic” and “powerfully atmospheric,” the English National Ballet will perform Rudolf Nureyev’s exquisite choreography to the music of Sergei Prokofiev in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet from 1-5 August at the Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre. The Prokofiev score will be performed live by the English National Ballet Philharmonic for a truly all-encompassing sensory experience. The ballet — which was first commissioned for Nureyev to choreograph for the national ballet for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 — is now celebrating 40 years of international performances. It is richly costumed, and the sets and large cast of... View Article


Your summer invitation to Buckingham Palace awaits

Buckingham Palace

Summer is the time to visit the world’s most famous active royal residence — Buckingham Palace. Tours of the 19 State Rooms and 42-acre gardens — both the London home and offices of Queen Elizabeth — are available 22 July through 1 October, but early booking is encouraged for one of the city’s most popular attractions. The tour includes a remarkable collection of paintings (including works by Rembrandt and Rubens) and sculpture, fine porcelain and elegant English and French furniture. This summer’s special exhibit is a display of Royal Gifts from the Queen’s 65 years on the throne. More than... 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


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


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


Centuries of achievement to be celebrated at the first-ever London History Day

London History Day

You would imagine with the city’s rich past, someone would have thought of it before — but the 31st of May will mark the inaugural London History Day on a vast scale. Exhibits at 40 venues will include explorations of cultures, art, architecture, design and important figures, religion and politics. Museums, galleries, churches, parks, centres, libraries, and government buildings will host the events. A sampling of the offerings: a guided walk in the footsteps of Charles Dickens, a study of the Brutalist architecture of the Barbican Centre, and the celebration of 1,000 years of parliamentary history and of Big Ben... View Article


Get swept up in ‘Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave’ at British Museum

Great Wave Katsushika Hokusai

As recognizable as the Mona Lisa, The Scream, or Van Gogh’s Starry Night, the “Great Wave” of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai is but a droplet in the sea of work of this Japanese legend, who worked until his death in 1849 at the age of 90. An unprecedented retrospective, which opened this week at the British Museum, focuses on the last 30 years of Hokusai’s career and is already drawing unanimous acclaim. Its more than 100 works — woodblock prints, paintings, and drawings — will be on display through 13 August. Because of light sensitivity, some will be traded out... View Article


Experience five decades of Pink Floyd at V&A

pink floyd

Pink Floyd — one of rock’s most innovative and influential groups — are being celebrated through 1 October in a multimedia, immersive exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum, a short hop from Nell Gwynn Chelsea Accommodation. The exhibit, featuring more than 350 artefacts spanning the band’s 50 years and curated with the participation of its three surviving members, includes instruments, hand-written lyrics, graphics, artwork, music technology, original designs and architectural drawings. This is the first international retrospective for the band, which had its origins in London’s underground music scene in 1965. Pink Floyd’s musicians developed beyond their early psychedelic... View Article


Get to know museums in a different way — after dark

museums at night

Museums throughout the U.K will come to life after hours from 17-20 May 2017 for the semi-annual Museums at Night campaign. Organizers from Culture24 ask museums, galleries and heritage sites to offer special programmes after their regular schedules to showcase their programming in unique ways and to attract people who might be otherwise occupied during their daytime hours. Oftentimes, social events are part of the evening. Venues range from academic offerings in Cambridge and Oxford, to a wide array of lectures, performances and exhibits at specialty museums in cities massive and small. One London example: “Late at the Gate: Ye... 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