12 Awesome Places To See Santa In London 2021
Looking for places to see Santa in London this Christmas?
We have been to lots of Santa’s Grottos over the years and have found that some of the best are in London. London really is one of the best cities in the UK to visit at Christmas with kids as there is just so much to see and do.
We’ve never managed to get into the Santa’s Grotto at Harrods but we’ll put it on here anyway in case you happen to be a Gazillionaire (or as lucky as Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)!
We haven’t been to all of these places to see Father Christmas in London. This post is just a way to let you know what is on this year and we’ll aim to update it when more dates are released.
For the Santa’s Grottos that have been announced, tickets are selling out fast so book soon to secure your meeting with Father Christmas in London!
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Places to see Santa in London in 2021
Visiting a Santa’s Grotto in London is just one of the many fabulously festive family Christmas events in London. These are London Grottos are looking particularly festive this year.
ZSL London Zoo
The Magic of Christmas at London Zoo
Dates: 27th November to 3rd January 2022.
Ticket Price: £13.50 per child (in addition to the Zoo entry price).
Location: London Zoo, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4RY.
They are also offering the opportunity for a VIP Breakfast with Mrs Claus on select dates.
Dates: Tickets are usually released mid-November. The caveat is that you need to have spent at least £2000.00 in their store or be one of the 160 lucky families to get a ticket when they are released. This is out of a total of 4,400 tickets so the chances are quite slim.
Ticket Price: £20.00 per child.
Location: Harrods, 87–135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL.
Dates: Tickets are due to be released soon.
Ticket Price: TBC.
Location: Hamleys, 188-196 Regent Street, London, W1B 5BT.
Ticket Price: Selfridges Birmingham has announced their Breakfast with Santa dates. Keep an eye out here for Selfridges Breakfast with Santa in London updates.
Location: Selfridges & Co, 400 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1AB.
Dates: 3rd to 23rd December 2021.
Ticket Price: £14.50 per child.
Location: Alexandra Palace East Court, Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY.
Royal Albert Hall
Dates: 2nd to 21st December 2021.
Ticket Price: Tickets go on sale on 15th October.
Location: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP.
Dates: 6th November to 24th December 2021.
Ticket Price: TBC.
Location: Exchange House, 12 Exchange Square, London, EC2A 2BQ.
Fortnum & Mason
Dates: Tickets have now sold out.
Ticket Price: N/A.
Location: Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London, W1A 1ER.
Pop along to see the fabulous Christmas light trail and say hello to Santa along the way.
Dates: 17th November 2021 to 9th January 2022.
Ticket Price: Adult – £21.50 to £26.50, Child (4-16) – £14.00 to £14.50, Under 4 – Free.
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AE.
Chelsea Physic Garden
Dates: 4th & 5th and 18th & 19th December 2021.
Ticket Price: £11.50 per child and £9.50 for an accompanying adult.
Location: Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HS.
The Rainforest Café is one of our recommendations for family-friendly restaurants in London and offers the opportunity to have breakfast with Santa in London.
Ticket Price: TBC.
Location: Rainforest Café, 20 Shaftesbury Ave, London, W1D 7EU.
Hard Rock Cafe
Ticket Price: TBC.
Location: Hard Rock Café, Criterion Building, 225-229 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HR.
The National Trust has a few lovely properties in London that usually a meet Father Christmas experience. Make sure to check out their website to see what is going on this year.
These are the best places to see Santa in London in 2021 what else is there to do in London at Christmas?
Other things to do in London at Christmas
You might also want to just wander around and peruse the festive gifts in the London Christmas markets or marvel at the twinkling Christmas lights in London. These are some of our favourite free things to do in London at Christmas.
How about booking an ice skating session at one of the fabulous ice rinks in London?
We also have a whole section on Christmas if you are looking for more festive days out this year, including details on the best Christmas markets in the UK and, if we can travel this year, the best Christmas markets in Europe!
Accommodation in London
Looking for the perfect, family-friendly hotel in London to complete your visit to London at Christmas?
We recommend the following:
The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences – Located in Mayfair, this is a 5 star luxury aparthotel with a difference. We find it so useful when staying in hotels in with kids to have a kitchen. They also have a kids’ concierge service where they arrange your kid’s favourite DVDs and treats for the room. Guest can use all of the hotel facilities and they have a pool.
The Ritz – Located on Piccadilly near Hyde Park Corner. One of the most well-known hotels in London. The Ritz being the Ritz, they have a Very Important Kids programme providing anything a child could want in their hotel room. Children under 15 stay for free with their parents in a Junior Suite or above.
The Rubens at the Palace – Located near Buckingham Palace. This boutique hotel has their own Director of Fun and Adventure to organise activities for kids. Children under 12 stay and eat for free and there’s a 6pm check out on Sundays.
St Ermin’s – Located near St James’s Park. They offer a kids concierge to take care of the kids needs with fun and games inside of the hotel as well as outside. They even have their own bee hotel within the hotel. There are 2 new rooms that cater for families of 6. They also do a fabulous afternoon tea for kids.
Park Plaza County Hall – Located near the London Eye, this is an excellent, centrally located mid-range family hotel in London. If booking the Family Getaway Package, they offer goody bags for kids at check-in and ‘Park Plaza money’ to spend in the Spectrum Bar and complimentary breakfast for children up to 12 years old. There are also interconnecting rooms for larger families.
Premier Inn Waterloo – Located by Westminster Bridge near the London Eye. Family hotels in London can be eye-wateringly expensive but the Premier Inn is a great, no-frills budget family hotel in London option if you are looking for a central location.