ESOL UK courses during festive season – Christmas markets

If you are doing one of the ESOL UK courses during Christmas, you can celebrate in style. There is loads of things happening and we would like to share with you our top picks in our special festive series of posts. In our previous post we presented the best places to go Ice skating in London. In this post we are going to talk about the Christmas markets and the best places to go, if you would like to feel the Christmas spirit.

Southbank Centre Winter Market

You will find plenty more than baubles and gingerbread to tempt you in the 50 wooden chalets that will make up the Southbank Centre Winter Market this year: sheepskin rugs, local mead, door wreaths and even lobster mac ‘n’ cheese will all be among the goodies on sale along Queen’s Walk. The market is just one part of the Southbank Centre Winter Festival, and there will be special editions for the Real Food Market and various weekends in the run up to Christmas, too.

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park

The biggest Christmas market is Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, with over 100 spectacular rides and attractions, different markets and themed bars. There is also a great selection of street food, cafes and restaurants. Live music will keep you festive and give you feeling that it is Christmas every day!

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EC Students @ Winter Wonderland

London Bridge City Christmas Market

This market offers a winning combination of homemade gifts and delicious food, sold from German-style chalets. Get your mits on handmade crafts from over 100 independent traders and peruse pop-up food stalls and bars serving Christmas cocktails, mulled wine, hot cider and craft beers. Film screenings, live music and entertainment will also feature alongside a brand new light installation by designer Leo Woolcock. With views of Tower Bridge and Tower of London, the location couldn’t be ‘More London’.


The festive village in Victoria park is full of attractions, entertainment, food and drink. Entry to the town of Winterville is free, but you can buy tickets in advance for attractions. In Winterville you can find a wide range of attractions including an Ice Rink, a Circus, a Cinema, a Panto, a Ferris Wheel & much more.


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Backyard cinema @ Winterville

Barbican Christmas Market

The Barbican hosts 10 days of seasonal shopping, with 35 independent designers, makers and artisans setting up in the foyers. With vintage and designer clothes, arts and crafts. Jewellery, books and toys al available, it’s a great option for a cultural Christmas shopping. As is requisite for a festive market, there’ll be plenty of mulled wine and mince pies, too.

Christmas Market at Tate Modern

More than 70 pretty wooden chalets have appeared alongside the Tate Modern for the Christmas period adding some extra festive cheer (and extra shopping opportunities) to the Bankside area. Browse handmade wooden toys, unique jewellery, intricate decorations and plenty more, then tuck into bratwurst, crêpes, roasted nuts or a warming cup of glühwein.



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