New $2B Macao Resort Brings a Replica of the UK’s Big Ben

May 27th, 2023: If you’re from Asia, you no longer need to book a flight to London to check out UK’s famed Big Ben or take a selfie with the city’s iconic red double-decker bus. Now, the trip and experience are possible, and it’s closer to home- in Macao, the so-called Las Vegas of Asia. 

The Londoner Macao, a British-themed luxury casino resort owned by Las Vegas Sands, held a grand opening ceremony last Thursday to welcome local and international guests to a grand resort and gambling experience with a touch of British culture. With English football celebrity David Beckham as the guest, the popular Chinese gambling city has successfully added another luxury hotel and resort along the Cotai Strip that promises premium entertainment to local and international guests.

An international hotel with a British flavour

The Londoner Macao is a tribute to British culture, from afternoon tea the Big Ben to Premier League football.  This property has been operational for two years, but after the government lifted the pandemic restrictions, the management team has found a reason to celebrate a grand opening in style. As part of its celebration and introduction to the general public, the Las Vegas Sands management has invited David Beckham, who also has a hand in designing the premium suits of the property.

So, what can guests expect from this opulent new hotel? The Londoner features two all-suite hotels, The Londoner Hotel and the Londoner Court. The design team has pulled all stops to create a premium resort experience that reflects British culture.  Also, the hotel’s naming conventions stick with UK’s most famous people and places, so if you’re British or love anything about the UK, you’ll feel at home when you book a stay.

Get a European-style stay in the heart of Macao

Exploring the resort hotel is like visiting the UK. Guests can start their exploration by checking out the marble-decked Crystal Palace lobby atrium that boasts a replica Elizabeth Tower or the home of the Big Ben clock. Also, this area features a full-scale replica of the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain and a three-story atrium that looks like the Royal Albert Hall.

If you’re here, watch out for the once-a-day Changing of the Guard ceremony that re-creates the traditional practice common in Buckingham Palace. Guests can also ride the London-style black taxi for a virtual tour of London with the help of Beckham’s hologram or take a selfie with the double-decker bus.

Hotel promises the best resort experience

According to its owners, The Londoner aims to provide the best resort experience.  Las Vegas Sands CEO Robert Goldstein shared that guests will not find a better hotel room experience than what they’re offering. He added that the hotel “exemplifies our commitment to quality” and “The rooms are as good as they are anywhere in the world.”

Las Vegas Sands owns The Londoner Macao and runs The Parisian Macao, The Venetian Macao, Sands Maco, and The Plaza Macao & Four Seasons Hotel Macao, located along the Cotai Strip.

This isn’t the first time the Las Vegas Sands have integrated replicas of popular landmarks into their hotels and resources. Las Vegas Sands’ practice is to include replicas of landmarks like the Venice Grand Canal and the Eiffel Tower to add value to their properties.

The Londoner Macao