Welcome to my latest adventure. I layover in London a lot….because I love it and you never run out of things to do. Several years ago, I heard about the Scandimarket.
It happens twice a year, at midsommer and before Christmas. It sounded like fun, but my flights were always on different days……until today. When I found out I would be in town for the Christmas market, I was so excited. The forecast was for rain, but I was prepared. Nothing was going to stop me from finally going. We landed early and traffic to the hotel was light, so I was able to get in a 2 hour nap before setting out on my adventure. I took the tube and it didn’t take too long to get there, but it took a few minutes to get a decent internet signal so that I could get directions from the tube station. It was such a bad connection, I initially set out the wrong way…quickly figured it out and headed in the right direction.
To give you a little background on this market… at one end of the street is the Norwegian church and at the other is the Finnish church.
For a 1£ entrance fee, you can enter one of the churches. Inside you find a selection of crafts and a sort of restaurant/cafe. They both also have a selection of groceries. The Finnish church even had frozen goods.
Running the length of the street between the churches were pop up tents selling all sort of cooked food , crafts and snack foods from the Scandinavian countries.
I chose to eat at the Norwegian church. I had meatballs with mashed potatoes gravy and jam.
I bought a few goodies to take home for the holidays. I bought crafts from both churches too.
I was really impressed with what seemed to be thriving congregations. And, I felt very welcome at both. If I’m in town again when market is happening, I will definitely go. I had really hoped to find a vintage glögg warmer (crock style) at one of the booths, but no luck. Also, wanted some mulled wine but was afraid I’d fall asleep on the tube, haha. So, if you’re ever in town during the Scandimarket, I recommend going. The food is great and there are some fun things to shop for too!!