Living: Getting Festive on the Thames

What a difference a year makes!
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This time last year, I had flown in from Dubai after our first month out there. Chiara and I took Raffy up to the Southbank to see the Christmas markets. Almost a year to the day later, we headed back to kick off the festive season.
This year, the Christmas markets are a little different. Rather than the masses of little wooden sheds that lined the Southbank last year, it’s much smaller with a focus on food.
There are a few new additions, such as a theatre (listings can be found here), a Christmas tree maze, a Rekorderlig Cider lodge and a little train that runs along the side of the river.
There weren’t so many gift stalls, but lots of spots to stop and warm up with a mulled wine or hot toddy.

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Around the back of the Southbank Centre is a fantastic little food festival, bursting with little stalls selling freshly cooked dishes from all over the world. Annoyingly, we stumbled across this right after lunch so we couldn’t fully appreciate all the the market had to offer, but it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area. There were even some bits for foodie gifts, such as hand made water ganache and packs of Iberian cured meats and homemade chutneys. Raffy enjoyed a nice freshly squeezed apple and pomegranate juice from one of the vendors.

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After the market, we slowly walked back through all of the street performers. Our favourite was a guy making huge bubbles in a
variety of different nets, high above his head.

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Raffy jumped about in pure bliss as he reached to catch the bubbles in the air and jump on the ones on the ground.

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Such a perfect close to a fun day out on the Southbank. Although the market didn’t quite live up to last years festivities, we had a great time and glad we went.

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