From the lights of Oxford Street to the ice rink of Somerset House, nowhere does Christmas like London and no-one does the capital quite like a Bespoke’s London Hotel.
Christmas comes but once a year and with it do the unique joys of shopping in London. Don’t leave it to the last minute, but instead start planning festive shopping sprees in the capital now and book a Bespoke London Hotel to really make the most of your visit.
Ring in the darkening afternoons with blazing shop window, 2013’s Christmas lights cascading down Oxford Street, restaurants packed with hungry diners, audiences spilling out of theatreland, and crowds thronging the edges of the sparkling outdoor ice rinks, hoping to spot somebody famous falling over.
Christmas shopping in London needn’t be all stress and last minute rushes, especially if you book into one of Bespoke’s London Hotels. Prominent shopping districts in the capital with their monolithic department stores and quirky boutiques, craft, vintage and antique market stalls come alive with Christmas spirit and late night opening hours. There’s plenty to see whilst you go on the hunt for a bargain, too, with a number of pop up shops and festive markets offering alternative and unusual gift ideas, from gourmet food to handmade crafts and one-off fashion lines.
Sightseeing in winter?
Why not combine shopping with sightseeing? All you need to do is pick your area. The West End is still the big draw, but other regions are catching up, including Westfield, the upmarket shopping mall in Shepherd’s Bush, or its sister in Stratford, alongside the 2012 Olympic Park. Additionally Canary Wharf, on the Isle of Dogs, is now a destination in its own right, with five shopping malls (subterranean and therefore weatherproof) dozens of restaurants, bars and clubs, and easy access to the O2 Arena.
But did you also know Bespoke London Hotels can offer a choice of 4 great locations with prices to match, whether it’s the centre of the West End or a bit further out.
Right behind Oxford Street there’s the stunning Ten Manchester Street Hotel, an elegant, boutique property in the heart of Marylebone. Nestling just off Marylebone High Street, with its ‘village’ feel and eclectic boutiques, Number Ten provides the perfect place to stay in London, sheltered from the hustle and bustle of the West End yet mere minutes from all it has to offer. And when you stay at this boutique hotel, with 45 unique, luxurious bedrooms, don’t forget to visit The Dieci Restaurant, a great place to unwind and enjoy rare fine wines, spirits and authentic regional Italian cuisine after hitting the high street.
For those who want something Hip there’s the timelessly cool Bermondsey Square Hotel, set in the heart of rejuvinated Bermondsey, with a thriving restaurant, bar and club scene on its doorstep, as well as art galleries, design studios and numerous boutique shops. A short distance from the City, the Design Museum, Borough Market,
Tate Modern and Tower Bridge, The Bermondsey Square Hotel is a stylish Bespoke London hotel with 80 designer bedrooms, including a series of loft rooms overlooking the Shard, St Paul’s, and the rest of the iconic London skyline.
Although it was selected by Hip Hotels Group as a memorable place to stay around the world, you might recognised The Bermondsey Square Hotel as the setting for Channel 4’s ‘Hotel GB’. The show ran in October 2012, with Gordon Ramsey and Mary Portas competing to raise money for charity.
Fancy somewhere just out of town?
If you’re looking for something a little more pastoral, Bespoke London Hotels have two perfect locations for you.
The Lodge Hotel – in attractive, tree-lined Putney, near Wandsworth and the River Thames – provides an ideal base in south west London for business and pleasure. This Bespoke London Hotel offers 60 elegantly appointed en suite bedrooms, alongside Bar 52 and its elegant lounge.
Or finally why not consider The Park Hotel in the heart of Teddington Village, just yards from the mainline station. You’ll have excellent access to central London via a 30-minute train ride to Waterloo, whilst simultaneously being just a stone’s throw from popular attractions such as Richmond, Twickenham Rugby Stadium, Hampton Court Palace, Kew Gardens, and Kingston upon Thames.