The festive period sees lots of changes taking place in the city of London, not only with the addition of the famous Christmas lights and all of the big name stores trying to outshine each other with the most spectacular Christmas window displays. There are of course bigger changes that take place, including the transformation of many outdoor spaces such as Hyde Park, which becomes a festive winter wonderland attracting visitors in the tens of thousands. But, if you are looking for something that will be fun for all of the family, you may want to check out one of the ice rinks that make the city home during the winter months.
Natural History Museum
Surrounded by festive market stalls selling food, drinks and unique gifts and set alight with twinkling lights the ice rink at the Natural History Museum appears from October 31st through to the 5th January 2014. Here you can skate surrounded by some of the most stunning architecture in the city.
The ice rink at Somerset House is in place between November 14th and January 5th. Not only can skaters enjoy being on the ice, they can also access the fabulous pop up shopping mall and pick up some incredible giftware from some of the country’s most talented artisans.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
The Wonderland fills Hyde Park from the 22nd November until January 5th. As well as the ice rink, visitors can also enjoy a vast Christmas market plus take a ride on the observation wheel and take in some great original shows while they are there.
Back for its 28th consecutive year, the ice rink at Broadgate will be in situ from November 4th through to February 27th. This is an incredibly popular rink and attracts plenty of visitors.
Between 26th October and February 16th, visitors to Canary Warf can enjoy skating surrounded by some of the tallest buildings in the city. The rink is located in Canada Square and surrounded by all of the twinkling lights that you could possibly need.
Hampton Court Palace
You can skate at the palace between 30th November and January 12th. Enjoy a scene from Christmas past and grab the hand of a friend as you take to the ice complete with earmuffs and gloves for some seasonal fun.
The Tower of London
Skate in some of the city’s most spectacular surroundings as one of the city’s most iconic attractions plays host to a winter ice rink. From 16th November to January 5th skaters can enjoy being close to the river, surrounded by centuries of history and glide their way around the ice accompanied by music.
Located in the Atrium of this vast shopping centre you will find a spectacular winter ice rink. In place throughout the festive period from November 21st through to January 5th, shoppers can don their skates and have fun surrounded by their favourite stores.
The Bluebird Rink – Chelsea
Located in the courtyard of the Bluebird in Chelsea this rink makes its appearance between the 11th November and January 5th 2014.
The London Eye – Eyeskate
Between November 27th and January 5th 2014 skaters can take a turn on the ice watched over by the EDF London Eye. This wonderful open air ice rink accepts beginners and veterans alike providing they are all looking for some winter fun.