The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018: What to Expect at the Show?

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and the M&G investments have come into their 9th year of partnership with the Chelsea Flower Show 2018. Formerly known as the Great Spring Show, the annual flower show is a pioneer of excellence in horticulture and garden designing. The grand event is a spectacle of blooming spring flowers and green gardens. A boon for nature lovers and leisurely visitors both. On the last day of the show you can buy all your favourite greenlings.


What you should do to be at the show?

The charm of the RHS Chelsea flower show is out of this world. With a thousand flowers blooming at one place who wouldn’t want to embrace nature at its best. Some of the clever ones among us have already pre booked a year in advance. Those of us who are in London at this golden time can cash in by dropping by at this flowery paradise. Pre booking a serviced apartment near Chelsea Bridge might be a great idea to catch the show on 22nd May. There are endless options available to book an accommodation in Chelsea. For a better idea of London and its neighbourhood here’s a quick relocation guide.

This year the RHS Chelsea Flower show is happening from 22nd May till 26th May, at the London Gate. For tickets and related info you can go to the official website of RHS here

It is remarkable that proceeds from all ticket sales will go to charity supported by RHS.

A quick round up of what to not to miss at the show

Health & Wellbeing, Power of Plants and more

RHS Flower Show 2018

This year some new designs have been announced at the show. The ‘Health and Wellbeing’, ‘Power of plants’, and how they can help improve the adverse effects of environmental changes are the new entries. In order to meet the challenges of gardening in limited spaces, a ‘Space to Grow Gardens’ theme will be in focus at the show. The main aim will be to explore ideas through which you can create small urban gardens in small spaces of a town garden.

The Chelsea Late Event

The Chelsea Late event

Shifting away from the usual trend, this year the RHS has announced ‘The Chelsea Late Event’. Visitors can enjoy the blooming goodness of the flower gardens at night in the midst of vibrant lights, bands, food and artists all while enjoying Artisan Gardens during twilight at Chelsea.

Best nurseries and Master Growers


The Great Pavilion will be the center of all activity as usual. This year round they will house some of the best nurseries of the world with more than 85 of them coming together under one roof. The Discovery area will have the best florists and science displays. The biggest name in the florist industry will exhibit their designs here. The notable few among them are Peter Beales Roses, D’Arcy & Everest and Hampshire Carnivorous Plants. This year RHS will be celebrating the Master Growers of England.

Show Gardens at the Main Avenue

10 Show gardens will exuberate pure beauty and bliss at the Main Avenue. This year’s focus will be on the elaborate 18th century tea gardens, the contemporary and urban town gardens, and forever Mediterranean landscapes.

Product of the year recognition at the show

Each year the best innovative and useful products are acknowledged at the show. This year’s winner will be announced on 21st May by Deborah Meaden. 12 candidates will be competing this year. The candidates are selected on a number of criteria including innovation, visual appeal, functionality, value for money and environmental friendliness. Meet the finalists here

Banned plants at the Chelsea Flower show

Banned plants at the Chelsea Flower show

The RHS has banned at least 9 varieties ahead of the flower show in a bid to ward of the spread of the plant disease Xylella. Some of the most popular green flowering species have been found to be affected by the horrendous disease, which has been labelled as the ‘foot and mouth’ of plants. The 9 banned varieties are Lavender, Rosemary, Hebe, Cherry, Plum, Olive, Oleander, Coffee, and Spanish Broom.

New Year’s Eve London

Once the over indulgence of the Christmas period concludes, London welcomes the new year in style. With fireworks, revelry and parties strewn across the city, London’s 2017 New Year celebrations are set to be the biggest yet. With accommodation across London, offers the ideal base for visiting the capital to conclude 2017.

London New Year Eve Fireworks

New Year in London is synonymous with the firework display on the banks of the River Thames. Although you require a ticket before attending the New Year’s firework display, you can watch the fireworks from almost anywhere in central London.  For something even more memorable, you can watch the fireworks from the river on a New Year’s Eve cruise, or from a restaurant with views over the London Eye.

Hollingsworth London New Years Eve party

If you don’t wish to spend your evening stood outside in the cold British winter, spending an evening partying in one of London’s sophisticated bars or clubs is an option. The Bourne and Hollingsworth London New Year’s Eve party features a 1940s themed Blitz Party and a 1920s Prohibition party. Similarly, the Southbank Centre’s Vintage New Year’s Eve Party is elegant and chic. For something more lowkey, try visiting London’s famous Natural History Museum.

Southbank Centres Vintage New Years Eve Party

After an evening of partying, London offers a host of activities during New Year’s Day.  Head down to Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park to enjoy rides, performances, markets and ice skating. Alternatively, take your family to one of London’s top shows in the West End district- but be sure to check the schedule to see if the show is running.

Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park

Every year, central London hosts a New Year’s Day Parade, which sees approximately 8,000 performers every year. The parade first took place in 1987, but is now an annual fixture on London’s calendar. London’s New Year’s Day Parade 2018 starts at 12 noon on January 1st on Piccadilly, one of the capital’s most famous districts. Additionally, during the same time period, London New Year’s Day Parade hosts countless events, concerts and performances. Cadogan Hall, St John Smith Square, Southwark Cathedral and Trafalgar Square host a collection of shows, ranging from classical performances to contemporary classics.

Central London New Year Parade

During the hours of 11:45pm and 04:30am, travel on London’s public transport is free. Central London becomes very busy during these hours, so be sure to plan your evening out in advance.

Designers to Look out for During London Fashion Week

With London Fashion Week fast approaching, designers and curators are frantically preparing to impress the fashion world. As always, much anticipation surrounds London Fashion Week- one of the four major fashion weeks in the world along with Paris, New York and Milan.

london fashion week

From the 14th September to the 19th September, creativity, innovation and unabashed audacity take centre stage: but what designers should you be paying close attention to?

Who? Amanda Wakeley

When? 14th September, 19:00.

Why? Opening London Fashion Week Fall 2017 is Amanda Wakeley OBE. Born in 1962, Wakeley is best known for her cocktail dresses, evening wear and accessories. Purveying a “clean glam” signature style, Wakeley has recently developed everyday wear, including knitwear, day dresses and tailoring

Who? Ralph & Russo

When? 15th September, 20:30.

Why?  In 2014, Ralph & Russo became the first British brand to be selected by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture for Paris Fashion Week in over 100 years. Since then, much excitement has surrounded the house, with Chambre Syndicale’s former president stating: “We expect savoir faire, which is being lost, and Ralph & Russo have it”.

Who? Molly Goddard

When? 16th September, 12:00.

Why? This up and coming British designer has earned plaudits for her work over the past several years. The 2016 winner of the British Emerging Talent Award, Goddard is set to become a more recognised name across the fashion world thanks to her capsule footwear collection with Topshop and upcoming Topshop showspace.

Who? Emporio Armani

When? 17th September, 19:00

Why? Established in 1975, Emporio Armani is one of the most lauded houses in the world. Although the Armani house is currently offering much more than just sartorial elegance, the brand is built off the success of their fashion lines. Offering a wide range of clothes and accessories, Armani is perhaps the most widely recognisable name at this year’s London Fashion Week.

Who? Pringle of Scotland

When? 18th September, 12:00

Why? With over a 200 year history, Pringle of Scotland is one of the oldest fashion houses in the world. However, the house has always possessed a thoroughly modern, pioneering outlook. Renowned for its cashmere products, Pringle has shaped the fashion industry throughout history and continues to do so to this day.

Who? Tommy Hilfiger

When? 19th September, 19:00

Why? One of the most respected designers in the world, Tommy Hilfiger has transformed into a cultural icon. Celebrating the essence of classic American style, Tommy Hilfiger, founded in 1985, delivers premium style, quality and value to customers. Closing this fall’s fashion week, Tommy Hilfiger’s collection is not to be missed.

Top destinations to run a marathon around the world

Are you an adventure seeker, action lover or love to travel? Your dream of running on the picturesque streets of London or Paris can come true if you get to participate in some of the biggest and popular marathons in these cities. You can combine this exciting activity with your travel plans to these famous destinations and get rewarded with some stunning sights! It would be an absolute fun to run in a new city you aren’t too familiar with and explore the places you have never been to.

Consider this list of the best marathon locations before planning your upcoming vacation

Paris, France

What better way to discover the romantic city than enjoying a run through the heart of it? In the month of April, the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris takes place in the city and the route is spectacular. The starting point of this marathon is the Arc de Triomphe, from where the runners then stride down the Champs-Elysées and run towards Place de la Concorde. On your way you can enjoy beautiful sights such as Place de la Bastille and Château de Vincennes and the views of stunning Notre-Dame Cathedral and Eiffel Tower. If you love running, visiting Paris should be in your bucket list.

