For anyone that isn’t incredibly organised and has done all their shopping already, or anyone who just fancies getting in the festive spirit, London is packed with fabulous Christmas markets at this time of year.
Whether you’re picking up last-minute gifts or looking for a good glass of mulled wine, you’re spoilt for choice. Here’s a brief pick of the best:
Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park
Now in its 12th year, this is probably now London’s best known Christmas market with some 200 Bavarian style chalets in the Angel’s Market. Unsurprisingly, with that much choice, you really can find anything and everything.
It carries on until 6 January, so if you miss it over Christmas, catch it in the New Year!
Camden Market’s Christmas Take Over
Camden Market is one of London’s most iconic shopping areas which has attracted tourists and locals alike for decades. The Christmas Take Over is a great concept, with 1000 seasonal vendors serving up a variety of treats. Plus, with a Gingerbread Workshop, Jazz Carols and hourly snow flurries, you won’t be short of pics for Instagram!
Winter Market at the Southbank Centre
This Christmas Market extends all around Southbank, with carousels, bars, stalls and wood cabins serving delicious food. There are mulled wine stalls everywhere so grab a hot cup and wander along the Thames among the beautiful lights and scenery.
Somerset House is a beautiful destination all year round – one of London’s real hidden gems. This year as always the ice rink will be present, but so will special exhibitions and stalls from Fortnum and Mason.
Quick tip: if you plan on skating, book online in advance – it is very popular!
Kingston-upon-Thames Christmas Market
Right on our doorstep at Craven House, beautiful Kingston in South West London transforms its ancient marketplace into a Christmas extravaganza every year.
The fire pit in the Alpine Village is a wonderful centrepiece, and you’ll find rides, street food and dozens of beautiful wooden cabins selling a wide range of festive bits and bobs. And for the kids, the Candy Cane Forest is a must-visit – it opens from 15 December.
Winterville at Clapham Common
For something a little livelier, Winterville could be your best bet. With the fun and retro Spiegeltent at its heart and an enormous street food ‘village’, it has the feel of a music festival, with great food and drink options everywhere.
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