Whether you dance on ice like Christopher Dean or simply scramble around like Bambi, the capital's outdoor ice rinks are some of the most magical locations you'll see all season. With Christmas lights and trees set to the backdrop of London's stunning institutions, a trip to an ice rink is a must-do for the views alone. Keep an eye on this page for the latest London ice skating info for winter 2015.
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Ice skating rinks in London
After nearly 30 years of popping up in the middle of Broadgate Circle, Broadgate ice rink moved to Exchange Square two years ago and has made itself a firm favourite. The outdoor rink offers group bookings, skating aids and lessons, and there will be a schedule of special events announced in due course.Read more
Our business district's soaring towers lend Canary Wharf Ice Rink an imposing backdrop, and some exciting extras help it to keep up with its extravagant surroundings. An iced path allows skaters to dash off from the main rink and glide below fairy light-laden trees, and the pop-up bar and restaurant will serve everything from sandwiches and ales to cheese fondue and hot buttered rum.Read more
The open-air London Eye ice rink is situated in front of the big wheel itself, its pods gently floating past you as you glide. You don't need to book a flight on the Eye in order to skate but various packages are on offer for those who wish to do so. Sessions last 45 minutes. Under-8s must be accompanied on the ice by an adult. Booking recommended (and cheaper).Read more
Henry VIII's sixteenth-century pad makes a mighty picturesque backdrop for this 900-metre-square outdoor rink, especially when lit up after dark. Any unsteady nerves can be soothed with a mulled wine from the Ice Bar and Café, so there's no reason not to wrap up warm and take a turn on the ice in this regal back yard.
Winter Wonderland's ice rink, the biggest outdoor rink in the UK, surrounds the Victorian bandstand and is illuminated with more than 100,000 lights. There's no minimum age for skaters, but under-12s must be accompanied by someone 16 or over and the smallest skates for hire are children's size 9 (adult skates go up to size 13).
Wembley Stadium's iconic arch will look a whole lot prettier as it glitters away above this 600-square-metre outdoor ice rink that neighbours the London Designer Outlet Centre. A weekend food market and vintage fairground rides will also pop up for the festive season.Read more
The truly beautiful backdrop of Alfred Waterhouse's Natural History Museum buildings, a row of trees just dripping in fairy lights and a majestic Christmas tree in the middle of the ice all help to make this London's most enchanting ice-rink. The main area is 1,000 metres square, and adjoins a smaller rink for children needed a gentler space to practice in.
The grand 18th-century courtyard at Somerset House is a stunning location for a session on the ice this winter - and no matter how unimpressive your skating skills a trip to this 900-square-metre outdoor rink will look the very definition of festive fun on Instagram. The Fortnum's Lodge will offer champagne, afternoon tea and even private dining; Club Nights will feature DJs from Ministry of Sound and Island Records.Read more
Located in the building's dry moat, the Tower of London ice rink offers a grand historical setting for seasonal skating sessions, along with views of London's ancient fortress. As with fellow Historic Royal Palace Hampton Court, sessions last an hour and wheelchairs are welcome on the ice except during the last session of the day.
The atrium of the Shepherd's Bush shopping mecca gains a 160-capacity indoor ice rink for the 2015 festive season. Family entertainment, themed sessions, DJs and live performances will keep skaters distracted from their instability, and younger visitors can hire penguin- and seal-shaped stabilisers (£5) to keep them upright.Read more
East London's festive playground is back for a second year, filling a corner of Victoria Park with dancing, eating, laughing, drinking, skating and plenty more besides. The spiegeltent, fairground, santa's grotto, market and 600-square-metre ice rink are joined this year by a circus and crazy golf course.Read more