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All things Floral – Chelsea Flower Show




London is full of flowers again! Not just because it is Spring; The Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show is back all this week from May 21-25th.

Walk through the Royal Hospital Chelsea and be amazed by the sight of spectacular internationally-renowned designer show-stopping and award-winning gardens, creative and up-coming trends in gardening, and browse all sorts of horticultural products on sale. This is a colourful event that brings together nurseries, florists, plant experts, and garden designers from all over as well as 150,000 visitors. A place where you can set your eyes upon wonderful displays of all things floral, green, exotic and not.


“World-renowned, glamorous and quintessentially British, RHS Chelsea is a truly unique and unforgettable day out” – The RHS


This year, 2019, you can expect to be mesmerized by the centerpiece of the show – the Great Pavilion. It is home to specialist growers from the UK and nurseries from abroad for the week. More than 80 exhibitors, returning favorite and new, are giving it their all – creating magical displays to amaze the masses. You can even get a chance to walk-through judged garden in the Great Pavilion, designed by the British Tom Dixon and sponsored by IKEA.

Visit the Duchess of Cambridge’s garden, which she co-designed, already made popular with sneak previews released.  You can head to the exceptional Raymond Blanc’s garden dining experience for heavenly tastes.


Artisan Studios

For the in the moment action the Artisan Studios is a showground of live artists creating new arts and craft pieces throughout the show. You can also stick around for The Chelsea Late, long after the crowds have gone, and kick back with ‘botanical-inspired’ cocktails, listen to jazz and explore the Ranelagh Gardens.


Free Spin-Off events

The streets around Chelsea are also covered in gorgeous flower arrangements for all to enjoy throughout the Chelsea Flower Show week. Chelsea In Bloom, Belgravia In Bloom, and Covent Garden In Bloom are all free spin-off events which see shops, bars, and restaurants join in the fun and display floral designs with particular themes.



Another exciting accessory to the flower show week is Chelsea Fringe –runs until 26th May. Definitely worth a check, Chelsea Fringe is an indie festival with numerous intriguing and interesting activities each day in various locations around London. From walks, talks, and workshops, fun for both kids and adults, as well as record attempt to create the world’s longest daisy chain – Chelsea Fringe has something for everyone even those who care not for the main flower show itself J

Check out Chelsea Fringe Events page for more details


This is a week full of visitors, a wonderful buzzing atmosphere coupled with the peaceful and love invoking senses of the famous flower week of London. We at The Edward Hotel know what’s going on, when it’s going on, and where it all happens. We have the latest and greatest list of things to do in London ready for all our guests. When you are in Paddington, the Edward Hotel is the friendly and affordable hotel of choice designed around giving guests an epic London experience.



21 – 25 MAY 2019

Tuesday – Friday

 8am – 8pm


 8am – 5.30pm



FA CUP FINAL 2019 – Football Mania


It’s time for the football mania to continue! The FA Cup final kicks off this weekend Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 5pm. Wembley National Stadium will be packed as Manchester City and Watford both go for the win. Fans from all over will be cheering and losing their voices as they wait for this exciting and intense English football battle to play out!  

Now if you haven’t had the chance to get yourself a ticket and be in the crowd of fanatic football fans, no worries! You can still be apart of the rowdy energy at home or out about as the final game will be broadcast live in the United Kingdom by both BBC and BT Sport. BBC One provided the free-to-air coverage and BT Sport 2 was the pay-TV alternative. Anywhere you go, you will find a variety of pubs and places that will be screening the game.

The Standard recommends Greenwood Sports Bar by Victoria station; lots of room, screens, great drinks, and match day favorites foods.

170 Victoria St, Westminster, SW1E 5LB,



Manchester City holds the Premier League, Watford the EFL Cup. Who will dominate this English domestic battle of true talent? Let’s wait and see.  


The Edward Hotel, Paddington, we love football. Let’s get pumped and ready for the football mania weekend! For any other tips or information regarding the best places to be, we have what you need. Our blog, keeping you up to date.



Event Details:

18 May 2019,

17:00 BST,

Manchester City vs Watford,

Wembley Stadium, London,

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

Pancake day in London




There is a ‘day’ these days for everything, but one that’s stood the test of time is PANCAKE DAY! The last day of feasting before Lent 2019 starts is reserved for pancakes. Otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday, is the day for pancake races and fabulous pancake specials and when you are London there are a few great places to be.

The 47th day before Easter Sunday, preceding Ash Wednesday, Pancake Day symbolizes the last day of feasting before Lent. A day to use up all the rich ingredients that are usually sacrificed during fasting, like eggs, butter, and milk. It is also for confession and repentance, but for the most part it is a tradition of marvelous pancake races, flipping, experimental recipes and yummy tastings.

A pancake race consists of people racing while carrying thin pancakes in frying pans, flipping the pancakes as they go. The winner is the first to the finish line with a pancake that isn’t burnt. A humorous activity to watch and take part in – some people get so excited about participating in the races they take off from work J

This year it falls on March 5th and while you are in London there are several ways to celebrate and indulge, here are a few to start you off.



