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London has plenty of outdoor ice rinks to choose from at Christmas time, but we think Somerset House probably has the most spectacular. If you've only got time to visit one rink this Christmas then definitely make it this one.
It is housed inside the 18th-century courtyard (where all the fountains are), and has prettiest Christmas tree in London at one end, and a Christmas shopping arcade along the outer edge where you can shop for yuletide treats courtesy of Fortnum & Mason.
They also have a beautifully lit cafe overlooking the rink (for all those people to scared to skate!) which serves cocktails, mulled wine and mugs of piping hot chocolate.
A Skate School is on hand to help you find your feet, and the Polar Bear Club does the same thing for little kids, helping them to take their first tentative steps on the ice.
You might like to read Craig's review of all the Christmas ice rinks in London to see which is the best one.
Craig’s review – “The best ice rink at Christmas is the one at Somerset House. This is how a winter rink should look, all lit in brilliant blues with a giant Tiffany Christmas tree up the front. It gets dark early in the winter when we put the clocks back so it's pitch black at five-thirty, and people have packed it out already. They are half gliding and half sliding, and they all look… continued”
Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum – 25 Oct 2018 to 20 Jan 2019 – The Natural History Museum has one of London's prettiest ice rinks, decorated with a huge tree and fairground carousel.
Skate around Canary Wharf’s ice rink – 2 Nov 2018 to 16 Feb 2019 – This ice rink sits in the shadow of the Canary Wharf skyscrapers, with an icy perimeter path made of fir trees and fairy lights.
Wembley Stadium tour – Every day (except event days) – Join a Wembley Stadium Tour and see the changing rooms and pitch and walk up the stairs to the Royal Box and pretend to lift the FA Cup.
Arsenal FC — Tour of the Emirates Stadium – Every day (except match days) – Walk in the footsteps of your Arsenal heroes on a tour of the stadium and pitch and visit the Arsenal Museum.
Chelsea FC — Tour of Stamford Bridge – Every day (except match days) – Walk in the footsteps of your football heroes with a guided tour of Stamford Bridge and the Chelsea Museum.
Sunday football on Hackney Marshes – Every Sun – Hackney Marshes is the home of Sunday league football, with over 70 matches played between dozens of amateur teams.
Guided tour around Lord’s Cricket Ground – Every day – Cricket fans will love having a look around the home of cricket, with this tour of Lord's Cricket Ground and the MCC Museum.
We’ve got plenty more Christmas events in London
London has a few Christmas ice skating rinks that are worth visiting
Look for more kid’s events during January
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans