Last-minute shoppers after good gifts for Christmas can find something unusual from the arts and crafts stalls. "Traditional Christmas cuisines" are there for the taking and there is also a Children's Christmas Market. More festive stalls can be found in the Scottish Market in St Andrew Square.
East Prince's Street Gardens, until4 January
And don't forget to "look out for all the handmade bits and bobs, too a good chance to pick up something memorable". Then get your skates on for a brisk turn round the ice at Eyeskate in front of the London Eye, located a stone's throw away.
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Southbank Centre, until 24 December
It serves hot food, beer and mulled wine, and the stalls sell gifts including "beautiful crystals turned into lamps and candle-holders". It's worth strolling through after dark whenthe market is lit up with Christmas lights and you can really soak up the festive atmosphere.
Victoria Square, until 22 December
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