Places to go

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

Princess Diana’s famous gowns in new display at Kensington Palace

Princess Diana Travolta dress

20 years after her tragic death, a new exhibition and special commemorative temporary garden celebrating Diana, Princess of Wales’ life opens at Kensington Palace, her home for 15 years. Opening on 24th February 2017, Diana – Her Fashion Story charts her fashion transition starting with a lace covered party dress worn by a young Lady Diana Spencer for a ball at her family home, Althorp, in 1979 and the demure image of the 19 year old London kindergarten assistant wearing a pale pink Emanuel blouse in her engagement portrait, through to the glamorous fashion icon in the iconic ink blue... View Article

Wimbledon Tennis Tickets

General view of the grounds from the BBC crane with Centre Court, Court 3 and the southern outside courts at The Championships 2013. Held at The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club. Day 2 - Tuesday 25/06/2013. Credit: AELTC/Matthias Hangst.

The months of June and July are synonymous with one of the highlights of the summer sporting season in London – The Wimbledon Tennis Championships held at The All England Lawn Tennis Club. Tickets may have already been allocated but fear not, with careful planning, a fair amount of patience and a strong tolerance of queues, you can still be a spectator at the oldest and one the most prestigious tennis championships in the world. Despite most Wimbledon Tennis tickets having been allocated via the ballot system months before the event itself, The Championships are unique in that a limited... View Article

Anniversary games – Enjoy the run up to the Rio Olympics in London

ArcelorMittal Orbit and Pixel Wall (c) LLDC

Looking for some fun Olympic-inspired activities in London this summer? Get into the Rio 2016 mood with some great sporting events and superb amusements with the London Anniversary Games in the run up to the Rio Olympics. You can watch some of the world’s top athletes limbering up for the Rio Olympics 2016 right here in London at the Anniversary Games. This prestigious event celebrates London’s Olympian credentials, as the name might suggest, and encompasses two great sporting championships – the IAAF Diamond League and the IPC Grand Prix Final (the paralympian event). The Anniversary Games is a prelude to... View Article

Half Term Family Fun in London

Half Term Family Fun in London - Senational Butterflies (c) Trustees of the Natural History Museum

  Looking for some cool stuff to do with the kids in London over half term? There’s even more for visitors staying in London’s trendy hotspots like Kensington and Chelsea than fabulous food and retail therapy – loads of children’s activities are also on offer, come rain or shine. Read our guide to Half Term Family Fun in London to find out more…. You might like to take younger kids to Battersea Parks’ Childrens Zoo – just over Chelsea Bridge. There’s a ‘Love your Zoo’ week on over half term where little ones can enjoy meerkats and other animals, listen... View Article

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

Barbican 2015-2016 Classical music season

The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle perform Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances before joining the Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis to perform Swing Symphony together at the Barbican on Wednesday 25 July 2012. Photo by Mark Allan

The stunning Barbican 2015-2016 Classical music season has been announced and is awash with innovative and exciting performances showcasing world-class talent from across the globe. With multibuy tickets available to purchase, why not book your accommodation in London with us now? Joining the Barbican’s resident orchestra, The London Symphony Orchestra for the 2015-2016 classical music season are Associate Orchestras, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia alongside guests Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Bach Collegium Japan. Some of the greatest international artists including Marin Alsop, Cecilia Bartoli, Jiří Bělohlávek , Max Emanuel Cencic, Riccardo Chailly, Natalie Dessay, Gustavo Dudamel , Renée... View Article

Spring season at The Royal Opera House

La traviata- Production image © ROH/ Catherine Ashmore

Booking is now open for the Spring Season at The Royal Opera House. The Royal Opera and Royal Ballet, based in the iconic Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, have  announced that booking is open for its Spring Season.  Under the direction of Antonio Pappano, The Royal Opera is renowned as one of the world’s leading opera companies and should definitely be on the ‘to-do’ list of any visitors to London. It is respected not only for its outstanding performances of traditional opera but also for its contemporary productions, composed by today’s leading artists, such as Harrison Birtwistle, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Thomas... 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

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

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