Christmas 2017: Five festive markets to visit in London
Tired of going to Winter Wonderland for the fifth year in a row? Christmas markets are a must in the cold season, and London once again doesn’t disappoint with its great variety. In many local areas, the community itself organises a unique one-day/one-weekend market. Spot the posters on the main road, ask the shop assistants, or simply check on your mobile phone.
If you are looking for a more immersive experience in the city centre, we’ve got you covered! The following list includes a selection of markets to visit. Whether you are looking for a cute gift for your nephew, a good sip of mulled wine, or a healthy dose of festive songs and sparkles, you can be sure these places all taste of Christmas.
Cheesegrater Christmas Market
Five minutes’ walk from the Bank of England stands the tallest skyscraper in the City of London: the Cheesegrater. And for the first time ever, the atrium will host a Christmas market, reflecting its multinational outlook. Within the huge metal structure, green festive trees decorate the entrance. Who said the City is only a financial hub?
Cheesegrater Christmas Market is at The Leadenhall Building, 122 Leadenhall Street EC3V 4QT, until 22nd Dccember 2017. For further information visit the website here.
Winter Forest at Broadgate
While running to catch the last train at Liverpool Street Station, you may miss the opportunity to check out the enchanted forest at the heart of Exchange Square. Allow extra time to have a look at the Nordic tents surrounded by snow-covered pines. Among the attractions of the forest are the Tipi Cinema, the Hideaway and plenty of festive stalls for your shopping and to whet your appetite. Lumen, a neon light installation by British artist David Ogle, adds the magical touch to the whole atmosphere.
Winter Forest is at Broadgate, Exchange Square London EC2A 2BQ, until 12th January 2018. For further information visit the website here.
Winter Market on the Southbank
With the Houses of Parliament and the red-lit London Eye as backdrop, this Christmas Market is the charming alternative to the hustle and bustle of the shopping streets, with a romantic view above the silent waters of the Thames. Part of the Wintertime Festival at the Southbank Centre, the Finnish wooden chalets are the perfect match for pre and post festive shows, as well as for a relaxing walk on a Sunday afternoon.
Winter Market is on the Southbank, Queen’s Walk London SE1 8XX, until 30th December 2017. For further information visit the website here.
Winterville Clapham Common
Once upon a time, far, far away from the packed Green Park, there was an alternative Christmas village in Clapham Common called Winterville. Featuring the panoramic Big Wheel, an outdoor ice rink, pop-up pubs, family shows, cabaret nights, and lots of indoor stalls from independent designers, will you be able to keep up with the colourful and vibrant venue? The challenge is on.
Winterville is at Clapham Common, Windmill Dr London SW4 9DE, until 1st January 2018. For further information visit the website here.
Real Food Christmas Market
For the foodies in search of their festive treats, the Real Food Market gets its Christmas makeover, offering seasonal food from independent and responsible producers. Find here the best ingredients for your winter meals or simply pop over for a tasty snack. The colours and pleasant smells from the stalls will be a feast for the senses.
Real Food Christmas Market is at Kings Cross Square, Euston Rd Kings Cross London N1 9AP, from 13th until 22nd December 2017. For further information visit the website here.