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Culture on Ice - 5 of the best London landmark ice rinks

December 19, 2016

Culture on Ice - 5 of the best London landmark ice rinks

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Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

Surrounded by the stunning backdrop of Henry VIII's palace this is a firm favourite of ours this winter.  Skate around the 900m2 rink and then warm up with treats such as a hot chocolate or fondue board at The Dip-Dunk Lodge before exploring the palace and grounds on a tour.  If you head over later in the day the palace and rink are beautifully lit adding to the festive spirit!
Open 11am - 9pm until 8th January 2016

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Swoosh around the Victoria Bandstand in Hyde Park at the largest open air ice rink in the UK!  Beautifully lit, with live music from the bandstand and open until late, this is a great location to get you in the mood for Christmas!  There is a lot to see and do if you want to explore Winter Wonderland, including shows, rides including the giant observation wheel and the Christmas market.
Open 10am - 10pm until Monday 2nd January 2017

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

With a Christmas tree in the centre of the rink and fairy lights draped on the majestic trees surrounding the museum, this is a magical place to skate, bursting with atmosphere.  After skating, enjoy a drink at the rink-side bar (with live music on Thursdays) or have a go on the fairground carousel.
Opening times vary - see website for details.  Until Sunday 8th January 2017

Somerset House Ice Rink

If "Skate, Wine and Fondue for Two" sounds good then this could be the venue for you!  Enjoy skating in this wonderful historical cobbled courtyard, rounded off with a special meal package, a glass of fizz or afternoon tea in Fortnum's Lodge.  There is also the opportunity to pick up some last minute gifts in Fortnum's shopping arcade!  There are club nights featuring a great line up of DJs so you can make a full evening of it after work!
Opening times vary (see website for details) but usually open until 22.30.  Running until Sunday 15th January 2017

Tower of London Ice Rink

Step back in time with wonderful views of the Tower of London as you swoosh around this atmospheric rink.  Refresh yourself with a cold drink in the Eis Haus, with beautiful ice sculptures and ice glasses!  If you need to warm up then pop in to the Dip-Dunk Lodge for hot food and drinks - nice for a cosy date-night!
Open until 9pm most days until Tuesday 3rd January 2017
With all of the venues above we recommend you book tickets in advance to make sure that you get the session times you want.  Enjoy!

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