Alternative gifts: our pick of the best local Christmas shopping

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If the idea of of battling your way along Oxford Street, through crowds of frantic Christmas shoppers, fills you with dread then look no further.

We’ve selected the best local Christmas markets and handily put them into four maps – one for each borough.

Here is a selection of a few of our favourites:


Columbia Road Christmas Shopping Evenings

Until 22 December, Columbia Road E2

In the lead up to Christmas the delis, boutiques, galleries, vintage and antique shops that line Columbia Road will be staying open late on Wednesdays for evening shopping.


Christmas at Old Spitalfields Market

Brushfield Street, Spitalfields, E1 6AA

1-24 December

Vibrant and always busy, Old Spitalfields Market provides an even more impressive attraction with stalls selling art, antiques, vintage accessories and gifts that can surprise and enchant. You will be sure to find unique gifts for your friends and family.


Tea and Make pop-up shop

3 Lewisham Way (opposite Goldsmiths College), London, SE14 6PP

Until 11 December

Ten local designers will be making and selling crafts and gifts at this festive pop-up. There are also workshops and master-classes for you to get involved and a delicious selection of tea and cakes.

The maps will be updated with new events, if you would like to see a market added please e-mail:


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Tower Hamlets

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Maps built by Chris Stevenson

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