Ice skating is one of London's favourite winter pastimes. Get your ice skates on this winter at London's coolest ice rinks!
Whether you dance on ice like Christopher Dean or scramble around like Bambi, the capital's ice rinks are some of the most magical locations you'll see all Christmas. With fairy lights and Christmas trees set to the backdrop of London's stunning institutions, a trip to an ice rink is a must-do.
Here are our top picks for the best ice rinks in London.
Hampton Court Palace
Skate on a 900 metre-square outdoor rink in Henry VIII's old stomping ground. Best viewed at night, the less brave can hire an ice guide and younger visitors can book lessons.
Open 21 November - 4 January.
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Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is special enough as it is, but the 1,000 metre-square ice rink provides a magical skating experience at one of the most famous museums in the world. There's a smaller rink for little ones and beginners, and a Cafe to grab a hot chocolate when you're all skated-out!
Open 30 October - 4 January
Grab your tickets here http://bit.ly/10yncKz
During the day, skate in the beautiful splendour of Somerset House’s neoclassical courtyard. After dark the rink becomes an adult's dream, Somerset House host some of the best international clubs and festivals at their exclusive Club Nights. Après-skate, enjoy a cocktail, indulgent fondue or tasty treat from Fortnum’s Lodge or the Skate Lounge.
Open 11 November - 11 January
For more info and tickets, visit http://bit.ly/18CytfL
Our top pick indoor ice rink, skate under Westfield's atrium roof complete with amazing Christmas lights - best for those who want to keep warm! There's music and live performances too, and little ones can hire penguin or seal-shaped stabilisers if needed.
Open 21 November - 5 January
For more details and tickets, visit http://bit.ly/1wLzk8u
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