Southbank Visitors Flock to Festive Market

Overview of Southbank’s Winter Market from the steps of Embankment Bridge. Image taken by Craig Fergus

The opening of the Southbank’s Winter Market on Friday (November 9) proved to be a tremendous success, with hundreds gathering to celebrate the upcoming festive season along the River Thames.

Lined along the Southbank are dozens of stalls selling a range of goods, including vintage scarves and hand-crafted crockery; the market itself is a stone’s throw away from the Christmas Festival, which is sponsored by Swedish Cider company Rekorderlig and is home to the famous London Starflyer swing ride.

Sharon Donovan, who is visiting the capital with her husband Mark from Winchester, confesses that she feels London is the sole place in the country where Christmas is ‘done properly’. She said that being in the city during winter is like ‘living inside a romantic-comedy film’, and the way London goes over-the-top with street lights and decorations gives her a ‘true sense of Christmas’.

The Southbank Winter Market, just left of the Southbank Centre’s ‘Royal Festival Hall’, is open until January 6 2019 – entry to both the Christmas Festival and walk-through Winter Market is free, but visitors may be subject to bag searches prior to entry.