London is arguably one of the most magical cities to visit during the festive period. If you are looking for an enjoyable Christmas shopping experience to ensure you get all of those important gifts, especially for those with a real personal touch, then you can't go wrong with the many wonderful Christmas markets in London. Here’s our pick of the best Christmas markets in the city.
A multitude of exciting sights, smells and sounds await you at London’s longest running Winter market South Bank Centre . The market is situated on London’s South Bank of the river Thames, with delightful traditional wooden chalets, selling a wide variety of gifts including handmade and one off gifts for that real personal touch. You won't be stuck for choice if you're looking for seasonal delicacies to add to your Christmas meal, the market also has several festive food stalls where you can sample food before you buy. Warm yourself with a mulled wine or a hot spiced apple as you take a stroll along the South Bank, lit up with thousands of lights in the true spirit. Full of festive cheer!
The jewel in London's Christmas market crown, Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland has something for the whole family, including those looking out for the perfect Christmas gift. There are over 200 Bavarian style huts selling decorations, food, drink and gifts for you to buy or take inspiration from for the perfect Christmas. Be sure to check out the ‘curry wurst’, a type of curried sausage! The festive fun doesn't have to stop there though! Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in London, aside from the food vendors and gift stalls, there are several attractions on site. A circus, large ice skating rink, a selection of fairground rides, Santa's Grotto and even a Bavarian Village with après ski style music are just some of the options available to help you while away a wonderful winters day or evening in the Christmas spirit!
If you prefer your Christmas gift shopping indoors away from the cold winter weather that is almost a certainty for London in December, then look no further than the Barbican Christmas market held in the vast Barbican Centre, Europe’s largest multi arts venue. Whatever the type of Christmas gift you are looking to buy, this Christmas market has a wide variety available, from something small to something more high end. Over 35 designers from all over the world have stalls available, selling everything from handmade jewelry to designer clothes. Barbican Christmas market is particularly worth a visit if you are seeking an unusual, luxurious, one of a kind gift. You can also find mulled wine on hand to warm you up from the cold weather!
Located in Shoreditch, the arts and media hub of London, this alternative Christmas craft market is the one stop shop for all of your unique Christmas gift needs. Local artists and creative types will be selling one off, high quality personalized goods, from wallets to paintings. You can even buy upscale furniture here if you are looking for a very large gift for your loved one or another chair to add to your Christmas table for that unexpected guest! A variety of hot food can also be purchased on site if you are feeling peckish.
Immerse yourself in a Christmas with all the trimmings at Canary Wharf's Christmas market. Traditional wooden toys, locally produced clothing and accessories and hundreds of other gifts and Christmas decorations; plus Christmas themed food from gingerbread to hot chestnuts can be bought here. In Canary Wharf, you will also find one of the largest and most impressive ice skating rinks open in London during the holiday season. If you can't find what you’re looking for at this London Christmas market you are in luck as Canary Wharf has over 300 retail outlets where you are sure to find suitable gifts for you loved ones.
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We hope that this has helped you decide the perfect place to get in the Christmas spirit in London.