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Best places to go ice skating in London for Christmas 2019

Get your skates on at these magical London ice rinks

Chloe Best

It's that time of year again – an array of ice rinks are popping up around London, boasting prime backdrops of some of the capital's most iconic landmarks. Whether you're a pro skater or would prefer to relax rink side with a hot choc (or cocktail), these are the ice skating rinks to visit this winter.

Natural History Museum

One of London's most famous ice rinks has returned, located outside the front of the Natural History Museum in Kensington. This enchanting rink has a Christmas tree to skate around at the centre, while the Café Bar is the place to warm up with a hot chocolate or mulled wine while watching the skaters.

WHEN: 19 October 2019 – 12 January 2020

WHERE: Cromwell Road, Kensington, SW7 5BD

For more information visit nhm.ac.uk

The Queen's House

Open for the first time in 2019, the Queen’s House Ice Rink in Greenwich offers a unique outdoor skating experience. Located in the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site with views of the River Thames and Greenwich Royal Park, the picturesque location will have you reaching for your camera - if you can balance for long enough! Open from 10am – 8pm daily, it's a great way to finish off a festive family day out.

WHEN: 29 November 2019 – 12 January 2020

WHERE: The Queen's House, Romney Rd, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF

For more information visit rmg.co.uk

Tower of London

Could there be a more picturesque setting for an ice rink? This 1040 square metre rink is based at Tower of London, alongside the River Thames, and is the ideal location for a date or a family day out. Whether you're a novice skater or pro, skating is even better after dark when the castle wall is lit up creating a beautiful backdrop.

WHEN: 16 November 2019 – 5 January 2020

WHERE: Tower of London, St Katharine's & Wapping, EC3N 4AB

For more information visit toweroflondonicerink.co.uk

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Somerset House

You'll want to book in fast for skating at Somerset House, as this ever-popular spot sells out fast. As well as a new Skate all-nighter on 7 December, the Skate Lates – evening skating sessions with live DJs – are back on selected nights, while Fortnum & Mason's Christmas Arcade returns so you can do a spot of Christmas shopping after you hit the rink. Meanwhile, the Fortnum's Lodge serves everything from chocolate fondue to champagne – the perfect post-skating indulgence.

WHEN: 13 November 2019 – 12 January 2020

WHERE: Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA

For more information visit somersethouse.org.uk

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is home to the largest open-air ice rink in the UK – and it's even bigger than ever! Live music from the bandstand will add to the atmosphere while you skate, and you can warm up with a festive drink at the spectator's platform if you'd rather simply watch the action. Ice skating sessions run every hour and last 50 minutes.

WHEN: 21 November 2019 – 5 January 2020. Open from 10am-10pm daily.

WHERE: Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, W2 2UH

For more information visit hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

Hampton Court Palace

Venture down to Hampton Court Palace for a regal skating experience with the historic 16th-century palace as your backdrop. Spanning 1,040 metres squared, this huge rink will be a hit with keen skaters of all ages, and offers a number of sessions throughout the day through to 9pm. Enjoy a post-skate pick-me-up at the Ice Rink Café & Bar, or take the opportunity to visit the palace's State Apartments and world-famous maze while you're there for a wintry day out.

WHEN: 22 November 2019 – 5 January 2020

WHERE: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, KT8 9AU

For more information visit hamptoncourtpalaceicerink.co.uk

Bar Elba

Head to the rooftop in Waterloo for some free skating and a drink at Bar Elba. Open from 13 November, the skating rink pop up offers the full winter wonderland experience, with hot  Blood Orange gin cocktails, roast meat sandwiches, cosy blankets to keep warm and the opportunity to try skating or curling.

WHEN: 13 November 2019 – February 2020. Open from 4pm daily.

WHERE: Bar Elba, 109-117 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8UL

For more information visit bar-elba.co.uk

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Skylight

Perfect your skating skills at London's highest ice rink, located at rooftop bar Skylight in Tobacco Dock. Ice hockey slap shot, cosy igloos and heated bars - what's not to love? The amazing city views are more than enough reason to give this rink a try, but the raclette and cocktails ensure it's going to be your new favourite winter hangout.

WHEN: November 2019 – January 2020

WHERE: Skylight, Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, St Katharine’s & Wapping, E1W 2SF

Entrance is free. For more information visit tobaccodocklondon.com

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