Winter is nearly here which means it’s that time of year to get excited about all the beautiful ice rinks around London. With some of the best landmarks in London offering the perfect place to glide elegantly across the ice or maybe just fall over instead, you have an array of spectacular venues to choose from. The Rembrandt Hotel is close enough to almost all the best ice skating spots in London so visit us when you’re winding down for the evening or you can stay for some more sightseeing.
1. The Natural History Museum
Just outside one of London’s most historical buildings you can skate to your hearts content and with a smaller 100-square-metre rink for youngsters it’s a great choice for all the family. If you can’t skate don’t worry there’s also a stylish balcony cafe/bar where you can warm your hands up as well as a classic fairground carousel. This year the Ice Rink is made even more special with an interactive Christmas chalet filled with chocolate goodies by Lindt where you can sample truffles and win prizes.
Eyeskate may seem a bewildering name for an ice rink, but it all makes sense when you get there. Positioned directly beside the London Eye and facing the Thames, this is one of the best-located and newest rinks in the city.
3. Somerset House
Eternally elegant Somerset House provides one of the most grown-up ice-skating experiences available in the capital, and its “Club Night” sessions, with soundtracks provided by DJs from the Ministry of Sound and a host of others. For children looking to take their first tentative steps onto the ice can learn the ropes in the Polar Cub Club, which is a dedicated training space for newcomers aged under eight.
4. Ice Rink Canary Wharf
Flanked by the soaring towers of Canada Square Park, the rink is a popular spot with the City boys, great office parties and can be a pleasingly tranquil spot on weekends. You can also enjoy the onsite festive food and drink facilities so that everyone can get into the spirit without venturing too far from the ice.
5. Winter Wonderland
Winter Wonderland, one of the most magical locations to enjoy Ice skating, illuminated by over 100,000 lights you won’t be able to miss it and has a Victorian bandstand as its centre point. If that’s not exciting enough you are surrounded by all things Christmas with countless fairground rides, carousels, and a market full of festive food stalls.
6. Hampton Court Palace
This Tudor palace was an abode to Henry VIII and is one of Britain’s most imposing royal residences and with 900- square metre rink it has stunning views of all the architecture. You can make a day out of your trip to Hampton court palace and set aside some time to explore the grounds beautifully decorated for Christmas.
7.Winterville Victoria park
A free-to-enter winter wonderland in East London with an outdoor Ice Rink, horse-drawn carriages, a fairground, ferris wheel and a pub. If you’re looking for more than just an ice rink this is the place for you! This wonderland also gives shoppers a Christmas Market to stock up on gifts while out and about enjoying the festive atmosphere as well as a also a Roller Disco for those looking for those not so good on the ice.
8. Wembley Park
Located under the iconic arch of Wembley stadium, ice skating at Wembley Park is a great way to combine a shopping trip and a skate with a discount designer village close by – where you can get up to 70 per cent off high street prices. North West London’s only outdoor ice rink is a sizable 600 square metre and each skater receives a free hot chocolate to keep them nice and warm.
9. JW3 on Ice
The outdoor ice rink is another great venue if you want to do some shopping during the day too. It is also uniquely the venue for Chanukah on Ice, held on 20th December 2014, the Jewish Festival of Lights is a combination of traditional candle-lighting, cocktails and music from Rebbetzins’ Disco and DJ Kobayashi, who will play everything from northern soul to Gypsy Balkan Swing.
10. Westfield London Ice Rink
This rink is big enough for up to a 150 skaters and has themed sessions including weekday morning for children who can use a penguin or seal for support, DJ evenings, and ‘date’ and ‘Christmas jumper’ nights so there’s sure to be something to suit everyone. Along with the skating rink, Westfield also has a Christmas Grotto and the whole shopping centre is decked out in Christmas lights and decorations.
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