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Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show

23rd May 2017 to 27th May 2017

Royal Hospital Road

Chelsea

SW3 4SR

This May, the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea will be transformed into a cornucopia of rare and beautiful flowers and plants. The Chelsea Flower Show will feature cutting-edge exhibits of floral and garden designs. This is an opportunity for garden designers and florists to show off the latest trends and award-winning artworks. There will also be horticultural items on sale, be it gardening equipment or water and other features.

Events to watch out for include a talk by Professor Nigel Dunnett on how to get the most out of plants and gardens in urban spaces. There will be show gardens from around the world, such as a Maltese landscape to the garden of a Japanese emperor. There are also creative interpretations of gardens including a volcanic-themed garden. Educational and interactive exhibits for children, created by florists and nurseries, can be found at the Great Pavillion.
Get tickets for this event in advance, to secure a place.

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Covent Garden May Fayre

Covent Garden May Fayre

Come one, come all! On the 14 of May this year, Punch and Judy enthusiasts will congregate at the Covent Garden May Fayre in the garden of St Paul’s Church (The ‘Actor’s Church’) in Covent Garden.

The first record of a Punch and Judy-style show occurs in the diaries of Samuel Pepys in 1662. The 14th of May marks the anniversary of that day, and so this free family day of Punch and Judy shows, along with music and dance is a celebration of this national institution.

The day will include a brass band procession around Covent Garden from 11am, and a midday church service delivered by Mr Punch himself (No joke!). The activities will be between 12:30pm and 5:30pm.

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National Pet Show

National Pet Show

ExCel London

One Western Gateway

Royal Victoria Dock

E16 1XL

Saturday 6th May to Sunday 7th May

May is set to see the National Pet Show return to London. Animals of all shapes, sizes and descriptions will be on display, including cats and dogs but also alpacas, Shetland ponies, giant tortoises and even bearded dragons. Stalls will include animal handling teepee tents, a small furries zone for the cutest small animals, and a chance to meet Doug the therapy pug.

There will also be a talk from Channel 4’s Supervet, Noel Fitzpatrick. For live dog training sessions a School 4 Dogs arena will be open to the public. Come along and you’ll have the opportunity to learn about animals and see pet training activities as well as browse various grooming, dietary and exercise products. The event is perfect for pet lovers but also families and anyone in the pet industry. Buy your tickets in advance before they go. The venue is a short distance away from our hotels and suites. Check out our vacancies for an affordable and comfortable stay in London during your trip.

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Affordable Art Fair

Affordable Art Fair

Thursday 11th May to Sunday 14th May

If you’ve been to an art fair before, you’ll know the feeling of seeing the perfect piece for your lounge, or a work by your favourite artist, and wished that you could afford it. Well, at the affordable art fair, you can!

The affordable art fair is coming to Hampstead, London. In the fair prices for works of art are capped at £5,000 and there are tips for buying artworks on the website. There is a healthy mixture of independent art and special edition articles by household names. Younger, emerging artists are presented alongside better known artists, giving them an equal opportunity to sell as well as viewers and buyers a range of different options and styles.

At MStay we love affordable, high quality experiences. That’s why we do everything we can to get our customers the best deal on their stay while providing all the conveniences and utilities they require. Book now with our code ‘MSTAY’ and get 10% off your stay. You will also be eligible for further deals which you can check out on our website.

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Underbelly Festival

Underbelly Festival

The Southbank Centre

29th April to 30th September

The Underbelly Festival is a springtime extravaganza of music and live performance accompanied by food and drink made and sold locally. There are riverside food vendors and one of London’s biggest outdoor bars situated near the venue. So grab a seat, a beverage and a snack and enjoy entertainment from up-and-coming and seasoned artists alike.

Acts on the lineup include the Casus circus, with high-flying acrobatics and astonishing spectacles. Flip FabriQue is an energetic circus show filled with breathtaking stunts and death-defying acrobatic feats. And there’s so much more to explore and enjoy. The Southbank Centre is a short distance away from MStay’s Russell Court Hotel, 39 Studios or the Kensington Studios. Each with amazing deals to make your stay affordable as well as unforgettable.

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May Day

May Day is a celebration of the coming of Spring, as well as a bank holiday. It’s an ancient holiday in many cultures, including in the UK where it is a time of maypole dancing, village fetes, community gatherings and cake sales.

