Winter in East London
Explore the most magical time of the year in our neighbourhood with culture, cocktails and plenty Christmas shopping opportunities. Use the Market as your starting point and take time to discover all that our corner of East London has to offer.
‘Silent Night’ at Dennis Severs House
The Dennis Severs House museum, located minutes away from the Market at 18 Folgate Street, is our favourite East London hidden gem.
Occupying a house that was built in 1724, it tells a compelling story to tell about life in 18th and 19th century Spitalfields.
From 24th November – 8th January, visitors can book a special ‘Silent Night’ visit during twilight and evening hours, when shadows of the past are illuminated by the rich warm splendour of candlelight.
Winter Specials in The Kitchens
The colder months see our street food stalls ensure their menus are ticking those essential comfort food boxes.
Carb-load like you are going into hibernation with hand-pulled noodles from Fen, follow your nose to seek out spicy warming Chai from Chai Guys and sample seasonal fruit crumbles from Humble Crumble.
Discover our full food line-up here.
Christmas Shopping at Old Spitalfields Market
Want to clear all your Christmas shopping without visiting a huge shopping centre or being stuck in waiting for that Amazon driver? We have got you covered.
Meanwhile on the Market floor we have gift-packed daily market, guest markets from Zero Waste Goods, Urban Makers and East End Trades Guild, as well as our regular Antiques Market if you can start your long weekend on a Thursday.
Christmas Workshops with Pom Pom Factory and ArtPlay London
December sees Old Spitalfields Market welcome some of our favourite local creatives to host inspiring seasonal workshops, for both children and adults.
You’ll find full details of what’s on and how to secure your place on our Events page.
Winter Festival at Museum of Home
Join East London’s wonderful Museum of Home to celebrate Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, Lunar New Year and learn how they are marked at home.
Discover stunning light installations and decorations, new stories and displays about winter at home and through time. Come together for a programme of talks, creative sessions, supper clubs and live performances.
This fabulous free exhibition returns to the Museum of Home in Shoreditch from the start of November, offering visitors the chance to experience how people have celebrated Christmas and other Winter events in their home over the past 400 years.
Museum of Home’s Light Up the Museum also runs until January 2023, a chance to see colourful winter light installations, piercing the darkness of the season with luminescent joy.
Learn more and book on the Museum of Home website.
Aperitif & Apres-Ski Vibes at Funky Cellar
Does winter leave you longing for the magic of snow-capped mountains?
Start with an Aperitif from their extensive drinks menu before working your way through their unbeatable cheese board and ultimately end up full, happy and pleased that you don’t have to actually ski in the morning…
Walk Along Fournier Street
The historic Huguenot buildings of Fournier Street are a sight to behold all year round, but at Christmas this corner of Spitalfields becomes a real must-visit.
During December residents adorn their ornate doors with the most charming selection of colourful wreaths, creating a festive feel that would get even Ebenezer Scrooge in the Christmas spirit.
Cocktails at The Loft
Anyone that lovingly refers to December as “party season” will be delighted to hear there’s a brand new bar in town.
Hidden away on the Market mezzanine, The Loft is a magically-lit leafy oasis, perfect for excellent people watching and even better cocktails.
Indulge in carefully-crafted classics, or their ever-evolving list of exciting seasonal specials.