November is well and truly here, which means it’s time to face facts – winter is coming... And what better way to embrace this merry season than with a trip to one of London’s enchanting Christmas markets? From glittering grottos to wintery workshops, we’ve narrowed it down to our top ten for festive frolicking in the capital this year!
Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival with NatWest
20th Nov 15 - 17th Jan 16
Classical Events, Music and Dance, Food and Drink, Cider Lodge, Roller Disco
Our partner, Southbank Centre, has a real festive treat in store once again, inviting you to experience winter markets, showcases and entertainment along the banks of the River Thames – they’re even swapping traditional ice skating for a retro roller disco! Fundraising is at the heart of this season’s programme, which includes a special Charity Weekend on 12th/13th December.
Highlights: A candlelit performance of Handel’s Messiah and an eight-hour Charity Dance Marathon
Nearest Tube: Waterloo
London’s Tudor Christmas Market at Tower Bridge
30th Nov 15 - 3rd Jan 16
Food and Drink, Christmas Shopping
For the 2nd year in a row, although much bigger than in 2014, over 100 wooden chalets will take up residence at The Scoop, Hays Galleria and London Bridge this November, making up London’s Tudor Market. Think twinkly log cabins set against the backdrop of the River Thames and Tower Bridge - we’re sold! Plus, our Grange City and Grange Tower Bridge Hotels are only a short walk away.
Highlights: Upmarket stalls selling boutique gifts
Nearest Tube: London Bridge
Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland
20th Nov 15 - 3rd Jan 16
Food and Drink, Christmas Shopping, Rides and Attractions, Ice Skating
FREE Entry! Attractions are ticketed
A popular choice amongst tourists and locals alike, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland returns for Christmas 2015, ready to dazzle and delight. The Christmas Markets here are only a small part of what’s in store…
Set amidst circus shows, fairground rides, live music and an ice rink – this is festive family fun at its best! Buying tickets in advance is therefore highly recommended.
Highlights: A Magical Ice Kingdom and a 60 metre-high Giant Wheel
Nearest Tube: Knightsbridge / Marble Arch / Hyde Park Corner / Lancaster Gate
Hyper Japan’s Christmas Market at Tobacco Dock
27th - 29th Nov 15
Food and Drink, Christmas Shopping, Crafts and Workshops, Music and Entertainment
Now time for something a little bit different…
Consider this our ‘wild card’; a plethora of Japanese entertainment at Tobacco Dock, only a 15 minute walk from
our Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, featuring traditional music, origami workshops and the 2015 Sake Cocktail Awards! You’ll need to buy tickets to join in the festivities, but on Friday, kids go FREE!
Highlights: A Sushi Workshop and J-Style Fashion Show
Nearest Tube: Aldgate East / Tower Hill
Christmas Market at Tate Modern
20th Nov - 23rd Dec 15
Food and Drink, Christmas Shopping, Santa’s Grotto, Carousel, Carol Singing
Tate Modern’s traditional Christmas market returns, bringing with it numerous wooden huts filled with hand-crafted gifts and delicious culinary specialities. What’s more, if it gets a bit chilly, you can always pop inside the Tate itself and admire the gallery’s latest exhibition.
Highlights: A Victorian Carousel and Santa’s Grotto
Nearest Tube: Southwark /Blackfriars / St. Paul’s
Winterville at Victoria Park
26th Nov - 23rd Dec 15
Christmas Shopping, Ice Skating, Food and Drink, Pantomime, Cinema, Circus, Crazy Golf
FREE Entry! Attractions are ticketed
This season, ‘London’s favourite park’ once again transforms into the festive town of Winterville, delighting visitors with a smorgasbord of cracking Christmas attractions. Festive cheer is unavoidable, so we advise scrooges to stay at home.
Highlights: A Snow White Pantomime and the Bizarre Bazaar
Nearest Tube: Mile End / Bethnal Green
The Barbican Christmas Market
4th - 20th Dec 15
Shopping, shopping and more shopping
Forget pantomimes, ice skating and Santa’s grotto (at least for now), as this market is all about shopping - with a mince pie in hand of course… With 35 stalls changing daily, you can choose from unique gifts galore to delight your loved ones! Just don’t forget the Christmas list…
Highlights: Award-winning fashion jewellery and fun stocking fillers
Nearest Tube: Barbican / Moorgate / St. Paul’s
Islington Christmas Market 2015
4th - 20th Dec 15
Christmas Shopping, Food and Drink, Santa's Grotto
Back by popular demand, the Islington Christmas Market returns to the heart of Angel this December, just in time for the festive shopping rush! Located on Islington Green, this year's event features over 60 handpicked exhibitors from all over the UK, together with some tasty treats and, of course, Santa's ever-popular grotto.
Highlights: Quirky and alternative gifts
Nearest Tube: Angel
Belgravia’s Christmas Markets
5th - 6th Dec 15
Christmas Shopping, Music and Entertainment, Food and Drink
The sophisticated London district of Belgravia will transform on the weekend of 5th/6th December, as Pimlico Road and Elizabeth Street respectively, play host to a line-up of festive stalls and pop-up shops. Expect live music and entertainment alongside seasonal treats and gifts. Recommended for anyone staying at our nearby Grange Wellington or Grange Rochester Hotels.
Highlights: A Black Cab Photo Booth where you can have your picture taken with Santa
Nearest Tube: Sloane Square / Victoria / Pimlico
Greenwich Market at Christmas
25th Nov - 24th Dec 15
Food and Drink, Christmas Shopping and Santa’s Grotto
Rounding off the list is a firm family favourite (year round in fact!) All Greenwich Market needs to do is put the word ‘Christmas’ in the middle of its name and it’s all set for the celebratory season. You’ll be able to enjoy all of the usual eating, drinking and shopping spots, whilst a sprinkling of fairy dust over this much-loved market brings along extra merriment, including Father Christmas himself!
Highlights: A lantern procession by local school children and the Christmas lights switch-on