Last week the London lockdown ended and I had the chance to attend Selfridges first ever outdoor Christmas Market. Signing off work and heading into Central London was such a fun change of pace and I loved getting to attend the first night of the month long event which you may have seen on Instagram. Until January 3rd the market will be open every day (from 4–9pm on weekdays and noon–9pm at weekends) and it is certainly worth a visit. You can find this outdoor market is on Edward Mews, the street right behind Selfridges, and if you enter via Orchard Street you can start with the indoor portion of the market.
While inside you must wear a mask and you can find a number of vendors from Moyses Stevens selling Christmas trees to Your London Florist selling personalized wreaths. You can also find Ask Mummy & Daddy sweets (take a look at the cotton candy, which the Brits call candy floss, below) and a number of other delicious baked goods. You will also find a small section called Selfridges Selection where they brought out some of the best sellers from the store so you can shop without even having to go inside. Take a look:
Diptyque Set Of Five Scented Candles includes Berries, Fig Tree, Lily of the Valley, Amber and Verbena,
Arrangement from Your London Florist
After the indoor portion you head outside where one side of the street has a number of top notch food vendors as well as a merry-go-round. On the other side there is a great outdoor bar setup and a multi story Helter skelter slide. It was such a hard decision to pick what to eat but ultimately Mark and I both chose dishes from the Pabellon Venezuelan food truck and were not disappointed. Then, in compliance with COVID restrictions, as we had food we were able to go over to the bar and I partook in my first hot mulled wine of the season.
Chicken Venezuelan Rice Bowl from Pabellon Venezuelan Food
As you can likely tell from the photos above it was raining but we still had a great time. To be honest, I had thought I would have to skip Christmas Markets all together in 2020 with COVID so I was so pleased we could make it to this one and you can find more information about it on the Selfridges site. And when you go, make sure to visit the inside of the department store as well because the Christmas decorations are absolutely stunning! I would recommend from the ground floor you take the escalators all the way to the Christmas shop on the top floor – the setup is gorgeous and the giant ornaments in the vestibule is oh so festive!
Will you be visit Selfridges Christmas Market this year?