A Nordic Experience

Rotherhithe twinkles again this winter with its own special Scandinavian Christmas market

Street food, local markets and social scenes have popped up all over south London for years and the best ones always arise in grassroot areas with a deep sense of community.

Up along the Thames from the Southbank is an experience that is quite unique. A long-established community of Scandinavians made Rotherhithe their home centuries ago and their traditional celebrations throughout the year attract more than just Finnish and Norwegian visitors. This Christmas there will be a Scandinavian Market along Albion Street near Rotherhithe station and, if the weather is right, it’s likely to make for a very atmospheric weekend at the end of November.

Home to both the Finnish and Norwegian churches Albion Street has a cute parade of shops and eateries too – very much in the tradition of old London, making it a very different day out to Bankside and its market crowds.

If you are missing the snow-capped pistes or fancy an early flavour of Santa’s Lapland then pop these dates into your diary:

Friday 22 November 12noon-7pm

Saturday 23 November 10am-6pm

Sunday 24 November 10am-5pm


The nearest stations are Bermondsey and Canada Water and there’s even a Thames Clipper service nearby.

As the scandimarket.co.uk says, ‘Come and experience the Nordic atmosphere’ – reading between the lines no doubt there’ll be plenty of traditional costumes, hotdogs and beer too.


Sjømannskirken – The Norwegian Church Abroad
1 St.Olav’s Square
Albion Street
SE16 7JB
t: 020 7740 3900
e: london@church.no
w: church.no/londonevents

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