Christmas in London | Southbank Centre Winter Festival


I really am making the most out of my first Christmas in London. After visiting Christmas in Leicester Square, I headed straight away to the Southbank Centre Winter Festival to see what they have in store for me. But before that, I passed by the Strand which had its own Christmas light decorations as well.


I didn’t stay long at the Strand though as it wasn’t as elaborate as Oxford Street or Bond Street. From the Strand, Southbank Centre Winter Festival is a mere 15 mins walk away passing through the Waterloo Bridge which gives you this incredible view.

London Eye,

I once again had all my Christmas thrills as soon as I saw the fairy lights hanging above the restaurants lined up at the Southbank area. Stalls selling unique Christmas gifts were lined up along the pathwalk by the River Thames. It’ll definitely give you great ideas what to buy for your loved ones for Christmas. It was bigger than Leicester Square’s Christmas market but I do think that there were about the same number of stalls for both.


What I do love about Southbank Centre Winter Festival is the HUGE area focused only on food and drinks. Unlike Leicester Square’s Christmas Market, you won’t have a problem eating in Southbank Centre as there are a lot of area to sit and have food and drinks here.


Rekorderlig Cider Lodge dominates the area, a two-story Scandinavian-style lodge with food and drinks waiting for you. You can opt to go inside the lodge to keep you warm or maybe you’d prefer to let your beer work its warming effect on you and stay on their outdoor seating enjoying the cold, wintery evenings.


A separate area which only offers food of different cuisines is on the other side of the Rekorderlig Cider Lodge. From Thai to Indian, from burgers to wraps, from German sausages to brownies – you’ll definitely find something that can satisfy your taste buds.


They do have a lot of shows as well in store in the coming days. NoFit State will be bringing contemporary circus to the stage with ‘Bianco’ performed above, behind and around the audience from November 23rd to January 22nd while ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ musical packed with tunes by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis will perform between December 17th to January 2nd. There was also a rollerskate area by Bump Roller Disco offering a family-friendly skating.


After visiting Southbank Centre Winter Festival, I can’t hardly wait to go back. I would absolutely love to try some of the food served and a cider or two at the lodge.


Plan your visit to Southbank Centre Winter Festival.

Entrance is free.
It will be open from 11 November 2016 to 22 January 2017, from 5pm to 11pm.
Nearest train and underground station is Waterloo.

Check out my Snapchat video of my Christmas Lights and Christmas Market Itinerary in London Part 1.

For more Christmas in London festivities, do visit the below posts:

Christmas Ice Rinks in London
Natural History Museum
Skate at Somerset House

Street Christmas Lights in London
Oxford Street
Bond Street
Carnaby Street
Covent Garden
Seven Dials
Regent Street

Christmas Markets in London
Christmas in Leicester Square
Southbank Centre Winter Festival
Kingston Christmas Market
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Christmas Walking Tours
Christmas Walking Tour Part 1
Christmas Walking Tour Part 2

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  • Vishal Vashisht December 3, 2016 at 03:59

    It is the start of festival time and I think London is ahead of other destinations. Would love to visit Southbank Centre once in my lifetime.

    • Pinay Flying High December 15, 2016 at 19:22

      Yes, they did put everything up quite early. :p

  • Katie December 2, 2016 at 22:53

    I shamefully admit that I have never been or ever heard of this festival! It looks spectacular though and the roller disco looks awesome! Great post!

    • Pinay Flying High December 15, 2016 at 19:22

      The roller skate disco reminds me of the 80’s. :p

  • Caroline @ The Travelling Sloth December 2, 2016 at 21:20

    Oh my gosh, London looks incredibly festive and magical for the holidays! The South Bank Winter fest looks ideal for me as all I do during the holidays is eat… and what’s more is that they’ve got a little Rekorderlig booth (which just so happens to be my favourite cider).

    This is making me miss London heaps! You’ve captured it so nicely through your photos too 🙂

    • Pinay Flying High December 15, 2016 at 19:23

      I also do nothing but eat during the holidays and it’s also my favorite cider! I found my soul sister!!!!! :p

  • Sherri King December 2, 2016 at 14:44

    I’m so jealous! I loved both of my visits to London and now seeing all the wonderful Christmas decorations and following you throughout the city, I want to visit again! I LOVE the festive menu, also. 🙂

    • Pinay Flying High December 15, 2016 at 19:23

      You should definitely visit London during this season. You’ll love it more. 🙂

  • Sasha December 2, 2016 at 13:24

    London really does Christmas right, doesn’t it? As an Australian I never really understood the whole winter Christmas magic but it is so easy to get swept up in all the magic when all of the streets look so beautiful. I work right near oxford street so it is quite exciting being so close to all the pretty lights. I visited the Southbank Christmas markets last year but am yet to see it this year. Maybe next weekend. All your gorgeous photos have me excited!

    • Pinay Flying High December 15, 2016 at 19:24

      Oh thank you Sasha. I’m so glad my photos made you excited and how lucky for you that you see Oxford street everyday!

  • The Travel Ninjas December 2, 2016 at 06:29

    We would LOVE to spend Christmas in London one of these years! It looks absolutely amazing – so bright and festive. So much food. And roller skating?!? How fun is that?

  • Jill Wiley December 2, 2016 at 02:50

    London looks great with holiday lights! I studied there for a summer… would love to go back and visit. Maybe during the holidays.

  • Skye December 1, 2016 at 22:16

    How pretty does London look for Christmas?! Amazing. I love that it would be getting chilly over there. It’s just started getting super hot in Australia. Those stalls at Southbank are so cute. What a special way to celebrate.

    • Pinay Flying High December 15, 2016 at 19:31

      I just saw the weather update for Australia the other day and I can’t seem to grasp the idea of summer during Christmas season. :p I should definitely try it too.

  • Jean December 1, 2016 at 22:09

    It looks like you had a lot of fun. The European Christmas markets are so much fun. So much good food to eat.

    I was there last year but just missed out on all the Christmas markets in London. And my dream of ice skating in Hyde Park! One day I’ll get there.

    • Pinay Flying High December 15, 2016 at 19:31

      Time your next visit during the Christmas season, you won’t be disappointed for sure. 🙂

  • Tanja (the Red phone box travels) November 22, 2016 at 12:54

    I feel like I’m there just by following these Christmas posts of yours:)

    • Pinay Flying High November 22, 2016 at 18:48

      That’s a great compliment. Thank you. 🙂

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