Contrary to the appalling reputation Britain has for being under a constant cloud of rain, London has a fairly mild and dry climate and is certainly not capable of sustaining an ice rink. One of the greatest things about London is that nothing stands in its way, not even the weather!
Thanks to modern technology and innovative thinkers, from approximately Halloween until March next year, London opens the doors of many great ice rinks. From young lovers gliding romantically across the ice under the cheery glare of the Christmas lights to a family enjoying a fun-filled day out, London’s ice rinks are popular with all ages, skating abilities and different groups of people.
Here’s some of the best places for ice skating in London:
The Natural History Museum
Set within the iconic surroundings of the Natural History Museum, skaters can swoop and glide under 76,000 fairy lights in this South Kensington location. There is also a Christmas market in the grounds where mulled wine and other delicacies can be bought. A traditional carousel is also erected for the children to enjoy. Skaters can take a breather up on the balcony where they will get a bird’s eye view of the rink.
Skate at Somerset House
Skate in the glamorous surroundings of Somerset House where you can be refreshed at the many side stalls selling the best of British food and drink.
With the Sunday Times citing Somerset House as being the “coolest rink of all” and ES Magazine referring to it as, “London’s favourite outdoor ice rink,” Somerset House is certainly a popular choice for skaters in the capital.
Winter cometh to Hyde Park
There always seems to be something lively and great going on at Hyde Park and none more so that at Christmas. This countryside setting is home to a huge Christmas market and of course there is ice skating. As you speed around on the cold hard ice your mind may be cast back to July when the Rolling Stones played here in temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius!
There are other great venues for ice skating in London, including Hampton Court, Canary Wharf, Westfield the Atrium, the London Eye, and let’s not forget the fabulous Tower of London Ice rink. If you can’t decide which one to head to why not visit more than one? After all ice skating is London’s top winter sport.