Christmas Markets in Lovely London
As Christmas beckons, London goes into festive overdrive. There are hundreds of markets large and small and as varied as you would expect in the capital, from the traditional to the über-kitsch and trendy.
Southbank Centre Christmas Market
With its spectacular location on the banks of the Thames and within walking distance of the shopping hub of Covent Garden and the outdoor ice rink of Somerset House across the river, the Southbank Centre Christmas Market (open until January 8) with its wooden chalet stalls is a major draw.
Southbank Centre Food Market
Fridays to Sundays the Southbank Centre Food Market, just behind the Royal Festival Hall, is very popular this time of year with its vibrant charcuteries and delis serving tasty food from Mexican churros to Ethiopian stews.
Further along the South Bank, the front lawn of the Tate Modern holds a Christmas market complete with chalets, a carousel and the heady aroma of roasted nuts and glühwein. To warm up, go to Tate Modern’s new wing, The Tanks, and head to the roof terrace with its spectacular 360-degree view of the city.
If you continue towards London Bridge, you cannot miss Borough Market, London’s oldest and most popular food market, dating back to the 13th century. At Christmastime, Borough is where to head for specialty gourmet food from festive cupcakes to rare-breed meats and preserves.
Be sure to check out London’s best Spanish market Brindisa where you can pick up tinned delicacies and refuel on delicious chorizo buns with tangy paprika oil. The bustling Market Porter pub is a great spot to sit back and take in the Christmas spirit.
Words: Christopher Kanal