in a nutshell
This traditional Christmas market has to win the prize for best location, with its cluster of wooden chalets sitting between one of London’s leading cultural attractions and the river. Foodies will love it for its surprising range of festive grub on offer, from falafel to churros via Taiwanese tea and waffles.
about the market
This pretty market has only been running for the last three Christmases but already has a great reputation, which the stunning setting helps to cement. It’s a fairly traditional set-up, with a Victorian-style carousel, Glühwein, Bratwurst and cute wooden chalets selling homemade seasonal food and gifts. Santa also has a grotto here.
Vendors include the brilliantly named Nosteagia offering delicious “bubble waffles", Taiwanese bubble tea and matcha-flavoured ice cream, Origamic selling eye-catching pop-up Christmas cards, Cookhouse Tow, a “revival food trailer" cooking up seasonal lamb recipes and Spin-Art, whose gorgeous wind spinners would be an original present for the house-proud.
The real draw, though, is the brilliant location – right outside the Tate Modern, on the Thames – and the amount of other things you can do nearby if the weather turns out to be a bit too wintry for comfort.