These are the best Christmas markets in London to make you feel instantly festive

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These are the best Christmas markets in London to make you feel instantly festive


Right in the heart of London’s West End, you’ll find Christmas in Leicester Square. Alongside the festive stalls and Spiegeltent theatre (where you can see the award-winning La Clique show) in the heart of Leicester Square, the festival also consists of a larger Christmas market down the road in Trafalgar Square.

There, you’ll find a beautifully-lit traditional Christmas market in one of the city’s most iconic settings – right outside the National Portrait Gallery and by Nelson’s Column. The ultimate festive London experience.

Christmas in Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, London

Christmas Under The Canopy, King’s Cross

23 November – 23 December

Christmas Under The Canopy, King’s Cross

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Tucked away under a Victorian glass and steel roof (the ‘canopy’), you’ll find the special Christmas edition of the weekly Canopy Market, held from Tuesdays to Sundays until 23 December. Under a (faux, yet beautiful) starry sky, listen to live music and sip on mulled cider as you shop your way around the market – which is extending its opening times for the festive season.

Expect fresh produce, craft items and homeware buys from independent food producers, designers and makers – plus, street food vendors (because a festive market isn’t complete without great food).

Christmas Under The Canopy, West Handyside Canopy, 2 Granary Square, London

Christmas at Leadenhall Market, City of London

Christmas at Leadenhall Market, City of London

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The historic Leadenhall Market lies in the heart of London, and is home to a range of boutique restaurants and bars all year round. Founded in 1321, its architecture is as beautiful as you’d expect, with the traditional facades meaning it was even used as a filming location for Harry Potter. So, of course, it makes the perfect location for traditional Christmas festivities.

Across the season, the covered market is home to an eight-meter-high Christmas tree and is hosting a series of pop-ups, including a toy museum and an Alpine Lodge serving winter warmers including hot buttered rum and marshmallow hot chocolates. Sign. Us. Up.

Leadenhall Market, Gracechurch St, London



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