a VirtualTourist member from Poland asked on Nov 6, 2013
Hi, I want to visit xmas market in London and I have to choose the date. How do you think which day/time is the best? I don't like too much crowds but I want to see all "atractions". Thanks for your answers and help :)
Which particular Christmas Market in London were you thinking of visiting?
If you want to check the dates and locations look here:
From my experience the Xmas markets in London are overpriced and most of the people running the stalls are from mainland Europe.. Give them e miss unless u r loaded
I quite like the one on the South Bank (near the Royal Festival Hall) but it gets very crowded, especially in the evening. Go earlier if you want to find it a little less busy. The nice thing is that there is usually a Real Food Market on the other side of the Festival Hall at the same time, with lots of delicious food from organic producers and so on. See my VT tip about the market here: [original VT link]
Thank you for the link:) In general I'd like to visit few places, but I heard that Winter Wonderland and Real Food Market are nice.
And I know that there's Chocolate Festival (13-15 december) so maybe I'll go then:))
Avoid Winter Wonderland like the plague, it is a complete ripoff. Whilst researching some other VT tips last year I stumbled upon it's predecessor, presumably run by the same crowd. It is appalling. Here is what I wrote about it.
[original VT link]
I was told that it is the same outfit as they have some sort of frnachise on the site. Don't bother. Go to some proper London markets instead. Tehre is no tradition of Christmas markets in London, it is something we have imported from mainland Europe in the last few years.
It's true there's no tradition of Christmas markets here, and also that Winter Wonderland is maybe not a good option, though I've not been and can't comment. But I do think the recent introduction of more low key markets such as the South Bank one I mentioned are a good thing even if they are an imported idea (after all, we imported the Christmas tree tradition from Germany many years ago and it seems to have stuck!)
This page on the Visit London website may give you some more ideas:[original link]