As the temperature drops, seasonal outdoor ice rinks start to pop up around town. Going for a slip and slide is a cosy festive tradition, whether you can speed-skate with the best of them or are more of a grip-the-sides-and-hope-you-don't-fall skater. It's all about the atmosphere, so pick a spot and make sure you factor in the obligatory rinkside mug of hot chocolate or dram of whisky. Somerset House ups the ante with skating club nights, twinkly lights abound at the family-friendly Natural History Museum with its cordoned-off kids' rink, and you can make a whole day of it at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland and Victoria Park's Winterville, which offer the full festive shebang for those committed to going all-out. Book your tickets now for these and plenty more ice rinks opening from November. You can't fight it – Christmas is coming, so you might as well do all the nice bits.
Find details for all of London's outdoor ice rinks.