Ice Skating in London, A Winter’s Day out
There is something incredibly festive about ice skating in an open-air rink under the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree. London has a number of rinks open until early/mid-January, so bundle up your family or your date and head out to enjoy an afternoon or evening on the ice.
Photo courtesy of Somerset House
The courtyard at Somerset House provides a picture-perfect venue for open-air skating The rink offers skating lessons on weekends and a kids club for under-8s and Club Night for adults only. The rink-side cafe provides a place to skaters and non-skaters to warm-up and enjoy a hot toddy, mulled wine or hot chocolate. Check details before you go. Open now until 6 January. If you do pop by Somerset House, make time to shop at The Christmas Arcade, featuring the best in British design.
The Natural History Museum provides a beautiful backdrop for an afternoon or evening on the ice. The rink offers skate rental, an additional small rink for the little ones and a cafe for hot drinks and hand-warming. Penguins stablizers are available for non-skaters. Check details here .
photo courtesy of AboutBritian
Hampton Court Palace, a short train ride from central London, sets a stunning scene for a festive afternoon. The rink sits next to the Palace and offers skate rentals, lessons and space for approximately 250 skaters. Booking ahead is advised. If you do go, make a day of it and enjoy what the Palace has to offer during the holiday season. Check here for details and online bookings. Open now until January 13th.
Fancy skating in the moat of Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress? Skaters can enjoy gliding under the backdrop of the Tower of London before warming themselves with hot drinks in the nearby Moat Cafe. Spectators are welcome to watch from the warmth of the cafe as well. Details here. Open now until 6 January.
Also, check my post about the festivities and rink in Hyde Park/Winter Wonderland.
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