Christmas in Bankside

  • Date Tuesday, 30 November 2021
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Kate Turnbull
  • Sparkling line-up of events, theatre, food, music, art, choirs and entertainment across London’s cultural district
  • Christmas specials from Borough Market to Shakespeare’s Globe and everywhere in between
  • Bankside’s newest arrival – Everyman Cinema Borough Yards – to open just in time for Christmas

This Christmas, one of London’s oldest and most culturally rich and spirited neighbourhoods is inviting everyone to embrace their festive side as it hosts events, performances, food, drink, art and entertainment throughout the season. Bringing together the world famous and historic – Borough Market, Southwark Cathedral and Shakespeare’s Globe – and newer arrivals like Flat Iron Square, One Night Records and St Felix Place, Christmas in Bankside will underline the area’s centuries-old reputation as the place where Londoners go to relax and have fun.

Among the highlights of Christmas 2021:

The Ghosts of Bankside Past: festive walking tour

From Dickens to pantomime dames, many things synonymous with Christmas have their roots in Bankside. Join Mr Londoner, aka blue badge tour guide Antony Robbins, and delve into this remarkable neighbourhood’s fascinating and festive past.

Date: Saturday 11 December, 11.30am-1pm. FREE but booking required here.

Meet at Rabot London on Bedale Street for a free decadent hot chocolate to keep you warm on your walk.

Borough Market’s Festive Kitchen

On 7, 8 and 9 December, visitors are welcomed to the illuminated historic arches of Borough Market to experience a new, free, three-day pop-up – Borough Market’s Festive Kitchen – with cooking demos by a host of guest chefs. The popular annual ‘An Evening of Cheese’ returns to the Market on 15 December (6-8pm) and the Borough Market Kitchen will open until 9pm every Thursday.

Southwark Cathedral – Angels, Advent and Carols

The Merbecke Choir Advent Concert

Step into the candlelit Cathedral and join the Cathedral Merbecke Choir for an exploration of angels and Christmas. Some of the greatest music has been written in celebration of these mysterious, powerful, wonderful creatures. By bringing angelic works to life, the Cathedral hopes to conjure up some of the light and beauty of the choirs of angels.

Date: Saturday 4 December at 7.30pm.

Tickets: From free to £15.00 via EventBrite

Christmas Concert: A Ceremony of Carols with the Southwark Cathedral Choir

Southwark Cathedral invites you to one of the highlights of the festive season, an evening of traditional Christmas carols performed by the Boys and Gentlemen of the Cathedral choir, as well as Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece, A Ceremony of Carols.

Date: Friday 17 December at 7.30pm.

Tickets: £12.50-£15.00 via Eventbrite

Shakespeare’s Globe – The Fir Tree

The Globe Theatre returns to its roots for a magical re-imagining and re-wilding of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, The Fir Tree, the story of Christmas told from the perspective of the tree. Bring friends, family, partners, neighbours and, with a cup of hot chocolate or mulled wine in hand, gather under the wintry star-lit sky for a fireside dose of story, song, candlelight and hope.

Dates: 20 – 30 December.

Tickets: Seated: £49 – £15; half price seated tickets are available for Under 16s. Standing: £5.

Book here

Festive Afternoon Tea at The Swan

Seasonal British produce is at the heart of Swan Restaurant’s menu, with local ingredients and stunning views across the Thames to St. Paul’s Cathedral. The Swan’s Festive Afternoon Tea is a celebration of the Christmas season, featuring Mont Blanc shots, snowman chouxs and lemon gingerbread swans adorned with gold crowns.

Dates: Until 30 December 2021.

More info and bookings here

Omeara – Rock the Belles Christmas

A night of Christmas hip-hop, dancehall, R&B and Afrobeat at vital grassroots live music venue Omeara at Flat Iron Square. Date: 18 December from 10.30pm until late.

Tickets: £10 – book here 

One Night Records: The Christmas Edit

Part gig, part festival, part immersive adventure, One Night Records invites you under the arches of the Low Line railway viaduct and into six mystical worlds of live music, with settings perfectly matching the tunes you hear. Expect the languid luxury of a smoky jazz club under one arch, and rock ‘n’ roll guitar under another. Alongside the theatrical staging and the soulful singing, there will be themed food and drink, fuelling you to sing and dance the night away.

Dates: Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7pm.

Tickets: £35 from One Night Records

Bankside Gallery – Mini Picture Show 2021

A new exhibition of contemporary watercolours and original prints by artists from the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers. These are affordable works on a small scale that will be perfect for all last-minute Christmas shopping needs!

Dates: 3 December 2021 – 30 January 2022. More at

Flat Iron Square – The Winter Garden

Flat Iron Square swings open its gates and welcomes you to the Winter Garden. The on-site bar, ‘Apres’, will become the ‘Cîroc Chalet’, modelled on the traditional Scandi ski-lodge, complete with warming winter cocktails. On Saturday nights, the chalet welcomes live DJs from 8pm (and a ‘best dressed’ competition). Outside the Chalet, the Winter Garden features an assortment of bars serving an all-new winter drinks menu among pine trees and fairy lights.

Dates: Until 23 December.

For the latest, visit

St Felix Place

A little further along Southwark Street is Flat Iron’s sister spot, where things are a bit more chilled, but no less festive. There will be a weekly themed quiz on Tuesdays, candle making workshops on Wednesdays, private booths for hire, DJ John Kennedy’s Saturday Sessions and a host of surprises. Slip into the on-site tap room to sample the quality beers being made before your very eyes.

Dates: Until 23 December. More at

Opening on Monday 13 December – Everyman Cinema – Borough Yards

Part of Bankside’s highly anticipated Borough Yards development, set within a stretch of the Victorian brick railway arches and warehouses of the Low Line, Everyman Borough Yards will house two cinema screens, amid plush surroundings designed for maximum comfort. Bankside’s newest Christmas arrival will open with a full schedule of the latest films, including Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, complemented by an extensive food and drink menu, full bar, and freshly baked sweet treats, to offer an indulgent cinematic experience. Booking and more information at