Chelsea Flower Show Competition

Win two free day passes to the Chelsea Flower Show!

It’s no secret that we love the Chelsea Flower Show (we’ve given the splendid event its own page!).  Fortunately, we’re in the position where we’re able to help our customers enjoy the event, too.  On that note, we’re pleased to announce a new competition in partnership with the brilliant Krista over at Passport Delicious!

Krista’s one of the best and most entertaining travel writers on the web, and it’s great that we’ve been able to team up to offer a lucky reader two complimentary day passes to the Chelsea Flower Show on May 21st.

Each ticket is £99, so the prize value is worth nearly £200! 

Of course, far more important is the chance to get involved with one of the biggest horticultural shows of the year.  The Chelsea Flower Show is jam-packed with stunning garden displays, and is the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon.

How to Enter

To enter the competition, all you have to do is head to the competition’s page at Passport Delicious and enter a comment.  Yes, that’s it!

How the competition’s going to work

At 5pm (London time) on May 5th, Krista will be using (a random number generator) to pick out the winning comment number as well as a backup, just in case the initial winner isn’t able to respond.  The recipients of the tickets receive their prize in the post, and head off to enjoy their day in the sun.

And remember that, whilst you’re enjoying your time in the capital, Refresh Apartments have the perfect accommodation ready and waiting!  Our portfolio includes a number of different properties, all within the heart of Chelsea and within walking distance of the show.  To find out more, give us a call on 08456 800 080.

(The event’s obviously in London, so you should be able to reach the capital yourself on the stated date).  


Celebrating the Year of the Bus!

2014 marks 60 years since the first appearance of the iconic Routemaster, 5 years since the launch of the RT-type bus and 100 years since the B-Type, the world's first mass produced motor buses, were converted into 'Battle Buses' to carry soldiers to the frontline during the First World War!


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Theatre in London

If you’re spending time in London going to the theatre is a must! London has the best theatre scene in the world – New York is a possible second but nothing compares to London. There are award winning shows, shows which have been running for 100s of years, A-list celebs making their debuts on the stage as well as boundary pushing edgy performances!

One of the best shows is Matilda - super family friendly & a real treat for the kids – this dark hilarious family musical is wildly entertaining for every age group and 100% a must see! With an out of this world set and sweet sickly spoilt children singing super cute rhyming songs this theatre show hits all the spots.

Another must see while in the world famous West End is ‘Book of Mormon’ - this incredibly rude hilarious comedy is totally left field, from the creators of hit TV show South Park. This show is eye wateringly funny, but besides all the below the belt humour, Book of Mormon is a 3 dimensional, all singing all dancing look into the literal Mormon dogma without ever being mean.

The book of Mormon is said to be the best West End musical since Matilda. These are the popular shows in London right now, so if you want to be doing the ‘it’ thing look no further!


Venue: Cambridge Theatre

Address: Seven Dials, 32-34 Earlham Street WC2H 9HU


Book of Mormon

Venue: Prince of Wales Theatre

Address: Coventry Street, London, W1D 6AS


With accommodations throughout the City of London, we would love to help you complete a perfect stay in London in one of the various available apartments, giving you a real chance to enjoy the shows, drinks and West End!  For more information and to make a reservation contact us now!


Totally Thames

Totally Thames takes place for the first time over the whole month of September 2014 and is an exciting celebration of a new season of arts, cultural, and river events across the River Thames’ 42 London Miles.

Presented by Thames Festival Trust in partnership with London First, The Mayor of London. And many other sponsors and supporters – the celebration of the river will feature: arts, music and community festivals, colourful regattas, thrilling river races, foreshore archaeology, exploration environmental and education activities, as well as river linked activities in the 17 London riverside boroughs.


Events to look forward to

  • Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival, 5th – 9th September
  • The Great River Race, 27th September
  • Source to Sea, 1st – 30th September
  • Fire Garden by Carabosse, 5th – 6th September
  • Mapping London, 5th – 14th September
  • The floating cinema
  • The Thames SENSEation
  • Classic Boat Rally
  • Barge driving races
  • Maggie’s culture crawl

 With accommodations throughout the City of London, we would love to help you complete a perfect stay in London whilst Totally Thames is taking place!  One of our favourite destinations is Richmond - right on the River Thames!  For more information and to make a reservation contact us now!



Open House London

Open House was started in 1992 as a small, not for profit organisation to promote public awareness and appreciation of the capital’s building design and architecture.  Now, in 2014 sees Open House London exhibit in The City with a theme of ‘revealing’ – a theme which is focusing on how architecture is evolving to make London a more liveable city.

This hugely popular, capital wide, annual festival of architecture is celebrating its 22nd anniversary this year, and will be taking place throughout the 20th and 21st of September – allowing access to hundreds of buildings which would not normally be open to the public.  Included in this are: private homes, government buildings, historic sites, educational establishments, and many others.

New additions to this year’s exhibit include The Leadenhall Building (AKA The Cheesegrater), an eco home in Ealing and Otts yard, and an architecturally impressive group of re-purposed sheds in Tuffnell Park.  Some of the most popular attractions returning this year also include: 10 Downing Street, EDF Energy London Eye, and The Bank of England.  Furthermore, this year also sees a host of riverside events in conjunction with the month long Totally Thames Festival, such as tours of The Billingsgate Roman Bath House.



Free of charge

Main focuses of the event

The changing skyline, design for living, how the city works, places and spaces, transformation, a greener city, and highlighted buildings.

Make the most of your opportunity to get out and under the skin of the amazing architecture in every London neighbourhood, exploring over 800 buildings, neighbourhood walks, architect talks, and much more with a stay in one of the accommodations in the City of London.  For more information and to make a reservation contact us now!