We’ve already visited the Sheffield Christmas markets, so it was only right that we visited some of London’s Christmas markets while James was in London this weekend. With a very packed weekend planned, we started with a visit to Christmas by The River.
Although I have lived in London my whole life, it’s funny that I don’t believe I’ve ever visited Christmas by The River, but the opportunity came about when we were given two complimentary drinks to the TwoRuba stand and trust me, their seasonal cocktails are hard to say no to.
On top of that wonderful treat, a lovely fellow blogger, Charlotte, offered us some some food and drink tokens to enjoy within the market and as if that wasn’t enough already, we had entry to the Eis Haus.
Eis Haus is an ice lounge and bar, and if you’ve been to an ice bar before, then you’ll know the deal. They give you an extra coat and gloves to keep you warm during your visit and this ticket entry includes a shot served in real ice shot glass. For some reason, James was feeling extremely brave and went for the Bacon and Chilli Vodka shot, and Jessica went for the sweeter Strawberry option.
Cheered on by the fantastic owner of Eis Haus, Phillip, we were given a quick tour around and explanation of how everything is made. With sculptures of bears, wolves, an arch and throne for photos, each one can take up to three days to build, some away from site, and some on once the shipping container it is all in has arrived.
So you can imagine, it’s pretty cool (see what I did there)
With Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the iconic City skyline as a backdrop, this surely is one of London’s most picturesque markets. This is the place to buy artisan stocking fillers, boutique accessories, or just to settle down with some fantastic food and drink. There is so much to see with their programme of workshops and events in the chalet style events space.
If you’re in London and you haven’t already, head to the Christmas by The River. They open until January 3rd from 11am to 10pm everyday.
We had a really fun time at Christmas by The River, this is the only the first stop of out weekend, make sure to come back for our next post where we visit Winter Wonderland and our tradition we do every year.
Disclaimer: this post is not sponsored at all, just purely a kind gesture from a fellow blogger. As always all photos and opinions are our own.