London’s Best Christmas markets 2021

September 13, 2021 4:26pm

London’s Christmas markets are back and better than ever! There’s festive shopping, and so much more – even Mexican wrestling, giant puppets and a roller disco! Here’s a rundown on the best of the many Christmas markets.

Illustrated map of London Christmas Markets

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Winter Wonderland

This Christmas extravaganza in Hyde Park combines yuletide wonder with theme park fun. There’s an ice rink (book in advance), Peter Pan on Ice, a FREE Santa’s grotto, an ice slide, fairground attractions and rides that range from kiddie carousels to heart-in-the-mouth high-flying contraptions.


Where: Hyde Park, London W2 2UH

When: 19 November 2021 — 3 January 2022. Closed Christmas Day

Cost: Free to enter but tickets must be booked in advance. Rides can be expensive.




Southbank Centre’s Winter Market and Wintertime Events

It’s lovely to wander down the Thames in the shadow of the Eye eating everything from Thai food to raclette to fish-shaped pastries filled with cream (why? I don’t know, but I love them). The ornate carousel here is great for pictures and you can pick up gifts, drink seasonal cocktails, and soak up the festive spirit.

At the Southbank Centre’s Winter series, there’s Christmas-themed culture of every kind. Its Rumpelstiltskin performance puts a new spin on the classic fairy tale, Circus 1903 recreates a turn-of-the-century circus using life-sized elephant puppets from the War Horse team, and The Snow Ball invites everyone to don their fancy dress and hit the floor to seasonal hits, just to name a few of the options. Plus there’s storytelling, classical music, Caribbean Christmas, a drag show and more.


Where: Southbank

When: Early November – Late December, 2021 (Exact dates TBC)

Cost: The market is free; events are either free or various prices. Check website for details.

Website: Southbank Centre Food Market

Tips: It’s worth taking time to scan through all the Southbank Centre’s Winter offerings, as they showcase such a wide variety of uplifting performances, cultures and arts.



Christmas in Leicester Square

The compact Leicester Square market has a Santa’s grotto, fairy lights and buzzy atmosphere. Visit the vintage Spiegeltent for the programme of Christmas shows, including Monksi Mouse’s Christmas Baby Disco and the Showstoppers’ Christmas Kids Show.


Where:  Leicester Square, WC2H 7NA

When: Early November – Late December, 2021. Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day. Exact dates TBC.

Cost: Entry is free but visits to Santa’s Grotto are £11.50


Tips: Go early to avoid the crowds, which build up in the evenings


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Christmas by the River

What could be more English than browsing twinkling stalls next to Tower Bridge? Christmas by the River stretches from Hay’s Galleria to London Bridge City Pier with than 50 independent traders. Plus, there is a bar carved from ice in Eis Haus. (Say that in your best German accent.)


Where: 2A More London Riverside, London SE1 2DB

When: November 2021– 3 January 2021 Exact dates TBC

Cost: Free


Tip: With older kids, try late-night shopping til 8pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday



Greenwich Market

London’s only market set within a World Heritage site is open 7 days a week and is stuffed full of the kinds of distinctive gifts friends and family love to discover under the tree: vintage maps, creamy linen, and bona fide antiques sit next to original fashion and jewelry both classic and modern. Since it’s open all year, Greenwich is technically not a Christmas market but it’s one you won’t want to miss. 


Where: Greenwich town centre SE10 9HZ

When: Open every day

Cost: Free


Tip: The nearby Staycity Greenwich High Road puts you minutes away from the market and Greenwich town centre.




Country Living Christmas Fair

The popular magazine arrives in London to bring style to the season. Designers, makers and regional food purveyors sell their wares as well as share their secrets in talks, demos and hands-on workshops. For a fee in the Crafting Studio, you can decorate gingerbread, block print your own Christmas card, weave with sari strips and more.


Where: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0QH

When: 10 – 14 November 2021

Cost: Advance tickets start at £20 adults, £9 children 5-16, free children under 5. Some special entry packages include extras like drinks or a goody bag.


Tip: Check out the Crafting Studio schedule and book a place before you go. Sessions run all day from 10:40am.



A Taste of London Winter 2021

Yes, yes, Christmas is a time to give gifts to your loved ones — but it’s also a time to eat. Here you’ll see cooking demonstrations, hands-on masterclasses, small dishes and wine and whisky tastings (skip those for the kids) along with boutique food gift stalls. This is the perfect place to ensure you’re raising another generation of gourmands.


Where: Tobacco Dock, Wapping

When: November 18-21, 2021

Cost: £26 for regular entry, with VIP packages from £44


Tip: Come hungry!



Hampton Court Palace Festive Fayre

Prepare yourself for a royal treat at this Christmas food festival and market at this gorgeous palace that was a favourite of Henry VIII. You’ll wander around the courtyards tasting artisan food and drink, watching cookery demonstrations and enjoying carol singing.


Where: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey KT8 9AU

When: December 3-5, 2021

Cost: Members go free as do under 5s, adult tickets start at £25.30, children at £12.60


Tip: Don’t miss the festive classics at the Courtyard Bandstand and sing along!



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