Across London the countdown to Christmas has begun. With a chill in the air, nights drawing in, mince pies and decorations already in the shops, it’s not long before the shop windows are decorated and the Christmas lights are switched on. Traditional Christmas Markets return to the capital with food, drink and unique gifts on offer and The Beaufort is ideally located with many within an hour’s walk of the hotel.
Duke of York Square starts things off on 7th November with their Christmas lights switch on at 4pm. Their traditional Victorian carts are loaded with treats from toffee apples to roasted chestnuts and Santa will be making a visit to his grotto. Located just off King’s Road, Duke of York Square is only a 16 minute walk from The Beaufort.
Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland offers everything from rides to ice skating as well as restaurants and Bavarian-style food and drink. Featuring over 200 stalls with handmade crafts, luxury gifts and foodie delights, it opens on 20th November until 3rd January (excluding Christmas day). It’s free to enter but booking tickets in advance is recommended for the attractions. The 1.5 mile walk from The Beaufort should only take 9 minutes.
The Curtain Up Christmas Market is hosted by actors from a variety of TV shows including soaps Emmerdale and Coronation Street. Taking place in St Mary Abbots Centre in Kensington, there are 40 stalls selling jewellery, crafts, vintage clothing, accessories and refreshments from MasterChef semi-finalist Julia Gray. The Curtain Up Christmas Market will be opened at 11:30am by Julian Clary on 6th December and closes at 4pm. There’s a £1.50 entrance fee with proceeds going to the charity Backup. The 1.8 mile walk from The Beaufort should take around 33 minutes.
Heading across the Thames, the Southbank Centre Winter Market gives you the opportunity to enjoy some mulled wine, food, gifts and treats from the wooden chalets. It opens on 20th November until 24th December. The 2.7 mile walk should take about 55 minutes passing Buckingham Palace and either heading over Westminster Bridge or Golden Jubilee Bridges. Alternatively with walking and public transport it should take about 14 minutes.
We recommend heading out in the evening to get the full effect of all the Christmas lights to be seen around the streets of London and to help you prepare, or even give your feet a rest if you’ve been out all day, our complimentary Cream Tea offered to all our guests is available throughout the year.
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And above all, enjoy London’s Christmas markets!