13 December 2014


Day 13 - Ice Skating

I absolutely love the ice rinks in London at this time of year and my favourite by far is the rink at The Natural History Museum. The rink is set in the most beautiful location, surrounded by sparkly trees and the building itself as the backdrop. What's great though is that it is real actual ice - what's the deal with those plastic ones?!

My Dad used to take me and my sisters ice skating all the time as kids but nowadays Christmas is the only time I get to go! Oh to be a kid again!

I haven't managed to get myself down to an ice rink this year but these are my top London favs that I recommend you visit :)
"The truly beautiful backdrop of Alfred Waterhouse's Natural History Museum buildings, a row of trees just dripping in fairy lights and a majestic Christmas tree in the middle of the ice all help to make this London's most enchanting ice-rink. The main area is 1,000 metres square, and adjoins a smaller rink for children needed a gentler space to practice in. The rink is celebrating its tenth year in 2014, and will provide the usual festive fun on its perimeter: a Café Bar overlooking the ice with live music on Thursdays and a pretty fairground carousel. See the website for wheelchair-user sessions, and note the rink is occasionally closed for private functions. It is also closed on Christmas Day."

"Experience the essence of Hyde Park Winter Wonderland as you don your skates and glide around the spectacular, glittering ice rink. Set around the Victorian bandstand and illuminated with over 100,000 lights, the Ice Rink provides a truly magical setting for ice skating." hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

Canary Wharf

"Canary Wharf’s soaring towers give this outdoor ice rink an imposing backdrop, and some exciting extras help it to keep up with its extravagant surroundings. An iced path allows skaters to dash off from the main rink and glide below sparkling trees around the square's 'Big Blue' sculpture, which was designed by Ron Arad. The team behind Camden restaurant Q Grill will be serving up the sustenance at Q on Ice, with barbecue food, wintry cocktails, craft beer and hot chocolate on the menu, while visitors can admire those on the ice (or giggle at them trying not to fall over) from the outdoor viewing terrace."

"Put on your ear muffs, gloves and skates, grab a steadying hand (if needed!) and have some festive fun on the ice in glorious Tudor surroundings. The outdoor ice rink offers spectacular views of the red brick Tudor front of King Henry VIII’s magnificent palace, on the banks of the historic River Thames. Book an evening session to see the stunning palace lit up after dark while you skate under the evening stars!"

 Somerset House

"Celebrate the festive season in style at London’s most beautiful ice rink.
Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason offers a host of seasonal experiences on and off the ice. During the day, skate in the beautiful splendour of Somerset House’s neoclassical courtyard. After dark, the rink hosts some of the best international clubs and festivals at our exclusive Club Nights. Après-skate, enjoy a cocktail, indulgent fondue or tasty treat from Fortnum’s Lodge or the Skate Lounge. Create your memorable winter experiences at Skate at Somerset House"

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