Tickets go on sale December 1st for the Chelsea Flower Show in May 2014!
Here in London where the weather is chilly and Christmas lights adorn all the best shopping spots, it’s hard to think of spring. But, here’s a special message for all you gardening enthusiasts … take a moment from the holiday fun to book your tickets for the Chelsea Flower Show in May 2014. Tickets go on sale to the public on December 1, 2013 for the show, which is set for May 20-24, 2014. And YES … it’s that popular!
Philip Johnson’s Australian garden, winner of the Chelsea Best Show Garden in 2013
Garden lovers travel from all over the world to attend one of the finest flower shows in the world. Each spring the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea are transformed in a green thumb’s dream. If you’d like to experience the Chelsea Flower Show for yourself, we highly recommend purchasing your tickets and planning your stay well in advance. We have a lovely selection of beautiful vacation rentals very near the Chelsea Flower Show, but they do book up quickly and early!
Here’s a peek at just a few of our London vacation rentals in Chelsea that are just a short stroll away from the Royal Hospital where the Chelsea Flower Show takes place. Traffic can be tricky during the popular show, which makes it even better to be walking distance. Some of our Chelsea rentals even have their own private outdoor patios … perfect for gardening enthusiasts to enjoy relaxing outdoors in a comfortable home setting!
Click on the photos below for more information and photos of these featured apartments in Chelsea …
Step out onto the private garden patio at the Portland, our stylish one bedroom vacation rental in Chelsea just 5 minutes walking from the Chelsea Flower Show
Enjoy a stay in the Wellesley, a charming one bedroom mews home tucked away in a quiet spot just moments from Sloane Square in Chelsea.
The Pelham is an ultra modern and stylish two bedroom, two bathroom apartment in Chelsea just a short walk from the Chelsea Flower Show
If you’re thinking of a spring visit to London in 2014 and love gardening, don’t miss the chance to see one of the world’s best flower shows next year! Contact us and we’ll help you find the perfect Chelsea vacation rental for your stay. But hurry … book your tickets for the Chelsea Flower Show 2014 right away! Find all the details to book your tickets online here.
Don’t miss THE shopping sale of the year at Harrods this holiday season!
Mark your calendars and start planning … it’s almost time for the January Sales in London! The best sales of the year in London start right after the holidays and continue into January. While some shoppers can’t wait to hit the Boxing Day Sales on December 26th, you don’t have to be in London at Christmas time to catch all the great bargains. Many sales start after Boxing Day or even later around the first Saturday of January. This is when the eagerly anticipated Harrods Winter Sale begins. Harrods advertises that there is only ONE SALE – and for many discerning London shoppers this is absolutely true!
Hit the stores in London this January for great bargains!
The Harrods Winter Sale is a dream for shoppers with up to 70% off designer brands. While the main sale starts at the beginning of January, you can get a sneak peek on harrods.com starting a few days before Christmas. The Accessories Sale usually kicks off the store shopping discounts on Christmas Eve, where you’ll find discounts on those luxury items you’ve been dreaming of under your Christmas tree. Stay tuned to the London Perfect Blog for all the latest details on the Harrods Winter Sale. There’s usually something extravagant and fun … last year the Winter Sale was opened by Cirque du Soleil!
Shopping lovers will find tons of other fabulous January sales throughout London, too! You’ll find deep discounts and super savings at all your favorite high street shops and at London department stores like Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, John Lewis, Peter Jones, Fortnum & Mason, Liberty and more. Sale dates will be announced closer to the holiday season, but most begin on December 26th or 27th or soon after. If you won’t be in for Boxing Day, don’t worry! Most of the winter sales last until the end of January, and the last days will see some of the deepest price cuts!
Take advantage of our Black Friday Sales for HUGE savings on a trip to London this winter … to score even more bargains at the London January Sales!
Trafalgar Square from the top deck of a London Tour Bus. Not bad, eh?
I’ve been living in London for a good long while now. Every time I head to the West End, the City of London, Chelsea or Kensington, I’m always slightly baffled by the incredible number of open-top tour buses and associated tourist passengers that throng the areas. I’m not alone. Ask anyone who’s lived in London for longer than 6 months about the open-top tour buses and you’ll likely be met with a bit of confusion.
