TOP 6 ICE RINKS IN LONDON
London becomes a magical place at Christmas, and there are few festive attractions more magical to visit than the city's many ice rinks. Here are six of the best:
Natural History Museum Ice Rink
Running until 20 January, the ice rink at the Natural History Museum couldn't be more perfect for families. Set against the spectacular museum building, this rink is divided into two to give children a quieter space to get their bearings in.
At the centre of the rink stands a beautiful Christmas tree, while the trees surrounding the skaters are all kitted out with twinkling fairylights. Take the children for an indulgent hot chocolate at the onsite Cafe Bar to warm up afterwards.
Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland is one of the capital's favourite festive attractions, and it's also home to one of its best ice rinks. Decorated with approximately 100,000 fairylights, this rink surrounds the park's charming Victorian bandstand, and provides plenty of opportunities for more festive fun in the rest of the Wonderland before or after you skate. It is open from 18 November to 2 January.
Tower of London
This year, skate in the dry moat of the 1,000-year-old Tower of London as you take in the beautiful surroundings. From 23 November to 6 December, tuck into some seasonal fare and treat yourself to a hot chocolate, mulled wine, rum punches or even a glass of champagne as you watch the skaters from the rink-side bar.
Winterville is London's newest festive attraction, opening on 15 November and running until 23 December. Like Winter Wonderland, it will offer a mix of Christmas entertainment including Christmas markets, rides and, you've guessed it, an ice rink. Spanning 600 sq m, this rink is open until late every day, and is great for everyone from families and couples to groups of friends.
Skate at Somerset House
14 November to 13 January, Somerset House will host its annual ice rink - a 900 sq m rink that provides a seriously stunning backdrop. What's particularly fun about this rink is that it offers so much additional entertainment, as well as themed days. For instance, Glad Tidings Tuesdays are perfect if you're seeking the ultimate festive experience, while adults can enjoy a touch of sophistication at the Fortnum's Lodge, which serves champagne, afternoon tea and more.
Skylight Rooftop at Tobacco Dock
From 1 November to 27 January 2019, skate on a rooftop ice rink and treat yourself to warming food and seasonal entertainment. Heated après skate bars, draped in glimmering lights, will be serving a delicious array of warming winter cocktails, alongside an extensive menu of beers and ciders, as well as delicious mulled wine.