Victorian Santa's Grotto

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Victorian Santa's Grotto

Father Christmas hops between two atmospheric Victorian streets nestled in the Museum of London and Museum of London Docklands, with plenty of presents stowed in both venues for well behaved nippers. Young visitors can tell him all their special Christmas wishes and each child will receive a gift to take home. Photos are available at an additional cost. 

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Don't bother, over priced, little sign of Christmas, more of a money making opportunity for photos! Not to mention over in seconds with a brown paper bag gift with a token Christmas sticker. Presents disappointing. Such a shame because they could create a lovely visit worth paying £10 for. At least I hope my money went towards its charitable upkeep.

We had a really nice visit at the (original) Museum of London Victorian grotto. We usually go to London Zoo, but the scenery here was better. Santa could've been a bit older, but the kids didn't seem to mind! Photos turned out well.

Most disappointed with our visit. Paid £18 for a 4 minute visit  with a Santa who struggled to talk to two awe struck little boys. The 'gift' was a screeching whistle which everyone tired of very quickly. The main theme seemed to be the photographer trying to take as many photos as possible to sell to me later. No atmosphere, no fun and a complete waste of money.  

Nice grotto - But do not expect good picture to keep if you go after dark - The photographer didn't know how to shoot in low light situations ( use tripod for one ) and settings were off. The best one we could find was still dark and blurry to the point that we couldn't make out our childs features - Good cause tho with funds going to museum . When you have a 5 year old part of seeing father christmas is getting the picture. So not too happy. This was at Museum of London location.

Went to see Victorian Santa this Saturday 17th December It was well worth our visit and the Victorian theme had been fully embraced by the museum and really captured the atmosphere of Christmas past. Santa was delightful dressed in traditional costume of high quality no tacky cheap get up here. After visiting Santa we had a look around the museum at the exhibits which added to the overall experience and of course the museum has free entrance I would highly recommend a visit to the museum and this Santa’s Grotto as it made the children feel special unlike some of the commercial stores where you are shuffled speedily through. Well done Museum of London we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.