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London Christmas Markets 2015

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One of the highlights of the festive period in London is the Christmas Markets that often line the Thames, the riverside is transformed by stalls with treats from independent traders, artisan producers, pop-up bars and food vendors in the traditional wooden chalets.

Following the popularity of last year’s More London Christmas Market, the event expands this year and changes its name to London Bridge City Christmas Market.

London Bridge City Christmas Market.

The Christmas Market is spread over various location including More London, Hay’s Galleria and London Bridge City Pier. The event begins with Lights On, Christmas Tree Lighting and Carol Singing on the 30th November at 18:00 – 18:30 at Hay’s Galleria.

Over the festive period there will be a number of events including Pagoda Lights, London Bridge City Elpless Elves and Christmas Jumper Day Photobooth.

Opening times: 10am to 8pm daily. Closed on Christmas Day.

Date:       30 November 2015 – 3 January 2016

Time         10:00 – 20:00

Location   More London Riverside, Hay’s Galleria and London Bridge City Pier.

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Tate Modern Christmas Market

After the success of last year, the Tate Modern Christmas Market returns where you can enjoy a traditional festive atmosphere. You can eat German Bratwurst or roasted chestnuts as you browse the market for hand-crafted gifts or have a drink at the Moose Bar or enjoy a retro cocktail in the Airstream Bar. Children can also enjoy a ride on the Victorian carousel or pay a visit to Santa in his grotto.

Opening times: 11am to 9pm Monday to Thursday, 11am to 10pm on Friday, 10am to 10pm on Saturday and 10am to 9pm on Sunday.

Southbank Christmas Market

One of the most popular Christmas Market’s with wooden chalets are filled with festive food, drinks, gifts and treats.There will be plenty of mulled wine, quality food and handmade crafts within the shadow of the Southbank.

20 November –  24 December

Sunday – Thursday, 11am – 9pm

Friday – Saturday, 11am – 10pm

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Winter Wonderland Christmas Market in Hyde Park

A large number of stalls at the Christmas Market within the Winter Wonderland site, over 200 Bavarian style wooden chalets with a large range of traditional gifts.

20th November 2015 – 3rd January 2016

Open 10 am to 10 pm daily

There will be other Christmas Markets all over London that will be open at various times over the festive period including the Barbican, Angel, Exmouth Market, Guildhall and Venn Street.

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Great London Cafes – Cinq Café in Hay’s Galleria

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Location : 16 – 17 Hay’s Galleria, London, SE1 2HD

One of the tests of a great café is that the food and drinks maintain a high standard over a period of time and are reasonably priced. This is why if we find ourselves near London Bridge we tend to wander up to the  Hay’s Galleria and into the Cinq café . Although it specialises in sandwiches and patisseries, there is a wide range of food and drink to enjoy.

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Cinq offers quality steak and chicken Sandwiches, Ciabatta, Croque Monsieur.  A delicious variety of Patisserie, Fresh Salads and Hot Food dishes, all are freshly prepared daily using traditional methods. The raw ingredients are purchased daily from local markets to ensure freshness and consistency of quality. Each new product is sealed with a “Just Made” label and the  coffee is specially roasted and blended in Italy.

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There is plenty of seating to enjoy both inside and outside, although the outside is in the Hay’s Galleria itself, so you are protected from the elements.

The cafe’ is popular with locals and visitors who tend to enjoy the food whilst being fascinated  by the nearby red telephone boxes.

Café’s like Cinq tend to get overlooked but good food and friendly service  in pleasant surroundings are often the best recipe when taking a rest break from work or sightseeing.

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Hay’s Galleria – Shops and Restaurants

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Hay’s Galleria

Location – 1 Battle Bridge Ln, London SE1 2HP

Hay’s Galleria is a Grade II listed building in Bankside which is a mixed use complex that includes restaurants, shops, offices and apartments.

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From the North side of the river

The Galleria has been developed using the warehouse and associated wharf (Hay’s Wharf) that was created in 1859. The wharf had an enclosed dock which in the 18th century was a major wharf for bringing Tea into London. Damaged by the Great Fire of Southwark in 1861 and by bombing in the Second World War it was often rebuilt, however it was the demise of the London Docks that led to Hay’s Wharf closing in 1970.

In the 1980s the area was developed by the St Martin’s Property Corporation and Hay’s Galleria was created by closing the dock gates, covering the dock and covering the entire space with a glass roof. The centrepiece of the Galleria is a 60ft moving sculpture of a ship called ‘The Navigators’ by David Kemp which was unveiled in 1987.

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The Navigators

One of the early developments on the South Bank in the 1980s, it still attracts many visitors who walk along the South side of the Thames.

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