The Best Christmas Markets in London 2023
Call us early birds, but when Halloween’s over it’s basically Christmas, and we for one can’t wait to taste the mulled wine and smell the chestnuts roasting on the open fire. Thankfully, Christmas markets across the city are getting ready to embrace the cold weather and open their tinsel-soaked, fairy-lit shutters for another magical season of drinking, eating and shopping! To celebrate the MOST wonderful time of the year’s imminent arrival, we’ve selected 6 of the best Christmas markets in London that are guaranteed to be on Santa’s nice list - and soon-to-be in your festive diaries, too. Looking for more Christmas events and activities in London for 2023? Simply download the free Bindy Street app and explore what else is on offer.
Picture this: the Southbank we all know and love is transformed into a twinkling, frosty wonderland, with striking, sweeping views of the riverside - one of the things you need experience in London. You might find yourself relaxing in one of Jimmy's Fire & Fromage heated lodges, scoffing plates of truffle burgers and molten cheese toasties, or sipping a warm cup of mulled wine as you browse the alpine-style chalets for a thoughtful present. Then, round it all off with a sweet treat such as dutch pancakes and chocolate covered fruit. Sound like a bit of you? Entry to the market is free, which makes a festive stroll beside the Thames all the more sweeter.
2nd November - 26th December 2023
Location: The Queen's Walk, London SE1 8XX
Looking for what's on in London? Greenwich Market’s Christmas-themed stalls will have you ticking off your gift list in no time, with a unique selection of stocking-fillers (so keep the oranges to yourself), handmade jewellery, beauty treats, and original artworks on offer. Once you’ve packed your bag full of presents, head to the sleigh, sorry, the neighbourhood’s glassy ice rink, pop on a pair of skates and glide towards the twinkling lights and views of the Queen’s House! Add comforting street food to all that and you’ve got yourself a magical day out.
From 15th November 2023
Location: 5B Greenwich Market, London SE10 9HZ
If you’re not already in awe of the West End’s theatre scene, then the glimmering lights and magical atmosphere of Leicester Square Christmas Market will certainly catch your eye. For the perfect food and drink event in London, browse the rustic-wooden cabins for the perfect present to pop under the Christmas tree, or pick up a winter warmer at the stalls selling German mulled wine and traditional Bratwursts. Afterwards, head to the Belgian Spiegeltent to catch a spectacular performance of the multi award-winning cabaret La Clique, which has finally returned after a sell-out show in 2022.
2nd November - 26th December 2023
Location: Shakespeare Water Fountain, 4 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7DE
‘Tis the season to visit… a royal palace? That’s right, Hampton Court Palace pop up event in Lonon is turning its courtyard into a winter wonderland, so expect seasonal gift stalls, pop up bars, delicious street food, heart-warming drinks, and cheerful live music floating through the air. If that wasn’t enough, this fairy-lit haven brings more Christmas cheer to any food-lover, with artisanal treats such as spiced mince pies, luxe hot chocolate, festive chutneys, and more to take home for the big day. Be sure to pre-book a ticket for the perfect city escape!
1st - 3rd December & 8th - 10th December 2023
Location: Hampton Ct Way, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU
If you’re a lot like us, the scent of roasted chestnuts and chocolate-covered treats will draw you in pretty much anywhere in London. So Christmas Under The Canopy is no doubt atop our list of food and drink events in London this season, with endless opportunities to gorge yourself silly on all the winter warmer classics (‘tis the season, after all). Returning for a series of weekends throughout November and December, be sure to browse the small but mighty selection of thoughtful gifts underneath the twinkling star lights, and naturally there’ll be the chance to grab a hot, cinnamon-soaked mulled wine or pint of craft beer along the way, too.
23rd November - 23rd December 2023
Location: West Handyside Canopy, 2 Granary Square, London N1C 4BH
We couldn’t round off what's on in London this Christmas without mentioning Winter Wonderland now, could we? Back for another season of instagrammable snaps and bright lights, take a peek around the picturesque wooden chalets for festive treats and hot drinks, or check off your shopping list with the perfect arty and crafty gifts. Not in the mood to shop? The Ice Skating Rink, Ice Kingdom, Zippos Christmas Circus and Real Ice Slide were designed to entertain, perfect for families, or to channel your inner child - it is Christmas after all.
17th November 2023 - 1st January 2024
Location: Hyde Park, Serpentine Rd, London W2 2UH
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