The best Christmas markets in London 2021, from Southbank Centre to Selfridges

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The best Christmas markets in London 2021, from Southbank Centre to Selfridges

There’s no need to make a beeline for Bavaria if you want to experience a Christmas market this winter, because London has plenty.

Here, we’ve rounded up the places to check out, from the markets serving up mulled wine and mince pies, to those that will help you finally nab a gift for those hard-to-buy-for relatives.

Selfridges

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(Handout)

The market behind the Selfridges store is back for a second year running and it’s bigger this time round. The team behind Street Feast are in charge of the food — so it’s pretty much a sure thing that the grub will be tasty — and elsewhere there’s a helter skelter, performances from Santa himself and chances to make some festive purchases, from Christmas trees to gifts.

November 5-December 23, W1, selfridges.com

Leadenhall Market

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(Press handout)

Always one of the most picturesque displays at this time of year, Leadenhall Market is, as the name suggests, a great Christmas market. There are plenty of boutique stalls offering up gifts you might not find elsewhere, and plenty of food and drink too. Late-night shopper? Things are open into the night on December 8. Besides, there are some great pubs if you’re hanging around for a drink.

From November 19, EC3, leadenhallmarket.co.uk

Borough Market

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(PA)

This historic market has given itself a Christmas makeover with lights and decorations, and from the beginning of December, choirs and buskers will provide the festive soundtrack. From December 7-9, top chefs will helmed the Festive Kitchen, serving up tasters and cooking tips, while the Evening of Cheese returns on December 15 — consult with the market’s cheesemongers and get stocked up on blues, bries and more.

Until January 9, SE1, boroughmarket.org.uk

Southbank Centre

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(Pete Woodhead)

Things always get Christmassy along this stretch of the Thames, with Jimmy’s Lodge offering gooey fondue in its transparent “snow globes”, and a new lights trail for 2021. The market is a mainstay, too, with alpine-style chalets serving up everything from gifts and decorations to mince pies and hot toddies.

Until December 24, SE1, southbankcentre.co.uk

Greenwich Market

Another excellent place to swing by and pick up a unique gift, Greenwich Market has all manner of wares ready for your perusal, from arts and crafts to jewellery and fashion. Expect lots of seasonal food and drink to keep you well-fuelled while you browse, too. It’s open seven days a week, from 10am to 5.30pm - so if you realise on the morning of the 24th that you still need to buy a present or two, it’s got you covered.

Throughout the Christmas period, SE10, greenwichmarket.london

Kingston

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(Charlotte Levy)

With 40 separate stalls to wander around, this market down in Kingston is the place to go for south-west dwellers. Shopping stalls are on hand for stocking fillers, and the food vendors cook up hog roasts, bratwurst and other cold weather staples. Take the kids for a spin on the vintage carousel while you’re there, too.

November 18-December 24, KT1, kingstonchristmasmarket.co.uk

King’s Cross

There’s one big USP to this market — it sits beneath a canopy, so if the Great British Winter gets up to its old tricks, you’ll be safe. Otherwise, expect to find everything from cheese to natural wine, and a wide variety of creations from the independent designer-makers that will take residence. Head down from December 3-5 for a special vegan market, and from December 10-12 for workshops and tastings covering wine, chocolate, panettone and more.

November 26-December 23, N1C, kingscross.co.uk

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