March 2015 - CHS Rentals

Month: March 2015

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships
by Gill Chris

June 29 – July 12

The world of tennis descends upon Wimbledon in South West London for two weeks every summer for the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships.  Wimbledon is the world’s longest running and most prestigious tennis tournament with games still played on grass and with a strict white-only dress code for players.

Since 1924 tickets have been allocated by a public ballot which is always heavily over-subscribed. But all is not lost as a number of tickets are always available each day. If you are hoping to get to see the action on Centre Court, Court No 1 or Court No 2 you should be prepared to queue overnight (and people do) but there are several thousand tickets available each day which admit you into the grounds and give you the chance to watch games from the No 2 court standing enclosure and from unreserved seating and standing on the outside courts and on the big screen at Henman Hill.

The Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon have grown since the first event in 1877, witnessed by only a few spectators, to a tournament which now attracts around 500,000 people.  Along with the tennis comes two weeks of strawberries & cream; each year at Wimbledon 28,000 kg of strawberries are eaten along with 7,000 litres of cream!

The easiest way to get to Wimbledon from any of our London vacation rentals is by tube to Southfields or Wimbledon, or by train from Waterloo to Wimbledon.

You can find out more about visiting Wimbledon for the Lawn Tennis Championships here.

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show
by Gill Chris

June 30 – July 5

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show; the world’s largest of its kind. The magnificent setting of Hampton Court Palace is the sumptuous backdrop for this spectacular event which will be celebrating its anniversary with lots of themed events, including silver anniversary floristry, historic gardens and scarecrows celebrating the past.

Packed with ideas on how to grow your own, nurture the environment and make the most of your garden, the show combines quality, innovation and creativity, featuring spectacular show gardens and horticultural exhibitors.

The show has three themed zones designed to help visitors find their way around, with gardens and plants reflecting the themes of Grow, Feast and Inspire.

In the Grow zone, keen gardeners will be able to see award winning nurseries, get advice from the experts and get ideas for inspirational planting schemes and growing styles.

As you would expect, the Feast zone will inspire you to grow your own but you will also be able to sample a wonderful selection of fine foods and fresh produce to help you decide what to grow.

The Inspire zone will do just that, encouraging visitors to re-think their preconceptions of garden design with ideas to push boundaries and champion innovation. A stunning selection of show gardens will leave visitors brimming with enthusiasm, and a pavilion selling stylish products from artists and craftspeople may prove tempting.

You can find out more and buy tickets here.

Hampton Court Station is a 30 minute journey from London Waterloo which is easily accessible by public transport from any of our London vacation rentals, and is only a 5 minute walk from our property ref: THD





The Wallace Collection
by Gill Chris

Daily 10am – 5pm

The Wallace Collection is a national museum displaying French 18th-century paintings, furniture and porcelain, including superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury. The tranquil atmosphere of the museum offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of London.

The art collection itself covers such a wide variety that visitors are sure to find something to please them. Art from Turner, Canaletto, Rubens and Van Dyck will capture the interests of fans of paintings, while the large collections of porcelain will entertain ceramics connoisseurs.

Although the art pieces are a joy to behold, the rooms themselves are a big draw to the museum – each room gives a taste of Versailles: sumptuous, decadent and occasionally over-the-top. The rich wallpapers and delicately crafted fireplaces are as interesting as the art on the walls.

The European and Oriental Armoury collection on the ground floor includes every shape of sword and every size of armour with equestrian armour displayed in the centre of the room. Spending a few minutes here will tap into the inner-knight in all of us.

Whether you have a few hours or just ten minutes to spare, a visit to The Wallace Collection is sure to delight.

Located in Hertford House, conveniently located just a few minutes walk from Oxford Street, Baker Street and Marylebone Village, The Wallace Collection can be reached easily from any of our London vacation rentals.

You can find more information here.

This article was originally published on Spotted by Locals London

Royal Ascot
by Gill Chris

June 16 – 20

Steeped in history dating back to 1711, Royal Ascot is the world’s most famous race meeting. If you would like to be part of a quintessentially English occasion, you should certainly consider this! It is a whirlwind of excitement and colour with each day having its own character.

Much anticipated and respected, Royal Ascot is a great opportunity for socialising. The occasion is not just about the horse racing, but fashion and style too and is considered to be a major fashion event in its own right. Each year the event is broadcast across the world but this does not come close to being there in person.

As big horse racing fans, the Royal Family travel from Windsor every day in open horse-drawn carriages to watch. The Queen has attended every Royal Meeting during her reign and the Royal Procession is always an iconic moment to mark the start of every raceday.

The Grandstand’s lawns and terraces are at the heart of the activity and offer first class views of the races. Alternatively, the Silver Ring enclosure is a great place to enjoy close up views of the Royal Procession. The horses race past this enclosure, to the roar of the crowd, on their way down the Final Straight.

