Hundreds of Santas swamp Liverpool Street station

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Video of the Santa flash-mob at Liverpool Street Station taken by ''Nielem''

Hundreds of people dressed as Father Christmas have descended without warning on Liverpool Street Station.

The flash-mob, dressed in red robes and white beards, claimed to have no agenda other than "spreading cheer".

Having arrived en masse - to the surprise of travellers - they began dispersing among the many drinking establishments in the City.

But organisers warned the many Santas against drinking irresponsibly because it was "bad for your elf".

Their manifesto read: "Anyone is welcome. The only prerequisites are that you arrive in a complete Santa outfit.

"Dazzle Japanese tourists with your flair and panache.

"Santa will begin his epic journey through the streets of London, spreading cheer and frequenting a few bars on the way."