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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

Christmas at Cadogan Hall

Maddy Prior and The Carnival Band

Over the past decade, the beautiful art deco Cadogan Hall on Sloane Terrace has established itself as one of London’s leading venues and is only a short stroll from Nell Gwynn House. Whether it’s classical, opera, jazz, swing, pop or comedy, the varied programme includes an impressive 300 events each year so there is something for everyone, securing its reputation as a popular venue for visitors to London. Rounding off its 10th year in operation, the programme for Christmas at Cadogan continues to impress: Thursday 27 November 2014 7.30pm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Resident orchestra of Cadogan Hall, The Royal Philharmonic, are performing... View Article

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

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

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

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

Open House London opening doors to our best buildings

Leadenhall Building

This weekend sees 800 of London’s most iconic and interesting buildings open their doors to the public for the annual Open House London event. The free architecture and design festival held on 20 and 21 September allows visitors to explore venues in the capital which are ordinarily difficult to gain access to. Contemporary architectural icons the Gherkin, the Shard and the Leadenhall Building, affectionately known as The Cheesegrater, are participating in the programme as the festival looks at London’s developing skyline and its impact on citizens. In addition to London’s newest skyscrapers, Open House also provides visitors with access to famous... View Article

Ming: 50 Years that Changed China at The British Museum

  From 18 September 2014 to 5 January 2015 From the beginning to the middle of the 15th century, China was mainly run by one family: the Ming Dynasty. Find out more about this pivotal period in The BP exhibition: Ming: 50 Years that Changed China at the British Museum. Based in Beijing, the dynasty established the city as the nation’s capital and built the world-famous Forbidden City from where China became a global superpower. This was a time in China’s history that allowed unrestricted access to the outside world; so many artists were able to witness and absorb all... 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