Come Christmas, London’s streets are transformed. From pop-up ice rinks playing catchy pop-tunes to unique events beneath twinkling lights, it’s a far cry from the usual concrete metropolis. But let’s be honest - whether you love or loathe Christmas shopping, the crowds on Oxford Street can make even the jolliest shopper say humbug. Luckily, there’s an alternative: a festive frolic through one of London’s magical markets.
Whether you’re looking for festive food, classic decorations, arts and crafts or that last-minute gift, you can find all you want for Christmas at a London market. Here’s our pick of London’s best Christmas markets and fairs to help you check off your seasonal shopping list. Eat your heart out, Santa.
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