Now that the festive season is in full swing, we have compiled a list of our five favourite London Christmas markets.
Whether you’re looking for a warm glass of mulled wine, an opportunity to don your festive mittens and bobble hat, or try your luck at those pesky fairground games…there is something for everyone.
5. The Real Food Christmas Market
At number 5, the festive edition of the Real Food Market in Kings Cross Square means that food rightly takes centre stage, what more could you want at Christmas! Free to enter and with a selection of sustainably sourced and ethically produced fine foods, you can marvel at an abundance of continental cheeses, Christmas puddings and cured meats. Don’t forget the mulled wine and mince pies!
4. Christmas Market at Tate Modern
Next up is the Tate Modern. This festive market has the added bonus of being situated in between the Tate Modern and the Thames. The market even has a Victorian carousel for children this year, as well as a number of pretty wooden chalets. Browse the many stalls for Christmas gifts as you tuck into festive food and delicious cups of warming and seasonal hot drinks. The market is free and easily accessible via the South exit of Blackfriars station.
3. The East Village Christmas Makers Market
East Village Market is inspired by the recently famous Danish word ‘Hygge’ – the art of making everyday moments more meaningful or special. Expect comfort food, entertainment, fashion and delightful homeware stalls. Although a little further out of the way than many of the other festive markets, it is well worth the visit. East Village is only open until Sunday 11th December, so make sure you don’t miss out this weekend! Entrance is free and the nearest station is Stratford International.
2. Southbank Centre Winter Market
At number two is Southbank Centre Winter Market. Enjoy mulled wine and delicious global street food focused on sustainable and artisan produce. The centre has even included a Bump Roller Disco this year for keen skaters. Free to enter on any day of the week, an evening listening to Christmas songs while admiring lights by the Thames is as festive as it gets. The nearest station is Waterloo.
1. Kew Gardens
Our favourite destination this year has to be Christmas at Kew Gardens. The garden is open day and night, with day admission free and night tickets costing £18. The new trail, complete with laser beams, a scented garden, a North Pole village and vintage rides means the evening tickets are well worth the money, though. Expect to be overwhelmed with Christmas cheer as you wander through the beautiful display of festive lights with a cup of hot coco, (or your favourite alternative) but make sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment! The nearest station is Kew Gardens station, just 400 metres from the Victoria Gate entrance.