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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 Chocolate treat afterwards.

The Natural History Museum’s ice rink will be open until 20 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 2 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 23 November and 6 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 27 January at Tobacco Dock.

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 6 January.

 Image credit: coldsnowstorm via iStock

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