Glide around London's ice rinks this November
Date Posted: 30/10/14
The festive season is well on its way into London, and one of the earliest signs that the capital is preparing for Christmas is the sudden appearance of ice rinks in front of its major attractions. There are plenty of picturesque places to glide around on the ice popping up over the next month, so why not get your skates on and start getting into the spirit of things? Here is a list of our favourite places throughout London.
Natural History Museum
First on the list is the Natural History Museum Ice Rink, which doesn't even wait until November before starting the festive fun. Talk about getting your skates on. In the shadow of Alfred Waterhouse's beautiful architecture - illuminated by a special lighting display - you'll be able to glide effortlessly in the shadow of a giant Christmas tree. The rink is available from October 30th.
Canary Wharf Ice Rink
Canary Wharf also gets in early, with an ice rink between the soaring towers of the financial district opening on November 1st. It's not strictly just for the festive season either, remaining there until February 27th. Skate around the sparkling trees before grabbing a bite to eat - the team behind Camden restaurant Q Grill will be serving up hot burgers and sausages in buns for those who fancy them at the pop-up Q on Ice. There will also be wintery cocktails, craft beer and hot chocolate to enjoy.
The London Eye makes for a dramatic backdrop on any day. But head to this ice rink in Jubilee Gardens as dusk is falling and you'll see the fantastic structure at its best, with each capsule a little orb of blue light. This ice rink opens on November 15th and will stick around until January 4th. Sessions last 45 minutes and those under the age of eight must be accompanied by an adult. There is no need to book a flight on the Eye to enjoy the rink, but since the two activities make for a great afternoon out, why not go for it anyway?
Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink
Few buildings in London make for as impressive a skating backdrop as Henry VIII's Hampton 16th-century pad. Some lighting experts have been brought in to put on a mighty show indeed, with the gorgeous building cycling through a veritable spectrum of colours if you're lucky to be skating here during the evening. Those who lack confidence can make use of an ice guide and any nerves can be soothed by way of a mulled wine from the Ice Bar and Cafe, so wrap up warm and get out skating at this regal venue. Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink is open from November 21st.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Those who value space in their skating sessions will find all they desire at the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, which boasts the largest outdoor ice rink in the UK. Glide around the beautiful Victorian bandstand in the glow of a magical forest, which is illuminated by more than 100,000 fairy lights. After you've finished, have a go on some of the nearby attractions, which include exciting rides, two circuses and a giant observation wheel. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is open from November 21st.
Posted by Hayley Brent
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