The magic has started to return to London as the city prepares for the most merry and jolly time of the year. Christmas lights now illuminate the capital, ice rinks are appearing and winter pop-ups are popping-up everywhere. Whether, you are looking for a perfect gift, festive foodie treats or searching for a last-minute Christmas tree, take a look at our pick of the best Christmas markets in Central London.
Celebrating its twelve year Winter Wonderland is London’s biggest Christmas market attracting thousands of visitors around the world. Famously known for its ice sculpture and the UK’s biggest outdoor ice skating rink, expect circus performances, live music and fairground rides surrounded by Christmas wooden market chalets selling festive food and mulled wine.
Tube: Knightsbridge station
Dates: 17th November 2017 to 1st January 2018
Wintertime at Southbank Centre
Located in one of the city’s hippest hangouts, Wintertime at Southbank Centre offers 21-acres of wooden chalets promoting Nordic delicacies from food, drinks and gifts to hundreds of decorated Christmas trees and a Roller disco. Enjoy musical performances and enjoy carol singing throughout the festive season at the Southbank Centre.
Tube: Embankment or waterlooUnderground stations
Dates: 11th November to Sunday 8th January
Christmas Theatreland in Leicester Square
Christmas in Leicester Square returns for a second year celebrating at the epitome of theatreland with a Santa’s grotto, traditional Christmas market and more than 25 stalls with handcrafted gifts, festive decorations and warming winter fare.
Tube: Leicester Square Station,Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station
Dates: 10th November2017 to 6th January 2018
Christmas by the River
Positioned in London’s most picturesque area of London Bridge, Christmas by the River enjoys a backdrop of London’s most famous landmarks including The Tower of London, The Shard and Tower Bridge.Discover 68 festive stalls offering handmade crafts to pop-up food stalls and bars serving Christmas cocktails,mulled wine, hot cider and craft beers with a range of workshops and street performances throughout the festive period.
Tube: London Bridge station
Dates: 30th November 2017 to 3rd January 2018
Dolce & Gabbana’s Christmas Market
Definitely not a typical Christmas market, luxury department store Harrods has transformed its fourth floor into a dedicated glitz and glamour Dolce & Gabbana Christmas market. Designed in the style of an Italian piazza, selling everything from Italian fruit and sweets to pasta and, of course, the brand's products. Get your present personalised with an array of special edition Dolce & Gabbana products from make up sets to perfumes. Plus, don’t missed out a selfie or two with the store’s window displays, which are in the style of a Sicilian puppet theatre to pay homage to Dolce & Gabbana’s heritage and origin.
Tube: Knightsbridge Station
Dates: 2nd November to 28thDecember 2017
With so much on offer there’s nothing like Christmas in London. So if you are looking for a cosy Christmas haven to enjoy these sites, take advantage of our Christmas in London package from only £195 per night, including full English breakfast and WiFi, throughout December.
Book now and see how London is transformed into the most magical city in the world.