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Christmas on the riverside

Winding its way through the heart of the city, it draws in locals and tourists alike with its riverside attractions, beautiful bridges and picturesque views. In a city containing so much history and so many man-made marvels, it is one of London’s natural wonders. During the winter months, the riverside is simply magical.


The Southbank Centre winter festival

You’ll find pop-up bars, street food stalls and our famous winter market in full swing at the South Bank this year. Stroll along the Thames under twinkling lights and sample indulgent drinks, scrumptious street food and seasonal goodies. Shop for stocking fillers, gifts, decorations and crafts at our Christmas market stalls. And ward off the cold with a mulled wine or decadent hot chocolate. 

You will also find a variety of art installations, including the Winter Light Exhbition at the Southbank Centre, as well as the awe-inspiring Circus 1903 for a show of spectacular thrills.

The Pier bar and lounge

The brand new Pier bar and lounge is the perfect spot for river-view cocktails or after-work drinks, right on the waterfront at Embankment. Serving premium gins and whiskys, crafted cocktails, as well as a range of non-alcholic drinks unique to The Pier. 

Skate at Somerset House

Skate at Somerset House with Moët & Chandon is a wonderful opportunity to experience the neoclassical courtyard transformed into a perfect winter destination. Complete with a magnificent 40ft Christmas tree decorated with ornaments from Moët & Chandon, you'll be treated to music, an alpine-style food pop-up by Jimmy Garcia and even a champagne and cocktail skate lounge off the ice. 

In addition to ice-skating lessons and a skate club, wheelchair users can go on the ice at any time (or join in with the two daily dedicated wheelchair sessions), and there are 'skate for all' chill-out sessions suitable for neurodiverse skaters.

London Bridge City - Christmas by the river

London Bridge City’s annual Christmas market is back from mid-November to January 2nd. With scenic views over the river and glittering lights to lead the way, you'll discover winter cabins offering pop-up boozers, street food and festive craft items.