Christmas markets: ‘Tis the season to stay local

‘Tis the season of giving and ELL has curated a list of the best christmas markets in our boroughs. Each market is a treasure trove of christmas presents that will please even the pickiest.

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Find the perfect gift at a local market this Christmas Pic:


Shoreditch Christmas Triangle

Various locations, Shoreditch

December 10 and 17

Every Thursday in the run-up to Christmas, local shops, galleries, cafes and popups within the Shoreditch Design Triangle will be open late to welcome festive shoppers.

An abundance of discounts, special workshops and mulled wine means there will be plenty to feel merry about. With everything from homewares to men’s grooming on offer there’s something for even the pickiest punters.

A full list of venues taking part can be found here, and you can pick up a printed guide of events in any of the participating stores.


Ditch the diet, it is time to taste the first mince pie of the season Pic: Shoreditch Christmas Triangle


Hackney Flea-mas Market

Abney Hall, 73A Stoke Newington Church St, N16 0AS

December 12-13

A monthly affair, Hackney Flea Market will be breaking out the Christmas cheer this December. Whether you’re after one-of-a-kind, handmade or vintage items, this market never fails to disappoint.

With eclectic traders from around the country, this is the place to find unexpected and quirky gifts for the hard to please.

Carol singers and Christmas music will get you in the festive mood while you browse, and a café will be on-hand to serve essentials such as mulled wine and homemade cakes.


Tower Hamlets

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An extensive mix of handmade festive delights at one local market. Pic: Urban Makers.


Crafty Fox Night Market

The Museum of London Docklands, No.1 Warehouse, West India Dock Rd, E14 4AL

December 8

As part of its run of Christmas markets, Crafty Fox is teaming up with the Museum of London Docklands to bring an evening of seasonal fun.

Handmade ceramics, jewellery and prints will be available from 60 stalls, giving you plenty of opportunities to find the perfect gift.

Throughout the evening visitors will also be able to take part in workshops, which give you the chance to make your own presents.

The market is part of a wider Christmas event at the Museum, which includes a scavenger hunt and a grown-up grotto to bring out the kid in everyone.



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The spirit of Christmas comes to Lewisham Pic:

Lewisham Arthouse Winter Fair

140 Lewisham Way, SE 14 6PD

December 12

Lewisham Arthouse are back with their popular Winter Fair, showcasing work from the best in local talent.

With paintings, sculptures, mosaics, there’s plenty here to please the art lover in your life – or you might even find you’re tempted to treat yourself.

As well as fantastic gifts there will also be seasonal drinks, mince pies and more, while a resident DJ will be on hand to get your in the Christmas spirit with festive tunes.



Some sparkle this Christmas Pic:

By Annie Gouk


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