Ice skating in and around London
Feature by Lizzie Guilfoyle
IF YOU enjoy ice-skating or even just watching others take to the ice, there are several ice rinks to chose from, both in and around the capital, this coming festive season.
Natural History Museum – October 30, 2014 to January 4, 2015.
Now in its 10th year, the spectacular rink is nestled in front of the iconic South Kensington Museum, beneath 80,000 twinkling fairy lights and around a 40-foot-high tree.
Visit the interactive Christmas chalet, with chocolatey treats, prize giveaways and activities in partnership with chocolatiers Lindt.
Somerset House – November 11, 2014 to January 11, 2015.
Make the most of the wintry weather as one of London’s most beautiful outdoor ice rinks returns.
In partnership with Fortnum & Mason, this icy experience is open all day and well into the evening, when the rink comes alive with special club nights featuring top DJs.
You can enhance your experience with ‘Skate Extras’, which range from champagne and truffles to cream tea in Fortnum’s Lodge. Cocktails and fondue can also be savoured.
On Tuesdays, you can enjoy late-night browsing in the pop-up Fortnum & Mason store, live entertainment and festive treats.
Eyeskate at The London Eye – November 15, 2014 to January 4, 2015.
This spectacular ice rink on the South Bank returns for the fifth year with plenty of festive fun and wintry activities.
As well as enjoying a 45-minute ice skating session in the shadow of the London Eye you can book a flight on the London Eye with a Winter Cocktail Experience or go on a Frosty Guided Experience.
Hampton Court Palace – November 21, 2014 to January 4, 2015.
The outdoor ice rink at Hampton Court offers spectacular views of the magnificent Palace that Henry VIII once lived in. Book an evening session to see the palace lit up after dark while you skate under the evening stars!
The Ice Bar & Café provides a welcome place to warm up after your skate, serving a selection of winter drinks and festive snacks.
Wembley Park – November 14, 2014 to January 4, 2015.
Enjoy skating at a new ice rink in the London Designer Outlet in Wembley Park this winter. Take some time out from shopping in the outlet centre with a skate around the 600-square-metre rink, where you can savour a complimentary hot chocolate.
There is also a Christmas market to browse for festive gifts, and some fun activities on offer.
Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park – November 21, 2014 to January 4, 2015.
Get into the festive spirit as family favourite Winter Wonderland returns to London’s Hyde Park. This free-to-enter event includes a host of Christmas-themed fun and activities, including big top shows, an observation wheel and a huge Christmas market.
Westfield London Ice Rink – November 20, 2014 to January 4, 2015.
Skate along to the sounds of live music and enjoy special themed sessions at Westfield London’s stunning ice rink in its central atrium this winter.
Listen to soundtracks from resident DJs and live acts on the stage while gliding across the ice. There will be themed sessions to enjoy and extra-long sessions available for those who can’t get enough of the wintery fun!
The rink is suitable for everyone aged from three years old, with fun penguin-and seal-themed stabilisers available for those who are less steady on their skates.