‘Tis the season! The best Xmas markets to eat, drink and be merry

It’s time to get festive

We don’t know where 2021 has gone, but Christmas is now less than six weeks away.

So, there’s no time like the now to hit up a market and get into the holiday spirit.

Whether you want to grab a mulled wine, pick up some tree decorations, or buy gifts, you can support independent sellers while you eat, drink and be merry.

If you’re a Londoner, or have plans to visit, then you’re in for a treat as there is plenty of choice sprinkled across the Big Smoke.

The festive fiends over at London On The Inside, the capital’s biggest independent lifestyle publication, have collated the secret gems for you which you can check out below.

[Credit: Winter Wonderland]

1) Winter Wonderland

Perhaps not so secret, but certainly iconic, Winter Wonderland has become a seasonal must-go thanks to its outdoor rink and Ferris wheel that overlooks Hyde Park.

With delicacies such as venison hot dogs, parmesan fries, and hot cider galore, wear something warm as you may never want to leave.

WHERE: Hyde Park, W2 2UH

WHEN: November 19 – January 3

[Credit: Brixton Village]

2) Brixton Village

Take a trip down south and peruse the gifts markets popping up on Sundays this festive season with stalls from makers and creatives.

Of course, this market would not be complete without its mulled wine to keep you warm and live music to keep you entertained while you shop.

WHERE: Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PS

WHEN: November 28, December 5, December 12

[Credit: Christmas Market on the Mews]

3) Christmas Market on the Mews

Courtesy of Selfridges, the superstore is hosting its market at the back of the Oxford Street branch, promising street food, mulled wine, cocktails, and hot chocolate to tempt you.

Expect stalls packed with decorations, wreaths, and gifts, although you may want to purchase your items after you’ve been on the fairground rides, including their helter skelter.

WHERE: 400 Oxford Street, Marylebone, W1A 1AB

WHEN: November 5 – December 24

[Credit: Winter Market at Southbank Centre]

4) Winter Market at Southbank Centre

There really is nothing like Southbank, a hub of activity for tourists and locals where food and entertainment is celebrated.   

Here, you can expect festive pop-ups and alpine-style chalets. Alongside shopping, street food, and hot bevvies, you can also admire the outdoor Winter Light exhibition.

WHERE: Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX

WHEN: November 4 – December 24

[Credit: London Christmas Beer Market]

5) London Christmas Beer Market

To be fair, if the name hasn’t caught your attention, we’re not sure what will.

Stock up on food and drink at the Old Truman Brewery, with a choice of over 50 UK indie breweries, alongside stalls selling craft spirits, artisan food, hampers, and decorations.

Clink, clink!

WHERE: The Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, UK

WHEN: November 19 and 20

For the full article, click here: London On The Inside.


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