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Ice skating in and around London

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

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 29, 2015 to January 3, 2016

Now in its 11th year, the spectacular Swarovski Ice Rink is nestled in front of the iconic South Kensington Museum, beneath 80,000 twinkling fairy lights and around a 40-foot-high tree.

The Café Bar is open daily and offers tasty meals, snacks and refreshments, including hot drinks and a range of wines, beers and soft drinks. – See more at

Somerset House – November 18, 2015 to January 10, 2016.

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 hosts some of the best international clubs and festivals at exclusive Club Nights.

Après-skate, treat yourself to a cocktail, indulgent Welsh Rarebit or hot chocolate from Fortnum’s Lodge or the Skate Lounge.

Make your visit extra special with one of the Skate Extras including Champagne & Chocolate Truffles, Wine & Fondue for Two, or Champagne & Smoked Salmon Blini, all served in Fortnum’s Lodge on-site.

Everyone can brush up their skills at Skate School and young children can take their first steps on the ice with Polar Cub Club.

The West Wing will again be transformed into The Christmas Arcade, a pop-up version of the classic Fortnum & Mason Piccadilly store, open daily throughout the season until January 3. Get festive at Tuesday Treats when skaters and spectators can enjoy seasonal food, drink and music plus late-night shopping experiences in the arcade.

Eyeskate at The London Eye – November 14, 2015 to January 3, 2016.

Beneath the beautiful twinkling haze of the London Eye lights, Eyeskate welcomes everyone from beginners to professionals.

Combine a spin on the Eyeskate ice rink with the festive views of South Bank from 135m above the city on the London Eye. See more at

Hampton Court Palace – November 20, 2015 to January 4, 2016

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.

The Tower of London – November 20, 2015 to January 3, 2016

The Tower of London Ice Rink returns this winter, so put on your ear muffs, gloves and skates, grab a steadying hand (if needed!) and have some festive fun on the ice in glorious historic surroundings.

The outdoor ice rink at The Tower of London offers spectacular views. Book an evening session 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 20, 2015 to January 3, 2016.

Enjoy the spectacular ice skating rink next to the iconic Wembley Stadium and London Designer Outlet. (Wembley Park Boulevard, Wembley, HA9 0QL). This outdoor ice rink is open to everyone, from beginners to experts. As well as skating, you can shop, eat, watch a movie or stroll through the traditional Christmas market.

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park – November 20, 2015 to January 3, 2016.

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 19, 2015 to January 3, 2016.

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.
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