Now we’re moving forward through November and Christmas lights are getting switched on around the Capital, it’s the prime time to start your Christmas shopping! The markets are soon to pop up around London, and whether you’ve visited them before or not, they’re a truly magical experience every time. You’ll find tasty treats and cultural crafts galore - all surrounded by the stunning London city backdrop.
There’s no denying however that one of the best parts of Christmas shopping is dropping off all your goods after a hard day’s shopping! Luckily, Grange Hotels has a wide selection of 4 and 5 star hotels dotted across the capital and within a stones throw of landmark locations such as St Pauls Cathedral. They’re all waiting to welcome you in from the cold to relax and unwind in our legendary affordable luxury, leaving a little more in your pocket to spend on market treats.
So, without further ado, take a look at our top picks for 2017’s London Christmas markets!
When do the 2017 London Christmas Markets Start?
The Christmas Market start dates are as follows:
- Greenwich Wintertime Festival - December 1st
- D&G Christmas Market - Harrods - November 2nd
- Christmas in Leicester Square - November 10th
- Southbank Centre Wintertime Market - November 10th
- Winter Wonderland: November 17th (from 5pm )
- Christmas By The River - London Bridge City: November 30th
Our Christmas Market Picks
Greenwich Winter Time Festival
A new exciting contemporary Winter Festival for 2017 coming to London with a vibrant and magical programme of live entertainment and so much more… the Greenwich Winter Time Festival is the new ultimate but intimate Christmas experience for the whole family! Held right outside the iconic world heritage site Old Royal Naval College you’ll find a stunning riverside ice rink, art and design market stalls for festive fun and mince pies a-plenty. Adding to the family offering are talented magicians, live music and a spectacular Father Christmas Experience which will allow families to join him in his magical ‘launch pad’ at the start of his busy Christmas journey. This winter festival is the perfect place to explore Christmas markets if you hate crowds - you can gain access for 3 hour sessions only so you’re never overwhelmed by the amount of visitors. Find out more.
Nearest Grange Hotel - Grange Tower Bridge - 35 minute tube ride
Christmas in Leicester Square
Leicester Square’s Christmas market is the perfect classic Christmas shopping destination. You’ll be surrounded by a festive, twinkling atmosphere of stalls, a grotto and a collection of Christmas shows. In the square you’ll witness around 25 bustling food, drinks and gift stands packed to the rafters with unique stocking fillers, decadent delights and festive cheer. Free to enter, why not pop on down? Find out more.
Nearest Grange Hotel - Grange Holborn Hotel - 10 minute tube ride
Dolce & Gabbana’s Christmas Market
If you’re looking for an out-of-the-ordinary Christmas market, Dolce and Gabbana’s Christmas market in Harrods could be just what you’re looking for. Taking over the entirety of the fourth floor of Harrods department store, you’ll find traditional stalls selling fruit, pasta and other Italian goods amongst D&G products. Keeps you out of the cold too! Find out more.
Nearest Grange Hotel - Grange Strathmore Hotel - 10 minute tube ride
- Grange Wellington Hotel - 20 minute tube ride
Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park
Not only is Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland famous for its festive ice skating and stunning ice bar, it’s also home to some of the best Christmas markets London has to offer! With over 200 Bavarian-style wooden chalets, illuminated by twinkling fairy lights, you’re bound to find the perfect gift for a loved one, and certainly yourself!
At Winter Wonderland Hyde Park you’ll find jewellery, clothing, arts, crafts, delicious culinary delights, Christmas decorations and more! So wrap up and get exploring. Find out more.
Southbank Centre Wintertime Market
A part of the free-to-enter Wintertime at Southbank Centre festival, the Southbank Centre Wintertime Market will be full of surprising stocking fillers, tantalising treats, tasty tipples and much more! Once you’ve worn yourself out meandering around the glowing wooden chalets, you can also enjoy the rest of the festival. Offering up a plethora of pop ups and fun activities along the Southbank, you can even book a ticket to experience the Finnish sauna atop the Queen Elizabeth Roof Gardens - the perfect way to wind down after a long session shopping! Find out more.
Nearest Grange Hotel - Grange St Paul’s - 15 minute tube ride
Christmas by the River
With stunning views of Tower Bridge overlooking the glistening Thames, Christmas by the River is renowned for being one of the most picturesque Christmas markets in the capital! You’ll find artisan gifts, get to sample treats and Christmas puddings, as well as relax with a glass of mulled wine as you take in the jolly atmosphere.
Not only is there plenty for you to buy, there’s also festive workshops for you to get involved in - ideal if you’re looking for gift or festive inspiration! Find out more.