London's bustling and vibrant West End the ideal festive destination for 2019
Christmas is an enjoyable, but busy time of the year, so a festive break to enjoy all of the season’s celebrations can be just what Santa ordered.
With frequent flights from George Best City, City of Derry and Belfast International airports, London is the perfect Christmas destination - a capital city absolutely crammed full of festive fun and cheer that is unrivalled world-wide.
Quite simply, it has everything to offer visitors right through the season to new year.
And London’s West End - with its bustling mix of theatres and restaurants - is the ideal base for Christmas tourists - both families and couples alike.
In the heart of the buzzing district, is one of the city's most vibrant and luxurious hotels, the five-star Le Meridien, Piccadilly - which offers its guests stylish, chic accommodation, friendly staff and 24-hour room service in comfortable surroundings.
Located within walking distance to the popular shopping destinations of Oxford Street, Regent Street - where thousands gather each November for the Christmas lights switch-on spectacular - and Bond Street - Le Meridien is the perfect choice for a special festive getaway.
Complete with a health club, where guests can relax and re-charge following a busy day shopping or sight-seeing by taking in the spa or taking a dip in its superb swimming pool - one of the largest indoor facilities in the capital - those keen to maintain their fitness routines can work out in Le Meridien’s state-of-the-art gym.
At its awarding-winning Terrace On Piccadilly - Le Meridien’s spacious brasserie fitted with a spectacular glass roof letting in swathes of natural light - guests can enjoy delicious, beautifully-presented meals throughout the day - all while surrounded by greenery and scenic views overlooking the London skyline.
From breakfast to afternoon teas (including a Peter Rabbit tea for the little ones) and of course, evening dining, the brasserie - which has the accolade of an AA Rosette award for culinary excellence (2014-18) - offers classic cuisine with a contemporary, global twist.
Le Meridien’s festive magic continues at its historic Maskelyne & Cooke bar - named after famous stage magicians and illusionists who made their name in the West End during the 1830s.
Step inside and the clocks are turned back to the 19th century where renowned magicians from the world-famous Magic Circle entertain guests as they perform wonders right in front of your very eyes, as bartenders prepare creative cocktails which 'smoke' and change colour at the table.
Meanwhile, festive shoppers are spoiled for choice with designer brands such as Tiffany & Co, Gucci and High Street favourites such as Zara and H&M - along with London names such as upmarket department store Fortnam and Mason - all nearby.
A must-visit is Burlington Arcade, a Regency-era shopping arcade in Mayfair which this year has been celebrating its 200th anniversary. A designer brand lover’s paradise, Burlington - where visitors get a warm welcome from its famous beadles wearing their distinctive footman-style uniforms - showcases upmarket boutiques such as Jimmy Choo, Rolex, and luxury fragrance brand Roja, and the Duchess of Sussex’s favourite handbag brand, Strathberry.
It’s also the destination for Harrod’s pop-up Christmas shop.
A short walk away is Piccadilly Circus - one of London’s most popular landmarks - where tourists can take in the bright neon signs, take a selfie in front its iconic fountain - or take in a musical or show in one of area’s thriving theatres.
The West End is also a cultural hot-spot, particularly for art lovers - with the Royal Academy of Arts, which is this year celebrating its 250th anniversary, currently exhibiting Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits until January 26, 2020.
Nearby is the new BAFTA pop-up, which will operate as the organisation’s headquarters for the next two years while the current premises undergo a two-year renovation, where there is a special exhibition showchasing outfits from the BBC hit series Killing Eve, including the iconic Molly Goddard pink dress paired with the original Balenciaga boots worn by Jodie Comer as assassin Villanelle running until March 2020
Culture, shopping, festive fun and relaxation... London has it all to offer and Le Meridien, Piccadilly is the perfect choice for your stay.
To find out more or book your stay, please visit: www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/lonpm-le-meridien-piccadilly/
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