East London – Christmas Markets
Whether you want to complete your Christmas shopping, are looking for Christmas decorations or just want to get in the festive spirit, east London offers a variety of Christmas markets to enjoy. Here’s our round up of the best in the area.
The perfect way to kick off the December festivities is at Rare Birds Christmas Bazaar in Brick Lane. The market has everything you want in a Christmas market and more; expect festive treats including mulled wine and cider, unique gifts including artisan homewares, and craft workshops to try your hand at making your own gifts. All this happens alongside the resident DJ playing the best Christmas tracks to get you in the festive mood.
Date and Time: 1 December 2019, 11am-10pm
Location: 93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, London, E1 6QL
Benk + Bo Christmas Makers Market in Aldgate offers some of London’s most popular independent brands under one roof. Pick up the perfect present from a selection of stalls selling a variety of artisan goods, including handmade cards, jewellery, perfume, and more. As well as plenty of gifts, the Christmas Makers Market will be offering a programme of festive workshops, such as free yoga and candle-making. To help spread the festive cheer further, all proceeds from the ticketed workshops go towards the homeless charity, Shelter.
Date and Time: 1 December 2019, 10am-4pm
Location: 4-6 Gravel Lane, Spitalfields, London, E1 7AW
Present company, Buyagift, will be hosting its very first Sustainable Christmas Market in Clapton this year. The marketplace will bring together some of the UK’s most exciting sustainable brands selling ethically produced cosmetics, jewellery, fashion, skincare products and more. Free workshops will also be held, including wreath-making and jumper upcycling, with the aim to encourage minimal-waste. If living sustainably is on your new year’s resolution list, this market is worth checking out.
Date and Time: 1 December 2019, 10am-5pm
Location: Core Clapton, 161 Northwold Road, London, E5 8RL
Another sustainable Christmas market to add to the list is the Zero Waste Christmas Market in Bethnal Green. Offering over 80 independent, plastic-free traders, the market brings together the best of London’s sustainability scene. Choose to go green this Christmas and shop ethical, high-quality gifts, all while enjoying mulled wine and hot vegan food options on offer. You can also join in with the ticketed DIY workshops and watch the free panel discussions on the future of sustainability and how to have a greener Christmas.
Date and Time: 7 December, 10.30am-8.30pm
Location: The Boiler House, 152 Brick Lane, London, E1 6RU
London’s most famous flower market is once again opening up for its annual late-night Christmas events. Taking place on the first three Wednesdays in December, you’ll be able to browse over 60 independent shops brimming with unique gifts and stocking fillers. Sip on mulled wine as you shop, and enjoy being serenaded by the cheery carol singers from St Peters in Bethnal Green.
Date and Time: 4, 11 & 18 December 2019, 5pm-9pm
Location: Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG
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