One of the London’s cultural gems, the Victoria and Albert Museum. Plus a postmodernist corner of a bus window frame in the top right of the photo.
So in the spirit of professional curiosity, I got up one cool, autumnal Sunday morning donned many layers of wool and thermal fleece and set off to hop aboard one of these vessels.
Ladies and Gentlemen, WHAT A REVELATION.
My Charabanc of Delight. And what a delight it was to tour around London in style.
It was totally ace.
I don’t think this post should just be for our regular readers but for resident Londoners. You tourists have been on to a winner for years and, you crafty people, rather than hiding it away have been flaunting it under the noses of 8 million Londoners. We’ve been utterly oblivious.
Busy Londoners oblivious to the delights of an open top bus tour.
But back to my professional field trip … there are quite a few companies that provide these bus tours so I picked one at random; the Big Bus. You get headphones and a charmingly informative commentary – in an incredible array of languages – to accompany the sights and sounds of modern London.
For instance, whilst driving through Knightsbridge (originally an 11th-century village that was swallowed up by the expanding metropolis in the 19th century) I learned that the name comes from the legend of two dueling, medieval knights meeting upon a bridge. OK, so the clue is in the name but when you look at these places every day, hear these names every day, you don’t really think about their fascinating origins. I also bet those two knights could never have imagined the likes of Harrods and Harvey Nichols coming to the village.
Not someone you want to be sharing the queue with when the Harrods summer sale is on.
What I loved about the tour was how it made London feel surprisingly cosy. The Tube is a marvelously efficient bit of infrastructure but it completely disconnects you from the distances in the city space above. A prime example is the number of people who take the tube from Piccadilly Circus to Leicester Square. On a good run, this one-stop effort will take you about 15 minutes including ticket gates, escalator, steps, trundling train journey, lifts.
People, it’s a 5-minute walk.
The bus tours also help diminish the culture shock you also get from the tube. By that I mean the incredible architectural and social contrasts between say the City of London and West London, which emerging from a darkened tunnel only serves to enhance. On the bus the grand architecture of Mayfair merges into the magnificent houses of Belgravia, which in turn become the softer, more domestic spaces of Notting Hill and so on. It’s all connected and actually quite walkable, or Boris Bike-able.
Boris biking in style around London, once you know your way around. Which you will as you’ll have taken a trip on an open-bus tour.
All of sudden you understand why the characters of Dickens’ novels constantly talk about walking around London. That’s because you can so it’s a good thing that the bus tours have a hop-on hop-off element to them. And a ticket that lasts two days. So if there’s something that takes your fancy and you want to have a longer linger or a more in depth exploration on foot, you can.
Eyeskate at the London Eye once again brings winter fun to the banks of the Thames!
It wouldn’t be winter in London without a visit (or two or three or more!) to one of the fun pop up ice rinks set in some of the city’s most iconic spots. Take a spin on the ice at the Tower of London, enjoy a romantic skate at the London Eye or head to the UK’s largest ice rink at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. This year London welcomes a brand new ice rink with Ice Skating at Bluebird in Chelsea. With ice skating a popular winter activity for Londoners and visitors, we highly recommend booking your tickets or timed sessions in advance online. Read on to find out all the best spots to go ice skating this winter in London!
Ice Rink Canary Wharf
Ice skating amid skyscrapers and fairy lights at Canary Wharf
26 October 2013 to 16 February 2014
The first ice rink to kick off this year’s ice skating season in London, the Canary Wharf Ice Rink is also the longest running this winter. Open for 16 weeks from the end of October to just past Valentine’s Day next year, there’s plenty of time to get over to Canary Wharf to experience this huge and fun ice rink. Set amidst the soaring buildings of Canada Square, this is the perfect time of year to check out one of London’s hip and lively shopping areas. Take a spin along the skate path (even longer this year than last year!) under the twinkling fairy lights in this romantic yet strikingly urban London setting.
Ice skating fun in South Kensington at the Natural History Museum
31 October 2013 to 5 January 2014
Set against the backdrop of the stunning Natural History Museum in South Kensington, this is one of our favourite London ice rinks. The setting is magical with over 76,000 fairy lights and 1,000 square metres of skating space. A winter Café Bar to warm up, a junior rink for beginners and a cheery carousel make this a fun choice for the whole family! Cozy up with your loved one with a warm and festive drink after taking a twirl around the ice rink. Perfect for a bit of holiday fun while enjoying a break from museum going in South Kensington!
