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Get your skates on! Ice skating in London this winter

Forget romantic images of skating in Central Park- London is packed with unusual, and dramatic venues for ice skating at this time of year. We are feeling brave enough to hit the ice and here are our recommendations.




Central London

The Natural History Museum Ice Rink opens this weekend (yes it is that time of year already!) and is open until 6 January 2013.  Open 10am- 10pm Sunday- Wednesday and 10am to 11pm Thursday to Saturday.

The Canary Wharf Ice Rink also returns to its spot surrounded by soaring towers, and is open until 13 January 2013.  The rink features London's first skate path allowing skaters the chance to leave the main rink and skate through the trees that line the perimeter of Canada Square Park. Prices are £12.50 for adults (13 years and over), £8.50  for children and £32.00 for a family ticket.

The Tower of London Ice rink is open from 17th November, daily 10am to 10pm. Open to children of all ages (min shoe size 8), with a limited number of bob skates available, which have a double blade and strap to a young child's shoe. They are allocated on a first come first served basis. Tickets are £13.00/£11.00 adults, £9.00/£8.50 children and £36/£34 family ticket ((2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children).

Staying central, there is an Ice Age 4 ice rink in the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park  open from 23 November until 6 January 2013. Check out the website for session times. Ticket prices: Adult: £10.50 / £13.50, Child: £8.50 / £9.00, Family: £34.00 / £36.00.

The ice rink at the Natural History Museum is open this weekend from 2 November until 8 January. 2012 Tickets start from £9.

The Somerset House Ice Rink is open 16 November  2012- 6 January 2013, promising one of London's most glamourous ice skating destinations.   The Ice Rink offers a Skate Club Night line up. Highlights include Sunday Best Presents Bestival with Rob Da Bank & Friends and the Vintage Festival, as well as some of the most in demand DJs around. Find your feet on the ice with Skate School and give your children their first glide on the ice with Penguin Club. Or simply soak up the atmosphere rink-side at Tom's Skate Lounge and pick up the perfect present at our new luxury pop-up shop, The Christmas Arcade.

Eyeskate at the London Eye is open daily from the 17th November 2012 until the 6th January 2013 from midday to 9pm in November and from 10am to 9pm in December and January on the London Eye’s landscape. An Eyeskate ticket includes a 45 minute Eyeskate on the London Eye Ice Rink with Skate hire included plus stabilising seals available for younger children. There;s a 10% online booking discount and kids go free in November!

Nearer home!

Alexandra Palace Ice Rink is situated against the backdrop of its dramatic Victorian architecture. The rink has recently undergone a £2.3 million refurbishment, massively improving public skating conditions and also allowing it to be used as a competitive standard ice skating venue. The ice rink is open all year round.

And if you fancy getting out of London


Hampton Court boasts an ice rink in a fabulous setting, which is open daily 10am to 10pm until January (excl. Christmas Day) from 1 December to 13 January 2013.  Open to children of all ages (min shoe size 8), with a limited number of bob skates available, which have a double blade and strap to a young child's shoe. They are allocated on a first come first served basis. Tickets are £12.50/£11.00 adults, £9.00/£8.50 children and £36/£34 family ticket ((2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children).

Wrap up warmly and enjoy!







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