England’s capital city is bursting with festive cheer this time of the year. Christmas markets are always particularly popular, and it’s not hard to see why. Covered in twinkling fairy lights, the scent of mulled wine in the air – what could be better?
With an abundance of markets on offer, it can be challenging to know exactly which ones are worth going to. Don’t miss out on the best; simply follow our guide to the best Christmas markets in London this year.
Based in the centre of Hyde Park, Winter Wonderland is by far the most famous Christmas market in London. Not only is it considered the best but, with over 100 wooden stalls, it’s also one of the biggest.
With an immense 70-metre observation wheel towering over the market, you certainly can’t miss Winter Wonderland this year. It isn’t just endless stalls and mulled wine, either, as there is an abundance of fun attractions. Sip on cocktails at the ice bar, have a go at ice skating or ride on one of the thrilling roller coasters before checking out the many intriguing stalls on offer.
If you’re exploring central London, then you won’t be able to resist Leicester Square’s festive makeover. Lights dangle from tree to tree while Christmas music and the smell of fresh chestnuts tempt you closer to the action. Once there, you’ll find an abundance of events and attractions, including exciting live performances. Children will adore Santa’s Grotto, where they can meet the man himself while they immerse themselves in the Christmas spirit.
Transformed from a mall into a festive paradise, Westfield’s London location is the perfect place to do a spot of Christmas shopping. With a myriad of shops, one-off market stalls and even a bar, you can enjoy your favourite tipple while browsing unique gifts from independent brands. It may seem bizarre to visit a market in an indoor shopping centre, but Westfield’s is decked out to create the ultimate Christmas shopping experience.
Celebrating everything Christmas related, Southbank Centre’s winter market is located beside the famous River Thames. You’ll find an array of stalls at this bustling market, including Asian and Greek cuisine, handmade gifts, sweet treats and much more. There are also more traditional food stalls, such as the beloved bratwurst. It’s truly a paradise for foodies, although there’s plenty of Christmas charm that’s guaranteed to appeal to everyone.