Christmas shopping doesn't have to be stressful. Whether you're searching for a last-minute bauble or desperately seeking inspiration for the perfect gift, we've got you covered with our guide to London's Christmas markets and fairs. Find festive foodie treats, arty offerings and everything else you'll need to get your festive shopping done and dusted. Pick your local area or venture across town with our guide to all the best annual Christmas markets in London.
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Christmas markets in central London
The Grinch would have a real job stealing all the Christmas from Hyde Park's massive tribute to festive fun. The Christmas markets is a real treat for anyone feeling the spirit of the season, as long as you're ready to hear all those songs as you potter. You'll find handmade gifts and pretty confectionery sold from cute wooden huts.
The festive edition of the Real Food Market offers a selection of sustainably and ethically produced fine foods but with extra added seasonal goodies. Pick up continental cheeses, Christmas puddings, cured meats and hampers for your hungriest family members, while you tuck into ready-to-eat treats such as mulled wine and mince pies.
Christmas markets in south London
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Mad World Fancy Dress and Costume Hire
This vast dungeon (well, it's in a basement) of a fancy dress store offers a stellar personal service. Staff will help you navigate some 35,000 costumes, from a sleek ant to a fuzzy Orvill duck, and then assist in piecing together a unique outfit for sale or hire. Mad World is a great stop for period costumes, character fancy dress (they have everyone from Ron Burgandy to Rainbow's Bungle) and seasonal events such as halloween. Their get-ups are so on point that TV and movie production companies use them, too. They also stock balloons and costume accessories, such as wigs, swords and more, and there's another Mad World store in Charing Cross.