No matter whether you are a confident ice dancer, or just enjoy a twirl around the ice hanging onto the barrier, London’s winter ice rinks have much to offer. It is a great way to relax and enjoy a very special atmosphere while you are a resident at Self Catering Apartments London. We highlight seven of the best rinks this winter.
The majestic historic buildings of London make for some really stunning settings for ice rinks.
- How about a skate around the dry moat of the Tower of London? It is an incredible experience skating around looking up at the great stone walls and ramparts that have made this an impregnable fortress for so many centuries. There may even be some fascinating photo opportunities as the Yeomen warders in their colourful uniforms often like taking to the ice for a relaxing skate.
- The eighteenth century surroundings of Somerset House make for one of the most magical of skating experiences. In keeping with the setting, you can even relax with some champagne or afternoon tea and stay in affordable Serviced Apartments London. Fancy a skate to music – then try one of the club nights with DJ’s from Rough Trade Records. Thousands of twinkling lights and Christmas trees make this a very pretty place to skate.
- Alternatively head for the Victorian gothic splendour of the Natural History Museum in Kensington, just a short stroll from elegant Presidential Apartments Kensington. A 1,000 sq metre ice rink has been set up close to the façade of this stunning building complete with a twinkling Christmas tree in the centre. Little ones can try out their skills and gain some confidence on the ice in the adjacent smaller children’s rink.
- You can even enjoy a skate amid the dramatic spectacle that is Hampton Court Palace. A large rink is set up facing the stunning palace created by Henry VIII. Combine a trip to the rink, with an exploration of the Tudor rooms and halls that formed one of Henry VIII’s favourite homes.
- Want something more modern, more contemporary? Then try Eyeskate beside the London Eye. If you want, you can buy a package that includes a skating session and a trip on the London Eye; or just enjoy a skate round the ice. This is particularly pretty at night, when the rink and the London Eye are illuminated against the backdrop of the London skyline.
- Canary Wharf in London’s Docklands has a massive rink set amid the iconic towers and skyscrapers that define this area. There are lots of extras to be enjoyed including a pop up bar and restaurant serving a wide range of food and drink – as well as an ice path that lets skaters leave the rink and experience the fun of skating below a row of trees laden with twinkling fairy lights.
- For sheer scale, there is nothing to beat the ice rink at Hyde Park. This is the largest outdoor ice rink in the UK and is set around the stunning Victorian bandstand, which is illuminated by thousands of lights. This is the place to skate and be seen, to enjoy a complete Winter Wonderland experience as you can combine skating with a host of other activities including fairground rides, a Christmas circus and an Artic adventure.