Places to see

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

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


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


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


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


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