London, Markets

A London Christmas

Southbank Pigeons

London truly comes alive during the festive season. I was fortunate enough to spend the Christmas of 2011 and 2012 in London and feel the electric atmosphere of its markets, street lights and decorations, as well as experience the general excitement and buzz of tourists and locals alike. Europe is something truly special during Christmas, isn’t it?

The Winter Wonderland is a phenomenal place to feel the spirit of Christmas. Located in London’s famous Hyde Park, there’s an ice-skating rink, small wooden chalets with everything from Christmas toys for the tree to unique decorations and candles. There are also German gingerbread houses and pretzels, Spanish churros and Belgian waffles to try, not to mention the fun rides, giant talking tree and singing reindeer! Pure magic!

Along the river Thames, with views of Big Ben and the London Eye, another brilliant addition to the London Christmas scene is the Southbank Centre Christmas Market. Here the scent of roasting chestnuts and cinnamon-spices fill the air. People can be seen drinking warm mulled wine and buying last-minute Christmas gifts to surprise their loved-ones with, all to the tune of catchy Christmas tunes and carols.

Other places worth visiting during the holidays are Covent Garden and Oxford Street, with its famous Selfridge’s department store creating wonderful store windows for all to see. Simply wandering around the city brings an indescribable sense of pleasure to everyone who happens to be in London over Christmas and it’s a feeling that cannot be discovered in any other city quite to the same extent.

Covent Garden Oxford Street

London, Markets

London Markets

It was a lovely Sunday afternoon in London yesterday. It didn’t rain at all (which is very unusual here!) and the locals and tourists alike had a great time at London’s famous markets.

I visited Camden Lock Market first up and then caught the bus to the Old Spitalfields Market with the Sunday Upmarket and Backyard Market all close-by. It was great to see what all my fellow creative design-makers are up to as well as to investigate current trends, customer buying habits and general attitudes to handmade items. The verdict on that last one is buying at markets is still very much alive and it’s actually quite a thriving outlet for selling quality products. Who knows, you might see us at a market very soon!