Shop Till You Drop – The Landmark London & Bicester Village

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.

The famous Winter Garden at the Landmark Hotel in Marylebone, London, UKLondon 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.

There are some great fashion stores at Bicester Village in OxfordshireNow 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.

Bicester Village designer outletNikki 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.

Bicester Village flowers by Nikki TibblesI 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.

Shakespeare quote at Bicester Village, Oxfordshire
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 The Farmhouse restaurant
Bicester Village Opening Hours

  • Monday – Wednesday
    09.00 – 20.00
  • Thursday – Saturday
    09.00 – 21.00
  • Sunday
    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.

The spa at The Landmark Hotel London, Marylebone, UK
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…

Shakespeare quote at Bicester Village, UK

  • I went to Bicester Village recently for the first time in years. I’d forgotten how swish it was!! I got some great bargains too.

    • Suze

      I love the way it keeps changing there, it’s always a bit improved every time I go! Glad to hear you snapped up some bargains

  • Jenny Kearney

    I haven’t been to Bicester Village for ages, I love it there!

    • Suze

      Me too, it’s a fun day out

  • bericebaby

    Ooooo I’ve heard so much about Bicester Village. It’s on my list of places to visit. I think I will head there in the next couple of weeks with the boys. He will be great- Love the shop till you drop package.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Suze

      It’s my pleasure, you will have a great time! I forgot to mention, it’s best to get there in the morning if you can as it gets quite busy in the afternoon

  • very nice post about bicester village , it look like a city , i really like it
    Thank you for sharing Suze

  • Lucy

    The Landmark hotel is an absolute favourite for afternoon tea. Shopping and eating yes please. Bister Village has so much choice I could certainly while away a good few hours Lucy x (FoodieForce)

  • Bicester Village is a great place for shopping & who can resist cocktails, luxury brands, handsfree shopping and a relaxing massage at the end of a long day of Christmas shopping? Genius!

    Miriam x