Santas invade London on Boris bikes

Freshnetworks Santa ride

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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Nigel Wynn
Former Associate Editor

Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.