Lace up those skates and take a twirl around the Courtyard at Bluebird this winter!
11 November 2013 to 5 January 2014
Ice skating fans and Chelsea lovers are thrilled this year with the opening of the new pop up ice rink at the lovely Bluebird Chelsea Restaurant. Great food, a glamourous ice rink and a festive atmosphere all surrounded by the fabulous shopping of Chelsea … what’s not to love? Take a break from shopping along King’s Road to warm up with a festive drink or meal before hitting the ice for a twirl in one of London’s most stylish settings.
Called “The coolest rink of all” by The Sunday Times, Londoners and visitors alike love the Skate ice rink at Somerset House. With a stunning setting and great location right off the Strand, the Skate ice rink is a hub of winter fun in London. Take a spin around with the family during the day or head to one of the Club Nights for a hip setting and live soundtrack spun by top DJs. Enjoy shopping at The Christmas Arcade, a stunning pop up shopping spot featuring the best of British brands and creations by independent artisans. There’s a Skate School for anyone looking to build more confidence on the ice, and little ones can learn to take a spin around the rink with ever so cute Penguin Club.
The Tower of London – one of the most evocative settings for ice skating in London!
16 November 2013 to 5 January 2014
One of the most spectacular settings for ice skating in London, the Tower of London ice rink is located right in the moat of one of the city’s most important landmarks. Take a spin around the ice rink under the iconic battlements and crenelated towers before or after your visit to the Tower of London this winter. There’s also an Ice Bar & Café serving up warming winter drinks and festive treats. Due to the popularity and fantastic historic setting, this is one ice rink you’ll want to be sure to book your tickets in advance to avoid long waits. The rink is open all day and into the night and is beautifully lit after dark!
Shopping and ice skating under the same roof at Westfield London!
21 November 2013 to 5 January 2014
Certainly one of the most unique ice rinks, Westfield London is the one stop spot for holiday shopping and ice skating all under one rook. The Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherd’s Bush is one of the London’s largest shopping malls and is a dreamy setting for holiday shoppers. You’ll find a marvelous selection of shops, from popular to the biggest names in fashion, as well as a large indoor ice rink when you’re ready for a break from shopping. Westfield London is located very near the Notting Hill and Kensington neighbourhoods and is easily accessible on the Tube from all spots in central London.
A magical ice skating setting at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park
22 November 2013 to 5 January 2014
For winter fun for the whole family, head to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park! Once again Winter Wonderland will be home to the UK’s largest ice rink. The little ones will enjoy the rides, ice sculptures in the Magical Ice Kingdom, Christmas Circus and Santa Land. Take a ride around the Giant Observation Wheel for a view overlooking Hyde Park and top off the holiday fun with a stroll through the Christmas Market complete with festive drinks, snacks and food vendors. You might need a spin around the ice rink after sampling all the tempting treats!
Take a “flight” on the London Eye and then go Eyeskating this winter in London
27 November 2013 to 5 January 2014
Since its opening on the banks of the Thames in 2000, the London Eye has become one of London’s iconic sights. If you haven’t taken a “flight” on the London Eye yet, it’s a fabulous way to enjoy views overlooking London and the Thames. Then head over to the nearby ice rink to try your hand at “Eyeskating” against the backdrop of the London Eye. It’s a magical setting at night with fairy lights and the glowing lights of the London Eye. Tickets for the timed skating sessions are sold online, and we suggest booking your tickets in advance for ice skating at the London Eye.
A Royal Setting for ice skating at Hampton Court Palace
30 November 2013 to 12 January 2014
The ice rink at Hampton Court Palace is a magical setting for ice skating during the holiday season. This year the ice rink is open until January 12, a little later than most of the ice rinks in central London except the rink at Canary Wharf. Hampton Court Palace is an easy 30 minute train tide from London’s Waterloo station via the South West train line. Take a trip outside of London to see Hampton Court Palace, once the royal residence of King Henry VIII, and after your visit take a spin around the ice rink with the beautiful Palace in the background. It’s especially lovely at night!