Markets any time of year are pretty magical. The abundance of organic, gourmet produce, antiques, baked goods and vintage clothes filling us with the hope of new possibilities both in the kitchen and wardrobe…but a London Christmas market? Well, there truly isn’t anything else quite like it.
The lights, the trinkets, the mulled wine and the FOOD (oohh, the food) hold with them the key to a perfect festive run up. So we’ve picked out our favourites to ensure that you have the most wondrous winter imaginable. Get ready to wrap up, and wrap up – your Christmas shopping and spirit will blossom faster than we can say ‘Glühwein’.
1. Tate Modern Christmas Market
Wooden chalets, a carousel, Santa’s grotto and copious amounts of roasted nuts, hand crafted jewellery and mulled wine make this traditional Christmas market one of the most magical of all. Situated along the Thames, the surrounding fairy lights and music would put a sparkle of festive cheer into even the scroogest of Scrooges. Running until Wednesday 23rd December, pop down and witness the South Bank be transformed into a winter wonderland of its own. Hyde Park…take that!
Bankside at the Tate Modern, South Bank. SE1 9TG
Opening Times: 11am to 9pm Monday to Thursday, 11am to 10pm on Friday, 10am to 10pm on Saturday and 10am to 9pm on Sunday.
2. East Village Christmas Makers Market
This December head to East Village London to get into the festive spirit with a Christmas pop-up shopping experience…one that’s not your typical Bavarian village. The Christmas Makers Market celebrates the best new artists and crafts that the capital has to offer and curates beautiful hand-made gifts under one roof. The perfect destination for those in search of unique Christmas gifts for their loved ones? YUP! Leather accessories from Briggs and Shears, hand-crafted jewellery from Inger Studio, hand-drawn designs from Lamplighter London, as well as individual ceramic pieces from Blue Guy Pottery are just a handful of the gift possibilities on offer. A series of workshops where visitors can try their hand at making their own personalised Christmas gifts or even pick up a new hobby are also available, putting East Village near the top of our list as a must-market this winter!
15-19 Penny Brookes Street, East Village, E20 1DA
Opening Times: Saturdays – 11am to 6pm / Sundays – 11am to 5pm.
3. Christmas in Belgravia
The farmers market on Saturday 5th December will be extended, with plenty of Christmas stalls lining Pimlico Road along with live entertainment and music. On Sunday, Elizabeth Street will be transformed into a glorious winter wonderland comprising various boutique stalls offering a fantastic variety of seasonal treats, from gastronomic delights to fashion accessories. This year will introduce a special new addition of a Taxi grotto photo booth where instead of his traditional grotto, Santa will make an appearance inside a black cab…Fun for all the family!
Elizabeth St, Belgravia, SW1W
Ok, ok…we just couldn’t resist! Winter Wonderland’s Christmas market oozes festivity and cheer like no other. Sections are full of arts and crafts trinkets, jewellery and decorations that make perfect presents for friends and family, while the Angels and Yuletide market sees charming wooden chalets overflowing with festive goods. More importantly, the Bavarian Village offers churros, mulled wine, hot chocolate, German sausage and glühwein. Go on Grinch, give it your best shot! ??
Opening Times: until January 3rd 2016, 10am – 10pm.
5. Barbican Christmas Market
The Barbican hosts an alternative Christmas market for three weekends this December, with a daily changing roster of over 35 independent designers and makers. Showcasing unique gifts and stocking fillers by aspiring artisans, cult craftspeople and local designers this is the perfect place to search for one-off presents, jewellery, prints, ceramics while enjoying a mince pie and some mulled wine. Open 4th – 20th December in the foyer on Level G.
The Barbican, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
Opening times: 12pm to 8.30pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Featured Image Credit: TimeOut