Ice skating in London has been a Christmas tradition since the first artificial rink was opened in Chelsea 140 years ago.
Now taking to the ice has become as much of a Festive must-do as a visit to Santa’s grotto or a mulled wine at the nearest Christmas market and rinks are popping up all over the city.
We have rounded up our top 3 picks to recommend to our guests this Christmas.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
For six weeks every year London’s Hyde Park is transformed into a sparkling winter wonderland. With a wealth of magical Christmas activities on offer their is something to suit the whole family. From circus shows to world-class ice dancing and over 100 rides and attractions. The open air ice rink is London’s largest – skate beneath a canopy of lights as live music plays from the Victorian bandstand throughout the day. Then head over to the German-style Christmas markets to warm up with hot chocolate or mulled wine.
Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason
Somerset House offers arguably the most stylish skating location. Skate in the stately surrounds by day or night – this year they host a wealth of internationally celebrated DJs on selected nights. Off the ice Fortnum & Mason’s Christmas pop-up has everything you need to get your Christmas shopping started or head over to Fortnum’s Lodge and tuck into a host of Skating Extras – we’re going for the Double Chocolossus Hot Chocolate!
Natural History Museum
Just a short walk from The Levin, the natural History Museum Ice Rink is, we think, London’s most picturesque. Lined with twinkling trees and nestled beneath the museum it has a truly magical feel. Along with a smaller rink for children (or those still finding their feet) there is a cafe bar and and carousel.
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