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When the air is filled with the aromas of sweet roasted almonds, pretzels, baked apples, gingerbread, mulled wine and bratwurst, when Christmas music is playing, and when everything is festively decorated, then it’s time for Christmas markets!
One of the most charming Christmas markets in London is the “Winter Wonderland” located in the Hyde Park, which is reachable within roughly 20 minutes walking distance from our hotel or within 4 minutes when taking the Piccadilly Line from South Kensington to Hyde Park Corner Underground Station. The “Hyde Park Winter Wonderland” opens on Friday 21st November, closes on Sunday 4th January and is free to enter; however, tickets must be purchased for the Magical Ice Kingdom – the largest attraction in the UK with real ice and snow –, the Giant Wheel, the two circuses, the ice rink and the Bar Ice. There are many festive stalls with accessories, clothing, jewellery and handmade gifts as well as restaurants and bars where you can find a great selection of food and drinks. Interestingly, there’s a place called the Famous Bavarian Village where you can find German food, beer and live bands in an authentic nice atmosphere. You also have the possibility to meet Santa and his elves in his grotto in Santa Land. Ultimately, you shouldn’t miss the funfair with its carousels, rides and themed attractions such as the Haunted House, too.
Soutbank Centre Christmas Market
Another nice Christmas market you can enter for free is the “Southbank Centre Christmas Market”. It takes place from Tuesday 11th November until Sunday 4th January and is situated along the riverbank all the way into Southbank Centre. The best way to get there is via tube from Gloucester Road or South Kensington to Embankment Underground Station; take the District or Circle Line and you will be there in approximately 10 minutes only! Here you will find many wooden chalets offering unique gifts, but also especially German food and drinks. Furthermore, the “Real Food Christmas Market”, which belongs to the “Southbank Centre Christmas Market”, takes place from Friday 19th December till Tuesday 23rd December and presents a lot of ingredients and much traditional as well as non-traditional food.
Christmas at Kew
“Christmas at Kew” is a Christmas market that is absolutely worth seeing, too, even though you have to pay for admission; adults have to pay £15 when booking in advance and £17 when paying on the day; children from 4-16 years have to pay £12 when the booking is made in advance and £12 on the day visiting the market. From Wednesday 26th November until Saturday 3rd January you can enjoy the Christmassy atmosphere in the beautifully illuminated Kew Gardens. It only takes about 20 minutes with the District Line from South Kensington or Gloucester Road to Kew Gardens Underground Station. As twilight falls and the doors open to the market, you will find everything shimmering and sparkling. The Christmas market includes many food and drink stalls and among others also a Tunnel of Lights, a garden of fire, vintage rides and Santa’s Snowflake Grotto where you can also meet Santa. Each Christmas market I introduced to you has its own personal touch that will make it a memorable visit, so it is now up to you to discover them and to let the special atmosphere work its magic on you.