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A guide to some Central London Christmas Fairs and Markets 2014

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SOUTHBANK CENTRE:  Southbank Centre’s Winter Festival is back and the Christmas Market will adorn the bank of the Thames once more. The new market offers delicious festive food, handmade gifts, warming drinks and seasonal ingredients.  5 November – 11-January

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HYDE PARK: Winter Wonderland, the annual festive assault on London’s senses, is back in Hyde Park. More than 200 Bavarian style wooden chalets, lit by fairy lights, line the walk around this fairground-style attraction. Traditional German artists and craftsmen make many of the products on sale, and you can also fuel your trip with Christmas foods such as roasted nut and gingerbread. Weekday mornings are the best time to go to avoid the absolute frenzy at weekends. 21 November-4 January

MARYLEBONE: Chiltern Street in Marylebone has a late night shopping evening. Shops and restaurants in the area will be open late, offering an extra chance to buy your gifts in the boutiques of the area. Mulled wine, cinnamon buns and ginger snaps will be on offer from some of the food places in the area including Nordic Barkery, and the famous Chiltern Firehouse opens its courtyard for Christmas treats by Executive Chef Nuno Mendes. London musician Tyler Rix will be performing a live music session throughout the evening. 5pm, 27 November

OXFORD STREET: The world’s most famous shopping street isn’t all about big high street brands. If you’re stupid brave enough to visit Oxford Street at the weekend this close to Christmas, make a point of popping into the Regent Hall (opposite BHS) for The Fair Christmas Fayre, showcasing ethical, fairtrade and eco Christmas gifts. 11am-6pm, 29 November

GARDEN MUSEUM: The Garden Museum in Lambeth holds its third annual Diggin’ Design Christmas Fair. The event, which takes place inside the Museum’s Victorian church building, aims to make the Christmas festivities as eco-friendly as possible. Stationery, homeware, prints, jewellery and food gifts from local makers will be on sale, plus try the picnic-style vegetarian Christmas menu while listening to music from the London Concord Singers. £3 entry (includes access to Museum and gardens) which helps the Garden Museum’s development project, 10am-5pm, 30 November

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TASTE OF LONDON WINTER 2014 AT TOBACCO DOCK:  Taste of London Winter is the ultimate festive food and drink event. A selection of the capital’s top restaurants offer seasonal menus designed to delight and inspire. Plus, top chefs with tips for that ambitious festive menu and over 200 seasonal food and drink producers.  20-23 November  £10-£65

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CITY: The historic Draper’s Hall is the venue for The City Christmas Fair, which is held every year in aid of Wellbeing of Women. Browse stalls filled with luxury goods, foods and stocking fillers. Unwind with a glass of bubbly at the champagne bar and then place a bid in the popular Silent Auction. £5 entry, get tickets here11am-8pm, 1 December

MORE LONDON: The multi-purpose event space near London Bridge offers a chance to buy gifts from 35 German-style chalets, many of them local London businesses. The market is aimed at shoppers of all budgets, offering products from stocking fillers to champagne. And with a plethora of twinkling lights, wreaths and garlands, we reckon it could be a good bet for getting as Christmassy as possible. As well as stocking up on gourmet gifts, you can buy hot food to eat on site (crepes, sausages, a hog roast) and enjoy entertainment from choirs and the Salvation Army band. 8-21 December

BARBICAN: 10 days of seasonal shopping come to Barbican with 35 stalls featuring independent designers, makers and artisans, which vary from day to day. Browse vintage and designer clothes, arts and crafts, jewellery, books, toys and more. There will be plenty of mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies too. 12-21 December

TATE MODERN LONDON:  This year Xmas Markets Ltd will be organising a fabulous Traditional Christmas Market at Tate Modern. Tate Modern is a modern art gallery located in London. It is Britain’s national gallery of international modern art and forms part of the Tate group. It is the most-visited modern art gallery in the world, with around 4.7 million visitors per year. It is based in the former Bankside Power Station, in the Bankside area of the London Borough of Southwark. Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1900 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art. 14 November – 24 December 2014

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