The Natural History Museum provides an enchanting backdrop to the popular ice rink which is open now. Here's five reasons why you should incorporate it into your winter plans.
1. A charming outdoor ice rink with a truly beautiful backdrop. It’s not every day you get to skate under the stars in front of one of London’s most iconic buildings – this magnificent Victorian museum.
2. To get you feeling really festive, the trees have been lit up by hundreds of LED fairy lights. And when we say hundreds we mean thousands – 86,000 to be precise.
3. For the Bambi-esque skaters among us, the 25-strong colony of native museum penguins are on hand to glide you around the rink.
4. And for the real magic of Christmas, the ice rink has been designed around a 35-foot Christmas tree, which has been decked with 6,000 twinkling fairy lights and over 1,000 precision-cut Swarovski crystal ornaments for added sparkle.
5. It’s not all about skating. Even if you have no ambition to be the next Torvill (or Dean), you can cosy up with someone special in the Alpine Café Bar, overlooking the rink. Sip on a mulled wine or hot chocolate, have a bite to eat and let the festive vibes find you.
Natural History Ice Rink. South Kensington. Until Jan 8 2017. From £12.65, children £8.80, family ticket £39.60.