It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, every borough you visit. Here are the best Christmas markets in each borough of London, so that no matter where you are staying based on The Montcalm Club Reward Program you are a part of, you can get a fix of the Christmas spirit which spreads around the city faster than you can say “jingle bells”.
London Borough of Camden
The Christmas Canopy Market at King’s Cross is just one of the many seasonal features the area has to offer. Year-round, the Canopy Market takes place, but over Christmas time, you can expect all the yuletide classics, like mince pies, mulled wine, live performances and a whole lot of fairy lights. It is happening every day from 12pm – 6pm, and on Fridays from 12pm – 8pm. The proceeds of Christmas-tree sales go to charity, so be sure to buy yours here if you live close enough to cart it home.
Address: Canopy Market, West Handyside Canopy 1 Wharf Rd, Kings Cross, London N1C 4BZ
Royal Borough of Greenwich
Greenwich is slightly further east than even hotels like The Montcalm At The Brewery London City, but it is hardly a difficult borough to get to when you consider all the wonderful things it has to offer. Namely, the Greenwich Christmas Market.
The Greenwich Christmas Market is set within Greenwich Market, but with all its Christmas gear on. Given that Greenwich Market is the only market in London which is located inside of a World Heritage site, it is a pretty special place to visit. You will likely bump into Greenwich Playhouse pantomime characters, Santa’s helpers (and the big man himself in his Grotto), as well as people selling everything from candles, antiques, pottery, clothing and beauty products to roasted chestnuts and eggnog.
Address: 5B Greenwich Market, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 9HZ
London Borough of Hackney
Hackney is a London borough has always been a melting pot of cultural significance over the years, always alive with plenty of good vibes. The Christmas activities within it are also on point, from the pantomime performance of Dick Whittington and His Cat at Hackney Empire to The Hackney Christmas Market.
The Hackney Christmas Market is located on Bohemia Place and takes place every weekend in December prior to Christmas. It is right opposite Hackney Central Station, so you have no reason not to venture further east if you are staying in other boroughs. Expect the works: Christmas trees and treats, decorations and drinks, live entertainment and even a giant snow globe.
Address: Bohemia Place
London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
This borough straddles South West and West London and is home to one of London’s top Christmas markets, the Westfield London Christmas Market in Shepard’s Bush. Though you may be inclined to visit all the Christmas markets in London, you could also go solely to Westfield and find everything you could possibly need. The market forms part of the shopping centre in which it is situated, meaning there is everything you could want from stalls to retail stores. There is also, of course, a towering Christmas tree and enough mulled wine to keep everybody in the holiday spirit.
Address: Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 7GF
City of Westminster
The City of Westminster is likely where you have been spending the majority of your time if you have been focusing on visiting London tourist attractions like Big Ben or Buckingham Palace. Fortunately for those staying centrally, it is also the borough most brimful of Christmas markets.
There is the most iconic, which is Winter Wonderland in the marvellous Hyde Park. Here, there is shopping to be done, nibbles to be eaten, warm beverages to be drunk and used as hand-warmers, music to be listened to, shows to be watched, amusement park rides to enjoy and ice rinks to skate on… We weren’t joking when we said it was the most iconic. Alternatively, there is the Southbank Centre’s Winter Market, which has a wealth of yuletide features, including rides, Christmas shows and dazzling lights. Not to mention, Leicester Square has its own market on over the holidays, with its own unique selling points as well as all the old favourites like Santa’s Grotto. Essentially, if you want to make sure you are in this neck of the woods come Christmas-time, it is worth checking out the Montcalm Christmas deals and booking ASAP so you don’t miss out.
Address: Winter Wonderland: Hyde Park, W2 2UH
Southbank Winter Market: The Queen’s Walk, Lambeth, SE1 8XX
Leicester Square: Leicester Square, WC2H 7DE
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in South West London encompasses Kingston upon Thames, Surbiton, Chessington, Malden Rushett, New Malden and Tolworth. The Kingston Christmas Market is quite something, and proves its borough’s worthiness as one of the four royal boroughs of London. Gifts, food, drink – you know the drill! All the while surrounded by wooden cabins that give the whole feel that of an alpine ski resort, including the smells of German hot dogs and wood fires.
Address: Kingston Market Place, Kingston
London Borough of Wandsworth
The Winter Village is the name of the London Borough of Wandsworth’s incredible Christmas market. Located in the Battersea Power Station, you can expect things to be artsy and a whole lot of fun. There are games to be played, films to be watched and Circus West Village will be sending out plates of food that will make you never want to leave. There is an ice rink, a crazy golf club and even a theatre, so you are likely going to need to go more than once if you want to make the most of everything on offer.
Though you have likely picked one or two of these markets to visit, it is also possible that you have eagerly visited them all – if this is, in fact, the case, you are going to want to book into a Montcalm Spa as soon as possible to ease the pressure from your busy body. Here’s to hoping you didn’t pack too much in your suitcase, as you are going to have plenty to take home with you after heading to any of these borough’s markets.