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Christmas markets in London

The best Christmas markets in London

Ditch department stores and wrap up all your Christmas shopping at London’s best festive markets and fairs for 2022

Edited by
Alice Saville

London loves a market. The capital is home to some of the very best bazaars in the world from the ultimate foodie paradise, Borough Market, to picture-perfect Columbia Road Flower Market. But, at Christmas? Well, that’s when London’s markets really come into their own.

Every year, throughout November and December, the city is chock full of markets that host fairy-light-lined stalls, festive street-food sellers and community tombolas, with a playlist of Christmas songs on loop in the background. In fact, whether you’re looking for tasty treats, traditional decorations, cutting-edge arts and crafts, or you’re shopping for last-minute presents, these Yuletide stalls are here to help. 

It seems especially fitting to spend the run-up to Christmas Day picking up presents from markets this year, given what a tough two years it’s been for London’s independent businesses. Local makers, creators and traders need your support more than ever, and popping into a ceramics fair or a vintage furniture market is a great way to do just that. Plus, you can’t deny that a trip to the touristy German-style chalet market on the South Bank is an unbeatable way to serve those festive feels. Christmas shopping has never looked so enticing.

Recommended: Our complete guide to Christmas in London.

Amazing London Christmas markets

Photograph: Joe Howard


For rainy days, check out the brand-new covered food market on outside the National Theatre, KERB, which launches November 24. Sample eats from iconic London names like Bad Boy Pizza Society, Sen Noods and Lucky's Hot Chicken. And if you aren't stuffed from all the pizza, ramen and fried chicken, swing by Utter Waffle or Humble Crumble for dessert. There'll also be hot cups of chai and mulled wine at the Seasons Eatings bar, to coax you into the festive spirit. 

You'll find artisan sellers offering everything from handmade ceramics to unique artworks and clothes at this winter market in the gardens of Chiswick House, which offers a chance to buy last-minute gifts from December 17 - 24. There will also be performances from a rock choir. Funky. The Christmas shop inside the house is also open on Thursdays and Saturdays throughout December.


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