It's December and that can only mean one thing: it's time to get our skates on and hit the ice, when all over London parks, shopping centres historic attractions provide a inspiring backdrop for you to glide elegantly into Christmas. Here's our round-up of our favourites. Bear in mind that at most places you will need to book and that there is often a difference between peak time and off-peak prices; family tickets are often available.
Skating underneath such an iconic London landmark, and finishing up with a ride in a frosty festive eye capsule, sipping mulled wine or winter cocktails is a unique experience in itself - let alone a Christmas treat.
Nov 14–Jan 3. Child £6.75; Adult £9.45; Family tickets £18.90. Eye Skate/London eye Experience Adult £29.73; Child £20.82;Family tickets £90.99.
Skating through the trees of Canada Park underneath the twinkling lights is the closest you get to Manhattan in London. There's a unique skate path with trees lit with fairy lights and an impressive traditional Christmas market.
Oct 31–Feb 27. Child £9.95; Adult £14.95
all-time Christmas favourite of any Londoner, Somerset House is one of the best
ice skating rinks around. With top
DJ club nights, spinning tunes as you go round, plus the dazzling fairy lights
and gorgeous enclosed surroundings, it’s easy to see why it’s so popular.
Nov 18–Jan 10. Tickets from £7.50.
The diamond-encrusted feel of the tiny twinkling fairy lights illuminating the stunning History museum building couldn't be a more romantic place to skate. If you go on a late weekday evening, you'll get the true intimate experience.
Oct 29–Jan 3.
Child £8.80, Adult £12.65.
Boasting one of the largest outdoor ice rinks in the UK, Hyde Park, with its mammoth Winter Wonderland is the where all the Londoners flock to each December. This year's highlights include the Magical Ice Kingdom - an entire world of real ice and snow, from a frozen forest to a castle made of ice.
Nov 20–Jan 3. Child from £8.50; Adult from £10.50. Family tickets from £34.
iconic grounds of this Tudor palace make a delightful stage for skating, steeped in history and a touch of
magic. And if you book a session in the dark, the entire palace is illuminated making this grand setting even more magical.
Nov 20–Jan 4. Child from £9; Adult £11.50. Family tickets from £38.
It's not often you get the chance to skate in the moat of a medieval castle, but the ice rink at the Tower of London offers you the chance every year to do just that. And afterwards you can warm up in their cosy Ice Bar & Café.
Nov 20–Jan 3. Child from £9; Adult from £12.
Hackney's very own Victoria Park stages this alternative East London celebration of Christmas every year and this year includes a fabulous ice rink that should attracts local families and hipsters alike.
Nov 26–Dec 23. Child from £8.50; Adult from £12.50.
Take a break from your shopping to hit the ice at Stratford's Westfield, and afterwards enjoy a cocktail at their rinkside bar.
Nov 19–Jan 3. Child from £8; Adult from £10; Family Tickets from £32.
What more could you want than to top off your Christmas shopping at the nearby London Designer Outlet Centre witha spn on the ice under Wembley Stadium's iconic arcH?
Nov 20–Jan 3. Child from 5.50; Adult from £7.