Trim the Turkeys from your Christmas Gift Giving with these 9 Independent London Markets
By Karly Rayner
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Trim the Turkeys from your Christmas Gift Giving with these 9 Independent London Markets

In the immortal words of Noddy Holder, “It’s CHRISTMAAAS” and there’s no better place to drink in a bit of warm mulled festive spirit (otherwise known as wine) than our beloved capital!

Unfortunately, Christmas markets are often a bit crap, so I've written a little guide to help you shop local and escape the déjà vu of the overpriced tat you’ve seen in every ‘German’ Christmas market for the last 10 years. HURRAH! 

So, get ready to paint the town red and green and discover some unique, sustainable shopping experiences which will get your bells jingling. 


1. Festive Flea

Delivering a Berlin-style Flohmarkt experience to the capital, Flea London is a beautifully curated event which makes browsing for second hand treats a laid back pleasure instead of a hectic chore. 

The emphasis is on sustainable and ethical shopping and anyone can apply to be a trader with stand rental at just US$47, so there is a varied and exciting bunch of stalls which might be priced out of other spaces.


When: Flea London takes place every Saturday and Sunday, 12–5pm. The special Festive Flea rolls out the red carpet in December 2021.

Where: Vinegar Yard, 72-82 St Thomas Street, London SE1 3QX

Website: flealondon.com

Price: free entry

2. Benk + Bo Christmas Makers Market

This the fourth Benk + Bo Christmas maker’s market and it promises a handpicked bouquet of London’s coolest designers and makers selling everything from wine to jewellery. Put it this way, if this market was a nativity, there certainly wouldn’t be any donkeys. 


When: Saturday 4th December, 12-6pm. Sign up here.

Where: 4 Gravel LaneLondon, England, E1 7AW

Website: https://www.benkandbo.com/eventscalendar/makersmarket

Price: free entry

3. Independent Ceramic Market 

When: Sunday 12th December, 11am-6pm

Where: Truman’s Social Club, 1 Priestley Way, London E17 6AL

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/596671484457666/

Price: £1 Entry

4. Satanic Christmas Market

We all have that one friend who bloody hates Christmas and spends December shuffling around mumbling cynical catchphrases like a modern day Scrooge. 

This year, tell them to shove this anti-Christmas market in their pipe and smoke it. If  taxidermy, zines and actual human skulls aren’t enough of an antidote for the saccharine sweetness of traditional festive markets, there’s no hope for them. 

For added counterculture points, it takes place in Angel’s iconic Electrowerkz. A nightclub so goth they used to put kitty litter on the floor to soak up the sweat and vomit. Don’t ask me how I know this… 

Oh, and dogs are allowed too! 


When: 12th December, 12pm-6pm

Where: Electrowerkz, 7 Torrens Street, London, EC1V 1NQ

Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/electrowerkz/satanic-flea-market-antichristmas-fayre/1049563365796097/

Price:  US$4 Entry


5. The London Artisan 

Sweeping its impeccably tasteful eye over London’s most exciting makers, The London Artisan has innovation, aesthetics, originality and sustainability in mind when choosing the pick of the litter, 

Handmade, organic and eco-friendly crafts here come in all shapes and sizes. From stunning golden beetle jewellery to impeccable calligraphy.


When: 18th and 19th December, 

Where: Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, E16QR

Website: https://www.thelondonartisan.com/

Price: Free entry 


6. Hackney Flea-Mas Market

Over 30 vintage traders clamour together in Stoke Newington to provide a fun retro rummaging experience. 

Mid-century furniture jostles with industrial light fittings, french homeware, records and textiles. As a bonus, there are plenty of cafés and pubs off Church Street to stop in for a brioche and breather.


When: 18th and 19th December, 11am-6pm

Where: Abney Public Hall, 73A Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 0AS

Website: http://www.hackneyfleamarket.com/calendar/2020/11/7/hackney-flea-market-2fzrx-9525x-eh2je-kyjrs-pwh7m-pfthk

Price: Free entry 


7. Green Rooms Market

A pop up botanical market for plant lovers, The Green Rooms Market is joining forces with Mercato Metropolitano and taking root in Elephant & Castle this Christmas. You can expect a whole host of exotic houseplants, pots, terrariums, planting accessories and all things botanical!

All the plants here have been raised with loving care by independent growers which means they won’t dramatically wilt as soon as you take them home (looking at you, Ikea foliage). Naturally, this makes them excellent gifts for anyone who could do with an upgrade in air purity. 

When: 11th and 12th December, 11am-5pm, 

Where: 42 Newington Causeway, Elephant and Castle, London, SE16DR

Website: https://www.greenroomsmarket.com/ and https://www.mercatometropolitano.com/mmarketplace/elephant-and-castle/

Price: Free entry 

9. Christmas Graphic Art Fair 

An alternative art extravaganza, this Christmas special offers the opportunity to shop limited edition art from 50 of the world’s top contemporary graphic artists from as little as US$20.  5o percent of sales go directly to the artists so you will be lining their Christmas stockings too.

I often theme my gifts and buy everyone something they will adore from the same category of pressie and a print fair would really fit the bill if you fancy copying my streamlined approach!


When: 4th and 5th December 10am-7pm

Where: Protein Studios, 31 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EY

Website: https://theymadethis.co.uk/

Price: Free entry


10. Cockpit Makers Market

Spread over three floors, this mega market is an open studio event where makers can sell their wares from their workspace. 

Home to over 150 makers, Cockpit is a hotspot for discovering creative talent. From high end jewellery to bargain stocking fillers, Cockpit Makers’ Market offers gifts for a wide range of budgets, smashing assumptions that sustainable, local craft is just for those with deep pockets.


When: 3rd–5th December. Friday 12-8pm, Saturday & Sunday 12-6pm

Where: Cockpit Arts, Deptford, London, SE8 3DZ

Website: https://cockpitarts.com/shop-cockpit/open-studios/

Price: In advance US$8/On the door US$11. Concessions US$6 (students, unwaged, registered disabled)


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