Do Christmas Shopping Different – Pop-ups, DIY & Alternative Markets

Do Christmas Shopping Different – Pop-ups, DIY & Alternative Markets

To Do List is proud to champion offbeat ideas for London Christmas shopping, including the latest National Theatre pop-up, night-time shopping in the East End, the annual BUST Christmas Craftacular and more…

Read on, you crazy Christmas shoppers!

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Shopping and E*ting | National Theatre | Mon-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 12pm-6pm

Replacing the Propstore pop-up on the Southbank is this shop/cafe/bar set against the backdrop of the National Theatre.

Shop here for classy gifts for discerning friends and family – there’s a fab selection of cute Christmas card.

The E*ting element is covered by a nifty little menu including pizza, flammkuchen, tarte tatin and scotch eggs – wash the grub down with a martini or three, and you’re pretty well set.

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Columbia Road Christmas Wednesdays | December 4, 11 & 18 | 6pm-9pm

CRCWs are a wonderful annual Christmas treat and allow you to explore the lovely Columbia Road without the flower market madness, instead adopting a lovely chilled atmosphere with live music & mulled wine. Some sixty independent shops are on the road! Small art galleries sit next to cup cake shops, vintage clothes stores, English and Italian delis, garden and antique shops.

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Seven Dials 7 St Martin’s Courtyard Christmas Shopping Night | December 5 | 5pm-9pm 

For one night only, Seven Dials and St Martin’s Courtyard invite you to enjoy a festive shopping night out – with a handy 20% DISCOUNT at over 120 shops, restaurants and bars.

The perfect destination to pick up some unique Christmas presents from some of London’s best independent shops. The area will be pedestrianized to create a true shopping haven, and there will be live music performances dotted around to raise the festive spirit.

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Vintage Christmas and Real-Ale Festival | Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park | December 6-8

The Olympic Park hosts a three-day Christmas celebration – vintage style! The obligatory Christmas market will sell seasonal goods, whilst a Victorian funfair will offer rides including a ferris wheel, chair-o-planes and a helter skelter, and our highlight: a roller disco housed inside a Victorian dodgem track!

And then there’s the Real Ale festival, with a variety of beers and ales to get you properly merry, as well as spiced cider and mulled wine.

Bands including the London Gay Men’s Chorus, Fat 45, and The Fontanas provide the musical entertainment.

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BUST Christmas Craftacular | York Hall | December 8 | 12pm-6pm

Our favourite annual Christmas craft fair, the BUST Christmas Craftacular returns once more to the York Hall for a special day of shopping, dancing…and all-round festive cheer!

There will be over 65 vendors, including Rob Ryan’s Wrapping Paper Stall, The Sustainable Fashion Boobtique starring Lu Flux, Goodone, TRAIDremade and Here Today Here Tomorrow PLUS tasty treats at Bake and Crafthouse Cafe. If that’s not enough, you can try your luck in the BUST raffle (prizes from Tatty Devine). DJs Madame Frou-Frou, Spinning Yarns and Run Riot editor Katie Antoniou keep the music flowing.

SPECIAL TIP! Arrive early, as there are FREE GOODIE BAGS for the first 100 visitors!

Stuart Wilson

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I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like: nice pubs, film marathons, not doing real marathons, bad comedy, plays/musicals with shorter second halves, and the Oxford comma.