With the festive season looming, it is always a wonderful excuse to catch up with friends. These days, we’re all dotted around the place so we decided to meet up in the big smoke and take in some of the sights and sounds. If you are heading to London this December, here are 5 places worth a visit.
1. Southbank Winter Market
Along the river bank you will be greeted with wooden cabins selling a range of festive treats, mostly food and drink based, just how we like it. It is all outdoors, so wrap up and indulge in a some mulled wine. Prices for drinks ranged from £2.00 – £5.00. Opening times are available on their website.
2. The Tate Modern
Just a little wander along the river and you will find the Tate Modern, one of London’s modern art galleries. It is free to go in but there are paid areas available. We wanted to take a look at the new viewing level, especially when Mike told us you could see into people’s very expensive pads. There was a bit of a queue to take the lifts up (but it was a Saturday, so expected). However, if you’re feeling fit you can take the stairs. Once at the top, you get a 360-degree view of the London Skyline (and the flats). Very impressive and free to explore.
3. Borough Market
All that walking around can lead to hungry tummies. We headed to Borough Market to indulge in some great street food. The market has lots of history and is dedicated to showcasing some of the best produce around. It was much larger that I had anticipated; making a decision on what to eat was the tough bit. The market stays open until around 17:00, so give yourself plenty of time to wander about and decide first.
No photos this time, too busy eating. The Borough Market website will tell you everything you need to know. Prices were around £6.00 – £8.00 for some grub.
4. Cocktails at The Alchemist
If you are going to go for cocktails, you may as well have the best. Having visited this bar in Manchester, I wanted my friends to experience the fun of being served these cocktails. We headed to the Bevis Marks venue. Clearly a popular place to be on a Saturday evening, but we didn’t have to wait too long until we found a seat and took in the atmosphere.
Hard to put into words, so probably best you just go and visit yourself. The downside is, the cocktails don’t take long to enjoy! Prices vary from £9.00 – £15.00 a cocktail.
5. London by night
There isn’t a better way to end the day then taking in the view of London at night. As we were travelling by foot, there were plenty of Christmas feelers out there – trees, carol singers and twinkling lights. All of this for free.
Any tips for places to visit this December? Let me know.