On the corner of an upmarket London street between Chelsea and Victoria is a house with a magical room. Inside sits a jolly old man surrounded by presents and a large fir tree. Father Christmas is his name and he’s waiting to meet you.

We visited Santa’s London residence in Belgravia this December. As we entered his new home, we were greeted by a row of small trees covered in snow, a post box which read ‘North Pole Mail’ and an elaborate gingerbread house, carefully moved out of little fingers’ reach.

In our journey to see Santa we stepped through a curtain and into a sensory experience, pressing buttons to project snowflakes on the walls and the northern lights shone in the darkened corridor.

Standing behind the curtain at the other end was an elf called Tinsel. She welcomed us into a large living room with a fireplace and huge Christmas tree.

Dressed in a impressive red suit complete with a red velvet cape, Santa was sat in leather chair. His long crinkly beard brushed against his round belly and a pair of kind eyes glimpsed out behind round wire glasses. He greeted us and spoke to Mrs T making her feel at ease (although I think she was a little star stuck).

Meeting Father Christmas in residence, London

We sat down on the floor to hear him read a story. The classic festive tale, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas was expertly read by Santa.

Mrs T sat mesmorised and unusually quiet as he engaged her with the story. Asking her to point out characters and count reindeers and snowmen, she obliged and listened intently. Even Cheeky sat still for a few minutes to listen (which at 18 months is fairly rare)!

Father Christmas reading a book this residence in Belgravia
After the story Father Christmas asked Mrs T what she would like for Christmas.

“A skateboard,” she replied.

I think Santa was as surprised as me. Indeed, a skateboard had not been on her original wish list. Perhaps that’s why Santa asked her to promise him she wore a helmet and protective gear – if she receives it for Christmas.

For now, it was a luxury gingerbread man for her and Cheeky – courtesy of the bakery Peggy Porschen next door. We also got a photograph of us all together. It was emailed to me from  Father Christmas himself!

Official Photo from Father Christmas in Residence, Belgravia, London

Santa reminded Mrs T to leave a carrot out for Rudolph and a mince pie for himself. After enquiring whether we had a chimney, he was relieved to hear we do but don’t use the fireplace.

I got one more picture of the girls and Father Christmas. Cheeky didn’t mind sitting on Santa’s knee. She is only 18-month-old but she already knows he’s a special person – who you don’t want to get on the wrong side of.

Meeting Father Christmas in residence, London

We returned to the cold, Christmassy streets of Belgravia feeling all the better for having some magic injected into our afternoon. Our visit didn’t feel rushed and we got a good chunk of time with Santa where we had the opportunity to ask him questions and interact – a feature you don’t always get. When I asked Mrs T what she liked best, she didn’t say the gingerbread man. No. It was the story!

Father Christmas in residence in Belgravia

The Belgavia experience was certainly the poshest santa’s ‘grotto’ I’ve ever been to before. At just £5 it isn’t going to break the bank either. It is sponsored by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland which is donating all proceeds from tickets to national charity Beanstalk. It provides one-to-one literary support to children who struggle with reading and confidence. Another good reason to visit.

How to see Father Christmas in Belgravia

Father Christmas will be at his Belgravia residence from 9 – 20 December. Tickets can be booked online. It’s £5 per child (plus booking fee) with free admission for accompanying adults.

Opening times: Mon-Fri: 3.30pm – 6.30pm, Sat-Sun: 10am-4pm
Address: 141 Ebury Street, Belgravia, SW1W 9QW
Each session last 30 minutes. Book in advance.
Nearest tube stations: Victoria and Sloane Square

Have you been to see Santa this year with your children? How do you think this compares?

*We were treated to a press preview of the experience. All opinions are, as ever, my own. 

42 Comments on Meeting Father Christmas at his London Residence in Belgravia 

    • Wander Mum
      December 11, 2017 at 8:33 pm (4 months ago)

      It was brill!

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  1. Wilbur
    December 12, 2017 at 7:28 am (4 months ago)

    Brings back lovely memories! Wilbur. #citytripping
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    • Wander Mum
      December 12, 2017 at 1:11 pm (4 months ago)

      Good to hear! x

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    • Wander Mum
      January 1, 2018 at 1:41 pm (4 months ago)

      Exactly! Much closer.

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    • Wander Mum
      January 28, 2018 at 9:38 pm (3 months ago)

      Thank you Phoebe!

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  2. Cathy (Mummytravels)
    December 12, 2017 at 8:39 am (4 months ago)

    This sounds one of the loveliest experiences I’ve read about – very civilised, lots of time and doesn’t cost a fortune. The fact it goes to help others is particularly lovely at Christmas. The magic certainly seems to have captured your two girls as well.
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    • Wander Mum
      January 28, 2018 at 9:38 pm (3 months ago)

      Thanks! We loved it too – and the giving back is an extra bonus!

