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Try London’s Christmas markets for that special gift

London Christmas markets

Looking for something special this Christmas in London to give to a loved one? Then book a Palm hotel London and head for one of London’s seventeen Christmas markets where you will find countless unusual, high quality items as well as lots of entertainment, food and drink.

 So where to go?  There is plenty of choice. 

 If you are looking for a really big market, then Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland has to be your first choice.  There is a massive array of pretty wooden chalets selling everything from toys to jewellery, textiles to clothes as well as food and drink.  When you need a break from shopping, choose a snack from the numerous street food outlets, strap on some skates and go for whirl on the ice or take a seat for a circus performance.  Take a trip on the old fashioned carousel, complete with irresistible galloping horses or try the giant Observation Wheel which revolves 200 feet into air.

 The Southbank Winter Festival is worth considering.  At night it is especially pretty, lit up by thousands of twinkling bulbs which cast enchanting reflections in the water of the River Thames.  There is a real Scandinavian atmosphere at this market, with many items having a Scandinavian flair.  Sit beside the fire pit and relax with mulled spiced cider from the Rekorderlig pop up lodge. Enjoy some fun entertainment with a wide array of shows and performances such as Circus 1903 and Rumpelstiltskin. And when you are tired of the SouthBank, just keep on strolling along the river until you reach Bankside’s Christmas market set against a backdrop of the Tower Bridge.

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 Leicester Square Christmas market definitely has a showbiz element.  Take your seat in the large Spiegeltent and watch comedy performances from the Briefs Boys, as well as a Burlesque Carol Concert, while for children there is the Brat Kids Carnival.  Enjoy some gluhwein, and Christmas specialities while checking out the various stalls.

 Looking for something just that bit different? Then book any of the hotels in Cricklewood London and take a look at the Crafty Fox markets held each December at three different locations; the Elephant & Castle’s Mercato Metropolitano, Canopy Market in Kings Cross and The Department Store Brixton. Each location only runs for a few days so check out dates before you go. Crafty Fox are well known for their artisan traders, each one very individual and contemporary in style.

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