Weekly Musings #2 – Southbank Christmas Market

“I slept in castles and fell in love because I was taught to dream…” — Taylor Swift

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…It really is!

Southbank Centre Christmas Market - Fairground Lights and the London Eye. Weekly Musings #1

Sometimes, all you need to get that tingly festive feeling is just one sparkly evening with one of your besties; surrounded by a sea fairy lights, warm pretty colours, and a mountain of caramel/Baileys/Tiramisu flavoured fudge (These exist. I kid you not – keep scrolling) and oh, let’s not forget something hot chocolate-y and warm…

So, did somebody say Christmas Market?!

“Clustered along the riverbank, the market’s wooden chalets are filled with festive food, drink, gifts and treats…”

Southbank Centre Christmas Market - Fairground Lights and the London Eye. Weekly Musings #2

Oh London stop showing off, you.

Southbank Centre Christmas Market - Fairground Lights and the London Eye. Weekly Musings #1

To the Southbank we go! This was honestly the nicest possible way to finish off a long, hard day spent slaving 4 hours in the library on a single statistics task that should really have only taken half the time it did…

Have you ever felt like somebody was pushing a pair of chopsticks into your temples as hard as is humanly possible for 3 hours non-stop? Your computer is frozen because the software you need is being a sloth? Not to mention that you’ve lost all of your work 3 times, and you’ve had to redo everything twice that amount anyway because step no. 2 keeps being wrong?! Well that, precisely, = statistics to someone who can’t deal with numbers (ME); headaches and mind boggling hell, surrounded by people who managed to finish everything 2 hours ago. Man, I was so grateful for Joanna and fudge mountains and Southbank yesterday evening… Geography degrees are mean.

Tashiana Langley Southbank Centre Christmas Market - Fairground Lights and the London Eye. Weekly Musings #2

We actually visited this same market last year when we were out for Joanna’s birthday, but I didn’t even bring my camera?! I was kicking myself for ages afterwards, since it is so ridiculously beautiful. Although yesterday was only the 2nd day of trade so not everything had been set up yet, we were really keen for some escapism!

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We also randomly ran into some old guy somewhere amidst this amazing forest that was sparkly Christmas trees. He must have been like, 70? And we didn’t know him…but for some reason, he was utterly adamant that he was going to get us a photo together.  So yeah, around 10 whole minutes later, following much camera fiddling + *what should have been* a couple of photos later, he waves goodbye and we check the camera to realize that…he didn’t even manage to take a single photograph. 10 entire minutes…really?! But honestly, the whole experience was so hilarious that we didn’t even care! We didn’t have the heart to break it to him. Old people can be too loveable for their own good (Below is a picture of the tree we were hoping to get a picture in front of – pretty, right?)

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Joanna also announced that she had been abstaining from Costa Coffee for the whole month so far so that she could share her first Christmas coffee with me. If that’s not cute, then I don’t know what is! <3 (Here she is):

Southbank Centre Christmas Market - Fairground Lights and the London Eye. Weekly Musings #2 Mirror reflections

“One Black Forest Latte and one Brownie Hot chocolate please” =  the  happiest moment of the day!

Southbank Centre Christmas Market - Fairground Lights and the London Eye. Weekly Musings #2 Tashiana Langley

In case you were wondering, warm, milky, and rich hot chocolate = perfect for fudge dippage. DO IT!

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And right now, I’m pretty much under the impression that this pretty stretch of the Thames is only going to get even more beautiful as the month goes and Christmas begins to settle in a little more heavily! (If that’s even possible)

Southbank Centre Christmas Market - Fairground Lights and the London Eye. Weekly Musings #2 Waterloo bridge sunset

And if these photos alone can’t push you into making a visit to Southbank Christmas market this season, then maybe the giant chocolate fountains, French burgers, churro stalls + crepe stands that we spotted down there will?! There are so many cute little nick-knacks and wonderful opportunities for festive photos in the sea of shimmery lights, so go go go!

