Winter's here and the festive season is upon us. Time to get outside, put on your skates and take in London at its chilly best! Here's where to do just that.
Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY
The nearest London Underground station is at Wood Green (but you'll still need to take W3 bus up the hill from there).
Alexandra Palace is a bit removed from the center of town but that's what makes the skating so special here – its commanding hilltop view of the city.
The Bluebird Ice Rink
350 King's Road, SW3 5UU
The nearest London Underground station is at Fulham Broadway.
This landmark London restaurant midway along one of London's most upscale shopping streets hosts its own courtyard ice rink into the first few days of the new year.
Find out more at;bluebird-restaurant.co.uk.
County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB
The nearest London Underground station is at Waterloo. Westminster station is close too.
Swish across the ice as the icon London Eye spins just overhead. Situated on the South Bank of the Thames, this popular and conveniently located rink is a great one for the whole family.
More information can be found at;londoneye.com.
Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU
Hampton Court rail station is a two minute walk from the palace. Trains leave regularly from Waterloo.
Set beside the picturesque Hampton Court Palace, once home to King Henry VIII, this rink offers history on ice.
Find out more at;hamptoncourticerink.com.
Ice at the Tower
HM Tower of London, EC3N 4AB;
The nearest London Underground station is at Tower Hill.
More historic skating with a fantastic backdrop! Ice at the Tower gives skaters the chance to zip through the Tower of London moat while taking in the views of Tower Bridge and the river.
Ice Rink Canary Wharf
Canada Square, E14 5AB
The nearest London Underground station is at Canary Wharf.
Skate among the skyscrapers and the fabulous skyline and river views at East London's Canary Wharf rink.
Find out more at;icerinkcanarywharf.co.uk.
The Leather Bottle Ice Rink
538 Garratt Lane, SW17 0NY
The nearest London Underground station is at Wimbledon Park. Earlesfield Rail Station is close as well.
London's first pub with an ice rink! Once done skating in the back garden, come inside for a pint beside one of the pub's three fireplaces.
Go to;leatherbottlepub.co.uk for more information.
Natural History Museum Ice Rink
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD
The nearest London Underground station is at South Kensington.
One of London's longest running and most favourite skating rinks, the ornate Natural History Museum is a lovely setting for scenic skating and is ideally located for folks visiting London.
Find out more at;nhm.ac.uk.
Skate at Somerset House;
Strand, WC2R 1LA
The nearest London Underground station is at Temple.
Presented by luxury good brand Coach, this popular rink amid the neo classical grandeur of Somerset House is a festive setting for live music, late night shopping and more Yuletide fun.
More info at;somersethouse.org.uk.
Winter Wonderland Skating Rink;
The nearest London Underground station is at Hyde Park Corner.
Last but by no means least, the skating rink at the Winter Wonderland seasonal amusement park is perhaps the city's most epic. Set around Hyde Park's Victorian bandstand and illuminated with more than 100,000 lights, it's a fun place to skate with London's largest Christmas market and a variety of rides and attractions at hand as well.
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