Beautiful London markets to explore in December

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London is a city filled with magnificent markets, yet Christmas provides an even greater opportunity to shine! Whether you’re seeking gifts, or simply want to take in the views whilst dining on some of the best festive food the city has to offer, there’s something for everyone this December.

Christmas by the River

London Bridge

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This impressive yearly Christmas market is filled with a real love of the festive season, and offers the chance to shop seasonal goods whilst taking in views of Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the city skyline. There are boutique vendors selling unique goods, and also lots to eat and drink while you explore. In addition, there are even spaces to stop and take shelter, creating a real riverside retreat for visitors to the city.

Winter Wonderland

Hyde Park

Winter Wonderland-London

Hyde Park’s annual Winter Wonderland has returned for another year, and in addition to its wide range of fantastic Christmas attractions (including opportunities to ice skate, learn how to create your own ice sculptures, visit the circus and much more), there’s also plentiful market stalls offering gift ideas and delicious food and drink, sure to impress anyone staying at the Chilworth Hotel during December.

Kingston Christmas Market

Kingston Marketplace

kingston market

This delightful Christmas market is heavy on traditionalism, with fifty stalls set within delightful wooden chalets selling all kinds of kitsch goods to eager crowds of festive shoppers. The stalls focus on handmade goods and there’s also plenty of seasonal good and drink to enjoy, with a distinctively Nordic feel within this south-west London setting.

Winterville

Clapham Common

attractions at Winter Wonderland 2018

Providing everything from opportunities to grab a seasonal bite to eat, to a skating rink, market and street food galore, Clapham Common’s Winterville is back for another year. In addition to the market stalls selling traditional and quirky Christmas goods, there’s also a roller disco and Christmas maze for 2018, providing lots to do and see while you stay at the Chilworth Hotel. There’s even a mini golf course on offer and a small festive circus, as well as an on-site craft fair adding a little extra flourish to your Christmas shopping.

Southbank Centre Wintertime Market

South Bank

winter market

Located alongside the Thames just beside the South Bank Centre, this wonderful Christmas market offers a little bit of everything, but focuses on appealing to foodies with winter favourites and an array of Asian, Indian and Greek cuisine sure to keep you warm and cosy while you shop and explore – making it ideal for something a little more substantial after enjoying an afternoon tea near Paddington Station.

 

Christmas in Leicester Square

Leicester Square

Leicester Square christmas

Packed with stunning traditional market stalls and with a Christmas grotto complete with the chance to meet Santa Claus, this is a great choice if you’re travelling with younger visitors. Christmas in Leicester Square is a particularly impressive space for a wintry stroll and a festive shop. There are also extra special events like cabaret and plenty of yummy street food to enjoy.

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