Places to see

London Zoo Reopens

London Zoo is the first attraction to reopen its doors as the lockdown eases in London. To the delight of visitors, this mostly outdoor attraction has introduced several measures to ensure social distancing and the safety of visitors. In addition to pre-booked tickets and a daily limit on visitors, London Zoo has created three special one-way routes to visit all the outdoor enclosures, which are clearly signposted throughout the zoo. In addition, hand sanitizers and handwash stations are now available throughout the complex and all payment are now cashless and contactless, for the safety of visitors and staff. Keeper talks,... View Article

Half term London activities for teens

gods own junkyard

If you’re stuck for ideas when looking for half term London activities for Teens, look no further than our handy guide. We can tell you what’s on and where’s cool to tempt them away from their smartphones – even if it is only for a few minutes House of Vans is an indoor skate park located beneath Waterloo station. Perfect for cool teens with a love of skating, sessions are organised on its ramps for skates, boards and BMX’s and there are regular live music, film and other events that are held on a regular basis, many of them free.... View Article

Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy 2019

royal academy summer exhibition

No visit to London over the summer months is complete without a visit to the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts held at Burlington House in Piccadilly. Running continuously since 1769, the annual Summer Exhibition is one of the world’s largest with over 1500 pieces on display and including all media– prints and paintings, film, photography, sculpture, architectural works and more – by leading artists, Royal Academicians and household names as well as new and emerging talent. This year, the 251st exhibition is being curated by Jock McFadyen who takes over from Grayson Perry’s witty and challenging selection... View Article

Happy Birthday Nell Gwynn!

Today marks the 369th birthday of our namesake, Nell Gwynn. Notorious in the Restoration period for her rags to riches story, there is so much more to Nell than her being one of King Charles II’s mistresses! Nell came from a poor background in St-Martin’s-in-the-Fields – the Covent Garden area now, and it is believed that she lived in a brothel run by her alcoholic mother. At the age of 13 she had a job selling oranges to theatre-goers King’s Theatre in Drury Lane (forerunner of the Theatre Royal), where she developed her gift for quickfire repartee. A year later,... View Article

Total Lunar Eclipse 27 July 2018

blood moon

Tomorrow evening, just as the moon rises at 8:50pm, Londoners will be treated to one of the most spectacular visions in the night sky – a total lunar eclipse. As the moon rises, it will turn a dramatic deep blood red colour which will also colour the London skyline. Unlike with solar eclipses, you do not need to protect your eyes and if you have binoculars you can use them to spot the craters and crevices on the moon’s surface. Timings: 20:50pm: The full moon begins to rise from the South East appearing red in colour 21:21pm: The time of... View Article

Catch a rare glimpse into Abbey Road Studios, where music history is still being made

Beatles at Abbey Road

The Beatles are the act which propelled London’s Abbey Road Studios into legend, but the music mecca boasts 86 years of rich history that has both preceded and endured outside the Beatles’ era. And for six days in August, you can immerse yourself in that history.   “The Studio That Became a Legend” will be offered in 12 lecture sessions by noted authors-music producers Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan from 3-5 and 10-12 August. Location is Abbey Road’s fabled Studio 2, where everyone from the Beatles to Ed Sheeran have recorded and where film scores including the Star Wars and... View Article

Celebrate the Queen’s birthday with military pomp and circumstance Trooping the Colour

trooping the colour

If you have ever wanted to experience the spectacle of a British military procession, Queen Elizabeth’s official birthday on 9 June (the actual date is in April) is the occasion for a two-centuries-old tradition of the Trooping the Color on Horse Guards Parade — and there are several other thrilling opportunities to enjoy military pageantry in May and June.   Although tickets for the stands were snapped up long ago, spectacular views of the Queen’s celebration may still be had by lining up on the edge of St. James Park or along the Mall leading to Buckingham Palace. You’ll be... View Article

‘Best view in Europe’: See Westminster Abbey anew from new galleries, tower

westminster abbey

Westminster Abbey is on most must-see list of sights when visiting London — but even if you’ve toured before, a magnificent new experience awaits this summer.   On 11 June, the much-anticipated Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries — a breathtaking 70 feet above the history-rich floor — will debut in the medieval Triforium, which is being open to the public for the first time in 700 years with a treasure trove of historical artefacts. Private donors have contributed £23 million to fund the first phase of the development, allowing guests to see what was once deemed “the best view in Europe”... View Article

