Twinkly lights, mulled wine, cheese fondue and an excuse to shop… just some of the best things the Christmas season brings. We’ve rounded up a few must-visit places if you’re in London this winter.
WINTER MARKET AT THE SOUTHBANK CENTRE
The Southbank Centre Winter Market will pop up between Friday 9 November and Thursday 27 December, with festive goodies and food to enjoy under twinkling lights by the river Thames. Make the most of the season to be jolly with spectacular family shows, sacred music and other seasonal delights… psst we hear the circus is coming to town!
| Southbank Centre Winter Market, The Queen’s Walk, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX
| Closest tube: Waterloo
CHRISTMAS BY THE RIVER – LONDON BRIDGE CITY CHRISTMAS MARKET
This December, 68 stalls selling gifts, seasonal food and drink will collate at one of London’s most picturesque Christmas markets by London Bridge along the River Thames. Enjoy stunning views of Tower Bridge, The Tower of London and the iconic City skyline whilst picking out artisan gifts, sipping on mulled wine or hot chocolate and taking in the wintery dreamland sights. Throughout December, Christmas by the River will host workshops in a true Christmas holiday style chalet event space, ideal to get you in the holiday spirit.
| London Bridge City Christmas Market, London Bridge
| Closest tube: London Bridge
Winter Wonderland is one of London’s most famous Christmas events, located in central London’s Hyde Park, this festive spectacular welcomes people of all ages to embrace the best of Christmas activities from artisan market stalls, ice skating, rides and games, live music and plenty of food and drink, there is something for everyone. Each year this event attracts more and more people so we recommend arriving early to get the best out of your experience. Don’t worry you’ll never be too far away from a hot mulled wine!
| Winter Wonderland
| Closest tube: Hyde Park Corner
Old Spitalfields Market is the original East London market, open 7 days a week, bringing together small producers with local creative and artisans, original independent retailers and a few well-known brands under one historic roof. This unique spot is only a few minutes’ walk away from Qbic and is the perfect location to shop for that special Christmas gift. If you have a strong interest in design and seeking quality and responsibly sourced products with a story to tell then this spot is for you! Be sure to take a break between shopping to re-fuel in one of the many diverse food spots located in the centre of the market, order up dishes prepared by well-established East London chefs.
| Spitalfields market, 16 Horner Square, London E1 6EW
| Closest tube: Liverpool Street
Sometimes you want to stick to what you know, we get it, and we know exactly where you should head to seek the well-known stores all under one roof – Westfield, Stratford City. Perfect for a rainy day, although be warned you will not be the only one with the same idea so prepare yourself for some serious strategic shopping. Find all the big retail names within fashion, homeware, beauty, tech and much more, a city of restaurants and even a cinema and bowling alley. Come Christmas Westfield usually creates a Christmas market, ice skating rink and a Santa’s grotto, although this year’s festivities are yet to be confirmed.
| Westfield Stratford City, Olympic Park, Montfichet Rd, London E20 1EJ
| Closest tube: Stratford
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