All I want for Christmas is…turkey, Christmas cake, presents, fairy lights, mince pies, trifle, decorations, carols….
At this time of year everyone seems to be dashing around Europe on the hunt for the most impressive, most traditional Christmas market. The papers are full of Christmas market round ups and all anyone can talk about is ‘this tiny place in Germany’, or the ‘most traditional Christmas food’ in France…
Hold on a minute! Have we all forgotten what London does best? There are plenty of markets in the city that transform for Christmas each year.
Here are some of the best:
Christmas at Old Spitalfields Market (1 – 24 December 2010)
With the West End even more hectic than usual at this time of year, Old Spitalfields Market has extended its opening hours, meaning even more time for you to find those stocking fillers! This is the place for you if you’re looking for hand crafted decorations, silver jewellery or quirky tshirt designs.
Portobello Road gets lit up for Christmas (1 – 24 December 2010)
If your friends and family are keen on antiques then Portobello Road is the best place for your Christmas shopping. Not only is the market full of stalls selling antique goods but the surrounding rooads are also a great place to nab a bargain. Try Chepstow Villas and Elgin Crescent for something really special this Christmas.
Fill up your festive larder at Smithfields Market (1 – 24 December 2010)
Smithfields Market is well known throughout London as being one of the best meat markets in town which makes it an excellent place to stock up for that extra special festive feast. There’s plenty more on offer than just meat though, have a wander round and you’ll find a huge array of cheeses, pies and delicatessen goods.
Head to the Stables Market for a vintage Christmas (1 – 24 December 2010)
The Stables Market in Camden is known for its stylish and unconventional market stalls, perfect for picking up little treats to fill those stockings. Camden has a reputation for attracting goth, punk and emo types, however there is plenty more to discover. There are small shops and a range of stalls offering vintage goods for the home, everything from cake tins to brooches and old shop signs.
And if after all that you’re still wishing you were on the continent,the Southbank has brought a bit of Germany to London. The Cologne Market is on until 22 December and is a traditional German-style Christmas market with stalls housed in wooden chalets lined up along the river outside the Southbank Centre.