There’s no activity quite like ice skating to help get you and the family in the Christmas spirit, and London is filled with amazingly festive opportunities for you to take to the ice.
Read on to discover our favourite places strap on your skates this year, just don’t forget to pack those woolly hats and gloves!
The Natural History Museum
A great attraction at any time of the year, the Natural History Museum pulls out all of the stops in December and January to provide a fantastic ice rink complete with a beautifully decorated tree in the centre.
For those that just prefer to watch, there’s plenty of Christmas craft stalls and refreshments available for you to enjoy on the sidelines too!
To get there from the Grand Park Hotel Paddington, take the Tube to Kensington Station, and you’ll be on the ice in no time!
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
A must visit outdoor spectacular, Hyde Park is filled with festive entertainers, cute craft stalls and plenty of refreshments plus a beautifully lit ice rink throughout the festive season and into January.
The Park Grand London Paddington is just a short walk to the North entrance to the park, so it’s easy to reach at any time of the day.
Somerset House is a beautiful building that houses a vast collection of contemporary art, but it also opens up its grounds to ice skating enthusiasts during the winter months.
A great venue for an evening skate session, take in the Winter Wonderland backdrop as the sun begins to set and the lights brighten the majestic building. There’s also the dancing fountains display to enjoy during your visit, so why not take a break and grab a hot chocolate as you watch this wonderful water display?
The Bayswater Hotel London is located just under half an hour away via the Tube when you take the Circle line, so wrap up warm and head out for some festive evening fun.
The Tower of London
With such a macabre history, this is probably the last place that you’d expect to find an ice rink. However, the Tower is an exceptional place to hone your skating skills and has a fantastic historical backdrop that is beautifully lit up for evening ice skating sessions.
To get there from our Bayswater Hotel London, take the Circle line from Bayswater station to Tower Hill station – it takes just over half an hour.
For a slightly more modern backdrop, visit London’s famous business district and skate amongst the shadows of impressive glass building that light up the night sky and provide an unusual yet fun venue for ice skating.
There’s also a huge digital TV screen where visitors can add photos of their session via Instagram, so grab your mobile phone and take a few snaps to be in with a chance of your images being featured on the board.