There are two things that truly signify that Christmas is on the way. The first, the iconic Coca Cola advert. The second, the opening of the Southbank Centre Christmas Market. Therefore as of today, the countdown to Christmas officially begins...

If you take a trip between the Southbank Centre and the London Eye from today until December 23rd, you'll be greeted with a festive Winter Wonderland. In rows of traditional German-style wooden huts along the side of the Thames, you'll find everything from toys and gifts to a range of food and drink including Bratwurst and gingerbread.

It's free to walk along the Christmas Market, making it an essential destination for anyone who wants to get into the festive spirit. Find out more by listening to this podcast on the Southbank Centre's website.