Christmas has come early at The Landmark London with its luxurious Shop Till You Drop package in collaboration with Bicester Village. Combining some of our favourite experiences – cocktails, luxury shopping and a relaxing spa session, it’s our idea of heaven.
Breakfast at the Landmark London
We started the day in the iconic surroundings of The Landmark London Winter Garden. With its palm trees and 8 storey glass atrium, it always makes me feel like I’m on holiday. I love the Landmark London afternoon tea, so I wasn’t surprised to see that breakfast is equally impressive. There’s a huge selection of buffet dishes including some healthy options or you could choose from the a la carte menu. I opted for muesli with fresh fruit which was very tasty. Dating from 1899, the hotel was designed by Colonel Sir Robert William Edis and the central courtyard became a winter garden in the 1920s.
London to Bicester Village
Soon it was time to head to the train station for our train to Bicester. Marylebone Station is only a one minute walk away, directly opposite the hotel’s side entrance. This makes it very easy to take the train from London to Bicester Village. It’s also one of my favourite London stations, being full of Victorian charm and small enough that you can get in and out of it quickly. Trains from Marylebone to Bicester Village take an average of 53 minutes, and it’s a pleasant journey through scenic countryside. A private car can also be arranged for a supplement. Bicester actually has it’s own train station right next to the designer outlet. After disembarking the train, it’s just a few minutes walk to the shops.
Bicester Shopping Village
You’ll be spoilt for choice at Bicester Village, with over 160 designer boutiques and more on the way thanks to a future extension. So what shops can you find here? Well, there’s a good split between high end and high street, to suit every budget. From Balenciaga to Chloé, Hackett to Jack Wills, there’s a huge choice. Some of my favourites are Maje for their everyday classics, Missoni and Paul Smith for their colourful designs and The White Company for super soft dressing gowns and pajamas. Paul likes to pick up a bargain in Ermenegildo Zegna and Orlebar Brown.
Now before you think that I went on a real shopping spree, these bags aren’t all mine! So that you can really shop till you drop, there’s exclusive hands free shopping included with the package and a 10% discount card.
Nikki Tibbles at Bicester Village
One of my favourite features at Bicester Village are the floral displays by Nikki Tibbles. This renowned florist is known for her Wild at Heart store in Notting Hill. She has taken inspiration from the English country garden to create some truly stunning designs.
I also really like the quotes dotted around the village, by William Shakespeare, Martin Luther King and more. See how many you can spot when you visit. The Liberty print telephone boxes that you see in the first photo are popular with visitors for photos too.
Bicester Village Restaurants
One of the best restaurants in the village is Farmshop, Bicester. It’s part of the Soho House Group and the quality of food is fantastic. With a rustic interior, it has a cosy feel and staff are very friendly. My roast chicken with homemade coleslaw was delicious. There are quite a few other places to eat in Bicester Village, such as Le Pain Quotidien and the newly opened Secret Garden Cafe which sounds intriguing!
Bicester Village Opening Hours
Monday – Wednesday09.00 – 20.00
Thursday – Saturday09.00 – 21.00
09.00 – 19.00 for the village as a whole, however most stores open at 10.30 am for browsing, 11 am for shopping and close at 17.00
Drinks at The Landmark London
There are so many interesting things to do in the Cotswolds that you’d be wise to book a hotel overnight, but when you do head back to London there’s a treat awaiting you…drinks at The Landmark London. You can choose a glass of champagne, a Marylebone Mist cocktail, tea or coffee.
The Landmark London Spa
The Landmark London Spa & Health Club, to give it its full name, is a lovely place to relax. There’s a chlorine-free Jacuzzi, a Sanarium and steam rooms, a fully equipped gym and 15 metre chlorine-free swimming pool. With Germaine de Capuccini skin care treatments and spa therapies, you could easily spend the whole afternoon here. I’d tried out the Diamond Noir facial at The Landmark London hotel spa before and was impressed with the results. This time I opted for the Mediterranean Candle Massage. You first choose one of three massage candles – Citrus, Olive or Lavender, which is then applied to the Chakra points on your body. I chose citrus for its energizing effects. The candle oil is then massaged into your body using deep strokes. I found it very effective in removing the tension in my shoulders and upper back. As an added bonus, the oil hydrated my skin beautifully.
Shop Till You Drop Package
For the ultimate luxury shopping experience, the Shop Till You Drop Package would make an excellent gift for a loved one or for yourself…It includes breakfast upon arrival in The Landmark London Winter Garden, direct return train tickets from Marylebone to Bicester village with Chiltern Railway, exclusive complimentary hands free shopping, a 10% discount VIP card, complimentary VIP lounge access. Upon your return to the capital, it also includes a glass of champagne, Marylebone Mist cocktail, tea or coffee and a 50 minute Mediterranean by Candlelight massage as well as complimentary use of The Landmark London Spa & Health Club pool and gym. The price is £175 per person including VAT.
We’ll leave you with the words of William Shakespeare which seem rather appropriate…
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