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Ice Skating Rinks in Central London
Things are cooling down in preparation for the annual ice skating rink season in London. Outdoor ice rinks are a winter tradition in London as some of the city’s most iconic landmarks transform themselves for your skating pleasure.
Natural History Museum Ice Rink – 19th October – 12th January
Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Waterhouse Building and below the towering London Plane trees adorned with twinkling fairy lights, the Natural History Museum Ice Rink is one of the most popular in London.
Once you’ve had enough of toe looping and flipping, follow your nose as the smells of mulled wine lead you to the Cafe Bar and Balcony to warm up. This year the ice rink is offering a Bubbles and Skate package, where you get a glass of prosecco and a slice of cake with your skate session.
Somerset House Ice Rink – 13th November to 12th January
Celebrating 20 years of skating this winter, Somerset House is transforming itself once again in to a snowy oasis. Skating lessons, late night DJ series Skate Lates, and for the first time this year a Skate All-Nighter on Saturday 7th December.
It’s clear to see why Somerset House is often thought of as the London’s best ice rink, with the beautiful surroundings and many options for eating and drinking. Make sure you stop off in the Fortnums Lodge, organised by chocolatiers to the Queen, Fortnum and Mason.
Serving indulgent Welsh rarebit, fondue, baked camembert and festive tipples including mulled wine, champagne and an alcoholic hot chocolate, this is the place to be for a truly indulgent festive experience. Head over to the Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade to pick up some festive gifts.
Alexandra Palace Ice Rink – All Year Round
It may not be London’s biggest ice skating rink, but Alexandra Palace is open all year round. The rink is situated inside the historic ‘Palace of the People’, built in 1873, destroyed by fire only 16 days later, and quickly rebuilt in 1875. This year, a cast of talented skaters will perform a special adaptation of the pantomime Pinocchio, with a mix of traditional and modern music.
There is also a cafe where you can refresh yourself after a hard hour on the ice.
Tower of London Ice Rink – 16th November – 5th January
Set in the moat of the ancient and iconic Tower of London, where many a historic figure met their end, is one of the best located outdoor ice rinks in London. Sadly, the ice doesn’t go all the way around the Tower, but you will be in the privileged position to have fantastic views of the Tower of London.
Warm up with a crisp golden pasty or a hot chocolate overflowing with marshmallows in the Ice Rink Cafe Bar.
Photos courtesy of the Natural History Museum, the Tower of London, Alexandra Palace and Somerset House