Soak up history, romance at sites of the Royal Wedding

Soak up history, romance at sites of the Royal Wedding

Windsor Castle has always been a popular day-trip from London for visitors who have wanted to experience the oldest occupied castle in the world — but with its global exposure to 2 billion viewers who saw the fairy tale wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, the castle and its quaint village have taken on an air of romance. Windsor is a direct hop via train or bus, and because of the demand, reservations for transportation and pre-purchase of tickets is now highly recommended. Admission includes what you’ll need for a self-guided tour of the vast (and hilly) grounds and... View Article

Our guide on how to watch the Royal Wedding

Harry and Meghan

Our guide on how to watch the Royal Wedding Visitors in their thousands are flocking to the UK to watch and join in the celebrations for the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle on May 19 2018. Keep reading for our special guide on how to watch the Royal Wedding and where. The couple will be making their vows in St George’s Chapel, located in Windsor Castle in the picturesque riverside town located a short distance outside London. Arrangements have already been put in place for the large volume of well-wishers expected to travel to Windsor for... View Article

Royal Albert Hall has this festival programme down to a science

Festival of science

Royal Albert Hall will host its first Festival of Science from 5 May-10 July, featuring musical concerts, lectures, comedy, screenings and performances for all ages. The variety ranges from the exploration of Albert Einstein’s genius in science to the musical genius of film composer John Williams, from film special effects to jazz. In addition to two concerts of music from Star Trek during the festival, four Space Spectacular concerts on 11-12 May will feature popular space-themed works by Holst, Strauss and Williams performed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra accompanied by lights, lasers and indoor fireworks. You can easily beam... View Article

Spring over easily to one of the world’s great garden shows

Chelsea Flower Show

One of the most magnificent spectacles of spring in London is right in Nell Gwynn Chelsea Accommodation’s neighbourhood, the annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show — and tickets for the 22-26 May event are going fast. The Royal Horticultural Society has staged the show since 1912, and it is now held on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, attracting exhibitors and guests from around the world. This year’s programme will showcase a section with gardens designed to enhance health and well-being on a small scale and the importance of plants to the global environment. Another focus will be on small... View Article

Lumiere London’s festival brings much needed brightness to the long, dark winter evenings

If the shorter winter days are getting you down, lighten your mood by checking out some of the fifty dazzling artworks being installed across London during the second Lumiere London festival turning the city into a nocturnal art exhibition. Lumiere London- the UK’s largest free light festival specially, commissioned by the London Mayor Sadiq Khan – takes place between 18th-21st January 2018 across London, brightening up the dark evenings between the hours of 5.30pm and 10.30pm. If you visit the Lumiere London website, you can even plan your viewing itinerary from one day to four days or a route that... View Article

Ah, love! Tour the palace and castle with centuries of royal storybook romance history

Prince Harry Meghan Markle

Nothing brings out international interest in the British Royal Family like a love story, and the engagement and impending wedding of Prince Harry to American actress and humanitarian Meghan Markle is no exception. Nell Gwynn Chelsea Accommodation is in London’s best neighbourhood, and our location makes it easy for you to explore sites that will soon be in the world spotlight as the Prince’s happily-ever-after tale unfolds. While the Queen’s residence, Buckingham Palace, is open to the public only in summer months, we are exactly one mile from Kensington Palace, on the edge of Hyde Park, boasting a red brick... View Article

Find the perfect gift for all on your holiday list at London’s vast shopping options


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

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

Wave your wand today to be part of Harry Potter magic at the British Library this fall

Harry Potter

Wave your wand today to be part of Harry Potter magic at the British Library this fall Lumos maxima! Tickets go on sale at noon today (3 April) for the highly anticipated “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” exhibit that will run from 20 October 2017 through 28 February 2018 at the British Library. The exhibit, done in collaboration with Bloomsbury to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, will feature original material from J.K. Rowling’s personal archives. Inspired by the subject matter of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the Library will... 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

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

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