Paris Marathon

Marathon Details:

  • Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris
  • Distance: 42.195KM race
  • 38,575 finishes in 2014
  • Registration: April 6, 2016
  • Date: 2017

New York, US

The largest marathon in the world, New York marathon is held annually. The race courses through all five boroughs of New York City beginning from Staten Island, in Fort Wadsworth to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. After that the run courses through Brooklyn, mostly along Fourth Avenue and Bedford Avenue. During the run, you can also get to explore the beautiful neighbourhoods like Bay Ridge, Park Slope, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Sunset Park and Greenpoint. Due to the high rate of participation the runners are chosen largely by a lottery system or those who can meet the time qualification standards.

new york marathon

Marathon Details

  • TCS New York City Marathon
  • Date: November 6, 2016
  • Distance: 42.195 km
  • Witnessed 50,304 finishers in 2013

London, England

The first London Marathon was held in 1981 with 7,747 runners. There were around 20,000 applicants. Just like the Paris marathon, the race route passes from iconic city sights like Big Ben, the London Bridge, Westminster Abbey, runs along the River Thames and finishes at Buckingham Palace. The marathon is highly popular and overwhelming. So if you’re considering it, get yourself registered early and mark your calendar to sign up for 2017.

London Marathon

Marathon Details:

  • Virgin Money London Marathon
  • Around 40,000 people run in the London Marathon every year
  • One of the largest marathons in the world
  • Date: April 24, 2016

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Marathon is one of the most prestigious races organized in the United States. Participating in this marathon is a lifelong goal even for veteran runners. To take part in this race, you need to qualify from another marathon run from the last year. The marathon begins outside of Boston in rural Hopkinton and cross several New England towns ending on Boylston Street. The marathon locations are scenic and you’ll get to explore the parts of the city that you’d never think to venture into as a tourist.

Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon Details:

  • Held on Patriots’ Day
  • 36,000 registered participants in 2014
  • 2 miles’ race
  • Date: April 18, 2016

As the best marathon season is just few weeks away, you can consider visiting any of these stunning destinations (also the world’s best marathon locations) to explore them by foot. You can get a golden opportunity to race through stunning scenery in a far-flung locale. New York, Paris, London or Boston, whichever destination you choose, make sure to book your accommodation two weeks prior to your visit to avoid last minute hassle.

A must-visit to UK this summer – for an eternal lifetime experience!

Beat the heat this summer by visiting UK that is waiting for you with a lot of excitement and experiences. Ideal for romantic getaway, child friendly activities, scrumptious food, varied summer events, rural escapes, fun spots, cultural activities and much more, this place is the heaven where one finds comfort, luxury and pacification in a fine combination.

Exciting things to enjoy in the capital this summer!

Summer in london

Visiting London will certainly end your summer with good memories. Get ready to enjoy several kinds of exciting events ranging from the traditional to the eccentric. Check out few highlights below for the interesting things going to happen in the town this summer.

Sundance Film Festival at Picture House Central – June 2 – June 5

Sundance Film Festival

Back for a long weekend in June, the Sundance Film Festival features premieres of some hottest movies and documentaries from the mother festival in January. So, don’t miss it out because this year the whole festival will unspool for the very first time at the lovely Picturehouse Central cinema in the West End.

Queen’s House 400th anniversary and reopening

Queen's House

If you are planning a visit to London this summer, you are definitely going to make it worthwhile. Closed for renovation last year, The Queen’s House will reopen for its 400th anniversary on July 4, 2016. You will get to witness wonderful art collection of the Royal Museums, superb interiors and classic paintings on the walls.

The 4th of July in London

4th of July in London

Let’s make your way to this remarkable event with Londoners who surely know how to throw a good Fourth of July party. Get ready to celebrate U.S. Independence Day in the capital with a bang!

Somerset House Summer Series gigs

Somerset House Summer Series gigs

Like Londoners, you are definitely going to like the Somerset House’s annual gig series. This venue is ideally renowned for its open-air festival stage right in the centre of London where artists love playing to a fascinated audience in a grand eighteenth-century courtyard by the Thames. Artists like Amy Winehouse, Sam Smith and Adele have all wooed the audiences and 2016 is also going to make it big!

This list doesn’t end here.There is a lot more to enjoy and experience..

So if you are planning a short or a long visit to London, make sure to stay at a convenient and hassle free location offering easy access to all these places. Rather than looking out for hotels, book a serviced apartment in london and its neighbourhoods like Camden, Greenwich, Borough and Piccadilly. Unlike hotels, the serviced apartments are budget friendly and provide you a lot of flexibility and privacy with comfort and luxury.

Easter in United Kingdom



Easter is a festival which gives the UK two bank holidays, thereby making it a Bank Holiday weekend (April 3, 2015 to April 6, 2015).

Whether you plan to party all weekend or celebrate Easter by stuffing your mouth with chocolates, it’s time to get on with planning. Here are some of the ways you can celebrate this springtime holiday. Go cracking!


