The South Bank is a perfect place to start. From London Eye/Westminster Bridge to The Royal Festival Hall the street-artists will entertain you in a fantastic Christmas setting.
Here you’ll find two markets, the Cologne Christmas Market has 60 stalls in a German/Scandinavian style with lots of gift ideas, Christmas tree ornaments, decorations and tasty food. You’ll also find Santa’s Secret Village and might be lucky to meet Santa himself! The Cologne Christmas Market goes on from 20 Nov. to the 23. December. Click on this link for more information about opening hours.
At South Bank Centre Square the Christmas Chocolate Festival (11 – 13 Dec) offers everything for the chocolate-lover! A dozen stalls gives you the chance to taste, smell, look and shop!
In Hyde Park, close to Hyde Park Corner, you’ll find Winter Wonderland with its gorgeous Ferris wheel and toboggan slide. The Christmas market chalets offers gifts, food and warm drinks. Why not rent some skates as well and go ice-skating, a good idea for a shopping break.
The Maritime Greenwich offers a twinkling, shining Christmas market with a beautiful Christmas tree and a Santa’s grotto. (until 31 Dec.) The National Maritime Museum recently won two gold medals for Best Tourism Experience and the Visitor attraction of the Year and could also show off a bronze medal for Outstanding Customer Service! Another good reason to take the trip to this cozy, interesting part of London! The Christmas Market is open daily from 10:30 to 17:00 except Mondays & Tuesdays. You’ll find more info about opening hours on this link.
Enjoy the Christmas markets, have a cup of mulled wine and a minced pie, but leave the Christmas crackers in London – unfortunately you can’t take them home on the plane!