Alternative shopping: our pick of the best local Christmas markets

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 are a selection of a few of our favourites:


Stoke Newington Christmas Fair

4-5 December at the Abney Public Hall

Vintage clothing and accessories, handmade delights and smart Christmas gift ideas by art and design creative-types will be on display at Stoke Newington’s two-day fair. Shopping marathons need lots of stamina so mince pies and festive tunes will come to the rescue to stir the Christmas spirit inside.

Christmas at Old Spitalfields Market

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.


Gifted: A weekend of art and design in Deptford

3-5 December

Artists and designers from south-east London are come together for this Christmas event to showcase their talents sell their creations. Organised in association with the Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios, “Gifted” provides an alternative to traditional shopping options for your Christmas gifts.

More info here:

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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