Foodies will find themselves enticed by gourmet cheese toasties, truffle-infused burgers, savoury fondue, sizzling bratwurst, creamy eggnog, Dutch pancakes, mince pies, mulled wine, and a host of other festive culinary delights ready to be eaten on the go. Alternatively, consider reserving a heated snow globe for a cosier dining experience.
However, the highlight here is the view across the river to the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. If you're planning to take a ride on the London Eye, the quick stroll to this spot is well worthwhile, whether for some shopping or simply to warm up with a cup of mulled wine.
Date: 2nd of November to 26th of December 2024 (close on 25th of December)
Location: Southbank Market, The Queen's Walk, London SE1
Christmas at Leicester Square
Leading up to Christmas in London, Leicester Square transforms into a vibrant winter wonderland with alpine lodges, bars, pop-up theatres, and a medley of exciting events take residence around the central fountain, creating a lively atmosphere.
The 2023 Christmas Market in Leicester Square promises to be a standout event. Returning this year is the multi-award-winning show, La Clique, housed in a charming German-style 'spiegeltent'.
Although the Christmas Market in Leicester Square may be more modest in scale compared to Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland, there is much to enjoy here. Just remember to bring plenty of cash or your bank card, as the mulled wine and gifts here can be quite expensive.
Date: 8th of November 2023 to 7th of January 2024 (close on 25th of December)
Location: Shakespeare Water Fountain, 4 Leicester Square, London WC2H