Looking for the best Christmas Markets in London? Don’t miss these fabulously festive affairs – guaranteed to get you into the Christmas spirit.
Red alert. It’s that time of the year folks. You know, when we crack out the mulled wine, tuck into the mince pies and start our transformation into our very best festive selves.
Visiting a good Christmas market is an integral part of this process. Luckily London just so happens to be packed with options for you to choose from, even in 2020, the crappest year in the memories of most.
I have to admit that I’ve been a little late getting into the Christmas spirit this year for obvious reasons – but in the last week I’ve been chasing down that Christmas vibe with a single-mindedness that even I have to admit is a little bit terrifying. The result? Feeling festive AF now. Yo ho ho ho!
Time for you to do the same? Here are the best Christmas markets in London for your festive calendar.
The Best Christmas Markets in London
Christmas Market on the Mews
2 December – 3 January, 4–9pm on weekdays and 12–9pm at weekends
Just when it looked like all hope was fading and the cancellation of many of London’s best Christmas markets was starting to look like a bloodbath, Selfridges stepped up to save the day by announcing their new market – Christmas Market on the Mews.
You’ll find it just behind Selfridges on Edward Mews, sporting street food vendors, fair rides and cute stalls where you can stock up on your Christmas purchases – they’ll even be selling trees! Food-wise, the vendors are from street-food stalwarts Street Feast. If the line up, which includes burgers from Tramshed Project and decadent pasta by Cheese Wheel is anything to go by, you should go hungry.
12th and 13th, 19th and 20th December, 11am-6pm
Big up to the south London Christmas crew who will be sprinkling the Christmas vibes around like confetti at Pexmas, Copeland Park’s Christmas market in Peckham. In fact, they’re feeling so Christmassy that they’ve got not one but three Christmas offerings: an emporium, the Christmas market and an online market.
You’ll need to nab a ticket to the emporium (open on the 16, 17 & 18 December, 2-5pm or 6-9pm) but you can just rock up to the actual market socially-distanced market to browse gorgeous gifts from over 50 hand picked independent designers and makers. Or shop online and have the market come to you.
Open daily until 25th December
Sure, Borough Market is a year-round affair but they totally ramp up the pace at Christmas. The already beautiful setting of the market is decked out with Christmas lights and decorations – it’s just gorgeous.
Food is the name of the game here (well, food and drink – even better), so I’d advise that you go with a hungry stomach, ready to fill it with delicious treats (and if you’re anything like me, cup after cup of mulled wine to boot).
In charge of the festive table this year? The market is the perfect place to stock up on high-quality ingredients for your Christmas feast too.
Greenwich Christmas Market
Open daily until 25th December
Another year-round market that takes a decidedly festive turn in December, Greenwich Christmas Market turns the world heritage neighbourhood of Greenwich listed building into a Christmas treasure trove.
With more than 150 stalls touting pretty much every kind of Christmas gift imaginable it’s the perfect place to pick up a few stocking fillers or that extra-special gift or two.
Want to avoid the weekend crowds? The Wednesday night lates are a much more laid-back and peaceful affair.
Rich Mix DIY Christmas Art Market (Online)
Online Ceramics Sale • Dec 6 & 13
DIY Art Market Online • Dec 5 & 12
Rich Mix’s Christmas Market is always a treasure trove of goodies and this year promises to be no different although it’s taking place in digital form.
Emerging artists and independent publishers are very much the focus of this indie market – you won’t find any cookie cutter high street products here.
Instead, expect to discover cool ceramics, screen printed art, handmade jewellery and the like – in other words the kind of shizz that makes us all happy to find underneath the tree. It’s no teeny tiny one either – with over 100 artists selling their wares.
Christmas by the River, London Bridge
Dates and times TBC
The twinkling fairy lights, wooden cabins and general feeling of festive cheer draw punters to London’s fabulous Christmas by the River.
This is hands down one of the best Christmas markets in London when it comes to location – nestled near Tower Bridge, the Gherkin and with a view of the Tower of London, it’s the perfect London backdrop to glug down the gluhwein and get into the festive season groove.
Christmas Under the Canopy at King’s Cross
4th – 20th December
Quick, the Christmas Canopy Market only runs until the 20th December. If you’re looking for a spot to mooch around, browsing items made by some of London’s best independent designers and makers – this is your jam. From speciality handmade chocolate bars to vinyl LPs, handmade jewellery and cool art: it’s a collection of some of the coolest Christmas gifts you will find in the capital. Botanical faves Green Rooms are popping up on the 4th to 6th December while indie fave the Crafty Fox Market is staging a takeover from 11th to 13th December. Deck the halls!
Hackney Christmas Market
12pm – 7pm, 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th December Bring lots of empty bags to stock up on the goodies at Hackney’s stellar Bohemia Place Market. It’s a real all-rounder, with street food (including some brill vegan options), Christmas decorations, cool gifts and (just as importantly) lashings of mulled wine and festive cocktails. Wrap up warm, wear a mask and get festive. You’ll need to get a (free) ticket on Eventbrite for entry.
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