Best Ice Rinks in London21st December 2012
Christmas Day may have been and gone but the magic still lingers, especially in London! Ice skating has long been a tradition in the Big Smoke, so if you are enjoying some time off from work, why not plan a trip to London and visit an ice rink for some winter fun, either alone or with the family! A hot chocolate or mulled wine in hand to keep you warm, take to the ice and have a ball! Here’s a pick of the best ice rinks in London, in some excellent locations across the city…
Natural History Museum
One of the city’s most spectacular rinks can be found in the heart of city at the iconic Natural History Museum in Kensington. Spend the day uncovering the fascinating interior of the museum where there is something to spark everyone’s interest and when evening rolls around, continue the fun with a skating session. Decorated in twinkling lights, it’s a great place to spend a winter evening and you can visit anytime until 6th January 2013. Adults can enjoy a 40 minute session for £13.50 each during peak times whereas for children, the cost is £9.00. Pretty expensive I know but for some reason London seems to be able to get away with it? What’s the most you’ve paid for an everyday item in London?
With the 18th century house as your backdrop, skating at Somerset House is pretty special. Located in the courtyard, you can enjoy late skate club night sessions with a variety of bands and DJ’s such as the Ministry of Sound through to Ibiza Rocks on 4th January, keeping you entertained from the side lines. The skate school is perfect if you’ve never skated before and are feeling a bit nervous, and children under the age of 8 can still enjoy the fun thanks to the Penguin Club whereby stabilisers are provided! The rink is open until 6th January 2013 and ticket prices vary depending on the time slots and options you choose.
Hampton Court Palace
One of the most popular choices is the ice rink at the beautiful Hampton Court Palace. Located in Richmond upon Thames in south west London, the palace itself is a wonderful attraction alone but paired with the ice skating rink, it’s a must during a winter visit to the city. Have you ever visited or heard about it? Fun for all ages is guaranteed to enjoy a skating session and follow it with some a warming drink and tasty snack at the ice bar afterwards. Enjoy the fun until 13th January 2013 for £12.50 per adult and £9.00 per child during peak times.
Tower of London
As one of Londons staple attractions, the ice rink at the fascinating Tower of London is a favourite setting for many and its ideal location means you can enjoy a dose of your excitement on your lunch break, after work or the weekend! The ice rink is open until 6th January 2013 but it can get really busy so it’s perhaps advisable to book your tickets in advance, as recommended on the website.
Have you ever been ice skating before? Would you recommend it? Or have you always avoided it? Tell me all about it