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Best Christmas markets in London

Those who are looking for great stocking fillers, handcrafted presents or simply a place to soak up the capital’s festive atmosphere should head to one of London’s Christmas markets. To help you decide where to go, we offer our edit of the best Christmas markets in the capital, from the bright lights of Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland to the Alpine stalls on the Southbank

Emily Scrivener
City Guide
Emily Scrivener ,

Winterville in Victoria Park is a new festive experience for 2014. A pop-up Christmas town, it will showcase a variety of entertainments including a food hall complete with some of London’s best street food stalls, an ice rink, rides and an impressive market filled with unique Christmas present ideas. For a truly magical Christmas experience, every weekend a horse-drawn carriage will be offering tours around Victoria Park.
2 December-1 January



Southbank Centre Christmas Market
This year the Southbank Centre will showcase 50 wooden Alpine lodges offering a veritable display of festive goods as part of its Winter Festival with NatWest online. Hunt for handmade gifts, from baubles to wreaths, or indulge in a selection of mulled wine and festive foods at the independent food and drink stalls. Located on the Thames, the Southbank Centre arguably boasts the best location of the London markets, with the lights from the stalls reflecting on the water.
14 November-4 January



Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland annually transforms the royal park with an explosion of Christmas spirit and entertainment, and this year is no exception. With more than 200 Bavarian-style wooden chalets stocking everything from handmade crafts and jewellery to tasty festive treats, it presents the perfect opportunity to pick up some stocking fillers and thoughtful gifts. With a wide choice of rides, stalls and an impressive ice rink there is plenty to keep everyone entertained.
21 November-4 January



Greenwich Market
As London’s only historic market located within a World Heritage site, Greenwich Market provides visitors with a unique shopping experience in the capital. During the festive season the market has a vibrant atmosphere with independent stalls offering tempting festive foods, artwork, toys and crafts. The market is also surrounded by fashion, lifestyle and special interest boutiques, ensuring you’ll come away with something special.
1-24 December



White Christmas Fair
With more than 40 stalls spread out in its Battersea location, the White Christmas Fair will be showcasing the best offerings from local designers. It is a great place to invest in local artistic talent and find appealing gifts. Foodies will enjoy the wide array of food stalls selling items perfect for the festive larder, while the Doodle Bar will be serving mulled wine. The fair will even house a pop-up blow-dry bar so that visitors can enjoy having their hair turned into gorgeous tresses.
6-7 December




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