The most wonderful time of the year has arrived in all its glittering glory! Vauxhall is dressed to the nines in twinkling lights and is armed with an events calendar to match. Look forward to Christmas markets offering unique handmade objects, festive feasts, and moments of peace to unwind from the December madness. There’s a little magic tucked into every corner.
In the mid-1960s, Ken Artspace was a grocery and pet food shop. Mixed Marvels is the name of an old photograph that shows the gallery in its convenience store heyday. Marvels were a brand of colourful dog biscuit and the name found itself painted as an advert on the front of the shop. Off the back of this history, the exhibition will feature eight established artists recognised for their exploration of colourful surfaces that shift between figuration and abstraction. The small paintings on show are the work of names including Wendy Anderson, Vivien Blacket, Cecilia Botoluzzi-Brocklin, and Peter Bunting.
11.00am – 5.00pm | Ken Artspace, SE11 5DW | Free
Bee Urban, the social enterprise that focuses on responsible urban beekeeping, horticulture, and community growing, is hosting its winter market trail. Starting at Kennington Park Centre, you’ll be able to collect a card before wandering over to the Oval Arts Depot and choosing a free gift. There’ll be a variety of local honey on offer as well as various festive beeswax products ranging from candles to foot balms, body butter, lip balms, propolis-based products, and much more.
11.00am – 6.00pm | Kennington Park Centre, SE11 4BE | Free
Marking Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden’s last market of the year is Queermas! In collaboration with VauxhAll Night, over 100 stalls all run by queer artists, business owners, and creatives will take to the buzzy urban oasis to provide an affordable platform to exhibit work, engage with visitors, and sell products. Offering a huge variety of beautiful objects ranging from art prints to ceramics, zines, items of clothing, sculptures, jewellery, textiles, and much more, it’s one of the best places to pick up some unique and quirky gifts for friends and family.
5.00pm – 10.00pm | Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden, SW8 1SP | Free
September saw Melissa Totten make her way to the Eagle London for a sell-out ‘Madonna Celebration’. December sees her return by popular demand for another four nights of intimate, stripped-back live performances of Madonna favourites. Tickets are available for tables of four which include complimentary drinks and festive treats. There are also single standard tickets which include a complimentary festive drink. Brush up on your favourite Madonna tracks and settle into a festive evening of acoustic anthems.
7.00pm – 12.00am | Eagle, SE11 5QY | From £10
Santa has made his way to Vauxhall to hear the wishes of all the good children before the big day! Every weekend until the Sunday before Christmas Eve, families can visit the festive grotto which is nestled within the City Farm. Surrounded by animals, the Christmas market, and Winter Light Trail, the kids can have a chat with their favourite VIP before receiving a present and taking a photo to mark the magical meeting.
11.00am – 3.00pm | Vauxhall City Farm, SE11 5HS | £8
Arts and crafts take on an entirely new festive meaning at the Bonnington Centre this Christmas. The UpMarket Market sees local creatives and friends of Bonnington Square come together for a celebration of all things handmade. It’s the perfect place to pick up any thoughtful, last-minute Christmas presents for the people in your life that are most difficult to buy for.
11.00am – 4.00pm | Bonnington Café, SW8 1SY | Free
Vauxhall City Farm is transforming into a winter wonderland this year with festive activities that will keep you excited in the lead-up to the end of December. Offering the most delicious mince pies and mulled wine with carol singers to keep the mood high, the Christmas market is the perfect place to find some unique items to gift yourself or your loved ones. What’s more is that for a mere £5 you can also head to the brand new Winter Light Trail which has transformed the Farm’s private garden into a twinkling oasis. That’s not to mention the Macraméh-making classes and the selection of premium Nordmann fir Christmas trees on sale. You’ll leave with a festive skip in your step!
11.30am – 4.00pm | Vauxhall City Farm, SE11 5HS | Free
If you’re looking to mix things up this Christmas, why not start some new traditions and delve into the world of Caribbean cooking? Cottons is the perfect place to add some island energy to your festive celebrations offering platters of jerk and plenty of mouthwatering seafood stews. All jerk meats are grilled and smoked over coals and wood chips with hickory and pimiento before being covered in Cottons’ homemade jerk sauce. Its riverside location and rum shack bar serving a variety of Cottons original cocktails, make it the place for a guaranteed good time.
1.00pm – 12.00am | Cottons Vauxhall, SW8 2LE | See menu
The Christmas period isn’t always all fun and games, it can also come with a heavy dose of stress! Luckily, Floatworks is way ahead of you and is offering the perfect Festive Gift Card with £25 off their 2 x Float Pack so that you can give the Gift of Relaxation (to yourself or others!). Floating is scientifically proven to increase mental and physical wellbeing in as little as an hour. Give yourself and a loved one the best starting point for a mad month of festivities, and leave feeling more happy and relaxed, with fewer aches and pains, and with the confidence of a better night’s sleep ahead.
10.00am – 10.00pm | Floatworks Vauxhall, SW8 2LE | £75
Famed for combining the culinary experiences of the UK and US, POTUS offers the highest quality interpretations of America and Britain’s much-loved classics. Located on the ground floor of the riverside Hyatt Regency London Albert Embankment Hotel, it’s a relaxed, intimate setting for some festive indulgence. Throughout December, the restaurant is offering their version of Christmas Day lunch. Take the lift all the way up to the heavens and you’ll reach the fourteenth floor and breathtaking views of Mezemiso. Offering a unique dining experience steeped in the flavours of Eastern and Middle-Eastern cuisine, their special Christmas dinner will feature a Lebanese twist on traditional Christmas flavours.
6.30pm – 10.30pm | Hyatt Regency Albert Embankment, SE1 7SP | See menu for prices
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