Southbank Christmas Market

I love Christmastime. The decorations, festive parties, the atmosphere in the air. It’s all so cheerful. Minus the weather, that is. So…cold… *brrrrr*.

Anyway, there are so many things to see and do in London at Christmas time. Our most recent venture out was to the Christmas Market at Southbank. Every year they put together a Christkindlmarkt with stalls filled with delicious food, mulled wine, and crafty gifts.

Even though going to the market meant dodging people and rubbing hands together to stay warm, the festive feel of it was priceless. Everyone was walking about with their warm mulled wine, hot toddies, and dinner, taking in the views of the city and the goodies on offer in each stall.

We ended up stopping for a cheese sammie from Grill My Cheese, one of the stalls there. By that point it was beginning to get a bit too cold for comfort and we headed inside to find a seat. That’s the great thing about South Bank. They not only have space for concerts and events, but they have several cafes, shops, and seat areas for people. It’s one of the best places to go to people watch, catch some good music, and maybe even do a bit of work if you’re so inclined.

There was a charity shop market there as well, so after finishing up dinner we made our way downstairs to see what was on offer. And there wasn’t much. Although called a “market”, there were all of about 10 clothing racks that were very limited in selection, a table of books, and a few odds and ends scattered about. Disappointing to say the least.

After that we were cold, tired, and sick of fighting the crowds, so we made our way to the exit and headed home. Not before stopping and getting some roasted nuts for Joe for the ride home though.