Twilight Tours

A must for lovers of history and architecture, join us for the Royal Hospital’s first Twilight Tour on 4 March 2020.

A unique chance to tour the historic grounds by twilight, you will meet their founder, King Charles II, along with some other interesting figures from the Hospital’s 300 year history. After, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink at the exclusive Chelsea Pensioners Club.

Tours start from 6pm and 7pm and last 90 minutes, allowing for half an hour at the end in the museum and gift shop; book tickets here

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The Sea The Sea Valentine's Hamper

Win a Valentine’s Day hamper from The Sea, The Sea

Impress your loved one with a delicious home-cooked meal this Valentine’s Day. Enter into our Valentine’s competition to win a fantastic hamper from The Sea, The Sea.

Enjoy half a dozen oysters, marinaded halibut for two and a bottle of Le Brun Neuville Champagne from The Sea, The Sea for a romantic night in. 

To enter, simply like the competition post on our Instagram channel, tag who you would like to share your prize with and make sure you are both following @pavilionroad and @theseathesea_.

The competition will start on Thursday 6 February and end at 12pm on Thursday 13 February 2020.

Good luck!

Terms & conditions

  • The Valentine’s Hamper includes six oysters, marinaded halibut for two, one bottle of Le Brun Neuville Champagne and an oyster knife. 
  • The winner will be chosen at random. 
  • The winner must collect the prize from The Sea, The Sea, 174 Pavilion Road, London SW1X 0AW between 12pm on Thursday 13 February and Monday 17 February 2020. Please note, The Sea, The Sea will be closed on Sunday 16 February 2020. 
  • The winner must like the competition post and tag the person they wish to share their prize with. 
  • The winner and their friend must both be following @pavilionroad and @theseathesea_. 
  • The prize cannot be exchanged for money or another product at The Sea, The Sea. 

 

The Sea, The Sea’s Valentine’s Day offer includes marinaded halibut (£20), a dozen oysters, an oyster knife, 30g of caviar and a bottle of premium grower Champagne for £125.

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Hospice UK Carol Concert

Hospice UK Carol Concert

The third annual Christmas Carol Service for Hospice UK returns to the stunning St Luke’s Church on 17 December at 7.30pm. Enjoy much-loved carols, music and celebrity readings, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

This year, celebrity readers include Midsomer Murders star Fiona Dolman, actress Alison Steadman OBE, award winning actor Jim Broadbent and presenter Sir Martyn Lewis.

Tickets are £35 (Gallery £20), £10 for under-16s and free for those under 5. Purchase yours here to support this very worthwhile cause.

Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care, they champion and support the work of more than 200 member organisations, which provide hospice care to around 200,000 people across the UK each year. This support helps hospices to deliver the highest quality care, and your support with this event can help us ensure they continue to provide their vital services in future and so that everyone who needs hospice care, gets hospice care. 

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The Bands of the Household Division

A glittering winter performance, Scarlet and Gold presented to you by The Household Division at Cadogan Hall on 26 and 27 November 2019. Whilst the title evokes the ceremonial splendour and sparkle of the Guard’s uniforms and instruments, the programme of music guarantees something to delight everyone and a truly world-class performance.

Enjoy the very best of military musicians as they bring the Bands of The Household Division from the parade square to the stage. An inspiring repertoire of traditional and modern music will celebrate the very best of our Nation’s proud heritage and traditions.

Tickets from £20-£30. Purchase yours here.

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Save the date: Christmas Lights Switch-On

Now the nights are longer and days a bit chillier, Christmas will very soon be at the forefront of our minds. Can you believe another year has flown by already?

With the speed in which winter plans are made and diaries are filled up in mind, make sure you save the date for the Chelsea Christmas Lights Switch-On on Saturday, 23 November 2019.

Returning with magical displays across Sloane Square, Sloane Street, Duke of York Square and Pavilion Road – and for the first time, new lights on the King’s Road celebrating its regal heritage.

The new displays will see decorative lights inspired by the crown of King Charles II, who the Road was originally built for as a private route to travel between palaces. He famously restored Christmas to the nation following Oliver Cromwell’s ban on festivities for over a decade.

From 2pm on 23 November, enjoy an unmissable array of entertainment across the neighbourhood, including carol singers and performers – perfect for the entire family. At 5pm, Father Christmas and his ‘special helper’, will turn on the Christmas Lights from the stage on Sloane Square, lighting up Duke of York Square, Pavilion Road, Sloane Street and the King’s Road marking the start of the Christmas season.

For further information on the Christmas Shopping Event taking place on Saturday, 7 December, find out more here. In the meantime, expect activities and offers across the area, wreath-making classes, chestnut roasting and plenty of festive music!

 

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Chelsea’s Christmas Grotto

2019 is set to be the most magical Christmas yet, as London’s most interactive Grotto arrives in Chelsea, opening on the picturesque Pavilion Road this November!

