Ultimate Guide to Christmas Markets in London

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London’s Christmas markets have developed a strong following over the years, providing plenty of opportunities to shop for quirky gifts or even stock up on a few luxuries for your festive dining table. Here’s a quick look at the best markets the city has to offer…

Christmas in Leicester Square

With a Santa’s Grotto and the chance to enjoy everything you might expect from a traditional Christmas market, Christmas in Leicester Square is the perfect spot for festive celebrations and shopping. Look out for the foodie stalls and handmade crafts, which are sure to give an artisan feel to your Christmas presents in 2019.

Animal Aid Christmas Fayre

This great Christmas market brings together a range of feel-good independent brands and businesses, offering shoppers the chance to support a good cause while shopping for the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one during your stay at luxury hotels in Chelsea.

Kingston Christmas Market

This delightful market includes more than 50 stalls and brings plenty of seasonal spirit to Kingston upon Thames. Its particularly popular for the Christmas tree decorations available for sale, designed to add some extra flair to your home décor this winter.


Located in Clapham, this popular Christmas market takes a more eccentric, eclectic approach to the tradition. In 2018, entertainment went far beyond what anyone could have expected, with bingo, wrestling and much more, alongside more conventional activities such as ice skating and great street food.

Zero Waste Christmas Market

A Christmas market with a difference, Zero Waste is designed to champion a more sustainable approach to gifting – with all products for sale having been chosen for their ethical backing. This makes the event a great alternative to more traditional markets while staying at luxury hotels in Chelsea.

Christmas by the River

Hosted each year beside the River Thames, Christmas by the River offers stunning views of some of the city’s top landmarks, alongside traditional, German-style huts where you can buy everything from unique gifts to delicious food. It’s one of the city’s most popular festive markets, and you’ll soon discover why.

Southbank Centre Wintertime Market

As traditional as Christmas markets get, the Southbank Winter Festival is particularly beloved by foodies, as it champions both British and international favourites with seasonal flair. Expect plentiful fairy lights and delightful igloos. This is a great spot for browsing while staying at hotels in Chelsea.

DIY Art Christmas Market

Another wonderful market designed to provide a new approach to festive gifting, this market champions local artists, publishers and designers – with their goods available for sale on-site. For anyone seeking an alternative to their usual gift options, there is no better way to put some more thought into it this year!

Winter Wonderland

An impressive seasonal tourist attraction, Winter Wonderland offers the very best of London’s Christmas celebrations – all in one place. In addition to fairground rides, ice skating and other incredible entertainment, visitors can enjoy the markets which offer both gift options and foodie-friendly treats to enjoy while you browse.