Winter has arrived and with it the cold making us abandon our summer wardrobes in exchange for sweaters and warm jackets. However, with winter also comes an abundance of fun and an activity that has been enjoyed in Britain for centuries. We are indeed referring to ice-skating! In London, ice skating is a national tradition and favourite pastime amongst the British. Once again this Christmas 2012, London will be transforming into a frozen amusement park with Christmas ice-rinks dotted around the city to get visitors and locals alike in the Christmas spirit. So grab your ice-skates and head to one of the top Christmas ice skating rinks in London 2012 and forget about the harsh cold of the London winter.
National History Museum Ice Rink
The National History Museum Ice Rink in London extends over 950m2, and even boasts a junior ice rink. All this and more is located at the Natural History Museum in London, resembling a castle straight out of a Harry Potter novel and featuring a Christmas tree for the first time ever this year. Where: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road. When: 2nd Nov 2012 to Jan 2013 with varying session times. Directions: South Kensington tube station. Price: Peak time, adult £13.50, children (under 12) £9, family (4 tkts) £38. Off peak, adult £11.50, children (under 12) £8, family £31.
Somerset House Ice Rink
The Somerset House Ice Rink in London offers visitors a glamorous ice-skating experience accompanied by a hot chocolate as part of Teatime with Tiffany. Also on offer for adults is the Somerset House Skate Club Night featuring some of London’s top DJ’s. Let’s skate! Where: Somerset House, South Building, Strand. When: 16th Nov 2012 to Jan 2013 from 10am-10:15pm daily. Closed 25 Dec. Transport: Charing cross tube station. Price: Nov 16 to Dec 7 2012, adults £7.50-£14, children £7.50 and Dec 8 2012 -Jan 6 2013, adults £12.50-£15, children £8.50.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Ice Rink
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland in London with its legendary Winter Wonderland Christmas market and Giant Observation Wheel could not be without its famous Winter Wonderland Ice Rink. The Ice Age 4 Ice Rink in London’s Hyde Park is great for an hour of ice-skating under its glittering festive lights. Where: Hyde Park: When: Nov 23 2012 to Jan 6 2013 from 10am-10pm daily. Directions: Queensway/South Kensington/Hyde Park Corner/Lancaster Gate tube stations. Price: Peak, adults £13.50, concs £12.50, children (12 and under) £9, family (4 tkts) £36; off-peak adults £10.50, concs £9.50, children (12 and under) £8.50, family (4 tkts) £34.
Tower of London Ice Rink
How do you fancy skating on a real castle moat? The Tower of London Ice Rink in London offers a seasonal skating experience like no other! So, grab your hat, scarf and gloves and head to this charming ice rink in a historic setting on the banks of the River Thames. Where: Tower of London. When: 17th Nov 2012 to 6th Jan 2013 from 10am-10pm (closed Christmas Day). Directions: Tower Hill tube station. Price: Peak, adults £13, concs £12, under-16s £9, family (4 tkts) £36. Off-peak adults £11, concs £10.50, children £8.50, family (4tkts) £34.
Canary Wharf Ice Rink
The Canary Wharf Ice Rink in London is surrounded by bars, shops and restaurants, great for getting ahead on your Christmas shopping this festive season 2012. This Christmas 2012 the Canary Wharf Ice Rink features a new ice rink design with London’s first ever skate path allowing skaters to merrily make their way through the trees in Canada Square Park. Where: Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf. When: 3 Nov 2012 to 13 Jan 2013 with varying session times. Directions: Canary Wharf tube station. Price: Adults £12.50, under-13s £8.50, family ticket £32.
Eyeskate in Jubilee Gardens
The London Eye Ice Rink in Jubilee Gardens offers fortunate visitors the chance to skate in the shadow of one of London’s most famous landmarks, the London Eye. If you would really like to make the most of your time there, skaters can purchase combination tickets offering an hour session on the Eyeskate Rink and a ride on the EDF Energy London Eye. Where: London Eye, South Bank. When: Up until 6th Jan 2013 with varying session times. Directions: Waterloo tube station. Price: Peak, adults £12.50, children £9.50, family (two adults, two under-16s) £39.60. Off-peak, adults £10.50 children £7.50, family (two adults, two under-16s) £32.50.
So, if you’re looking for a fun Christmas activity in London then head to one of the top Christmas ice skating rinks in London 2012. Happy skating!