Our top picks for ice skating in London this winter.
Skate away at the beautiful rink of Somerset House, one of London’s great Neoclassical landmarks. The house, which dates back to the late 18th century, also exhibits contemporary artworks and is home to The Courtauld, where you can browse Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces from the likes of Van Gogh and Manet. Somerset House is easily reachable from Trafalgar Square and the National Gallery, and is just minutes from Embankment tube station.
Skate away in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the South Bank, one of London’s most vibrant tourist attractions. Enjoy spectacular views of the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament lit, which are best seen when they are lit up after dark. Each skating session lasts for 45 minutes and includes a free ice-skate rental.
Open until January 8th 2017, the Natural History Museum Ice Rink is on a spectacular setting, overlooked by the stunning 19th-century museum building. It’s directly above South Kensington tube station, and comprises a 950-square-metre rink and thousands of glittering fairy light. Warm up with a coffee or hot chocolate at the museum cafe bar, and try to make some time to explore the museum’s superb archaeological collection. The rink is open until 10pm on weekdays and even later on weekends. In fact, if you’re here on New Year’s Eve, you could skate until 12.30am!
The Natural History Museum is also a short walk from the famous Victoria and Albert Museum art and sculpture gallery, one of London’s top Christmas party venues.
Overlooked by the mighty towers of Canary Wharf, the Ice Rink Canary Wharf at Canada Square Park offers a spectacular backdrop for ice skaters. Open daily until late evening, from November 4th until February 25th (except Christmas Day), the rink is best visited after dark when it is illuminated with a spectacular lights display. This includes more than eight kilometres of LED lights with over 16 million colour combinations each session. If you’re heading to east London and looking for ideas on how to spend an afternoon or evening, this is not to be missed!
London’s longest-running outdoor ice rink, Broadgate near Liverpool Street is another popular skating spot, at the heart of the City. Open from November 14th to February 2nd, the rink is very close to Spitalfields Market, one of London’s biggest food and antique markets.
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