Step Seven: get some German sausage at Southbank

19 Nov

Ali: a very happy sausage.

Until last weekend, I hadn’t really felt the festive Christmas mood, just a freezing cold mood. So I decided a trip to Southbank Christmas market would sort me out.

Quite a few winter markets have opened, or are due to, but for me Southbank has always been one of the best as it’s one of my favourite parts of the city. Wooden huts line the river, Christmas lights weave through the trees and walking past the hog roasts and German bratwurst, you know you can’t leave without biting into a sausage. Ali and I did exactly that, followed by sipping a Baileys hot chocolate, followed by sampling all the cheese from Snowdonia, followed by trying to get perfect shots of Southbank.

At five in the afternoon it was already packed, so you’ll have to fight your way through the crowds. But it’s still worth wandering up and down the market to soak in the festive mood.

Food on offer: hog roast (around £6), German sausages (around £5), noodles (yes, noodles), cheese, chocolate, churros, fudge, sweets, gingerbread and an odd pretzel-like cake called ‘chimney cake’.

Drink on offer: beer, cider, mulled wine and hot chocolate (around £3) of all varieties.

Gifts on offer: smelly soaps, woolly hats, wooden ties (yes, my dad did always want a wooden tie), personalised prints and photos, hand-made leather notebooks, etc. etc.

Open now until 23rd December.

Monday to Friday, 11am-10pm; weekends 10am-10pm.


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