The Chelsea Christmas Grotto will offer an hour-long winter wonderland experience like no other, in collaboration with famed children’s entertainers, Sharky & George, where your little one will be transported to the North Pole to meet Father Christmas and his elves. Children will enjoy 30 minutes of classic Sharky & George games before entering Father Christmas’ workshop. Father Christmas will be decked in luxurious red velvet and settled in front of the fire to read a festive story before each child’s one-on-one. The little ones will be dazzled with his knowledge of their naughty and nice antics over the year before giving them a traditional gift from under the tree. Festive crafts will then be on offer, giving children the opportunity to try their hand at gingerbread biscuit or bauble decorating.

Opening as Chelsea lights up for Christmas on 23 November, this truly magical experience will run until 23 December – spaces are likely to fill up fast, so book your spot early to avoid disappointment. Unlike traditional Christmas grottos, this event will be packed full of mischief and mayhem and is also available for exclusive hire sessions, so grab a group of friends and get in touch to book.

For the under-twos, the grotto will also offer a ‘My First Grotto’ session, and exclusive pre-school sessions for those four and under.

With each ticket sale comes the optional donation of £1 which will go towards the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation, an independent charity dedicated to bringing together people across the Borough to overcome hardship and exclusion.

Tickets are £27.50 – book yours here. The grotto will be at 241a Pavilion Road (in the sunken courtyard). 

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Halloween with Veuve Cliquot

Start your Halloween celebrations at Pavilion Road’s Hans’ Bar & Grill. Enjoy three varieties of Veuve Cliquot Champagne, paired with delicious canapes carefully created to treat you, and maybe even trick you!

The evening will take place from 6-7pm on 31 October. Tickets £25 per person and places are limited. Book your place here.

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A history of water in the Middle East by Sabrina Mahfouz

British Egyptian Sabrina Fahfouz grew up with ambitions of being a spy. She has two passports, speaks two languages and has a cultural understanding of two very different countries. But it when it came to applying for MI6, it turned out she wasn’t quite British enough.

So now she’s on her own intelligence mission – to explore who really holds the power in and over the Middle East. In a world long obsessed with access to oil, will water soon become the natural resource that dictates control, or has it been all along?

Directed by Stef O’Driscoll, the production journeys across twelve different countries using theatre, poetry and music to share stories of women across the region. From the British imperialist ownership of natural resources, to the environmental urgency of the present, water has shaped lives, policies and fortunes – and it will shape all our futures.

On show at the Royal Court Theatre from 10 October to 16 November. Tickets from £15-£25. Book yours here.

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Chelsea History Festival

For history-buffs and budding-historians, the Chelsea History Festival will launch this October to bring the past to life through a programme of world-class speakers, historians and performers. The inaugural festival will take place from 9-13 October 2019 along the Royal Hospital Road at founder venues, the National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Chelsea and Chelsea Physic Garden. In it’s first year, the Festival will host a programme of more than 35 free and ticketed events which include talks, concerts and family activities making history more accessible.

Headline Events

Wednesday – the event launches on Wednesday 9 October, on the 75th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, one of the most daring campaigns of WW2. Celebrated Arnhem veteran, Victor Gregg will be in conversation with bestselling historian Rick Stroud, followed by a lecture from Antony Beevor on the famous ‘battle for the bridges’.

Thursday – join an evening performance of The Lark Ascending, featuring one of the world’s leading lyric baritones, Roderick Williams, taking place in the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s Wren Chapel.

Friday – Max Hastings headlines with a talk on his new book Chastised: The Dambusters Story, 1943 which will be published in September.

Saturday – the principal day of the Festival with over 20 scheduled events including the formidable Sonia Purnell with her New York Times bestseller A Woman of No Importance, history walks around the neighbourhood and David Nott sharing his experiences as a surgeon in Aleppo.

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Mary Quant Plaque

Ahead of being honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award, a plaque celebrating Dame Mary Quant was unveiled at 138A King’s Road on 16 September; the original site of her ground-breaking boutique Bazaar, which embodied a new generation’s attitude to life and fashion, bringing energy and fun to shopping.

Mary Quant revolutionised fashion, harnessing youth, street style and mass production to create a new look for women, defining the Swinging Sixties. Challenging conventions, she popularised tights, hot pants, the mini skirt and trousers. The plaque unveiling coincides with London Fashion Week, Dame Mary’s ‘Lifetime Achievement’ at the World Fashion Awards and a major international retrospective exploring her influential career at the V&A museum, just a short walk from the King’s Road, which brings to life how she injected positivity and colour back to a post-war London. The bonanza of an exhibition traces Quant’s career from 1955 to 1975, exploring the evolution of her style, and how her clever marketing created a global lifestyle brand. The show runs until 16 February 2020.

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