One of the many delights of Christmas in London are the Christmas Markets and Fairs. Great places to wander around, grab a glass of mulled wine, eat a mince pie, and buy some great (artisan) gifts for your loved ones (and yourself). Don't forget to visit our page on
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The history of Christmas markets goes back to the Late Middle Ages in the German speaking part of Europe. The Dresden Christmas market - first held in 1434 is often said to be the oldest Christmas market, although this is hotly contested!
Christmas Fair at Chelsea Physic Garden
30th November and 1st December 2013. Chelsea Physic Garden. A great choice of gifts in heated marquees in the Chelsea Physic Garden including handmade clothing, pottery and ceramics, garden paraphernalia, wonderful jewellery, artisan chocolates and beautiful leather goods.
Boutique de Noel
Boutique de Noel 15th - 16th November 2013. Two day shopping extravaganza, held at the Kensington Town Hall will include cocktails, two auctions, and of course plenty of Christmas shopping.
The Ideal Home Show at Christmas
13th November - 17th November 2013. Earls Court in West London hosts the Ideal Home Show at Christmas, bringing together over 400 exhibitors to offer everything you’ll need to make your home ideal for Christmas.
Country Living Christmas Fair
30th October - 3rd November 2013. You'll find everything you need for the perfect Christmas, from the market with hand-crafted decorations to traditional toys, the latest fashion, limited-edition jewellery and a mouth watering array of festive food and drink. This Christmas Fair is in Islington, North London.
Spirit of Christmas Fair
5th November - 10th November 2013. Based at Olympia (West London), the Spirit of Christmas Fair includes a Food Hall, Producer's Market, and a British Designer's Market. A great place to prepare for your Christmas in London.
Belgravia Christmas Fayre
1st December 2013. Pimlico Road and the newly refurbished Elizabeth Street in Belgravia will be transformed into a winter wonderland as the unique boutiques, bars and restaurants celebrate the festive season.
Christmas Market at Old Spitalfields
2013 dates TBC. Although this market is open all year round, at Christmas it takes on a little more magic, with entertainment, themed stalls and the now-traditional 'later opening hours'.
Christmas at Kew
Christmas at Kew is full of festive sparkle and activities for all the family, with Father Christmas in his grotto, special winter walks, face painting and a carousel for kids and roasted chestnuts.
European Crusaders brought the mince pie back to England in the 12th Century. It was filled with meat, as well as fruits and spices. Although it has kept the same name, there is no longer any meat in a British mince pie. Well not normally.