Check out these choices for visiting a Santas Grotto at London venues - a traditional festive Christmas event that will hopefully involve only a minimal amount of queuing. Santa and his elves will be heading to various locations across London once again this Christmas as all manner of shopping centres, markets and even museums host a Christmas Grotto of their own. Meet Santa, enjoy magical storytelling and much, much more at our selection of the best Santas Grottos in London for 2016. Christmas wish lists at the ready...
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Kids will be enchanted by the chance to spend some time over Christmas at Battersea Park Childrens Zoo. Alongside all the cute and cuddly residents, they can also meet Santa and follow a Christmas stocking trail.
Chelsea Gate, Queenstown Road, Battersea Park, Battersea, London, SW11 4NJ
Children will love the magical Santas Grotto at Canary Wharf this year, which is part of a series of festive activities for kids.
Canada Square, London, E14 5AB
Enjoy the magical world of Santas Grotto at Duke of York Square this Christmas and marvel at the jolly Mr. Claus in person. Keep an eye out for his reindeer as you wander along the snowy grotto.
Duke of York Square, Chelsea, London, SW3 4LY
Please note that the nearest public transport station is North Dulwich Rail.
Dulwich Park covers 29 hectares, and features a lake, boating house, children's playground, and a cafe.
College Road, London, SE21 -
Hamleys is London's leading toy shop, trading since seventeen sixty. This store on Regent Street stocks a wide variety of toys and gifts spread over seven floors, it is the largest toy store in the world.
188-196 Regent Street, Soho, London, W1B 5BT
0871 704 1977
Harrods is the creme de la creme of shopping experiences in London, attracting millions of customers from around the world.
87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL
With seven floors, Harrods showcases the best merchandise from fashion and accessories to homewares and technology as well as featuring 27 in-store restaurants. Harrods also holds seasonal events throughout the year including the Harrods Christmas Grotto.
(020) 7730 1234
Have a magical Christmas at Kew this year as the botanic gardens are full of wonderful Christmas activities, events and special one offs. With visits from Father Christmas, an illuminated trail in the dark and a chance to go on a guided winter walk amongst all the beautiful plants, Christmas at Kew Gardens is sure to be a spectacular time.
(Royal Botanic Gardens), Richmond, London, TW9 3AB
(020) 8332 5655
Take your little ones on a magical trip around the Enchanted Christmas House, where they can come face to face with Santa and a whole host of Christmas characters, as well as take part in fabulous Christmas drama, music and crafts.
2-18 Britannia Row, Islington, London, N1 8PA
(020) 3227 3200
With so much to see and do, a visit to ZSL London Zoo is the perfect day out for people of all ages.
Outer Circle, Regents Park, London, NW1 4RY
With 550 different species housed at ZSL London Zoo, your trip will be anything but boring. With an aquarium, reptile house and gorilla kingdom on display, the only trouble you will have is fitting everything into just one day!
ZSL London Zoo also provides a variety of unique space for private hire and corporate events, set in 36 acres of gardens suitable for hosting an array of corporate and private events in a truly wild location.
The Prince Albert Suite, Raffles Suite and Mappin Pavilion all provide the perfect backdrop for a private party. Each room is available with outdoor space in which to welcome your guests with drinks and enjoy unique photo opportunities.
0344 225 1826
Spend some of your Christmas at Morden Hall Park and shop from a selection of fabulous gifts at the Christmas market whilst your kid’s dreams come true at the Santa’s grotto.
Morden Hall Road, London, SM4 5JD
(020) 8545 6850
Every Londoner should take time to visit the Museum of London, which captures London's colourful history from the Great Fire of London to the present day through a variety of exhibitions and events.
150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN
The upper galleries display a variety of pre 1666 London artefacts whereas the lower galleries – The Modern Galleries of London - displays exhibits from 1666 to the present day.
(020) 7001 9844
Discover the history behind London’s river, port and people at the Museum Of London Docklands. Housed in an historic warehouse, the museum plays host to a variety of galleries, relics and interactive exhibitions including Sailortown, an atmospheric recreation of 19th century riverside Wapping.
West India Quay, London, E14 4AL
The musuem has free entry
(020) 7001 9844
20-24 Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly, London, W1D 7EU
(020) 7434 3111
There is a secret hidden in the depths of the Rainforest this Christmas... Rainforest Cafe are offering a unique family experience to remember and one that will leave your little ones mesmerised by the magic of Christmas!
Selfridges is an iconic department store in London that has a variety of women's, men's and children's clothing, beauty products and homewares. There are two restaurants within Selfridges and there are regular events held within the store.
400 Oxford Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 1AT
0800 123 400
The grotto at Westfield London has been given a makeover, taking visitors through fun, interactive and personalised activities on their journey to Santa.
Ariel Way, Shepherds Bush, London, W12 7SH
(020) 3371 2300
Children can enjoy a green Christmas in the Santas Grotto at London Wetland Centre this year at this family friendly event. Santa's cabin grotto is nestled among wintering birds and trees, allowing kids to experience special time with Santa and learn more about nature as well.
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Queen Elizabeth's Walk, Barnes, London, SW13 9WT
(020) 8409 4400