West End London Hotel Offers New Experiences for Autumn

London Marriott Hotel Marble Arch says is claiming to offer a number of attractive accommodation options for visitors to the city of London.

The deluxe four-star hotel, located near Oxford Street, London, is within easy reach of major amenities, including Hyde Park, Winter Wonderland, and West End theatres.

For half-term breaks, families can take advantage of a 20.12 percent discount by booking in advance, which includes room only at weekend stay for breakfast rates. The hotel is also offering a London Eye Package, including accommodation, two tickets for the London Eye Ferris wheel, breakfast for two adults, and use of the hotel leisure club including indoor pool and gym.

The hotel is offering its guests an interactive online Visitor’s Guide to arrange their adventure activities and sightseeing options, visit the festive ambience of Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, do Christmas shopping, or tour the local galleries and museums.

The hotel is offering two dining venues, The Brasserie Centrale, and Chats Cafe Bar, as well as recreational facilities, including a fitness centre, and swimming pool.

For guests staying at the hotel on business, it has a natural daylight area and a private pre-function area for meetings and social gatherings, six conference and meeting facilities for business gatherings, and the Westmacott Suite, which can accommodate up to 150 people.

As part of the Marriott International brand, the hotel is offering a 13 percent saving on delegate rates for business meetings booked before January 15, 2013, for events that are hosted between January 1, and March 31, 2013. The offer is available at 50 Marriott hotels, from Aberdeen to Portsmouth, in the UK.

Luxury London on a budget

London is one of the world’s greatest cities, but like Paris, New York and Rome, can be hard on the wallet. While you can see all the stunning major attractions from the outside at no charge other than your travel, some do have entrance fees and if you want to cram in as many as possible, the costs are going to mount up. Choose the ones you want to see inside carefully, and make the most of them.

If you want to see the luxurious side of London but lack the financial wherewithal to splurge, it is possible, it just needs a bit of know-how and some planning.

One of the greatest attractions of London is Theatreland. Some say it outshines Broadway but unless you try, you can’t judge. A family outing to the theatre in the West End can be a pricey affair, but there are ways to make it a comparative bargain. Check out special offers for combined hotel and theatre packages on sites like Show and Stay, or visit the half price ticket booth on Leicester Square. Luxuriate in the opulence of antique theatres and enjoy the best drama, comedy or dramas in the world.

London has more than its fair share of luxury hotels – The Ritz, The Dorchester, The Savoy, and Claridges, to name just a few. A stay in one of their amazing suites may be out of the question, but there are some delightful boutique hotels dotted around the city. Also, look for little budget hotels in the areas away from the main tourist drag – public transport makes it easy to get around so you needn’t feel isolated. Book a budget hotel, get hold of an Oyster card for travelling, and you can afford some extra treats.

As you have saved on your travel and accommodation, you can afford some of the extra special attractions. Since the Millennium, the London Eye has firmly established itself as one of the must-do things in the capital. Make it extra special by taking a champagne flight for two. You have an entire capsule to yourselves and a bottle of champagne to sip, as you view some of the most iconic landmarks in the world.

This next one may well surprise you. It is shopping. But, we’re not talking about the overpriced stores in Oxford Street or the upmarket designer boutiques of Bond Street. For luxury shopping on a budget, eschew the shopping malls and brightly lit streets and head for the charity shops, but not just any one. The Oxfam in Notting Hill not only has designer label cast-offs from its well-heeled residents, but also great unique pieces by the students of the London College of Fashion. Alternatively, try the Chelsea British Red Cross shop for some true designer bargains.

It’s been a while now since the UK has put its legacy of warm beer and terrible food behind it. The London food scene actually sets the trends and has an amazing collection of restaurants. Of course, these come at a price so unless you happen to find a daily deal site with a very special offer, they are best avoided. Instead, head to ethnic restaurants in their own ethnic enclaves. Fancy something Greek? Find a restaurant in Palmers Green. Need kosher? The only place is Golders Green, and for Chinese, of course it is Chinatown, but avoid pricey Gerrard Street. There is such a vast selection of cuisines on offer in London, it is a real opportunity to sample something new. You could be eating Lebanese on the Marylebone Road, Bangladeshi in Tooting, or Somalian in Bethnal Green, and all at a fraction of the cost of a Michelin star meal in tourist central.

This guest post is from Show and Stay, the UK’s provider of cheap theatre breaks.

Take Advantage of Olympic Deals with a Visit to London’s West End

Some of the best loved musicals are being staged in London’s West End right now, as well as some dramatic adaptations of the most popular books and films of recent years. From the beautiful new performance of Ghost, featuring music from the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart and every bit living up to the original 1990 movie starring Demi Moore and the late great Patrick Swayze; to the first West End staging of childrens’ favourite Shrek.

The Theatre Royal Drury Lane imagining of Dreamworks’ 2001 kids’ classic is proving to be just as popular as the big screen version on websites vending West End theatre tickets such as Ticket.com, which is unsurprising considering the performance is embellished with a star-studded cast including Nigel Lindsay and Nigel Harman; Girls Aloud’s Kimberley Walsh; and rapper Richard Blackwood as Donkey.

Another big hit with the younger generation is the West End adaptation of Roald Dahl’s much loved book Matilda, with music this time coming from Aussie comic Tim Minchin; the team behind the performance are non-other than the  Royal Shakespeare Company.

With so much to see for all the family; along with the London 2012 Olympics just around the corner; this summer is the perfect time to take a trip to the theatre district of London. Thanks to the Olympic Games many London hotels are offering special prices that can easily be taken advantage of when you’re taking a trip to the theatre instead; not only that, but rail operators such as National Rail are providing cut price tickets for the next few months.