Have a free evening in the next few weeks? Make sure you take a stroll through one of the beautiful Christmas markets popping up in the City of London.
Whether you want to warm up with a mulled wine or nibble on sweet treats from alpine-style chalets, here are three cute Christmas markets that are bound to get you in the holiday spirit.
Southbank Centre Winter Market
Located just behind the Southbank Centre under twinkling lights, the renowned market has had a festive makeover. Indulge in wintery drinks and seasonal goodies including bratwurst, eggnog and pancakes before taking a brisk stroll along the river. Plus there’s plenty of opportunities to shop for last-minute unique gifts and stocking fillers from the craft stalls.
Until December 23
The Queen’s Walk SE1 8XX
Christmas by the River at London Bridge City
With the theme ‘A Festive Tale’, this Christmas market along the river feels incredibly magical. Stretching from London Bridge City Pier to The Scoop at More London, the market is home to many chalets serving food, drinks and gifts. There’s also a pop-up winter bar in the centre of the market, which is aptly named The Riverside Lodge. And, if you’re lucky, you may catch the choir singing or even morris dancers passing by while you enjoy a hot toddy.
Until January 2
London Bridge City SE1 2DB
Leicester Square Christmas Market
This year’s Leicester Square Christmas Market is back with a bang. The annual extravaganza in the centre of Leicester Square has opened its many Alpine chalets once again, and you can buy Christmas trinkets, sip on warming hot chocolate and tuck into freshly made doughnuts. What’s more, you can watch an alternative circus and cabaret show called ‘La Clique’, which will take up residence in a huge tent in the middle for eight weeks. If that’s not enough, kids can enjoy events throughout the month, including Baby Loves Disco and The Bubble Show.
Until January 3
Leicester Square WC2H 7DE
Santa’s Workshop at The Leadenhall Building
Get ready to make the little ones excited. We’ve just had news that Santa’s Workshop has been sighted in the City!
Even the big kids will be full of Christmas spirit when they see the new 3D street art installed at The Leadenhall Building this week. The installation, which is free to the public, shows Father Christmas and his team of hardworking elves in an underground workshop beneath the pavement.
The impressive 3D art was created by 3D Joe and Max whose work includes the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles escaping sewers on London’s South Bank. It will certainly captivate all ages.
Until January 31
The Leadenhall Building EC3V 4AB