London Eye – Eyeskate
When? 27 November – 5 January 2014.
Why go? Situated on the festive South Bank and overlooked by one of London’s most iconic landmarks, this ice-rink has plenty of wow-factor. No need to book.
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.
Broadgate Ice Rink
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.
Somerset House Ice Rink
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.
Natural History Museum Ice Rink
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.
Ice at the Tower – Tower of London Ice Rink
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.]]>
Get everything on your Christmas wish list (for once!) on a festive shopping spree at Westfield.
Enter our competition and you’ll win a £250 gift card to spend at Westfield London or its sparkling new sister mall, Westfield Stratford City.
And thanks to Westfield’s hands-free concierge service, you won’t have to lug your bags around – just pick them up on your way out.
After you’ve indulged in all the fantastic shops Westfield has to offer, you and a friend can skate under the twinkling fairy lights of Westfield London’s ice rink or under the stars at Westfield Stratford City’s outdoor rink – for free.
This competition closes on 8 December 2011 – just six days away – so enter now, before it’s too late…
Enter now to win a Christmas shopping spree at Westfield
It was a bitterly cold night but as I left the train station and saw the palace colourfully illuminated for the occasion, I was very glad I’d made the journey.
It really was a spectacular setting. There was a brass band playing carols, hot chocolate, mulled wine and mince pies to snack on in the café and of course, the chance to ice skate in front of Hampton Court Palace.
Check out some (rather brief and grainy) footage of the rink below:
Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink. Open until 9 Jan 2011. Book Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink tickets here
It’s set to be a frosty weekend, with the weather forecast predicting snow in London. So why not embrace the cold weather by hitting the ice, forget all about it with some retail therapy or make your own winter warmers at the Bust Craftacular.
Tonight is Bonfire Night and there will be fireworks displays happening all over London this evening and tomorrow. Some other happenings you may wish to sample include: