There is something rather special about this time of year; the nights start to draw in and there is a noticeable chill in the air. It’s the time of year when I start to get excited about two of my favourite things; heading to the hills to ski and Christmas – I just adore Christmas and no doubt you will hear far more about that in the coming weeks.
Skating at one of the Capital’s stunning ice rinks is a must, there are so many to choose from and it is always such a magical experience. That’s if you’re a far better skater than I am – my trips do usually end in a wet patch on my backside, Jayne Torvill I am not! It is always lovely to see London lit up though, those sparkly lights and the beautiful Christmas tree.
So, here’s my top picks of the rinks I shall be choosing to twirl around from this festive season – no doubt, yet again, to lose my dignity!
Tower of London, Tower Hill – 16 November 2016 – 3rd January 2017
What an incredible location for a Christmas skate – in the dry moat surround the tower. An amazing backdrop with dramatic lighting bringing the tower to life as the sun goes down. Why not stop by for a drink in the ice bar afterward.
Somerset House, Strand – 17th November 2016 – 15th January 2017
My favourite has to be Somerset House – a great place to visit in the summer, running through the fountains but oh so magical and special over Christmas. There is something for everyone when skating at Somerset House from skate school and polar bear club during the day to DJ club nights. You can relax in the Fortnum & Mason’s skate lodge and shop in their pop-up Christmas Arcade. Just perfect!
Book here – Somerset House Ice Skating
Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park – 18th November – 2nd January 2017
Winter Wonderland boasts the largest open-air ice rink in the UK and as well as the skating you can have a stroll around the Christmas markets or even get your pulse racing on one of the many fairground rides but sure to indulge in a hot choccie though – I certainly like to have one with a little added toffee vodka!
Book here: Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road – 27th October 2016 – 8th January 2017
The stunning building of the Natural History Museum makes for an enchanted location to skate. There is a separate rink for the little ones so they don’t get knocked over by you practicing your ‘strictly come skating’ moves! So pretty as the sun goes down and all the twinkle lights add their magic to those beautiful trees.