You’re in for a festive treat. From November through until early January, the city comes alive with the scent of fresh, hearty food and the joyous harmonies of seasonal cheer. You’ll find Christmas markets popping up all across the city, but we’ve got a list of those you simply won’t want to miss.
Always an incredibly busy part of the city, Leicester Square briefly takes on a more traditional feel at Christmas. Wooden huts dazzling with Christmas decorations pop up in the famous square from early November until January 5.
Spend a few hours buzzing around the local commercial district, then treat yourself to a warming mulled wine or two, and take your pick from the artisan delicacies on offer throughout the market’s wide range of stalls.
Why not wrap up warm, grab a bite to eat, and take a walk by the Thames? Throughout December you’ll find seasonal stalls covering the most prominent stretches of the famous Queen’s Walk. You’ll discover artisan gifts and stocking fillers for your friends and family until 7pm, and still have the rest of the evening to explore.
With Tower Bridge and the Tower of London both ‘towering’ over the route, you’ll also see some of London’s most prestigious icons glowing with festive splendour.
Across the river, the Southbank Centre is transformed into a merry esplanade of street food, craft beers and hand-crafted gifts. There’s also a variety of live shows and performances, including stand-up comedy, carol-singing and lively cabaret, as well as classic fairy tales for the kids at certain times of day.
The markets run until December 27, and members of the Southbank Centre get priority entry to some of the festivities. Check out the dates and times of certain events, and consider signing up so you don’t miss out.
A popular market throughout the year, they really go to town with the Christmas cheer at this world-renowned piazza. It’s a romantic place to stroll with a loved one or if you’re on a cosy, December date, as there are charming, mistletoe chandeliers throughout the market buildings.
There is also always a spectacular, 55-foot Christmas tree that has been handpicked for the festive centrepiece, and Covent Garden rolls out a range of other incredible decorations that you won’t see anywhere else in the city.
London’s ‘alternative’ festive experience. Over at Clapham Common, you’ll be transported into an immersive winter wonderland for the whole family to enjoy. The activities range from ice-skating to fairground rides, while there’s also a circus, a cinema – even a labyrinth!
Of course, there’s food aplenty here, too – but it’d be worth you getting your gifts elsewhere before you enjoy an evening at Winterville. Look into tickets for specific events before you go, ensuring you save time when you arrive, and get ready for a fun-filled evening you won’t find anywhere else.
Of course, there are many other wonderful markets throughout the city, and this is why it’s worth planning your stay before your visit. Dorsett Hotel, City of London is in an ideal location for anyone who wants to spend time enjoying the festivities before relaxing locally in luxury accommodation at the end of every magical day.