Southbank is playing host to the notorious Christmas festival. It is expected millions will visit the area in the run-up to Christmas. The winter festival has various stalls selling everything from hand-carved wooden wine bottle holders to handmade soaps all located along the waterfront in Southbank and will go on from November 9th till January 6th, 2019. The festival also features a Rekorderlig winter bar selling all sorts of winter-themed drinks including mulled wine and spiced cider, there is also great food and rides.
Upon arrival I was greeted by a flock of tourists who all seemed to be mindlessly walking and routinely stopping to stare at lights or take pictures of something on the ground who knows, but as I walked up to the entrance I was approached by a security guard who checked my bag which I can only assume was to make sure i didn’t have any alcohol in there and would be forced to spend £6 plus on a drink.
The floor plan was unexpectedly bumpy considering it is set up a relatively flat surfaces place. As you follow the path round you are met with the aromas of hog roast mixed with mulled wine and there are lights everywhere making everything feel festive I must admit. There was various different types of food there from your bog standard chips to authentic Jamaican food it all looked great but what stood out the most was the free standing two floored bars built purely for the Christmas festival. Inside the decor was unexpectedly nice with large oak tables, white faux fair sofas and Christmas anthems playing in the background, the staff however looked less than happy to be there but who could blame them I wonder how many times a day they had to explain what mulled wine is to tourists.
I decided to go for the spiced plum Rekorderlig which definitely did not disappoint! The taste was everything you could expect at a Christmas festival fruity, tangy but with slight kick of cinnamon. As i sat and sipped my lukewarm pint on the balcony of the bar I had a good look at customers on the ride in the festival, a giant swing which appears exciting for the 3 people on it but who could blame people for not wanting to ride it when it cost £7 to ride. When it came to finally leaving, the guests are asked to take a back street exit that backs on a side road in the Southbank area and are ushered out by hostile security guards.
Whether you want to get dad some moonshine to get him through Boxing Day or your sister a ridiculous wooden duck in wellingtons Southbank Christmas market certainly will not fail to get you in the festive mood but also be prepared to be ripped off