Outdoor ice rinks this winter in London
It’s November so the winter skating season is here. London is home to some really great outdoor winter ice rinks which provide a wonderful opportunity to get some exercise, have some fun and enjoy a very special atmosphere while staying in beautiful Presidential Marylebone Mayfair.
We take a look at seven of the best ice rinks this winter.
- Somerset House in the Strand is definitely top of the list. This spectacular eighteenth century courtyard adopts a fairy tale atmosphere with twinkling lights, Christmas trees and lots of tempting extras – including champagne, afternoon tea, club nights with DJ’s from Rough Trade Records and even a Green Man Festival. It’s beautiful, festive and has a great atmosphere.
- Equally dramatic is the Natural History Museum Ice Rink. This has been described by many as London’s most enchanting ice rink, set amid trees and against the majestic backdrop of the Natural History Museum buildings. There are fairy lights in abundance and even a massive Christmas tree in the middle of the ice rink to make a really festive scene. At 1,000 square metres, this is one of the largest winter rinks in London and it even has a smaller rink for children who need a gentle area in which to practice and gain confidence on the ice. In addition, there is large selection for tourists to choose from cheap to luxury Serviced Apartments London.
- Hyde Park Winter Wonderland skating rink is massive. This is the largest outdoor rink in the entire country and is situated around the beautiful Victorian bandstand. Over 100,000 fairy lights are used to illuminate this rink, creating a really twinkling, idyllic atmosphere on a cold wintry night. Close by is the lively Winter Wonderland activities which include a Christmas Circus, Sooty Christmas Show, rollercoasters, fairground rides and even an Artic adventure.
- At Canary Wharf ice rink, you could almost think yourself to be in America given the massive soaring towers that surround it. This is pure extravagance with unusual features such as an iced path that allows skaters to leave the main rink and glide under fairy light laden trees. Plenty of food and drink stalls around offering refreshments of all kinds from cheese fondue and ales to sandwiches and coffee.
- How about combining a trip on the London Eye with a skating session? Eyeskate makes this possible as it is situated in front of the big wheel. A trip on the London Eye is not compulsory – you can just come and skate on this wonderful skating rink, enjoying the sight of the pods gently moving round against the London Skyline.
- How about skating around the Tower of London? The ice rink is situated in the dry moat giving you some really stunning views of the Tower buildings as you skate past. Relax afterwards with a visit to the Tower Ice Bar for a really ice-cold drink!
- Fancy a trip further afield – then try the Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink. This is quite a magical place as the rink is set in front of the dramatic sixteenth century palace created by Henry VIII. The illuminated setting at night is really stunning.
With so many activities all over London, thousands of tourists are expected to stay in London during the season, with many booking rooms at Aparthotels London.