Easter Services

Attend an Easter service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, St Martin-in-the-Fields Church or Westminster Alley for orchestral music and live choral. At Trafalgar Square, you can learn about the story of Easter. Here, a live and full-size re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus is carried out by a cast of 100. Get there early and find a nice spot.


Easter Dining

Easter isn’t just about chocolate eggs and hot buns!

Dig into a traditional roast dinner through the lush green Lee Valley Regional Park during a Sunday lunch cruise. You can relax and enjoy a three-course lunch on board as you cross the park’s beautiful fields and woodlands.

You may even be able to spot the resident wildlife here, if you are lucky.

There are plenty of other options too. You can also enjoy a three course meal with a glass ofchampagne at Babylon at the Roof Gardens or enjoy an eight-plate Indian feast at Cinnamon Soho. For those who love nature, hit La Pont de la Tour to enjoy beautiful riverside views overall delightful meal for £25.

Sit back and enjoy a nice conversation over tea at The Sanderson or at The Landmark London Hotel.

Enjoy the air

On the first bank holiday of spring, there probably isn’t a better way to enjoy than by exploring the outdoors of London. Walk through daffodils in the parks of London to soak in the spring. Shades of yellows and greens will mesmerise your senses.RELEASEDÑMCCM Jerry McLain, CNRNW PAO LCPO, credit as a U.S. Navy Photo by Maebel Tinoko

Easter Egg Hunts

Embark on one of London’s Easter egg hunts this weekend for a fun-filled experience. Join the hunt through the Kensington Palace and explore the courtiers. Keep an eye out for eggs amongst the stalls of Jubilee Market in Covent Garden or go on an egg exploration at Gabriel’s Wharf.

Those who are fond of sweets must definitely not miss the cocoa-based stuff at London chocolate shops.

image easterChocolate Tasting on the London Eye

This Easter, take your love for chocolates to newer heights. Spoil yourself with a Hotel Chocolat Chocolate Tasting Experience at the London Eye with an expert who takes you through the tasting adventures. The wide range of truffles and chocolates will amaze you!

The Lock Tavern Festival

Undoubtedly the most ideal way to spend your Easter weekend is to hit the nightspots in Camden. As the Lock Tavern hosts four days and nights of fun with DJs and live music along with street food, you can have a great time.

Go ahead! Take your pick from the bucketload of eggcellent events for a very happy Easter.

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The Legendary Head of the River Race

Event Date: March 29, 2015 at 12:00
One of London’s longest-running sporting traditions, Head of the River Race is a processional rowing race held every year on the River Thames in London. The race takes place on the 4.25 mile (6.8 km) Championship Course from Mortlake south bank of the River Thames to Putney in South-West London. 400 crews from all across the globe take to the waters of Thames to participate in the historic event. The eventwas considered as a way for crews to perform long rows during winter.

Head of the River Race

It is generally held on the third or fourth Saturday of March every year depending on the tides.

A little bit of history

The Head of the River Race was founded by the Cambridge and Tideway oarsman Steve Fairbairn. The idea was to give crews something to aspire for at the end of the winter training phase.
The race was first held in 1926 with 21 crews participating. There was no race in the year 1937 as there wasn’t a suitable tide on a Saturday and none took place from 1940-45 inclusive. The event restarted in 1946. Since then, it has taken place on an annual basis. The event had started for Tideway crews and grew steadily to attract crews from far and beyond. All these years, crews have come from places like Australia, Ireland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Italy and the USA.
It takes approximately two hours for the race from the time that the first crew starts to the last crew finishing. The record time now is 16 minutes 37 seconds set in 1987 by the Great Britain national crew.
Only the winning crew receives Fairbairn medals. Category winners now get medals of a different design.
The race was viewed as a competitive and social occasion and obviously maintains the same status even today.

Head of the River Race - Thames


The event in today’s time witnesses hundreds of boats, each one operated by eight men, row over the championship course. The tradition is that the previous year’s winner starts first followed at 10-second break by other crews. The new entries start in alphabetical order. For Londoners and visitors coming in from all parts of the world, the event is an excellent way to celebrate the beginning of spring. The joyfulness along the beautiful river Thames is simply incomparable. Packed with viewers for the race, the joyfulness along the beautiful river Thames is simply incomparable. One can see the crews off from Chiswick Bridge, watch them from Barnes Bridge when they get together and speed up, and then see the crews come close from the lively Hammersmith Bridge.

head of river race -boats

Tip: For a better view, arrive early and grab an ideal spot!

Accommodation nearby

There is an extensive range of serviced apartments located in areas close to the iconic river Thames in London. Thoroughly designed and well planned, the apartments offer guests a memorable experience. You can check our website for more information.