Prince Philip was one of many Londoners who stopped and rubbed eyes at the sight of 30 Santas riding around London en mass on Barclays Cycle Hire bikes this week.

Employees of the High Holborn-based Freshnetworks social media agency dressed up as Father Christmas, along with two reindeer, to spread some Christmas cheer around the capital.

As the red-and-white cavalcade reached Buckingham Palace, they bumped into Prince Philip in his car. Rather than giving the group a royal wave, he stopped to say hello and ask what they were up to before wishing them a Merry Christmas.

Alas, not everyone was filled with Christmas spirit. Some of the riders were branded a nuisance by taxi drivers and the ride attracted the attention of the police, cautious that it was part of a protest.

But they needn’t have feared – the motive behind the ride was pure. It was just a bit of festive fun.

Watch the Santas in action by clicking on play below.

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  • Mark Jones

    Nice bit of publicity for Boris’s bikes. The irony of taxi drivers calling them a nuisance (many a time I’ve been driving/cycling behind taxi drivers who have no regard for other road users).

  • Alice

    I thought you guys in London had tons of snow by now – is this really a current posting?

  • Tim

    It looks to be nothing other than a Christ mass with an old deer on the front and Santas behind.