Christmas London: Winter by the River at London Bridge

Winter by the River at London Bridge, formerly known as ‘Christmas by the River,’ is a bustling seasonal attraction situated in the heart of London. This festive market serves as a hub for shopping, dining, and lively celebrations. Nestled against the iconic backdrop of Tower Bridge and the City skyline, Winter by the River introduces a more diverse wintry theme for 2023, promising an expanded range of activities, expensive culinary delights, and shopping opportunities.

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The market features charming winter cabins along the riverside, housing crafty creations, pop-up bars, and tempting street food outlets. Notable additions include the ‘Karaoke at the Pier’ experience. Whether you are celebrating with colleagues, hosting a Christmas party or just looking for a night out, Karaoke at the Pier is the place to be this winter. My friend and I spent a fun hour singing our heart out. 

Brilliant music and musically themed delicious cocktails are the key ingredients for an entertaining night out at London‘s new pop-up karaoke bar. Both karaoke rooms fit up to twelve people and boast a catalogue of over 80,000 songs, covering everything from current hits to old school classics.

Winter by the River aligns with the spirit of giving back by incorporating social enterprise stalls and avenues to support local partner St Giles. Whether you’re on a Christmas shopping spree or enjoying glühwein with breathtaking views of Tower Bridge, the market caters to diverse festive preferences. The market also includes two pop-up bars, catering to outdoor and indoor preferences, with the indoor option equipped with heating.

Opening times vary, with exceptions on Christmas Eve (11:00-17:00), Christmas Day (Closed), New Year’s Eve (11:00-20:00), and 1st January (11:00-17:00). It’s advisable to check official sites for any schedule alterations. The market runs until 1st January, 2024, providing an extensive period for visitors to immerse themselves in the festive atmosphere. 

Winter by the River distinguishes itself as one of London’s prettiest and very instagrammable Christmas markets. Nestled against the Thames, near Tower Bridge, the market exudes festive cheer with enticing stalls, artisan gifts, and delectable treats. 

The market’s diverse offerings include food, drinks, stocking fillers, and artisan gifts. Voted the nation’s best Christmas market for a first date, it combines festive charm with stunning city and river views. With a mix of global cuisines and traditional market fare, Winter by the River caters to varied culinary preferences.

The food and drinks, however, are overpriced. The only street meal under £10 is a British sausage cabin. Basic fancy hot dog which was very good. Both the beef and pork sausages were very good, fresh and big. 

Visitors can reach London Bridge easily, with the closest Tube station being London Bridge on the Northern and Jubilee lines. 


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