Christmas has arrived in London and you can definitely tell, thanks to the lights everywhere and the smell of mulled wine and mince pies. Of course, we can’t forget the Christmas markets, which help to make the city one of the best places to visit in the UK over the festive period.
The markets are a great addition to a family day out, as there is food and drink from all over the world for you to try, ice skating rinks and even Santa’s grotto for the little ones to get a special present before Christmas.
Naturally, there are lots to choose from, so to give you a hand we’ve picked out a couple that are particularly good and sure to be a hit with the whole family.
Leicester Square Market
The market at Leicester Square is new for 2016 and has transformed this link to the theatre district into a complete Christmas Wonderland.
A traditional market at heart, it features mulled wine and hot chocolate stalls and people selling stunning hand-crafted gifts, if you need to do some last-minute shopping.
Something that makes this special though, is the vintage Spiegeltent, which hosts short theatre shows, including the award-winning La Soiree.
Borough Market has to be a stop for everyone who goes to London at any time of year but it’s especially good at Christmas – not least because it extends its opening hours.
You’ll find that this is one of the most visually stunning markets in the city, thanks to the historic market arches, which are lavishly decorated each year.
Not only this, but the traders there have stalls that are full to the brim with seasonal local produce for you to buy. If you’d like something a bit more exotic, you’ll also find Christmas goodies from all over the world – Borough Market has it all.
For the cheese lovers among you, we warn you now that you’re going to be absolutely spoilt for choice.
Kingston Christmas Markets
This is one of the oldest markets on the list, as Kingston’s Ancient Market Place has stood in Kingston-Upon-Thames for years.
It’s the perfect place for you to find a present for someone special, or pick up decorations for your house and it’s sure to get you into the Christmas spirit.
There are 100 wooden stalls and huts selling unique wares, as well as festive food and drink that is accompanied by light entertainment and live music.
Photo opportunities comes in the form of the huge Christmas tree, a merry-go-round and a Nutcracker King and Soldiers.
Sprinkled along the banks of the Thames are the wooden chalets of the Southbank Markets that filled with tchotchkes and and different types of food that are sure to whet your appetite.
One of the best things about this market, isn’t just about what’s on offer but it’s the views of Big Ben, the London Eye and the waterfront of London that make it truly special and unmissable this Christmas.
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