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Winter’s here so it’s time to wrap up warm, get your skates on and soak up the festive atmosphere at one of London’s gorgeous open-air ice rinks.
When? 27 November – 5 January 2014.
Drink: Tea and coffee at the Zen Café, which can be found inside the London Eye ticket office.
Eat: Snacks, sandwiches and cakes.
Price: From £9.45 for adults and £6.75 for children.
When: Until 27 February 2014
Why go? Nestled in the heart of the city, London’s longest-running ice rink runs hourly skating sessions from 10am until 9pm. No need to book.
Drink: Craft beers and tasty cocktails.
Eat: BAR BBQ on Ice serves up hot treats from a charcoal grill and wood-burning oven: think miniature burgers and spicy beans.
Price: £12.50 for adults; £8.50 for children.
When: Until 5 January 2014
Why go? Sited in Somerset House’s glorious 18th-century courtyard, this ice rink’s setting is spectacular. After dark, skate to a live soundtrack spun by some of the world’s top DJs at dedicated Club Nights, or hear festive tunes on Tuesday nights. The Somerset Penguin Club offers training space to newbies under the age of eight. There’s also a skate school for adult beginners.
Drink: Mulled wine, hot chocolate and cocktails.
Eat: Overlooking the rink is Tom’s Skate Lounge which offers a delicious winter menu, devised by Michelin-starred chef Tom Aitkens. Warm up with hot soup, sandwiches and Yuletride treats including mince pies and toffee apples.
Price: From £7.50.
When: Until 5 January
Why go? Set amongst the backdrop of one of London’s most famous museums, this 1000sqm ice rink can be found beneath 76,000 fairy lights. And if that wasn’t festive enough, the rink also has a Christmas tree at its centre. Warm up in the Natural History Museum after your skating session.
Drink: Creative cocktails and warming drinks, including mulled wine and hot chocolate.
Eat: Sumptuous snacks in the Café Bar which overlooks the rink.
Price: From £8.
When: Until 5 January 2014.
Why go? Located in the moat of this magnificent ancient fortress, a skating session at the Tower of London ice rink is a must for history buffs. Brilliantly illuminated after dark, it’s the perfect spot for a romantic evening skate.
Drink: Hot chocolate, coffee, tea, mulled wine, beer or champagne at the Ice Bar & Café which overlooks the ice rink.
Eat: Festive snacks.
Price: From £11.50 for adults, £9 for children.