Winter on South Bank has arrived! The trees are sparkling with fairy lights, the London Eye is aglow with festive colours and the scent of mulled cider is wafting through the air.
If that doesn't get you in the mood for a spot of festive shopping, you can always motivate yourself with the promise of scrummy street food, classy cocktails or fine dining — when, of course, your retail mission is accomplished.
Find unique and unusual gifts
Avoid the bustling high street and do your Christmas shopping on South Bank. Find unusual and unique Christmas gifts with South Bank London's new shopping map. There's a surprising array of retailers to discover in the area — the artisan makers and designers in Oxo Tower Wharf, gift shops in the major cultural venues, quirky stores in Gabriel's Wharf and the Winter Market traders.
Find out more about shopping on South Bank here.
Refresh your festive spirit
So many choices! Revive yourself on the go at the Rekorderlig Cider Lodge with a mulled Winter Cider, try the street food market in Southbank Centre Square, cuddle up with coffee and cake in the Drawing Room at National Theatre or enjoy craft beers at Studio6 in Gabriel's Wharf.
When it comes to dinner, try fine dining and river views at OXO Tower Restaurant, an alternative Christmas menu inspired by the Three Wise Men at Chino Latino, or Mondrian London's new Sea Containers — serving up the best of British and American food. If you're not fussy about fancy, Gourmet Pizza Company, Ping Pong, Canteen, Wagamama and lots of other familiar names are all a short walk away. Really hungry? Try Enough to Feed an Elephant for mammoth portions.
If you're hankering after a special treat now you've finished shopping, share a bottle of wine in the Old Vic's newly refurbished downstairs bar, Penny, try the cocktails at award-winning Dandelyan Bar or drop in for a cosy afternoon aea in the Library at Marriott County Hall. You could even hop on a Thames Clipper for a G&T and admire the lights along the river.
There are myriad choices on South Bank. Browse all the options at the South Bank Eating and Drinking Directory.
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