The festive season is in full swing, meaning that the Christmas markets are back with heaps of fun attractions, brilliant gift stalls and plenty of delicious festive food.
If you live near or in London, then the English capital needs to be on your radar thanks to the wide array of markets that it offers.
There's everything from picturesque markets with wooden lodges, to huge fairground-style offerings complete with rides.
To give you a helping hand we've narrowed it down to some of our favourites – check out the full list below.
Don't live near London? You may want to check out our round-up of London's best cheap hotels .
Alternatively, there are of course plenty more brilliant Christmas markets across the UK that are well worth being on your radar as well.
1. Southbank Winter Festival, Waterloo
Whether you're looking to catch a fun family-friendly show (think everything from thrilling Circus 1903 to a retelling of Black Beauty), tuck into foodie treats at the market or pick up some gifts, the Southbank Winter Festival has a jam-packed programme this festive season.
With a central location right by Waterloo, the festival offers up some great river views as well as being right by attractions like the London Eye.
The festival is on until the 26th January 2020. Find out more here .
2. Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park
If you're after a Christmas market that's packed with thrilling rides, fun fair-style attractions, heaps of food, bars, a Santa's Grotto and ice rink, then Winter Wonderland needs to be on your radar.
Highlights include the large ferris wheel which has breathtaking views of London, a Magical Ice Kingdom filled with impressive sculptures, and the Bavarian Village where you'll find classic festive foods from mulled wine to mince pies.
A word of caution – it's very popular so prepare for large crowds. If you want to try any of the attractions, you'll want to book in advance.
Winter Wonderland is on until the 5th January 2020. Find out more here .
3. Christmas by the River, Bankside
Offering breathtaking views of Tower Bridge, this Bankside market offers up plenty of picturesque stalls with mouthwatering food and drink, gifts and a host of fun festive workshops.
Located near London Bridge station it's fairly easy to get to – although it can get quite busy on weeknights as it's a great place for post-work festive drink.
Christmas by the River is on until the 5th January 2020.
4. Leicester Square Christmas market
Leicester Square already offers plenty of hustle and bustle in the heart of London, but over the festive season it gets a Christmas-inspired update with Bavarian-style huts, shows, and plenty of food stalls where you can pick up delicious treats.
There's everything from hand-crafted toys and accessories to sweets, savoury food and tree ornaments.
Leicester Square Christmas Market will run until the 5th January 2020. Find out more here .
5. Christmas at Camden Market
Camden Market is celebrating its 45th anniversary and this year its North Yard has been transformed into an illuminated North Pole.
We're talking everything from a Santa's Grotto to festive foods being served across the restaurants and cafes, as well as North London's longest outdoor ice rink.
The Christmas event will run until the 9th January 2020.
A cross between a traditional market and alpine village, Kingston's Christmas Market offers everything from stalls selling gifts and stocking fillers, to bars serving up hot chocolate and mulled wine with plenty of live entertainment.
The Christmas market runs until the 24th December, although the bar and food stalls remain open until the 31st December. Find out more here .
7. The Winter Village, Battersea Power Station
Battersea Power Station will play host to The Winter Village, offering food stalls, gift pop-ups, and cosy alpine wooden huts where you can get warm while taking in the river views.
Florists Moyses Stevens will be hosting wreath decorating classes (on pre-made wreaths), while the Flour Station is where you'll find artisan Panettone and mince pies.
The Winter Village will run until the 11th January 2020.
Source: Read Full Article