Pancake Day races in London

Raise money for charity in a fun, feel good celebration and pancake silliness


Leadenhall Market Pancake Race

A funny one to enjoy is the famous Leadenhall Market pancake race that takes place in the historic restored Victorian covered market. You get to watch competitors from law, banking and accountancy firms they say race around flipping their pancakes. Spectators watch, laugh, and enjoy pancakes themselves as well as beer and ale from the co-host the Lamb Tavern.

Date and Time:

Tues, March 5th



Leadenhall Market, 

Whittington Avenue,

off Gracechurch Street, 

London EC3V 1LR


Inter-livery Pancake Race

Get yourself to Guildhall Yard for the City Livery Company of Poulters inter-livery pancake race. Teams of four from livery companies, like Poulters take the eggs and the Fruiterers the lemons, as well as the Mansion House, Guildhall and old Bailey are brought together in lively attire to race it out to win a frying pan.

Money raised from the event is donated to the Lord Mayor’s Charity.

Date and Time:

Tue, 5 March 2019



Guildhall Yard




Pancake Specials

You can also head to several amazing places for pancakes unlike any other:


Pop-up Pancakes and Prosecco – for 10 GBP

Head to Covent Garden to celebrate a Big Pancake Party in an exclusive pop-up pancake bar put together by Together Network, where funds are raised to help poverty in Britain. Ticket includes unlimited pancakes and a class of prosecco.

Date and Time:

Tue, 5 March 2019

6:00 – 10:00PM


1 Neal’s Yard



Christophers, Covent Garden

An All-Day four pancake specials available at Christopher’s, Covent Garden exclusively on Pancake Day. Serious and decadent or luxurious and sophisticated, sweet or savory pancakes are worth the day of pancake celebration.

From white chocolate, oreo and vanilla mascarpone to butter Poached Lobster Pancake, with chorizo picante, caviar, yukon gold potato & truffle, along with its usual build your own pancake option makes this gorgeous option to try.


18 Wellington Street

Covent Garden



We like our special days just as much as you do! Whatever you decide to do on Shrove Tuesday, just make sure to enjoy some pancakes whether fancy, home-cooked, or eccentric – we know all of us here at Edward Hotel will. Whether we offer it or not we keep our guests up to date with all things to do in London.


For your stay in Paddington, London, for an efficient location and accessibility all around the City of London, the Edward Hotel is the perfect choice.

5 Best Restaurants for Valentines, in Kensington


Valentines the day of love approaches once again. Each year it’s a quest for many people to decide on a place to go for a romantic outing on Saint Valentine’s day, 14th of February. Whether you want to take a spouse, partner, or even family out on the special occasion, we’ve narrowed down , London, to celebrate in excellent style, with a romantic atmosphere, highly rated food and service.

  1. Launceston Place

Ranked as TripAdvisor’s #1 restaurant in South Kensington, Launceston Place is an award winning hidden gem to serenade your loved one.  A variety of cuisines are served, created by the Head Chef Ben Murphy, that include French, European, and British, along with Vegan and gluten free options. This gorgeous restaurant not only holds 2 AA Rosettes achieved in 2017, its wine list has also gotten numerous excellence awards. Beautiful interior and culinary delights await you here.

  1. The Ivy Kensington Brasserie

Located on Kensington High Street, London, this divine neighborhood style brasserie serves modern British foods throughout the day. Stylist and very Kensington, this is a perfect place to plan your valentines with either your romantic partner or family.

Rest assured you will find vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options here as well.

  1. Dishoom Kensington

One of the top places to go for great Indian and Asian cuisine, comfortable for large groups and families with children, is Dishoom Kensington, in South Kensington. With a long standing history of bringing people together over food and drink, and a beginning owed to Iranians in Bombay, for the occasion of love and bonding this truly great tasting location is perfect for valentines.

  1. Cambio De Tercio

If you want to spice it up with the flavor of Spain – with the twist of modernity, dubbed as one of London’s best Spanish restaurants, Cambio De Tercio is the only place you should think of. February the 14th is a day for celebrating love, movement and life, and there’s no better place than in a lively atmosphere and tantalizing tastes on Old Brompton Road, Kensington.

  1. Beirut Express

A favorite among Middle Easterners in London, Beirut Express is a gem for the Lebanese hot and cold mezza, located on Old Brompton Road, Kensington. Here you will find the whole shebang of Lebanese foods, meats, grills – of course sharwarma, and vegetarian nutritious wonders of the Mediterranean. The beautiful and sunny people and food of Lebanon is definitely a different yet incredibly special way to dine out on Valentine’s day.

Special occasions always come around, and Valentines is one we all look to spend deep quality time with our loved ones or even impress a new love interest. We hope this list of picks of Kensington restaurants gives you the inspiration and destination for a fabulous romantic dinner or luncheon.

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*Our Apartment Hotel is located in Kensington, we cater to long term rentals that give a cozy home like feel.