Southbank Centre Christmas Market - Fairground Lights and the London Eye. Weekly Musings #2 pancakes nutella

The market is open from 10am-9pm every day, and it’s only going to get busier as the month goes on! Visiting in the evening when it’s dark is highly recommended also.  Find yourself some coffee or hot chocolate straight away to keep your hands warm as you walk around (A trick we learnt last year), and just inhale the amazing sweet wafts floating out of each passing stall! It’s a lovely evening out, and there are plenty of places around to walk to/eat at if you’re still hungry to explore. Leicester sq is 8-10 minutes over the bridge and the Southbank centre has so many warm and cosy cafes and restaurants. What are you waiting for?! Merry premature Christmas!!

Southbank Centre Christmas Market - Fairground Lights and the London Eye. Weekly Musings #2

And P.S. Good luck resisting the fudge mountain…you can’t.

Southbank Centre Christmas Market - Fairground Lights and the London Eye. Weekly Musings #2 peanut butter fudge stall

41 days to go!

Is anyone going to be in London this month?! Have you got the Christmas feeling yet? And while we’re here: do you like Taylor swift’s new song Blank Space too?! I am so hooked and I can’t even explain why. I’ve loved this girl since her Tim McGraw days – so even if she has moved from burning pictures to being a psycho, fairy-tale princess, she cannot produce a bad piece of music IMO! #TEAMTAYLOR

You know how much I love to hear what’s on your mind in the comments. Have a great week guys!

“Be that strong girl that everyone knew would make it through the worst, be that fearless girl, the one who would dare to do anything, be that independent girl who didn’t need a man; be that one girl who never backed down…” Taylor Swift

Tash xo

  • http://skinnedcartree.com Corinne

    This post has made me SO EXCITED about the market that comes to Leeds every year. It’s a german christmas market and there’s loads of stalls selling mulled wine, drink, cute gifts and a massive tent in the centre where you can get big steins of beer with a german band playing. It’s such a great atmosphere, I need to go this year as I didn’t last year!

    Corinne x

  • http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com Joanne

    We don’t have Christmas markets here, but someday I want to go to a place where there is one! So lovely.

  • http://simplysouthernstacie.org Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    I love Christmas markets!! I can’t wait to go back to the ones in NYC in December. They are so massive that you could get lost.

  • http://www.annamayeveryday.co.uk anna @ annamayeveryday

    These photographs are amazing Tash, so atmospheric and you are right about them being Christmassy…. I can feel the countdown start!

  • http://www.katthewanderer.com/ Kat Reynolds

    Oh man this is making me want to go there right now! Beautiful pictures, Tash! Can’t wait to get into the Christmas spirit! x

  • http://www.cearaskitchen.com Ceara @ Ceara’s Kitchen

    “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!” I need to visit that market! It looks unreal! The Christmas Market in Bruges is gorgeous and we go every year!! :)

  • http://www.winkandatwirl.com Erin Elizabeth

    Wow! I would love to be at this market! The fudge…OH MY!! :)
    xo Erin
    http://www.winkandatwirl.com

  • http://bakingamoment.com Allie | Baking a Moment

    So pretty! And what a fun time. Loved living vicariously through you for this post!

  • http://www.rhymeandribbons.com Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    This is one of my favourite Christmas markets! So many happy memories 😀 xx

  • http://mirandasnotebook.com/ Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    Ah, gorgeous photos!! So sparkly and festive – you’re putting me in the Christmas spirit too. Can’t wait to get to the Southbank!

  • http://www.lifeoutofthenest.wordpress.com Lauren

    Thanks for following my blog! I am so excited to follow yours and try out all of your super yummy recipes, and your photography is amazing!

  • http://www.tworaspberries.com Michele @ Two Raspberries

    Tash! these pictures are gorgeous! all the lights 😉 makes me smile… the holiday season is SO pretty!

  • http://www.rotten-one.com Tee | Rotten One

    Hey Tashiana! I’m so glad you stopped by my blog a few days ago and left a comment on my Faroe Islands post… Because it led me back to your blog, and I love it!!! Totally following you now and can’t wait to see future posts.

