WWT London Wetland Centre Grotto
Bring the children to meet Santa in his cosy grotto set among the firs and pine trees. Merlin the magician will be on hand to help Father Christmas keep the children entertained. Have your photo taken with Santa's huggable huskies and younger children can experience the excitement of a husky sleigh ride.
When: 8-9 Dec, 10am - 12.30pm, 1pm - 4pm
Where: WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth's Walk, Barnes SW13 9WT
Price: £5 to visit grotto (includes goodie bag), plus admission to centre: adult £9.99, child (4-16) £5.55, under 4s free
Santa’s Christmas Grotto in Duke of York Square
Mr. Claus will be meeting little ones, telling stories, and giving away Christmas sweets to all who visit his cosy workshop. There will also be an arts & crafts marquee for free family-friendly activities, and a magical Christmas post-box for little ones to deliver their wish lists.
When: Saturday and Sunday’s from 10 Nov and Wednesday to Sunday in December
Where: Duke of York Square, Chelsea
Meet Santa Claus at Winter Wonderland which includes the North Pole Slide, Christmas Jumper and Balloon Ride, as well as an elves' workshop and the Santa Land Express train.
When: 23 Nov-6 Jan, 10am-6pm
Where: Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park
Westfield Christmas Grotto
Experience a magical 5D journey with presents and photos with Santa.
When: 22 Nov-24 Dec
Where: Westfield Shopping Centre, Ariel Way, W12 7GF and Westfield Stratford City, 2 Stratford Place, Stratford, London, E20 1EJ
Greenwich Christmas Market Grotto
Visit Santa in his magical grotto in Greenwich Market, accompanied by his hilarious elf, who will treat kids to magic and balloon tricks.
When: 28 Nov and 15, 16, 22, 23 Dec, 12:30pm - 5:30pm
Where: Greenwich Market, Greenwich High Road, SE10
Price: £4 per child
Rainforest Cafe Santa's Grotto
London's Rainforest Cafe is transformed from tropical eaterie to Winter Jungleland. Head to the Frozen Rainforest to meet Santa Claus in his jungle grotto. The experience includes a tasty meal in the family-friendly restaurant, a welcome greeting from Santa's elves, and a Christmas gift for each child.
When: Every Saturday & Sunday from 1 Dec
Where: Rainforest Cafe, 20-24 Shaftesbury Avenue London W1D 7EU
Price: £35 per child, accompanying adults must order at least one dish each from the à la carte menu
Santa and Scrooge's Grottos at Museum of London
Meet Santa in a Victorian style Christmas grotto. Between Christmas and New Year, you can share your festive grievances with Ebenezer Scrooge instead, or try to cheer him up to win a prize. Bah humbug!
When: Santa's Grotto, 8-23 Dec; Scrooge's Grotto, 27 - 31 Dec
Where: Museum of London, London Wall, EC2Y 5HN and Museum of London Docklands, No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London E14 4AL
Price: £5 child entry including gift, photos can be purchased for £6
Meet Father Christmas And His Penguin Helper at Sea Life London Aquarium
Visit Father Christmas in his log cabin along with his larger than life Penguin helper in their Antarctic grotto this December. Situated in the chilly, Antarctic Adventure area where ten Gentoo Penguins live, the festive pair will be in Santa’s grotto welcoming visitors everyday in December from Saturday 15th daily until 24th December. There will be gifts for good little children as well as the chance to get up close to some of the marine world’s most amazing creatures as they swim beneath the water and waddle about in their icy home.
When: Everyday from Saturday 15th December to 24th December
Where: Sea Life London Aquarium, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London, SE1 7PB
Price: from £14.28/adults, £10.50/children
Santa's Grottos in London
WWT London Wetland Centre Grotto