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  3. Keri | Ladies What Travel
    December 12, 2017 at 9:38 am (4 months ago)

    Aww, this warmed my cockles lol! I love that Santa has a ‘London Residence’ and I was very surprised at the price, that the and charity donation really makes it sound like a wonderful choice for a Santa visit! #citytripping
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    • Wander Mum
      December 12, 2017 at 1:03 pm (4 months ago)

      I know, isn’t that great about the charity donation. It was brilliant value for a bit of magic to be sprinkled on our afternoon!

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    • Wander Mum
      January 1, 2018 at 1:40 pm (4 months ago)

      Yes, really good!

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  4. Katherine
    December 12, 2017 at 7:17 pm (4 months ago)

    This makes me wish that I had kids or that I was a kid again. What a special experience! And you got to sit in on the photo as well. I especially loved that he read The Night Before Christmas to you all. #CityTripping
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    • Wander Mum
      January 1, 2018 at 1:39 pm (4 months ago)

      Christmas is definitely more magical with kids around! It was a lovely experience.

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    • Wander Mum
      January 1, 2018 at 1:39 pm (4 months ago)

      Hehe – it was a rare occasion – but it was Santa after all…he has magical powers!

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  5. Corey with fifi + hop
    December 13, 2017 at 4:02 am (4 months ago)

    I just love Christmas and everything about it. My daughter just turned 10 and still believes in Santa – keeping it going as long as I can! #citytripping
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    • Wander Mum
      January 1, 2018 at 1:38 pm (4 months ago)

      Oh wow! I’m impressed…not sure mine will make it to 10 and still believe. How wonderful!

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  6. Ruth
    December 13, 2017 at 4:34 am (4 months ago)

    This is so cute! They do look mesmerized by Santa! I know how difficult it is to keep a kid’s attention. Your dressed your daughter so nicely! She looks like one of Santa’s helpers. Very nice experience! #citytripping
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    • Wander Mum
      January 1, 2018 at 1:38 pm (4 months ago)

      Aww thank you Ruth!

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  7. Alex - My Life Long Holiday
    December 13, 2017 at 12:58 pm (4 months ago)

    Do you think Santa is possibly selling some of hiw presents on the black market to afford this Belgravia postcode? I love how she wants a skateboard too – very trendy. #citytripping

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    • Wander Mum
      January 1, 2018 at 1:37 pm (4 months ago)

      Hehe – he is certainly doing something right!

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    • Wander Mum
      January 1, 2018 at 1:37 pm (4 months ago)

      Fortunately, we managed to go down a different route!

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  8. Jules ( shadesofcourage.com)
    December 13, 2017 at 2:16 pm (4 months ago)

    What a wonderful way to meet Santa. We met him last week at a local Christmas Market, there were loads of kids screaming and I don’t think anyone got something out of the experience.#citytripping

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    • Wander Mum
      January 1, 2018 at 1:37 pm (4 months ago)

      Hehe – Santa is a celebrity! It was good to get a one to one with him!

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  9. Megan - Truly Madly Kids
    December 13, 2017 at 4:23 pm (4 months ago)

    Sounds like a bargain for such a great experience! I’d never heard of this one, so good to know! #citytripping

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    • Wander Mum
      January 1, 2018 at 1:36 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks! It was great!

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  10. Hilary
    December 13, 2017 at 9:46 pm (4 months ago)

    Don’t you love it when your kids tell Santa they want something and you had no idea… I hope “he” will be able to deliver? This looks like a lovely experience, and your girls seems entranced by the story reading. We’ll be visiting Santa at Hever Castle this year, so that should be different! #citytripping
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    • Wander Mum
      January 1, 2018 at 1:36 pm (4 months ago)

      How lovely! I know, the skateboard did throw me a bit but we reached a compromise….when she learns to ride her bike properly she can have one.

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  11. Kat
    December 14, 2017 at 7:30 am (4 months ago)

    Aawww, this is really sweet 🙂 I chuckled to myself when I saw the picture of Mrs T and Cheeky looking starstruck by Santa – something which I can relate to right now for I have been babysitting my nephews who are of the same age as your daughters. It is difficult to ask them to keep still and be quiet hahah! Glad that you girls had fun that day 🙂 #Citytripping

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    • Wander Mum
      January 1, 2018 at 1:33 pm (4 months ago)

      Awww – how lovely to spend time with your nephews! Getting a photo with them standing still is not easy!

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  12. Sol Solntze
    December 16, 2017 at 7:43 am (4 months ago)

    Now that’s a grotto and a half – and I was surprised by the price. Nice! Generally Grandfather Frist comes to your home here. The kids are supposed to tell the story/ recite a poem, not Santa too! But I like the story reading as part of this. Not surepised Mrs T enjoyed it.

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    • Wander Mum
      December 17, 2017 at 10:06 pm (4 months ago)

      Oh that’s so interesting to hear!! They really should have to work die their pressies, right!

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  13. Leona
    December 18, 2017 at 8:38 pm (4 months ago)

    I love more traditional Christmas experiences. This looks perfect #citytripping
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    • Wander Mum
      December 21, 2017 at 6:36 pm (4 months ago)

      It felt very traditional. Great fun!

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