Check out these choices for visiting a Santas Grotto in London - 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 2017. 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. Children can play on the swings and slides while they wait to see the man in red. Once they've told him what they'd like for Christmas they can head out to see the animals!
Chelsea Gate, Queenstown Road, Battersea Park, Battersea, London, SW11 4NJ
At Canary Wharf, each December weekend, and from 14 December until Christmas Eve, excited children can visit Santa and his elves in the stunning grotto and, if they whisper their wish list, they might even leave with an early Christmas present!
Canada Square, London, E14 5AB
Cherry Garden Street, London, SE16 4TU
Meet Santa on the river Thames as he’s swapped his sleigh for a boat. Fun for everyone with lots of treats from Santa.
Santa’s going on the river – yo, ho, ho – and you can go with him. Children will enjoy Santa fun and a present for each and every one, along with a soft drink and a cookie; while adults can console themselves for growing up with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.
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 this years slots are fully booked but cancellations may become available.
Santa's Grotto comes to Dulwich Park in London!
College Road, London, SE21 -
On arrival Santa's Elves will greet you at the Garden Gate. Meeting the big man in red, the children hang their Christmas Wishes on his Tree, and with special Santa words of wisdom receive a natural magical present.
Join Father Christmas and his lovable Elves at Hamleys, the finest Toy Shop in the world for fun and magic at this very special time of the year.
188-196 Regent Street, Soho, London, W1B 5BT
Meet Father Christmas at Hamleys is a special experience where children will take part in seasonal activities, spend time with Santa and receive an extra special gift bag to take home.
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0871 704 1977
It’s the most magical time of the year, and Father Christmas is once again welcoming visitors to his famous Harrods Christmas Grotto.
87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL
Please note Harrods Christmas Grotto is a Harrods Rewards benefit only.
(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
Please note Enchanted Christmas House at London Art House is closed for 2017, it will return for 2018.
(020) 3227 3200
This December kids are invited to meet their favourite Christmas characters among some of the best company the animal Kingdom has to offer.
Outer Circle, Regents Park, London, NW1 4RY
Throughout weekends and the week leading up to Christmas, visitors can book to Meet Santa at ZSL London Zoo as an extra wintery treat.
Join in arts and crafts with Mother Christmas and chat with cheeky elves before heading into Santa’s grotto to meet the main man himself and receive an early Christmas gift.
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 children draw and send their wish lists to Father Christmas via their special postcard express, and in a cosy enchanted grotto they will meet Father Christmas and his elves to receive a special gift.
Morden Hall Road, London, SM4 5JD
(020) 8545 6850
At the Museum of London visit Santa in his Victorian grotto and come away with a festive gift.
150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN
(020) 7001 9844
Visit Santa in his Victorian grotto at Museum of London Docklands and come away with a festive gift.
West India Quay, London, E14 4AL
(020) 7001 9844
20-24 Shaftesbury Avenue, Piccadilly, London, W1D 7EU
(020) 7434 3111
Hidden in the depths of the jungle is a magical Winter Wonderland... The elves are waiting to greet all the good little boys and girls before taking them for a Santa's Grotto experience that the whole family can enjoy.
This magical experience includes a personalised invite from Santa Claus, a warm welcome from his elves on arrival, a personalised meeting with Santa Claus in his grotto, a Christmas gift bag with special keepsakes and a children's two-course meal and soft drink.
Find Santa in store and share magical moments with all the family. With Santa Stops situated throughout the stores, you can work out where to meet him, or find him in our in-store photobooth for a Santa selfie.
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
Explore the land of Santa and enjoy an enchanting family day out!
Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
See your little ones’ faces light up as they enter the home of Santa. With plenty of eateries, rides for the little ones and Santa in his grotto - Santa Land at Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland really is a magical place for children.
Get into the festive mood at WWT London Wetland Centre’s wonderful winter weekend! Children will be thrilled to hop aboard for a husky sleigh ride, visit Santa in his magical grotto or, for the first time this year, enjoy a donkey ride.
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Queen Elizabeth's Walk, Barnes, London, SW13 9WT
Head over to our northern pine forest; Father Christmas will be ready to welcome families in his cosy grotto among the trees.
(020) 8409 4400