Although it’s still 50 days until Christmas, you might want to enjoy some of the activities that will put you in a festive spirit, so check our recommendations to discover the best outdoor ice rinks in London this winter!


Natural History Museum

Nov 2-Jan 6 2013

The Natural History Museum’s 1,000-metre-square outdoor ice rink is back again this year with the main rink larger than ever. It features a Christmas tree at its centre, and a smaller rink for children. Surrounded by 76,000 glowing lights dangling from the overhanging trees and a rink-side fairground carousel, there’s no better place for festive family ice skating.


Somerset House

Nov 16-Jan 6 2013

The Somerset House’s 18th-century courtyard has not only the oldest temporary ice rink in London, but also the most elegant one. It’s beautifully lit and overlooked by an impressive Tiffany-decorated 40-foot Christmas tree. And even if you don’t enjoy ice skating, some mulled wine or hot chocolate will surely help you with the festive spirit!

Greenwich Ice Rink Opens

Hampton Court

Dec 1-Jan 13 2013

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink is one of London’s most dramatic ice rinks on banks of the River Thames. The real-ice rink is set against the stunning backdrop of Henry VIII’s historic Tudor palace. Glide around the ice in royal style within the setting of the magnificent Palace. Enjoy the winter sun as it glistens on the ice, and after dark, skate under the stars. The Palace will be illuminated after the sun goes down, providing a magical fairy tale scene to delight young and old!


 Tower of London

Nov 17-Jan 6 2013

Located in the 1000-year-old dry-moat, this impressive ice rink gives you the chance to skate around in a truly unique setting, in the shadow of one of London’s most iconic landmarks. And if you need a quick break to warm up, The Ice Bar & Cafe will be a perfect spot to indulge on some mulled wine and winter snacks.

If you fancy a Christmas break in London, our central London hotels are situated within a walking distance from the above ice rinks. Book your stay today and give your family an early Christmas gift.

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