For me what makes Christmas so much fun, is not only spending time with loved ones drinking copious amounts of mulled wine, but also enjoying every Christmas market I can possibly squeeze into the festive period. In London, this definitely means heading over to Winterville, which this year is based in Clapham Common instead of Victoria Park. Don’t miss out on this winter fare, its open from 23 November until 1 January.
I was lucky enough to be invited to their official press night, which meant I could really explore this wonderful area before all the crowds arrived and take advantage of the unlimited rides and ice skating. This year there is so many things to do for all ages, these include an outdoor Ice Rink, Backyard Cinema’s Winter Night Garden, Plonk Golf, a Fairground, a Roller Disco, a Special Family Christmas Show, a Market filled with creations from independent designers and various themed bars, oh and the The Baileys Bar serving Baileys hot chocolate!
I thought I was bad at iceskating, but I am actually appalling! I cannot do it, which makes me so sad but I also find funny because every year I don the boots expecting I’m going to be amazing and fall flat on my face. Positive thinking? I just need to accept I can’t do it!
The best part for me though, was the street food! Street Feast have brought together some of Londons ultimate street food traders, and there is literally everything you could possibly want. The foodie places include: Truck Stop, Babek Brothers, Born and Raised, Kalimera, Lagoon, Love Churros, Pop Dogs, Le Boa, Mother Clucker, Chin Chin Dessert Bar, White Men Can’t Jerk, Se Bakery, Sophie Michell, Petare and Ink – I told you there was everything (although the Street Feast area is open Thursday to Sunday). There are also some happy cabins for frozen shots, mulled wine and craft beer which features live music and loads of people dancing in their wooly hats.
If you are in London or coming to London before Christmas, I would highly recommend visiting Winterville. You can come for the day, an hour or an evening and make the experience whatever you want. I went on the big wheel, twice and it really made the experience feel so much more christmassy. Find out more here.
Lots of love, A x
p.s. Let me know if you have been and what you thought to it…