to want our own authentic German Christmas market in London?

(79 Posts)
pmTea Fri 29-Nov-13 22:42:26

Glasgow has one (twinned with Nuremberg).
Birmingham has one (twinned with Frankfurt).
Leeds has one (no idea who they're twinned with).

London - bloody capital city has nada.

Oh, sorry, unless you count the utter crock of shite that is the Southbank "German-styled" market: nothing authentic about it whatsoever, no German stall holders to speak of, but the usual Christmas tat only sold from a wooden chalet!

I WANT A GERMAN CRISTKINDLMARKT IN LONDON PLEASE <hopes that some events organiser in German Xmas markets is actually reading this>

Over and out.

Lagoonablue Sat 30-Nov-13 08:21:12

We have great xmas markets in Manchester too. German stalls, Spanish, Italian etc. massive too.

Artandco Sat 30-Nov-13 08:22:13

Winter wonderland. We just went and ate bratwurst, apple pancakes and chestnuts. Brought some German tree decorations, and some candles etc.. If you go in the smaller entrance by Knightsbridge rather than Hyde park corner they are pretty much the first thing you see. So it's louder than usual as funfair also but sells the same things as the ones in German did when we lived there

GinOnTwoWheels Sat 30-Nov-13 08:24:30

Waves to fellow Leeds MNetter ilovesooty, who is correct in that our German Market is overpriced.

I've only been once and also found that it was so busy that you couldn't get near anything to see/buy and the queues for the food and beer tents were very long.

Tiredemma Sat 30-Nov-13 08:27:49

Im in Birmingham but haven't been to the Bham one for a number of years. Its crowded, over priced and heaving with pickpockets.

Budgiegirlbob Sat 30-Nov-13 08:32:55

Has anyone been to the one in Bath? We're going next weekend

GirlWithTheDirtyShirt Sat 30-Nov-13 08:36:30

The Birmingham one is a pain in the ass. We were trying to walk across town last Saturday morning at 11am and it took at least twice as long as usual with people pushing and shoving.

I can't really complain as I expect the economic benefits are huge for the city.

Tiredemma Sat 30-Nov-13 08:39:45

I agree about the economic benefit- its always heaving.

We went to the Apple store in the Bull Ring to get an Ipad. The man serving us said he hated the market- only because the amount of people who come into the store to say that their Iphones/ipods/ipads etc etc have been stolen. They come into the store to use the appliances to see if they can locate their stolen goods- he said on average they see between 10-15 people A DAY.

Thats some rife stealing going on there.

ForalltheSaints Sat 30-Nov-13 10:51:37

A pity you cannot go to a real German one. Aachen is under 4 hours by Eurostar and the train from Brussels, Cologne only about half an hour more. Loved the Cologne ones when visiting a couple of years ago, plenty to do for your children too.

SantaIKnowHimIKnowHim Sat 30-Nov-13 10:53:12

The Leeds one is brilliant, I love it. smile

Ours in Liverpool, started as "German Markets", was good for a few years, they are now rubbish, my DD looks forward to the Kangeroo Burgers, but there is nothing else much worth buying, this year and the real reindeers every Thursday, have stopped.

I am really looking forward to going to Hyde Park in two weeks, so I'm glad it's getting good reviews.

I would love to cancel gift buying for other people so I could go to real German Markets and Norway etc.

Damnautocorrect Sat 30-Nov-13 11:31:08

Personally id like more uk craft markets selling british made stuff. Same style as German but british

southwest1 Sat 30-Nov-13 12:14:26

I went to the Birmingham

southwest1 Sat 30-Nov-13 12:15:59

I went to the Birmingham one last year and was really disappointed. Nothing like a proper German Christmas market at all.

Metebelis3 Sat 30-Nov-13 12:18:52

YABVVVU They are vile and horrible.

whois Sat 30-Nov-13 12:22:45

The Leeds one is ace. Lovely lovely mulled cider and lovely food (and some crafts).

specialsubject Sat 30-Nov-13 13:49:02

what do you buy at a German market? This new craze has passed me by. Am I missing something?

and how can it be authentic if it isn't in Germany? :-)

TheGonnagle Sat 30-Nov-13 13:52:04

I used to love the Birmingham one but avoid it like the plague. Heaving, expensive and full of pissed teenagers.
Not cool.

I am avoiding the centre of York this weekend. It's the 'charming' St Nicholas Fair. ALso known as hell on cobbles.

DoItTooJulia Sat 30-Nov-13 14:02:02

4 million people visit the Birmingham German market! 4 million!

I think those who want German christmas markets want those with a christmassy feel to them, not commercialised overpriced crap.

In Germany on the Christmas markets you can buy tree decorations, candles, lots of other handmade stuff, plus Krippen (nativity scenes for under the tree), and of course mulled wine and stollen etc.

I love the Cologne christmas markets, and tbh haven't found any markets here (London) that came near the feel of the real thing. Don't start me on WW. It used to be good but nowadays it's a rather grim experience.
You have to hop on the Eurostar.

We do have a German butcher who has a stall on the high street every Friday and Saturday and he is fab. Reasonably priced and lovely meat, sausages, ham etc. Just been there and had a Fleischsalat sandwich for lunch.
Maybe there is a business opportunity here for me. Online delivery of German sausages and meat.

brainwashed Sat 30-Nov-13 14:38:25

Someone has messed with the Edinburgh German market :-(
All the drinks stands are the same now sponsored ones with staff in identikit uniforms and I can't find the place that sold the mulled beer anywhere. And the seriously good cheese toastie company do not appear to have a stand this year in the Scottish market bit.....we look forward to those toasties all year. Wish it had just been left as it was.

Metebelis3 Sat 30-Nov-13 14:50:45

Tat you don't need, and disgusting vile food and drink.

I will be in Brussels next week, and Dusseldorf and Duisberg the week after and I know I will be subjected to the horrible markets there by well meaning colleagues to whom I wouldn't want to be rude, so I will have to grit my teeth grin and bear it - but really they are desperate. And the fake copies in the UK are even worse.

StrattersCat Sat 30-Nov-13 15:05:19

Lincoln's one is excellent. But stupid prices.

AphraBane Sat 30-Nov-13 15:13:57

You can have one of ours here in Berlin. We have about 30 of them, I don't think anybody would miss one grin.

Do you want one of the more flashy commercial type with a few fairground rides and ice-skating or one of the really kitschy overpriced traditional kind selling weird hand-made knitwear?

gobbynorthernbird Sat 30-Nov-13 15:50:20

I'm currently avoiding the Manchester one like the plague, which is difficult as it has spawned all over the city centre. It is full of overpriced tat, thieves, and people who don't know how to steer a pushchair. And I'm having to elbow knobheads out of the way to get into my favourite bar. Sooner it's gone the better. Bah humbug!

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