    P.S. You are so pretty! :)

    • http://www.rotten-one.com Tee | Rotten One

      Also, you may ant to double check your Instagram and Flickr links – they’re broken (for me, anyway) :) Cheers! x

  • http://www.sartorialdiner.com Stephanie

    I’m totally obsessed with Christmas markets! I’ll have to add this to my “to-do” when I visit London. And mmm….all that food….

  • http://justaboutbaked.com Mir

    Wow, such gorgeous pics. I wish I could see it myself!
    And that fudge. I want it all!

  • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk Chiara

    I love Christmas markets! I am desperate for Edinburgh’s Christmas market to open. I love walking around them with a cup of mulled wine to keep me warm. Your pictures are amazing by the way, they have really got me in the festive mood x

  • http://www.inspirationkitchen.com Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    Tash, what great photos! I love that ferris wheel – gorgeous!

  • http://www.pumpkinnspice.com Gayle @ Pumpkin ‘N Spice

    Wow, amazing pictures, Tash! I almost feel like I’m there! What a fun place to go too! And that fudge looks amazing!!

  • http://cookinglsl.com Mira

    I love Christmas, it is my favorite holiday! Beautiful pictures as always!

  • http://www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk Camille

    Stunning photographs, you are a great photographer! Thank you for commenting on my blog, I love your blog and I am following you with Bloglovin!

    Camille xo

    http://www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://fit-radiance.com Louise@FitRadiance

    Gorgeous pics! I can’t believe it’s time for the Christmas markets already, it’s crazy! I love Christmas and often go to the German markets. Love the food and mulled wine 😉 x

  • http://evaetsandra.com Eva

    Very nice photos ! Love London, you are a Lucky girl to live there !
    Merry premature Christmas to you !

  • http://www.savorthebaking.com Chineka @ Savor The Baking

    The Christmas Market looks beautiful and I would love to have some of that fudge. I always love this time of year with all of the craft fairs and markets.

  • http://abbielour.blogspot.co.uk/ Abbie

    Just had a look through your blog and I love it! Your photos are utterly gorgeous and I’m definitely going to have to try out some of your recipes when I go home for Christmas! :)

  • http://www.mamangerie.com sabine

    Your photos capture beautifully the atmosphere of the market, the lights at dawn and the purple-orange skies are very adorable, as is the photo of you in front of all the lights!

  • http://prettysimplesweet.com/ Shiran @ Pretty. Simple. Sweet.

    You make me miss London so much! I wish I could be there right now, it looks so lovely!

  • http://www.hungryhealthyhappy.com Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I am SO excited that the Christmas markets are open. It really is my favourite time of the year.
    Love your photos too.

  • http://jessicainthekitchen.com Jessica @ Jessica in the Kitchen

    Beautiful photos Tash! I can’t wait for Christmas!!!

  • http://the.pyreflies.org Jessica

    I love Taylor’s Blank Space song! It’s very catchy! It still doesn’t feel very much like Christmas here in my home but I can’t wait until after Thanksgiving when I put the tree and decorations up! I love Christmas so much!

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

  • http://touchofcollege.blogspot.com/ Gabby

    This is so perfect, I wish they had christmas markets by me!

    http://touchofcollege.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.theperfectionist.co.uk Natasha

    I know I already said this on your Instagram feed, but I love these photos so much! The Southbank is always so magical at Christmas, I can’t wait to head down there. Also, totally a Taylor fan, too x

  • http://bakingamoment.com Allie | Baking a Moment

    These look amazing Tashiana! I swear, peanut butter solves all life’s problems…

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      I 100% agree! There are two types of problems: Crunchy…and Smooth. Muahaha

  • http://www.ciaochowbambina.com Annie+@+ciaochowbambina

    I hope to one day visit the Christmas Market in London…but until then, I’ll just savor these images! Beautiful photography, Tashiana!

  • http://www.foodieforce.co.uk Lucy

    I used to love eating cookie dough from the bowl as a child and this is totally up my street yummy Lucy

  • http://www.jasmincharlotte.com Jasmin Charlotte

    Ah I love blank space too – such a good song! These pictures are amazing, I didn’t make it to the London Christmas markets last year as I was worried they would be crazy busy but I will this year! The Manchester ones are great too :) x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog