London does not come to mind when you say “I am visiting a Christmas Market”. That usually are more associated with Nuremberg, Munich, Berlin, Antwerp or Birmingham rather than London. I am here to show you what London has to offer. In reality, London does not only boast a whole lot of Christmas Markets, it actually become a big Christmas market.
Most people will probably know London more for the switching on of the Christmas lights on Oxford Street every year. Usually during this spectacle a celebrity switches on the highly commercially sponsored Oxford Street lights. Not only does this offer a wonderful experience to get on the bus and take a trip down the street however it also mark the start of the Christmas Shopping.
What a magical time of the year this is indeed, and I am so pleased we still observe this tradition. It is a shame that we are loosing the touch of Christmas mainly through the whole commercial aspect of it and also the fact that we don’t celebrate it as intended.
I will explore some of my favourite spots that you could visit if it tickles your fancy.
- Kew Gardens this is a great place to go and see the Christmas winter wonderland that they created. Kew is such a wonderful place and I would encourage anyone visiting London to make Kew a part of their journey.
- I love the Southbank and to me it is my favourite place in London. The Southbank offers a wonderful street food section where you can sample the Gourmet Street Food that London is becoming known for.
- If you would prefer a more traditional German market then you must find your way to the Tate Modern. You will be enjoy a market that takes you to the heart of Bavaria.
- One of London’s top attractions off course must be Convent Garden with its massive rain deer and shops decorated in Festive outfits.
- Just off Oxford street is the famous Carnaby Street where its stunning peacock decorations will have you looking into the sky rather than its top end shops.
Not only does London offer the Christmas lights and markets but outdoor ice skating. Be sure to visit:
- Somerset House on the embankment
- Southbank at the Lord Mayor Office
- Hampton Court Palace – not only will you be able to skate but they offer a wonderful Christmas food market too.
- Ice skate under the London Eye, this also offer the perfect opportunity to visit the London eye to view the London skylight lit up with Christmas lights.