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.
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.
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