To celebrate winter and its seasonal perks London hosts the Southbank Centre Winter Festival. Aside from the Christmas fair, the festival features plenty of festive performances, highlighting snowshows, and a Christmas choir. During the breaks in between, shopping can warm one up in this wonderful and relaxing place—the Recordelig Cider Lodge. This Scandi-style lodge offers cozy rooms with comfortable arm chairs and traditional fire pits as well as great winter drinks and delicious Scandinavian foods. The festivities run from mid-November to mid-January.
Stroll through dozens of market stalls where traders from all around the world offer a variety of handmade gifts and decorations. Try mouthwatering street food from cozy wooden chalets, offering delicious Asian, Indian and Greek cuisines. There are traditional Christmas market favorites like raclette and bratwurst as well as sweet treats. Alongside the market, there are many seasonal pop-ups offering nulled wine and other winter drinks. Stop[ by Applebee’s pop-up restaurant serving Cornish flavors, piping hot fish and chips, freshly shucked oysters. The Circus Bar in front of Royal Festival Hall features warm and cozy fire pits as well as fresh-cooked street food from the open-plan kitchen. You can also go to the secret cinema to nestle down in a bean bag and enjoy a holiday classic sipping your favorite cocktails.