On a random Wednesday evening, I went to check out what the fuss was all about when it came to this London Christmas Market.
Regarded as the second-best Christmas market in London by CN Traveller, just behind Covent Garden, I was surprised I hadn’t checked it out before, especially as a Londoner myself.
Getting off at the nearest station, Waterloo, I made my way to the Winter Market to find myself feeling a little underwhelmed.
Of course, there is the gorgeous backdrop of Big Ben, Parliament and the London Eye along the embankment, but the Winter Market was much smaller than I anticipated.
Most of the huts were for hot drinks, like mulled wine, and food like burgers and hot dogs.
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There were a few different stools, like Pincho Poncho Alpaca Wool selling jumpers, a jewellery stall, and a hut full of signs that raise an eyebrow and a smirk.
Venturing inside Between The Bridges, where no outside food or drink was allowed to be taken in, I was curious as to what we would see.
Then, lo and behold, after walking through a cute wooden nature trail, there were more food stalls, benches, and a beer hall.
Again, I felt a little bit disappointed, but I decided to treat myself to The Duck Shed (the same stall can be found outside at the Winter Market).
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Rather pricey, which is to be expected, I had The British Christmas Quacker wrap, which was really tasty and filling, so that was a plus point.
After a bite to eat, we exited Between The Bridges and walked along the embankment.
To our delight, we were entertained by buskers singing as we strolled up to the National Theatre and impressed by luminous art.
On our way, we were drawn towards Fire And Fromage, where people were huddled around open fire pits in an alpine-styled bar.
Opposite was the old-school, graffitied skatepark where people were trying out their tricks.
In the National Theatre, The Witches – a musical twist on Roald Dahl’s magical tale – was playing, although we hadn’t bought tickets to watch.
So as we carried on with our walk, all the way to Blackfriars station, chatting away, the evening was a good ‘un.
While the Christmas market is a great addition to watching a show, or a stop-off after work before catching the tube home, I wouldn’t say it’s the main attraction.
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