London transforms into a Winter Wonderland with its many Ice Rinks

© Somerset House Ice Rink.
Skate in the heart of the City on one of London’s many magical ice rinks; With season running from November to February, onsite cafes and family tickets available as well as penguin skate aids on hand to provide assistance to children from age 4 and up (and adults finding their feet on the ice!). Enjoy a fun-filled outdoor activity with your family – Skate in the City!

Tickets starts from approx. £13 and a family tickets are around £35. Penguin hire is £5, but advance booking of the stabiliser is recommended as they seem to be in demand. There are some truly magical ice rinks around the city: Somerset House, Tower of London, London Eye/Eyskate and Hampton Court Palace. Winter skating at Alexandra Palace is also a safe bet for a family day out. Other rinks worth checking out includes;

Natural History Museum Ice Rink 30th October 2014 – 4th January 2015
Skate around the Christmas tree, then sip a hot chocolate while enjoying the festive scene from the Café Bar. There’s a huge main rink and smaller rink for beginners and children. The small rink is brilliant for when you want to ‘warm up’ in safer surroundings before moving onto to the main rink when you feel more confident. This is one of the most beautiful ice rinks of London, with the impressive Natural History museum as a back drop and a small fun fair situated next to it as well as lots of charming Kensington restaurants nearby. See more and book tickets: Natural History Museum
© Natural History Museum Ice Rink.

Westfield London Ice Rink – 20th November to 4th of January 2015
“Shop, eat, skate” is the new hit line from luxury department store, Westfield London. The atrium of the Shepherd’s Bush shopping mecca will be transformed into a very festive place to slide around, with their 160-capacity indoor ice rink featuring family entertainment, themed sessions, DJs and live performances.
Skate together with favourite literary characters such as the Snowman on the ice this season! Penguin- and seal-shaped stabilisers available for hire. See more and book tickets: Westfield London Ice Rink
© Westfield London Ice Rink.

Broadgate Ice Rink – 17th November to 26th February 2015
Broadgate Ice Rink is situated a two-minute walk from Liverpool Street Station in the heart of the City’s financial district, surrounded by shops, bars and restaurants. Returning for it’s 29th year, London’s longest running outdoor ice rink is bigger and better than ever before. This year Broadgate Ice Rink will have it’s own pop-up bar and restaurant, conveniently located alongside the rink, The Tasting Room. Great for a food, drinks -and to watch the action on the ice in comfort. See more and book tickets: Broadgate Ice Rink
© Broadgate Ice Rink’s 26th year in 2011, with five Humboldt penguins striking out on the ice, much to the bewilderment of passing commuters.

Another favourite of ours is urban skating in the midst of the impressive sky scrapers of Canary Wharf, see our review here.

Little B turned 13 in October and we have been waiting for the ice rinks to open so we could invite her friends for her Birthday party. We’ll pick them up from school, have tea by the rink and skate for an hour in magical fairy lights winter wonderland. I can only imagine five silly 13 year olds giggling away on the ice. Should probably pre-book 5 penguins…

Get your skates on – see you on the ice rink?

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