8 of the Best Christmas Markets
It’s that time of year where we put on scarves and bobble hats and head to the nearest Christmas market and browse Christmassy trinkets, down hot chocolate and mulled wine and anything with cinnamon in it. From Greenwich to Hyde Park The Handbook has selected a smattering of the best London Christmas markets.
What: Taking Over Mayfair
Why: The 1st of December is when we can start celebrating Christmas without any guilt, without feeling like we’re perhaps getting a little over excited and jumping the gun. Start the celebrations at Novikov Restaurant & Bar’s Mayfair Christmas Market. Taking over the whole of Mayfair Place W1, the market will be the perfect place to start your Christmas shopping with the likes of new jewellery label Olivia & Pearl, Sandy Bay London and Byron and Brown all setting up shop. There’ll also be carol singers, an appearance from Father Christmas and on Saturday afternoon, the reindeer will join him. And if it gets too much head to the Louis Roederer Ice Bar.
Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd December
Where: 50A Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8HA
Christmas By the River
What: Christmas Markets and Iconic Views
Why: Back for its fourth year, Christmas by the River will host 68 stalls and workshops against a backdrop of some of London’s most iconic views. There’ll be gifts from The Little Tibet, London Artlife and Akira Woolen Accessories and food and drinks from the likes of Jim & Tonic.
Thursday 30th November – Wednesday 3rd January
Where: The Queen’s Walk from Hay’s Galleria and London Bridge City Pier to The Scoop at More London R
Scandinavian Christmas Market
What: A Scandinavian Christmas
Why: This year the annual Scandinavian Christmas Market will be taking place from the 24th -26th November and will bring together the Finnish and Norwegian Churches. You’ll be able to find Nordic gifts, Swedish street food, drinks and presents from the likes of Blåbär, Nyborg-London, Nordic Nic Nac and Proper Piirakka,
Friday 24th – Sunday 26th November
Where: Albion Street, Rotherhithe, SE16 7HZ
Wintertime at Southbank
What: Fondue and Saunas
Why: Wintertime at Southbank isn’t just your average Christmas market, alongside buying stocking fillers and gifts you’ll also be eating fondue in a snow globe, sipping mulled wine in a bar, listening to choirs and concerts and letting off steam in the Finnish rooftop sauna.
Now until Thursday 4th January
Where: Southbank, Waterloo, SE1
Old Royal Naval College
What: Greenwich Winter Time
Why: If switching back to Greenwich Mean Time meant that you get an extra hour in bed, Greenwich Winter Time means that you will definitely want to spend it at this East London festival. Not only is there the obligatory ice rink, father Christmas will be flying his sleigh in for the Father Christmas Launch Pad, a unique theatrical performance for up to 40 kids at a time every quarter of an hour. In addition expect screenings of The Snowman (accompanied by a live brass band), foodie popups, music and entertainment, all in the surroundings of the Old Royal Naval College.
Friday 1st December to Sunday 31st December
Where: King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9NN
Pear Tree Cafe Battersea Park
What: Battersea magic
Why: There mightn’t be a partridge, but at least there’s definitely a pear tree at Battersea Park’s Pear Tree Christmas Market. Held on the terrace by the Pear Tree Cafe, overlooking the boating lake, over 30 shops and stalls will be opening selling all sorts of luxury gifts as well as artisanal food and drink. Mull the mulled wine, gorge on the georgous dishes and shop at stacked stalls surrounded by candles and fairy lights.
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December
Where: Battersea Park, Battersea, SW11 4NJ
What: Hyde Park Does Christmas
Why: This is the big one. The tourists might all be heading toward the circus or the rides, but the discerning visitor to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland will be treading a path straight to the Christmas market. Over 200 stallholders will be converging on the festival to sell their wares from Bavarian style fairy lit wooden chalets. When you’ve been back and forth and seen all the artisanal producers, homemade bits-and-bobs makers and so on then you can always try your luck with the UK’s largest open-air ice rink or the enormous ferris wheel.
Friday 17th November to Monday 1st January
Where: Hyde Park, Knightsbridge, W2 2UH
What: Market by the riverside
Why: Christmas By The River is ready to take over the riverbank by More London. With a backdrop of Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and The City the London skyline will play second fiddle to the 68 stallholders vying for the attention of discerning shoppers.
Thursday 30th November until Wednesday 3rd January
Where: More London, London Bridge, SE1 2DB
Ealing Christmas Market
What: Ealing Christmas Market
Why: For those a little further West, the Ealing Christmas Market is now here to cater for your Christmas pressie needs. Amidst the picturesque wood cabins, twinkling lights and traditional decorations, bespoke gift boutiques, are gathering their wares ready for your perusal. The market will be open every day from 10pm and Father Christmas will be there every weekend to wish you all a merry yule tide.
Open now until Sunday 24th December
Where: Ealing Broadway Centre, W5 5JY