Get your skates on: The best ice rinks in London
London is full of attractions to keep the whole family entertained at this time of year, but none are as fun as the ice rinks that pop up across the capital. Over the years, these icy wonderlands have become more elaborate and the best rinks really stand out from the crowd.
Find out the features that will make your ice skating escapades all the more special.
The rink with a Christmas tree at its centre
Many outdoor rinks have decorated Christmas trees around their perimeters, but the one at the Natural History Museum has a huge tree right in the centre. Making for a magical experience, you and your loved ones can skate around the tree, before warming up with a delicious Hotel Chocolat treat afterwards.
The Natural History Museum’s ice rink will be open until 7 January.
Skate under 100,000 twinkling lights
Winter means darker skies, making the 100,000 bulbs that sparkle over the rink at Hyde Park all the more dramatic. It’s also the largest outdoor stretch of ice in the UK and has a stunning backdrop, including a Victorian bandstand, to increase its charm.
Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland continues up to 1 January.
Glide across Henry VIII’s backyard
The sight of Hampton Court Palace lit up in all its glory as you glide along the ice is a very special feeling. The 16th-century building, complete with turrets and crenulations, is the perfect setting to make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
Ice skating at Hampton Court Palace will be available between 24 November and 7 January.
The rink on the roof
Picture the scene, sliding across a London rooftop, with the skyline of the city behind and a rich and creamy fondue waiting for when you’re ready to take a break. Skylight in Wapping is offering an unparalleled skating experience this winter, which is perfect for those looking for something a little bit different.
Skylight offers skating until 7 January.
Skate in a historic moat
Another iconic location that is getting in on the skating action is the Tower of London, with its rink set up in the 1,000-year-old moat. The castle’s defensive walls will be given a festive makeover, with snowflakes projected straight onto the brickwork.
Whizz past the Tower of London on skates right up to 2 January.
Slide in the shadow of a world heritage site
With the towering facade of the Old Royal Naval College on one side and the delicate rigging of the Cutty Sark tea clipper on the other, Greenwich’s ice rink could not be better situated. It is the focal point of the Wintertime Festival, meaning there will be plenty of stalls from which to purchase seasonal snacks and more than 500 Christmas trees on display.
Greenwich Wintertime Festival will run throughout December.
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