The shops may have had their Christmas decorations up since September, but we think November is a more reasonable time to start getting excited about Christmas. With many Christmas markets happening all over the country, there are plenty of places to start doing your Christmas shopping, but as you’d expect, it’s the capital city which has the cream of the crop. And with so much on offer, it might be worth having a look at some hotels in London so you can take your time and get the most out of this little lot:
Southbank Centre Christmas Market
From 16th November to 23rd December, the area between the Southbank Centre and the London Eye transforms into a winter wonderland with traditional German-style wooden huts and stalls selling toys, gifts, food and drink. As well as sampling the Bratwurst and gingerbread, you can enjoy a glass of Glühwein while listening to a choir singing carols and Christmas songs, and for the younger ones there’s an affordable stall where they can spend their pocket money on gifts and another where they can make Christmas cards.
Real Food Christmas Market
The Southbank Centre Square will play host to one of the best Christmas markets in the country, serving up a delicious array of food and drink including freshly-baked mince pies, exotically spiced mulled wine, beautiful cheeses, delicious chutneys and pickles, wild game, mouth-watering hams and a variety of chocolate treats. A festive feast in the heart of London, the Real Food Christmas Market takes place on the 14th, 15th and 16th December and is a magical mix of traditional fare and gastronomic goodies. With more than 40 producers to choose from, you’ll find everything you need to fill your Christmas larder and discover gifts to delight your food-loving friends and family. Why make a hasty dash to the supermarket when you can take in the twinkling riverside fairy lights, be soothed by the sounds of carol singing and reward yourself with a Christmas tipple?
Also in the Southbank Centre area is this chocaholics dream, where you can buy from some of the world’s best chocolatiers, including William Curley and Damian Allsop. From 7th to 9th December visitors will be able to sample sweet and savoury chocolate dishes, talk to artisan producers and take part in tutored tasting sessions.
These are just some of the festive events London has to offer, and with an array of cheap hotels to choose from, you can spend more on your Christmas shopping and less on accommodation!