The Magical Lantern Festival – (19th January to 26th February 2017)


One of London’s many great offerings to explore during your stay at the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate Hotel is the Magical Lantern Festival. Coinciding with the festivities of Chinese New Year, 2017’s Magical London Lantern Festival will explore the theme of the “Silk Road”, the route of trade between China and Europe. Starting with a stunning fifteen metre wide Lantern of the Houses of Parliament, the trail of beautiful lanterns will go on to explore the rich cultures of Central Asia, Arabia, Egypt, Persia, India and Ancient China. What’s more the first incarnation of the festival in 2016 was shortlisted for four awards at the 2016 Events Awards!

On top of the wondrous Lantern spectacles, visitors can also enjoy the Festival’s entertainment area. Attractions on offer include the Eis Haus Experience. Crafted with a staggering ten tonnes of ice, this pop up bar offers guests a unique selection of drinks and hand carved ice sculptures.

The virtual reality experience will allow guests to explore the most cutting edge of gaming technology. With a variety of games lasting three to ten minutes, guests can don their headset and explore magical worlds, epic space battles and can even run with dinosaurs.

Chinese Lantern

As well as an on-site ice rink, Lantern Festival visitors have the chance to sample some of the finest in international cuisine at many of the food and drink stalls located around the festival site. These include Notso, a stall providing a variety of East Asian Street foods and the mouth-watering Marshmallowist, which serves Marshmallow based Soufflés and boutique alcoholic beverages.  The Chiswick House Café is also located on site, offering a range of modern British cooking. The Café has been chosen by Time Out Magazine as one of the Best café’s in London, so even more reason to visit!

The Magical Lantern Festival is located in Chiswick House Gardens and most easily travelled to by public transport. Visitors of the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate Hotel can travel via Paddington station’s District Outer Rail; service to Earls Court and then a District Rail Westbound connection to Turnham Green. From Turnham Green, Chiswick House Garden’s is a twenty minute walk down Devonshire Road and Burlington Lane. Unfortunately, the car park on site is reserved for disabled badge holders and drop offs and pickups.