The impressive City of London Victorian shopping arcade bolsters its reputation as being one of the most charming places in London by decking its resplendent halls in festive garlands, mini Christmas trees and twinkling lights for the season. Its glistening transformation begins at 6pm on November 17 when the actual Lord Mayor of London will switch on Leadenhall Market’s Christmas lights, including its giant fir tree at the end. There will be music to sing along to before and after the switch-on too, and the lights will shine on until Twelfth Night.
Always one to go all out for the season, throughout December it’ll host a number of Christmas workshops, from wine tasting to wreath making, as well as guided festive walks full of tales of a Leadenhall Christmas past and present, plus late-night shopping.
Floral Merchant London Christmas Wreath workshops: Nov 17-Dec 18. Wed- Friday 7pm to 9.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 10.30am to 1pm and 3pm-5.30pm. £75 per person.
‘A Taste of Leadenhall’ wine tasting: December 7, 14. 6.15pm and 7.45pm. £5 per person.
Guided walks: Every Wed Nov 23-Dec 21. 6.30pm to 8pm.