Heading to London for Christmas shopping? The capital city is known for its outstanding retail areas, so you will not struggle to work through your list. But where to start? During your stay at central hotels, London, you should prioritise spending your money at the following places.
London Christmas markets
Come late November, London is consumed with German-style Christmas markets where you can buy handcrafted gifts, pantry items, and yuletide trinkets. At the same time, you can treat yourself to winter street bites and mulled wine. One of the best markets for a beautiful atmosphere is the Southbank Centre Christmas Market. Located on the riverbank, the fair overlooks the city skyline and always has a jovial energy.
Although Greenwich Market requires a somewhat lengthy ride on the Docklands Light Rail from hotels near Paddington Station, the reward is worth it. This small-scale covered market is open year-round but the items on sale get a festive revamp in November and December. You can purchase unique handmade items here for your loved ones, enjoy a tasty meal, and explore the scenic neighbourhood of Greenwich.
If you wish for the Christmas market experience minus the cold, head to Granary Square at King’s Cross. Christmas Under The Canopy takes place in December, with hanging lights and live music creating a yuletide atmosphere. As part of the programme, one-off markets will occur on select days and weekends – such as the Crafty Fox makers market, the Vegan market, and the Shōtengai pan-Asian market.
Harrods is located on the posh shopping street, Knightsbridge. In time for Christmas, the windows are transformed with whimsical installations that channel the festive spirit and tell a story. The department store itself is a treasure trove of designer fashion wear, luxury accessories, and delectable cuisine. However, we recommend the trip from central hotels in London purely to experience the window display.
Covent Garden gets a makeover in time for Christmas with a splendid tree outside the Apple Market and swarms of fairy lights. The boutiques and market stalls are the perfect starting place for your excursion but we also encourage shopping at the shops surrounding the plaza, along Long Acre, Floral Street, and Seven Dials. Many host Christmas specials and serve fizz while all are joyfully decorated.
Hampton Court Palace
Guests of hotels near Paddington Station who desire a fun family-friendly day out and a shopping spree should head to Hampton Court Palace. Easily accessible via rail, the mediaeval palace hosts its annual Festive Fayre on 2-4th December complete with ice skating, a food market, and gift stalls. Advance ticket purchase for the bespoke event is recommended.
Marylebone High Street
Marylebone High Street has a distinct village ambience and a gentler pace than other shopping avenues in London. You can browse health-conscious whole food shops, designer clothing and accessories, and bookshops. The street is draped with lights and decor in the winter months while the Sunday farmers market is perfect for stocking up your pantry for Christmas.