It is associated with Spring and fertility as well as the organised labour movement, as May Day is ‘Labour Day’ in many parts of the world. While there isn’t an official Labour Day in the UK, there is a May Day march every year in London that is organised by trade unions and community groups. The march starts in Clerkenwell Green at noon and ends in Trafalgar Square. Our MStay apartments are just a short walk away from the final destination, and won’t break the bank either.

Of course there will be other events on May Day as well. The Priory Arms is holding a beer festival in South Lambeth, the last day of which is on May 1st. The festival ends at 11pm. There’s also an RHS flower and flea market over the May bank holiday weekend at the Flat Iron Square on Union Street. There’ll be plant pots, retro clothing, jewellry and ceramics on sale, as well as workshops and talks by the Royal Horticultural Society, who are hosting the event.

There’s lots to do besides, so why not book a three day weekend with MStay and explore all that London has to offer this May bank holiday?

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Upcoming Event: Feast of St George

Feast of St George

 

Trafalgar Square

 

22nd April 2017

 

The national day of the patron saint of England is approaching. On the 22nd of April, stalls selling traditional English grub will be set up and people will congregate to celebrate St George’s Day, a day of feasting and merriment. There will be games, music and live performance as well as cooking demonstrations from some of the country’s best known chefs.

 

St George is best known for the legend of St George and the Dragon. In it, St George defeats a dragon that’s ravaging the countryside. It was about to eat the King’s daughter, until St George wounded and tamed the dragon, saving the princess and the kingdom.
Why not celebrate St George’s Day with a pasty, some mead or sack, jousting and a bit of celtic dancing? You can do all this come St George’s Day after a short walk from MStay 27, the Paddington Hotel.

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Upcoming Event: Bruno Mars at the O2

Bruno Mars at the O2

 

The O2

Peninsula Square

SE10 0DX

Tuesday 18th April – Saturday 22nd April

Starts 7pm

 

US superstar singer Bruno Mars, along with his live band The Hooligans, will be playing at the O2. The artist has won numerous awards for his work including five Grammy Awards, and has landed six singles that went to number-one in the charts. Starting his career in 2010, he attained five number-one singles faster than any male artist since Elvis.

 

Bruno is known for his eclectic use of different musical genres including pop, rock, soul, reggae and hip hop. His feelgood songs are soulful and address themes of romance, youth and appreciation of life. It will be a must-see musical event for both fans of Bruno Mars and anyone who likes good music.
The O2 is a mere half-hour away from our MStay hotels, the nearest being Suite 146. It’s perfect for a comfortable and affordable night after the concert, preparing you for a refreshed and easy return journey.

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Upcoming Event: Lock Tavern Festival

Lock Tavern Festival

 

Lock Tavern

35 Chalk Farm Road

Camden

London

NW1 8AJ

 

Thursday 13th April – Sunday 16th April

 

1pm – 3am
This Easter weekend, Camden’s best pub is hosting live music, DJs, street food and drink. The Lockfest is free to attend and features upcoming bands performing the hottest music out there. Near to MStay’s Haverstock Hotel, it’s perfectly situated so that you can dance your heart out to some great live music and then crash land into one of our comfy beds.

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Upcoming Event: London Marathon

Virgin Money London Marathon

24th April – 12:55am

 

It happens every year in London. Many see the challenge as both exciting and terrifying. A 26.2 mile run across London from Greenwich to Buckingham Palace. It’s a ‘historical jog’ appreciating some of the great cultural and natural landmarks that London offers. These include the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, as well as Greenwich Park to name a few.

 

The event first began in 1981 when Olympic runner Chris Brasher returned after running the New York Marathon. Inspired, he began a marathon in London, which has been run for 36 years. Since then, thousands of people have taken part year after year, with up to hundreds of thousands applying.
You can take part for a good cause, to keep fit, or just have fun. Fancy dress is, of course, optional, with previous examples including a London bus, a giant penguin and Superman. After you’ve run 26.2 miles you’ll want an inexpensive and cosy resting place, preferably a short walk away from the finish line. Luckily, our hotels and suites are perfectly situated to provide this comfort to the weary runner or spectator. Check out our hotels and availability here. Remember that you can save 10% by using the promotional code ‘MSTAY’.

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