3 de November de 2023 mariana

London Bridge Christmas Market 2023: Winter By The River

The Christmas markets in London are a magical embodiment of the holiday spirit. Located in various iconic spots around the city, these markets offer a treasure trove of holiday delights. Visitors can wander through charming stalls adorned with twinkling lights, browsing handcrafted items that you may not find in other Christmas shopping hotspots, festive decorations, and indulging in delectable seasonal treats. The air is filled with the sweet scent of roasted chestnuts and mulled wine, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. The eagerly anticipated return of the London Bridge Christmas Market promises to once again grace the scenic banks of the Thames with its enchanting festivities, spreading joy and merriment throughout the Winter season. Renowned as the foremost Christmas market in the heart of London, this market not only offers an array of charming stalls and attractions but also boasts some of the most breathtaking riverside views the city has to offer. If you’re keen to quickly discover the latest Christmas attractions in London, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram!Winter by the River Christmas Market in London

Set against the iconic backdrop of Tower Bridge and the majestic City skyline, the 2023 edition of this beloved market is set to unveil a fresh, revitalized experience under the new name of ‘Winter by the River’. For the past eight years, the market has captivated the hearts of visitors under the moniker ‘Christmas by the River’. However, this year’s event promises an even more diverse and wintry theme, ensuring that there will be an even greater multitude of things to explore, experience, taste, and discover. This enchanting riverside holiday market  will be open from November 14 to January 1, 2023. If you’re seeking a luxurious accommodation option with breathtaking views, Shangri-La The Shard stands as an unparalleled choice. Its elegant rooms and world-class amenities make for an unforgettable stay. However, for those on a budget, the citizenM Tower of London hotel is an good alternative. This stylish and modern hotel offers comfortable rooms at more affordable rates, ensuring a pleasant stay without breaking the bank. Both options provide convenient access to the vibrant atmosphere of the Christmas market, making for a memorable holiday experience in the heart of London.
London Bridge Christmas Market: Winter by the River

When visiting the area, please note that London Bridge and Tower Bridge are neighboring but distinct landmarks in London. London Bridge is a historic river crossing connecting the City of London with Southwark, known for its rich history and proximity to attractions like Borough Market. Tower Bridge, slightly downstream, stands out for its striking Gothic architecture and is often mistaken for London Bridge. The Christmas market, Winter by the River, is situated near Tower Bridge, with the nearest Tube stations being either London Bridge or Tower Hill!stall at the Christmas market near Tower Bridge in London

Visitors can expect a cluster of quaint winter cabins lining the riverside, brimming with artisanal creations, enticing pop-up bars, and a delectable array of street food vendors. An exciting addition for 2023 is the ‘Karaoke at the Pier’ experience, promising an evening of fabulous music, delectable cocktails, and Prosecco by the bottle. Given that Christmas shopping tends to be thirsty work, there are two pop-up bars available for your convenience in the area. You can choose between an outdoor or indoor bar, the latter equipped with heating. Here, a variety of festive and classic drinks await, allowing you to enjoy a leisurely sip and add an extra touch of warmth and merriment to your Holiday Market experience. As part of their commitment to giving back, the market will feature social enterprise stalls and various opportunities to support their local partner, St Giles. Winter by the River provides a splendid opportunity to tackle your Christmas shopping list while taking in the breathtaking panorama from Tower Bridge and indulging in warming cups of glühwein. Truly, it’s all we could ever wish for in a Christmas market!

Near the London Bridge Christmas Market, you’ll find another range of wonderful attractions to explore. If you’re in the mood for more shopping, Hays Galleria offers a variety of shops and boutiques in a charming historical setting. Their Christmas tree and decorations are usually top-notch, it’s a beautiful spot for Holiday pictures! Art lovers will appreciate the nearby Tate Modern, one of London’s world-class free museums that focuses on modern art and always brings exciting new exhibitions to its visitors. For those with a penchant for fresh and delicious ingredients for festive preparations at home, Borough Market is a must-visit, offering an array of tempting treats and high-quality produce. If you’re looking for a memorable dining experience with a view, consider making a reservation at the Coppa Club, known for its sought-after riverside igloos. Another excellent choice is Le Pont de la Tour, where you can enjoy fine dining in an elegant setting overlooking the Thames. Tavolino, a famous Italian restaurant just a few steps from Winter by The River, also offers impressive views over Tower Bridge and the river! Additionally, a leisurely stroll will lead you to the delightful surroundings from St. Katherine’s Docks to the vibrant cultural scene along the Southbank, providing even more opportunities for exploration and enjoyment.Hays Galleria with Christmas decorations near the market in London's Tower Bridge by the river Thames

Winter by the River will be  operating daily from 12:00 pm to 10:30 pm, between November 14, 2023, and January 1, 2024. Located near the Jubilee Walkway along the Thames, the stunning views of the river is truly the highlight at this Christmas market. Opening hours vary throughout the week: from Sunday to Wednesday, it’s open from 11am to 9pm, while on Thursday to Saturday, it extends until 10pm. On Christmas Eve, the market closes at 5pm, and it remains closed on Christmas Day. On New Year’s Eve, it operates from 11am to 10pm, and on 2nd January, it’s open from 11am to 5pm. Admission is free, and the market caters to various dietary preferences, offering plenty of vegetarian and vegan options.


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