Sure, you could panic buy your Christmas gifts in a hapless frenzy on the 23rd of December amongst a tinsel-crazed mob.
Orrr you could take a casual stroll along the Southbank until you come within sight of a festively twinkly row of wooden huts lining the river next to Tower Bridge sometime over the next few weeks.
This is Christmas By The River, and it’s an annual, Bavarian inspired market (now in its 8th season) that pops up in London Bridge City next to the Mayor’s office for the latter few weeks of the year. As well as taking over that stretch of the river, it also pivots into the Hays Galleria too, which is extremely convenient in the case of inclement weather, as well as bringing its own cavernous majesty to the proceedings.
In it, you’ll find dozens of traders (roughly 60 all told) all housed in their little wooden chalets, and selling all manner of handcrafted gifts, street food, mulled wine, hot toddies, winter cocktails, and more. You’ll also find pop up choirs adding a few fa-la-laas to proceedings, and there’ll be free festive film screenings on Tuesdays and Thursdays to boot.
Frankly, it’s a lot to mull over.
NOTE: Christmas By The River is running from now until January 2nd, 11am-9pm (10pm Thurs-Sat). You can find out more at the website right HERE. You can time your visit to coincide with the carolling by checking ahead HERE, or a free film screening HERE.
Christmas By The River | London Bridge City, SE1
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