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When it comes to Christmas, no city in the world can claim to wrap up the ideal festive experience like London. The capital is king of the tree and that's why we have compiled the 8 best Christmas markets in London to spark your Christmas season into life. From crafty gifts, mulled wine, ice rinks and nights out by the Thames, discover the very best of Christmas 2017...
Renegade Craft Fair
Founded in Chicago 2003, Renegade Craft Fair was the first of it's kind to champion the the global indie-craft movement during the festive season. It's aim every year is to create a vibrant and lively marketplace where today's modern makers can present their beautiful, handmade products to a wider audience.
Due to it's popularity, Renegade has gone on to establish itself globally, becoming a must-see Christmas market in major cities, including San Francisco, New York, Austin, London and many more...Filled with unique gifts and mulled wine, head to Renegade Craft Fair and discover a place where small, independent business can thrive. We highly recommend this as one of the top Christmas fairs in London. *Child friendly Christmas market
Details: Dec 9th - 10th. Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QR
Greenwich Winter Time Festival
Branded as the most 'Instagramable Christmas market ever', Greenwich Winter Time Festival is entering its inaugural year. Set in the stunning Old Royal Naval College, GWTF offers an alternative event to Christmas markets in London, with its own distinctive style. A truly unique and contemporary experience which embraces the traditions of the season.
The event will host a bespoke covered ice rink, an array of independent creative designers and brands (Including - Cissy Wears, A Weathered Penny, MarMar Copenhagen, Design Letters, Amy and Ivor plus many more...) Also on offer - the very best of artisan festive food and drink, high-calibre entertainment across the site, an art exhibition, plus an enchanting Father Christmas experience for all the family. *Child friendly Christmas market.
Details: Dec 1st - 31th. Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London SE10 9NN
Stoke Newington Christmas Market
A curated Christmas market in the atmospheric Old Church. Perfectly located next to the busy Clissold Park, the market has a wonderful range of Designer makers and local craftspeople. The market is on the last Saturday of November so there is plenty of mulled wine, cake and mince pies to get people in the shopping spirit!
The market is famed for supporting local businesses who offer unique, handmade gifts. Get into the festive spirit and join in supporting small businesses this November. *Child friendly Christmas market.
Details: Nov 25th. Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, London N16 9ES
Running in London since 2008, BUST Craftacular is an innovator of fun crafty events in the UK, master minded by the folk at New York's BUST magazine. The market is brimming with independent businesses showcasing the latest hand-made products. The feel of the old venue adds to the vibrant atmosphere, giving you the Christmas feels.
Expect fun locals, unique gifts, 70 stalls and many more festive activities. Truly experience Christmas in London with local, creative makers. *Child friendly Christmas market.
Details: Dec 3rd. York Hall, 5 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London
Christmas Market at Tate Modern
The Christmas Market at Tate Modern London conjours an authentic Christmas feeling to Tate Modern, transforming the northern landscape of Tate Modern into a Christmassy attraction for the whole family.
Authentically decorated wooden chalets sell a wide range of unique hand-crafted gifts and unusual Christmas presents. Sip on mulled wine and enjoy a famous Bratwurst, or indulge yourself with roasted nuts, gingerbread hearts and many other delicious treats. As well as shopping, the carousel within the Christmas Market and traditional Christmas music will enthrall visitors, filling them with the Christmas spirit.
The Christmas Market at Tate Modern London is ideally located to begin a London excursion, starting with the famous St. Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare Globe and Borough Market.
Details: Nov 17th - 23rd. Tate Modern Bankside, London SE1 9TG
London Bridge City Christmas Market
Back for a third year at one of London’s most prestigious locations, there will be approximately 64 festively lit German style wooden cabins, making this the perfect place to combine a magical and festive day out with Christmas shopping. Choosing gifts is easy, choose from Toys & Books, Scandinavian Home wares, Beauty products, Hampers & Gifts.
In addition there will be a festive array of foods including Hog Roast, Bubble waffles, German sausages, French crepes and Healthy soups and salads. Relax in one of the many themed bars with views of the river Thames whilst sipping a delicious cocktail or a mulled wine.
Details: Nov 30th - Jan 3rd 2018. London Riverside, Queens Walk, London SE1-2DB
Southbank Centre Winter Festival
See Southbank Centre transformed into a Nordic-inspired wonderland for the annual Winter Festival, with a packed programme of free and ticketed events and activities for all ages.
Shop for Christmas gifts and quirky crafts at the twinkling wooden cabins of the Winter Market, which line the south bank of the river Thames. Tuck into festive snacks and drinks, from mulled wine and hot chocolate, to German sausages, mince pies and spiced cider. And keep the little ones entertained with the family-friendly activities. *Child friendly Christmas market.
Details: Nov 10th - 4th Jan 2018. 30 The Queen's Walk, Lambeth, London SE1
Crafty Fox Market connects UK handmade and design talent with savvy shoppers. Events take place seasonally around London featuring hand-picked stalls, workshops and DJs. Discover unique handmade items by the very latest London designers.
Details: Nov 18th & Dec 16th. 42 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6DR