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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


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


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


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


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


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


Tall ships offer a towering experience over Easter weekend

Tall ships festival

Tall ships offer a towering experience over Easter weekend Elegant and graceful, more than 30 tall ships will cruise the River Thames over the four-day Easter weekend, from 13-16 April, before they set sail on a 7,000-nautical mile race across the Atlantic to Canada on the final day. Opportunities abound to view, tour — and even sail aboard — the ships at the Maritime Greenwich and Royal Arsenal Woolwich Riverfronts. On the shore, there will be plenty to do and see, as well, with a full array of live entertainment, food and fireworks. Cruises include a two-hour basic sail, watching... 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


The time is now to plan for Wimbledon Tennis. You will love-love it.

Wimbledon Tennis

The time is now to plan for Wimbledon Tennis. You will love-love it. It is equal parts eye-popping celebrity/royal watching and ahhh-inspiring world class tennis — and although Wimbledon doesn’t take to the grassy courts until July, time is tight to make your plans to catch this legendary sporting event. Using #MyChelseaFlat at Nell Gwynn Chelsea Accommodation as your base, you can catch the District Line at either Sloane Square or South Kensington London Underground stations for a direct trip lasting less than an hour — avoiding the madness of taking a car to the hallowed site of the world’s... View Article


Take a journey back to the age of the dinosaurs at Jurassic Kingdom

Jurassic kingdom

Take a journey back to the age of the dinosaurs at Jurassic Kingdom A short jaunt to Osterley Park from #MyChelseaFlat at Nell Gwynn Chelsea Accommodation will take visitors back to prehistoric times to become immersed in Jurassic Kingdom 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 1-17 April. The interactive pop-up theme park, which is beginning its tour of the U.K., will feature more than 30 animatronic dinosaurs in jaw-dropping scale, with life-like motion and sound effects. Snarling and lurching creatures such as Tyrannosaurus Rex, Diplodocus and airborne pterosaurs will offer a vivid experience of the Jurassic Age far beyond what can be conveyed... 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


Rivalry on the river: Oxford, Cambridge lift their oars to help with cancer research

Oxford and Cambridge Boat race

Since 1829, the centuries-old rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge— England’s two most prestigious universities— is played out annually on the Thames. Now known as the Cancer Research UK Boat Races, this year’s version will take place on 2 April before an estimated quarter-million spectators — making these rowing races one of London’s largest free sporting events. Eight-oared women’s and men’s teams compete in separate events on the championship course spanning 4.2 miles (6.8km) from Putney to Mortlake beginning at 4:35 p.m. Prime viewing sites are Putney Bridge and Embankment and Bishop’s Park at the starting line; Craven Cottage, home of... View Article


Art of the Brick Lego-DC Superheroes South Bank exhibit is no child’s play

Art of the Brick - Superman

Following on from his successful 2014 exhibition, Lego artist Nathan Sawaya returns to London having crafted more than two million Lego bricks into an international sensation — The Art of the Brick: DC Superheroes, running from 1st March – 3 September at the South Bank’s Doon Street Car Park. The 120 original pieces not only depict classic superheroes such as Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, but comic villains, including The Joker and Harley Quinn along with a life-size Batmobile at 5.5 metres long and built from half a million bricks. Sawaya collaborated with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. to create... View Article


Let the Games Festival begin! 400 activities during 40 events at 30 London sites

Giant Monopoly Game Board for the London Games Festival in Trafalagar Square, London

Every aspect of the game industry will be explored and celebrated during the second London Games Festival from 30 March-9 April 2017, with 50,000 participants expected at the event designed to cement the city’s position as the games capital of the world. Players will have the chance to meet creators and try out new games, while a marketplace will introduce fresh concepts to investors. BAFTA (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) will hold its annual Games Awards ceremony 6 April, cosplayers and groups can march in a games character parade 8 April (sign up here), and talks, workshops,... View Article


3,200 international rowers take to the Thames for historic Head of the River Race Saturday

Head of The River Race

The banks and three of the bridges spanning the Thames will be packed with spectators and picnickers 25 March for the spectacle of 400 U.K. and international rowing crews competing in the annual Head of the River Race. The eight-person crews — taking off at 10-second intervals — span 4.25 miles (6.8km) from Mortlake to Putney along the Thames Championship Course beginning at 2:15 p.m. The crew with the fastest time takes first place, with the entire event lasting about two hours. Spectators are urged to arrive at least 45 minutes before launch because of the crowds. Prime viewing is... View Article


Mark spring’s arrival with an ancient rite at Stonehenge

The Spring Equinox, which falls on March 20 this year, is one of only four days annually when visitors to Stonehenge are permitted to enter the Stone Inner Circle, in order to observe the sunrise.

With Stonehenge less than two hours away, Londoners and visitors can usher in the season of renewal with the rare experience of observing the sunrise on the Spring Equinox among the mysterious ancient pillars. Druids, Pagans, Wiccans, tourists and families gather for one of only four days each year — each celebrating the change of the seasons — when visitors are permitted to enter the Stone Inner Circle and not have to view one of the world’s most iconic sights from behind a fence at a distance. The event is under the strict rules and supervision of English Heritage, and... View Article