The Brama guide to South London Christmas Markets
A festive season isn’t complete without a trip to a glittering Christmas market that’s bustling with delicious food, independent crafts and last-minute shopping. Brama is the perfect hub to explore all of the best Christmas markets around South London in comfort and style. Bursting with small-town charm whilst being within easy reach of London, your festive trip to the capital starts here.
Although Christmas markets have origins in German history, each country has their own take. For London, many markets feature more independent food, drink, clothing and art vendors. Depending on the market type or location, you can have an entirely different experience each time, South London, in particular, is an eclectic mix. Table hire outside the centre is significantly more affordable for vendors, meaning you can browse a variety of small maker’s wares that you wouldn’t see at the bigger markets of central London.
Join us on a journey around the best markets of South London, all within easy reach of the cosy Brama Hotel.
One for the foodies
Mince pies, sausage rolls, puddings, roasts and tipples galore. December is open season for indulgence and foodie joy. And there’s no better place to feed your cravings than the iconic Maltby Street Market.
Every Friday in December, this South London institution hosts Festive Fridays. So, if you want to fill up on incredible food and festive spirit, this is for you.
Starting at Bermondsey station, this gem is a short wintery stroll away. Follow the sounds of carolers and the smells of mulled wine into the fairy light-lined street where a menu of great tastes await. There’s also wreath-making workshops and responsibly sourced Christmas trees for sale.
One for the craft lovers
Nothing beats something off the beaten track, so if you’re considering ditching High Street for handmade crafts, markets are the perfect place to shop.
This curated market of local makers is hosted by The Copeland Gallery in Peckham and opens for the day on December 16th. Expect a range of unique ceramics, art, stationary, jewellery and more from local, independent makers.
So, if you need a last-minute gift run and want to pick up something more personal than a pair of socks or a bath set, make your way to this Peckham gem for a one-of-a-kind shopping spree.
One for the art collectors
Art is an incredible present to receive. It’s personal, one of a kind and lasts forever. Why not get creative with your gift-giving this year and take a trip to Greenwich Market?
Although not strictly a Christmas market per se, there’s a festive injection to this iconic South London landmark come December with the addition of a market grotto. Bring your little ones for a one-on-one visit with Santa, all while supporting Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice charity.
Greenwich Market has over 45 stalls, each one packed with unique art, crafts, antiques and more. If all that shopping leaves you hungry, take a visit outside to the food market full of delicious indulgences.
One for the ultimate festive experience
Are you still searching for that truly Christmas-centric experience? London’s Southbank is your destination. This wooden hut wonderland with twinkling fairy lights most closely resembles the classic German markets of idyllic fairytales.
This traditional market is open until January 7th, so if you need a pre-Christmas boost, or a post-Christmas pick-me-up, make your way over.
The Southbank Winter Festival is a feast for the eyes and the stomach. Follow the colourful winter light trail around the Southbank Centre and the bank, then pick up a hot chocolate and start browsing. From winter warmers to sweet treats, and festive keepsakes to foodie gifts. There’s something for everyone still left on the gift list. Make sure to stop for a bratwurst and a mulled wine whilst you’re there to make it a full market experience.
The perfect base for all your adventures
Brama is a great alternative to central stays. The quieter location with a small-town feel creates a perfect environment for a relaxed stay. Brama is a unique hotel in the historic Bromley Town Hall. Located just a stone’s throw away from the station and in the heart of the town, you have the choice to see the lights of London and the calm of Bromley.
Each of our rooms are designed to the highest standard with a contemporary neutral aesthetic with nods to the Art Deco era. So, whether you’re travelling with a full family, with a partner or solo, there’s a comfortable oasis to enjoy the season in.