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New Starwood dining discounts in London for SPG members

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Starwood Preferred Guest has launched a new range of dining discounts for its members.

These are valid globally, but I have just focussed on the London ones here.  You can navigate through the website to look at other areas.  The key here is that you don’t need to be a hotel guest to take advantage of these discounts – and you will earn SPG points for your meal at the same time!

Here is the new London list.

As you can see, the general discount is 10 per cent off your food bill, although a couple of places are offering 15 per cent.  Spice Market (photo above) at the W Leicester Square is included in the ‘10% discount’ list, which makes it an interesting option for anyone (sub 30 years of age!) planning a night out in the West End.

Starwood Preferred Guest is free to join at spg.com although you will need to print off a membership card as they do not send one until you have completed one hotel stay.  American Express Platinum members get an automatic status boost to Gold level as long as they register at americanexpress.co.uk/platinum and complete the appropriate online form.

Here is my secret tip for a fairly quiet meal and drink in the West End.  Next door to the W is the Empire casino.  This has free entry, although ID will be required.  Inside it is fairly classy with a number of decent eating and drinking options, including a bar with an outside balcony overlooking Leicester Square.  As with all casinos, the food and drink is modestly priced as well.


How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (October 2022)

There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.

EDIT: Until 8th November 2022, the sign-up bonus on the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card is doubled to 40,000 points!

You can apply here.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

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You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

The Platinum Card from American Express

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You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (9)

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  • Hingeless says:

    10% off over priced food

    I would suggest getting a taste card for 50% of lots of restaurants with some gems available

  • Geoggy says:

    The casino is an interesting to. Do you need to join and I can only see one restaurant on their website is it any good?

    • Rob says:

      It is a while since I’ve been, but it was OK and represents very good value for money. No need to book either, just wander in.

      You will need to join the casino to get in under UK law but that can be done on the spot with ID, not sure what counts as ID these days so best to take driving licence or passport.

      • Rich says:

        Not sure if you do need to join any more.
        I have been to the Hippodrome for meetings on two occasions recently and just wanted in.
        The bars there are nice too- it’s open 24 hours and had been refurbished impressively.

      • Aceman says:

        Empire and hippodrome let you walk in, no more “cooling off period” or need for membership, however you will need ID for any transactions (ie cashing out chips) above a certain amount, if memory serves £1000.

        I’ve heard the food at hippodrome is excellent, but never eaten there, the interior is really quite special there.

        Another excellent low cost dining option just around the corner is Brasserie Zedel, good brasserie food, beautiful large room, very reasonable prices.

        • Rob says:

          Haven’t tried the Hippodrome yet. Zedel does have an excellent reputation as well although, again, I haven’t got around to trying it yet.

  • Hingeless says:

    Many gems – to start with fredericks in islington

  • Kay says:

    Almost all of these are on the Taste card (50% off) anyway.

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