Ascot Racecourse is situated in beautiful wooded countryside next to Windsor Great Park and is about a 50 minute drive or train journey from London.

You can find out more and book tickets here.

With all our London vacation rentals being well placed for public transport, Ascot is a great day out during your stay in London.


Open Garden Squares Weekend
by Gill Chris

June 13 & 14

This magical two-day event allows access to over 200 gardens in London which are not normally open to the general public. The weekend celebrates London’s status as one of the greenest cities in Europe with its wide variety of residential parks, landscaped churchyards and garden squares.

Held in association with The National Trust, the scheme includes gardens across 27 London boroughs and allows you to discover green spaces in all sorts of places, from traditional squares to roof terraces and allotments, as well as gardens belonging to historic buildings, schools, shops and cafes.

This year there are 23 gardens taking part for the first time, including the churchyard of grade I-listed medieval church St Olave and the All Saints Vicarage Garden which was part of Fulham Palace until 1935.

There will be refreshments on sale at some of the gardens, whilst at others you’ll be able to meet the gardeners.

You can buy tickets for the Open Gardens Squares weekend here. You could also opt to join one of the special tours at a range of very exclusive gardens, or enter the ballot to be one of the lucky visitors to the gardens at 10 Downing Street.

With an average maximum temperature of 20C (68F), June is a great time to visit London and enjoy its outdoor spaces; why not stay at one of our London vacation rentals to experience London at its best whilst living like a local.


Beating Retreat
by Gill Chris

June 10 & 11

Each year, on two successive evenings in June, the famous Horse Guards Parade in central London resounds to the glorious spectacle of military music, precision drill and colour when the Massed Bands of the Household Division perform the Ceremony of Beating Retreat.

The ceremony, performed by 300 musicians, drummers and pipers, along with vibrant marches and evocative hymns and anthems make this an unforgettable evening, often described as ‘truly spectacular’ and ‘London at its finest’.

The Retreat hails from the early days of chivalry when beating retreat signified the end to the days fighting, a return to camp and the mounting of the guard for the night. Today it has become a major event in the Army’s ceremonial calendar.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo; there will be re-enactments by the Napoleonic Association, cannons, lights and fireworks to showcase the best of British military music and ceremonial pageantry.

The salute is taken by Her Majesty The Queen or another member of The Royal Family.

You can find out more and buy tickets here.

Well placed for public transport, Horse Guards Parade is easily reached from any of our London vacation rentals.


We need to talk about Fanny
by Harley Nott

We need to talk about Fanny.

England and America, "two nations divided by a common language". Whether it was Oscar Wilde or Bernard Shaw who coined this phrase, and there is some debate about which one it was, there is no doubt that linguistic differences still persist and occasionally cause embarrassment. The difficulties come in two directions: different words or phrases used to refer to the same item or subject, and the same word meaning quite different things. That’s why we need to talk about Fanny – read on to the end.

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Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
by Gill Chris

June 8 to August 16

Now in its 247th year, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is an annual event to celebrate and showcase art of all styles and media including paintings, sculpture, photography, prints, architectural models, film and artists’ books. The exhibition prides itself on showing work by both well established artists and emerging ones and attracts a high volume of entrants annually with over 10,000 entries received in 2014.

The gallery exists to promote art and artists and opens their doors to anyone who considers themselves an artist and allows them to have their work judged by their peers. All the artists share a deep held belief in the contribution that artists make to the world.

Many of the pieces on display are for sale, and can range in price from under £100 for a limited edition print, to thousands for major oils and sculptures.

There is a choice of 3 cafes/restaurants for a mid exhibition break – The RA Grand Cafe, The Keeper’s House and the Atelier Cafe.

You can find out more about The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and buy tickets here.

The exhibition is easily reached by public transport from any of our London vacation rentals.

London International Fine Art & Antiques Fair
by Gill Chris

June 18 – 28

Held at the height of London’s Summer Season this is London’s largest art and antique fair. The fair attracts thousands of private buyers, discerning curators, interior designers, and devotees from all over the world.  This year is its 43rd year.

More than 170 specialist dealers come from across the world to display at the fair, offering a huge choice of top quality art, antiques, furniture and collectors’ items.  The fair has a reputation as the one ‘not to miss’ for professionals and private collectors alike.  Items on offer include Art-Deco jewellery, ancient ceramics, Old Master paintings and English furniture, selling for anything from £100 to £1 million or above.  A toilet service set sold in recent years reached a staggering £1.5 million!

While there, why not take the chance to relax and enjoy a meal at Mosimann’s Bistro & Bar or pause and re-energise over a glass or two at The Champagne Bar.

You can find out more about the Fair and buy tickets here.

Held at Olympia, the Fair is easily reached from any of our beautiful London vacation rentals, and is only a short walk from property ref: CHN.


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