Santa’s Pub

Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming! Most of you probably knew that. Since Santa will be visiting us soon I thought I would review one of my favorite holiday pubs. You can’t visit this pub year round. It’s part of Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. We stumbled upon this event and this pub our first year in London. We had no idea about Winter Wonderland and it was a pleasant surprise and has now become part of our London holiday tradition. You can find more about it here and here.


Santa’s pub is not fancy at all. It does have a roof, but it’s not completely enclosed so when you visit my guess is you won’t stand around for long. Unless it’s raining. Last year we tucked in for over an hour, sipping mulled wine, eating German sausages, which we could conveniently buy right next door, and watched it rain. Each year the location of Santa’s pub changes—or at least I think it does. Directions are not my strong suit so if you visit, don’t ask me, unless you have a lot of patience and a good sense of humor. I was sad that the German sausage stand was not next to Santa’s Pub this year. Don’t fret, though. I did find one eventually.

Even though this pub isn’t all that fancy and not really a pub at all, we do look forward to visiting it each holiday season. And since Santa runs it, I give it five out of five stars. Dude, I’m not an idiot. I want gifts from the big man.

Happy holidays!

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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52 Responses to Santa’s Pub

  1. Colline says:

    A lovely tradition – and very festive 🙂

  2. Sounds like a great holiday tradition! I will have to click your links. I think you would love a visit to MissouREE. Especially Hermann, Missouri!

  3. All best to you! Take care, Cindy

  4. nrlymrtl says:

    I like the idea of Santa being a mulled wine kind of guy.

  5. Caroline says:

    I think Santa and mulled wine go well together.
    Is it awfully cold in London? It’s getting warmer again here. Typical. We’ll have 20°C at Christmas.

    • TBM says:

      It’s been really windy and rainy–not too cold, but not pleasant. So I guess a white Christmas is completely out of the question for you.

  6. Smart thinking with the 5 star review LOL. Sounds like a really fun pub, and I think the idea that it moves around adds nicely to the mystery and magic of Santa :).

  7. calmgrove says:

    Walked past this on the South Bank a week or so ago — sure the beer was good but I found the whole environment tacky I’m afraid, and scurried through. Sorry!

    • TBM says:

      There’s another Santa’s pub on the South Bank? Or was it just a festival? This pub is in Hyde Park.

      • calmgrove says:

        Oh oh, I’m clearly confused, sorry — I blame acute tonsillitis…
        Yes, there were/are noisy street stalls in front of the South Bank Centre which included, I could swear, a Santa’s pub. But I’m getting old so I could be wrong!

      • TBM says:

        Oh goodness, I hope you feel better soon. I had tonsillitis once when I was a kid and I still remember the pain. I haven’t been near the South Bank area lately, but maybe next year I’ll seek out a different Santa’s pub for a review. Thanks for the idea! And feel better soon.

  8. German sausages! Now I am green with envy. I loved eating those while shopping at the markets in Bavaria. The best wurst in the world.

  9. Rorybore says:

    I have shoveled my driveway twice today. I could definitely go for some mulled wine and sausage at Santa’s Pub. Instead a had the last 1/2 ounce of vodka in my gingerale/cranberry juice and ate the kids discarded pizza crusts.

  10. bulldog says:

    Sounds a good place to me…

  11. This sounds like a very fun place, wherever it pops up, but it sounds like it could also use some space heaters.

  12. restlessjo says:

    So now I know! 🙂 Have a lovely Christmas!

  13. What a fun place! I’d love to experience an English Christmas. You’ll have to keep us all informed of their traditions. Plum pudding, anyone??

  14. miltonjohns says:

    I’m hoping to get there on Monday. Looks wonderful.

  15. Darlene says:

    This sounds like a delightful place and I would love it. Should I ever find myself in London at Christmas time, I will be sure to check it out. Might be a great place for my character to visit, a setting for a mystery perhaps. Have a wonderful Christmas TB.

    • TBM says:

      Oh London is a perfect setting for a mystery and Winter Wonderland would make a great story for this time of year. That’s a fun thought! Happy holidays!

  16. aFrankAngle says:

    Perfect for five stars! … and don’t forget there is something with your name on it over at my holiday gathering!

  17. It sounds such a fun event – next year I want to go to Winter Wonderland!

  18. Santa runs a pub? Who knew!

  19. Fergiemoto says:

    How looks so festive!
    We got a surprise visit from Santa the other night. He is one of my best friends who looks like the perfect santa – real hair/beard and all! He wanted to stop by to give us some holiday cheer. I guess I was a good girl this past year to have Santa visit.

  20. Novroz says:

    Does the Santa serves the beer while saying ‘ho ho ho’ 😉

  21. was Rudoph serving, or did Donner take over?

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