We’ve never been inside the museum before. It’s funny isn’t it. We used to live in London and we’ve never steep foot inside! Things we take for granted.
Anyhow, our queue was at 12noon, we arrived promptly and was greeted by the lovely Leon, our Media Officer. Unfortunately, we were meant to meet our friends there but they were running late, but Leno assured us that they’d be taken care of when they arrived and report themselves at the reception.
We were lead downstairs straight to Santa’s Grotto with a few more families in our group. Not too big only 3 others more. All-in-all, about 7 – 8 kids per group. They told us that the Grotto has opened the day before and it has completely sold out!
Just as we arrived, we talked through a life size a Victorian Street setting with festive decorations and the sound of Victorian carols being sung in the distance. This gives such an exciting vibes and the children just couldn’t wait to see Santa.
As we entered the Grotto, the kids were asked to sit next to Santa. E&E were the nearest and so they got to sit next to him. Santa was very friendly and chatty. He asked E&E and all the other children; if they have been good or naughty; if they have written a letter to Santa’s yet; if they are going to leave something for Santa’s when his comes around at night whilst they are fast asleep for him and his reindeers.
Evelyn was so mesmerised by the whole experience and was so in awe that she just sat there and kept smiling at Santa. She just couldn’t speak! lol! Then Ethan braved in and answered the questions for her.
After their little chit chat occasions, Santa gave them each children a present all wrapped up neat and tidy. They of course wanted to open it there and then, but I told them to wait for Christmas Day.
I took my own camera there for the purpose of this post, but you can also take home a professional photograph up-close with Santa for additional costs of £8.
Our friends arrived just as we were finished, we lead them to Santa Grotto. Lucky E&E, they went to see Santa twice!! But I told them as they already had their presents, they are not allowed another. They listen and behaved rather well – surprised, surprised. I wondered why??
Here is our friends and it was the little one’s first time – I must say he is so brave! I remembered when E&E meet Santa for the first time – they were absolutely terrified! lol! I guess it must be the magic in the Victorian Santa’s Grotto friendly atmosphere.
After visiting Santa, we were invited to have lunch at the London Wall Bar and Kitchen, which is just right next door to the museum. As, we were one of the first there, the kids had plenty of choices for seatings. It was very clean and modern. The pizza on offer were looking so succulent and tasty! Evelyn loves pizza and she ate plenty! These pizza has to be one of the best pizza we’ve ever eaten! They were delicious!
As it was awesomely such a rainy day, we decided to go back to the museum and do some more exploring within the museum. The kids wanted to go straight to the lower ground floor to explore the digital area at the “Capital Concerns”. I’m not too sure what they were doing to be honest but they seem to be having a ball! lol!
As well as that, Ethan had his a victorian collage photo taken, where he dressed up and they gave you a digital tool to take the photo with a green screen. It was interesting from my perspective to learn something new.
Next to it was the Red Room – well, we called it the Red Room because it has lots of red lights in it, but this room explains the functionality of a today’s modern city. We learn about how much much pollutions it produces approximately with the population growth of the city; and what are the composition within a city, etc. Coming from an Architectural Studies background, I found this most fascinating.
We spent the whole afternoon there and left the museum at around 3:45pm. We could have easily spent more time as there was another big section of the museum that we haven’t yet to explore, plus there was many other family events going organised by the museum but Evelyn was getting rather tired and we decided to called it a day.
We went to drop off our friend home before we returned to ours and soon after we received this text from them: “Thank you for taking Y today, he said he had an amazing time and saw real Father Christmas “
We really enjoyed our time there. Thank you so much Britmums for the invitation and Museum of London for your hospitality. You can also visit Santa’s Grotto until 23 December on selected dates.
The lovely Daisy from Dais Like These visited the grotto on the same day as us and her kids also had a lovely time, check out her review.
Have you been to visit Santa this year yet? Where do you usually go to see him? Do tell us in the comment.
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- Entrance fees: FREE, Santa Grotto £10 – booking essential
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*We were given free entrances to Santa Grotto’s. All photos images and words are honest and of my own.
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