While a lot of us wait until the last minute to do all of our Christmas shopping, in London people are always out and about doing their shopping and crowding the shops all times of the year. Although Regents Street and Oxford Street have all of the high street stores within arms-length from each other, as it gets closer and close to Christmas the crowds will only increase making it almost impossible to have a pleasant shopping experience. And while a lot of Christmas markets are opening up that are worth the visit, going ice skating and carrying your purchases can prove to be a difficult task. There are so many other areas in London that can provide a great shopping experience during the Christmas season and lead you to pick up some unique gifts for your loved-ones.
Brick Lane and Old Spitalfields
Search for independent, quirky, on-trend goods near Brick Lane and at Spitalfields market. Spitalfields posts extended hours during the Christmas season and fills the market with festive events, making it very easy to find something for everyone. Brick Lane, while always holding their own market, has a great underground vintage market selling fashion and accessories from the past.
Greenwich Market is open year round, but is a special place to visit during the Christmas season. Not only is it located in the town of Greenwich that has a small-town feel just outside the city centre, but this market boasts arts, crafts, and food stalls in addition to antiques, vintage, and collectible items available for purchase.
Christmas Market opening December 1 from 10:00-17:30 daily, free entry
Greenwich Market is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30-17:30 daily, free entry
Dalston Christmas Market
Most Christmas markets are at the centre of town with traditional goods, but not the Dalston Christmas Market. Deemed the most alternative Christmas market in London, Dalston market holds the UK’s best up-and-coming creative talents. At this market, find unique hand-crafted gifts from local artisans, ceramists, artists, and fashion and jewellery designers!
Opening December 1 in Dalston Square, E8 3BQ, from 11:00-19:00, free entry
Seven streets converge in Covent Garden to form the Seven Dials area. If you want to be in the downtown area without going to Regents and Oxford Street, take a walk over to this area where you will find 120 smaller name shops full of fashion, shoes, accessories, beauty, grooming, food and drink, and lifestyle items. Don’t miss the Christmas Shopping night on the 5th of December from 5-9 where a 20% discount will be offered at 120 shops, bars, and restaurants.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Don’t rule out museum shops when doing your Christmas shopping. Often times you can find unique and historical items that tell a story. The Victoria and Albert museum has a great shop during the Christmas season carrying stationary, décor, jewellery and accessories, books, and other trinkets related to the exhibits in the museum. Enjoy the free entry while getting your Christmas shopping completed!