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.
A lovely tradition – and very festive 🙂
It is and gets me in the Christmas spirit. Happy Holidays
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!
Will add it to my list! Haven’t heard of Hermann before.
All best to you! Take care, Cindy
You too! Have a wonderful holiday!
I like the idea of Santa being a mulled wine kind of guy.
I bet the elves dip in as well. that might explain my gift from last year.
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.
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.
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 :).
You know, that’s a good way of looking at it. Smart thinking.
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!
There’s another Santa’s pub on the South Bank? Or was it just a festival? This pub is in Hyde Park.
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!
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.
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.
I have a feeling they might be a tad bit better in Bavaria 😉 I ate a lot of sausages when I was in Berlin. Love them.
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.
You poor thing! I wish I could send some right now.
Sounds a good place to me…
It’s total kitsch but fun.
This sounds like a very fun place, wherever it pops up, but it sounds like it could also use some space heaters.
I think it does have some heaters and I have a vague recollection that there was a large fire outside of it. That was fun.
So now I know! 🙂 Have a lovely Christmas!
You too Jo!
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??
You know, I haven’t had any plum pudding yet. I’ll keep an eye out for you! Happy holidays Renee!
I’m hoping to get there on Monday. Looks wonderful.
Enjoy! I hope the weather will be better.
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.
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!
Perfect for five stars! … and don’t forget there is something with your name on it over at my holiday gathering!
Thanks so much for the gift. I love it!
Being so close, thought it would come in handy.
And London is such a diverse place, I wouldn’t even have to leave my neighborhood to practice.
Now there’s a treat!
It sounds such a fun event – next year I want to go to Winter Wonderland!
You should! We love it.
Santa runs a pub? Who knew!
I always wondered what he did the rest of the year. Now I know.
How fun..it 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.
Ah that’s so sweet!
Does the Santa serves the beer while saying ‘ho ho ho’ 😉
I think he was busy the night I was there, but there were some elves who were much taller than I imagined.
Ah too bad…maybe they need more santa.
Are the elves short people?
The bartenders are normal men and they probably could use a little more cheer 🙂 But then again, I’m not the one standing outside in the cold dealing with pub goers all day long. That can’t be a fun job.
was Rudoph serving, or did Donner take over?
Nope. It was Blitzen.