If you take the crowds out of the equation, London is truly magical at Christmas. It sparkles, glitters and gleams with festive cheer from Winterville to Winter Wonderland. Christmas, Yuletide, Noël, call it what you will – the festive season is my favourite time of the year, and I couldn’t resist pulling together a seasonal edition of this series. Last week, Laurence and I headed down to London for a day full of touristy goodness; we hit the streets instead of the sweaty underground trains, and clocked up a whopping 30,000 steps in the process. (More than enough to justify all the mince pies we ate later in the day.) Here’s what we got up to . . .
As Christmas draws ever nearer, the multicultural metropolises of the north turn into magical festive wonderlands. Leeds’ Christkindelmarkt is a smaller, condensed German Christmas market, whilst Manchester has a sprawling network of markets, with the largest market being that located in Albert Square. A trip to either Christmas market is sure to evoke the festive spirit, but in a head-to-head which of these comes out on top?