Why wait to find gifts under your Christmas tree when you can go out and buy them yourself? If you’re looking to find the best gifts for your loved ones, enjoy some delicious street food, and gaze at sparkly decorations – Christmas markets are your one-stop-shop. While some of the usual markets have shut down on account of Covid, we’ve found some of the best London Christmas markets that you can enjoy in a socially distanced and safe manner.
1. Christmas by the River
This Christmas market is just as beautiful as it sounds, located near the Tower Bridge by the Thames with a spectacular view of the Tower of London. You’ll find picture-perfect wooden cabins where you can buy Christmas gifts or sample a wide range of food. Keep an eye out for fun and festive winter workshops, or simply take a quiet stroll by the side of Thames with your warming mulled wine. Christmas by the River is undeniably London’s Christmas market with the best views.
2. Greenwich Christmas Market
The Greenwich Christmas market is open year-round, but much like other aspects of London, turns into a festive wonder around this time. This is one of the best places to finish your Christmas shopping as it offers over 150 stalls selling pretty much everything you can think of from fashion accessories to artisan crafts. We should also mention that this is a World Heritage Site, so while you’re in the area you could wander around the beautifully lit up neighbourhood or even step over the Greenwich Meridian Line.
3. Christmas Under the Canopy
Christmas Under the Canopy can be found at King’s Cross under a starlit cover, creating a memorable Christmas experience for you and your family. You can hunt for Christmas gifts, get hands-on with festive workshops, or feast on seasonal food and drinks, all in a safe and secure setting. Some of the collaborations this year include Green Rooms, Artisan Gin and Woop.
Peckham’s 9-day festive Christmas market is back at the Copeland Gallery and will feature over 50 stalls each day. For a safe and exclusive experience, you can book your time slot now. If you’re not sure you can pop into the market you can always browse for products with the online Pexmas shop, which is up and running now. Relax and unwind at Pexmas while southeast London’s talented traders host Christmas workshops.
5. Borough Market
Although Borough Market has a constant presence in London, the Christmas season puts it under a festive charm. The best part about Christmas is the market extends its hours so you can spend a relaxed evening with your family having eggnog and cranberry rolls while shopping for fresh Christmas produce. If you’re still worried about the crowds, Borough Market will also be hosting a virtual cookery festival this year so you can be a part of the festive fun from the comfort of your home
All these markets differ in size and stalls but one thing that’s guaranteed to visitors is Christmas festivities at its best. It’s a great way to spend a fun afternoon with family or a romantic evening with your significant other. Enjoy the sights, do your Christmas shopping well in advance, and have a very merry Christmas!
Christmas markets are a part of holiday traditions for most London households, but in light of the pandemic, things have changed. We understand that you’re eager to get out after the year you’ve had. But ensure to be safe and act responsibly while attending these Christmas markets, both for you and everyone else.
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