Christmas at Bicester Village

Christmas means time with family, an abundance of glorious food- and often, a flurried frenzy of gift shopping. Bicester Village, a luxurious designer shopping space based in Oxford, seeks to make Christmas a one-stop shop for your list.

Located just an hour from London, Bicester Village is home to 160 boutiques from world famous brands like Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana, Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld, Mulberry and many more. With up to 60% off recommended retail price on products, each brand offers exceptional savings on quality past season pieces.

The space is designed to accommodate a full day of shopping, offering services including valet parking, hands-free shopping, a visitor’s centre, a VIP shopping suite and an onsite tax refund and money change service. Restaurants and cafés are available for lunch and refreshments, from a quick bite at Pret to afternoon tea at Farmshop. Newest introduction Café Wolseley, however, is one that has Bicester Village buzzing. Café Wolseley is Corbin & King’s most recent venture that strays from their typically London-based establishments. Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, shoppers can enjoy Wolseley favourites like eggs benedict and wiener schnitzel (highly recommended.) A takeaway counter allows pressed-for-time patrons the chance to also enjoy their favourites in the midst of the Christmas pressure.

Christmas is everywhere at Bicester Village. Colourful lantern bunting hangs from boutique to boutique, glittering reindeer statues glisten in the afternoon sun, and best of all- new product and store arrivals. Winter reductions make Christmas shopping that extra bit sweeter, and with village opening and closing times from 9am to 9pm (excluding Sunday’s), you’re sure to get a full day’s worth of goods. 

In partnership with Bicester Village, the five star Landmark London hotel in London’s Marylebone offers weary shoppers a chance to unwind in style. The luxury hotel is fitted with two restaurants, a bar, spa, gym, hair salon, and more- practically every service is available within the comforts of the building. With rooms starting from the £295 a night mark, The Landmark London can only be described as something out of a contemporary fairy tale, with high glass ceilings, gilded bannisters and palm trees wrapped in fairy lights. Décor is sophisticated and rooms are grand (all 300 of them), fitted with marble bathrooms and King sized beds littered with pillows.

You could easily stay wrapped up in the comforts of your spacious room, enjoying movies or watching London pass by from your balcony, but it would be criminal not to indulge in a spa treatment or utilise the 15-metre pool (especially after a day of shopping!). From anti-ageing facials to aromatic massages, there is sure to be something for everyone in the selection of sensuous treatments- or simply escape from the world in the dimly lit ‘quiet room’. If you’d prefer an afternoon of glamour and charm, The Landmark London’s afternoon tea in the Winter Garden restaurant does not disappoint. Accompanied by live music, a vast tea menu, champagne, finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and an assortment of cakes and pastries are all of what you can expect from The Landmark London’s festive afternoon tea- available until January 2019.

Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be an exhausting- Bicester Village and The Landmark London help ensure a seamless, relaxing experience for all. 

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