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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.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park – 22 Nov 2018 to 6 Jan 2019 – Hyde Park will be transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland with rollercoaster rides, a circus, ice rink and Christmas market.
Outdoor ice rink at Hampton Court Palace – 23 Nov 2018 to 6 Jan 2019 – The outdoor ice-rink at Hampton Court has a spectacular backdrop in front of Henry VIII's 500-year-old Tudor Palace.
Outdoor ice rink in the Tower of London’s moat – 23 Nov 2018 to 6 Jan 2019 – The Tower of London's outdoor ice rink is back again for another year in the dry moat outside the castle walls.
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.
We’ve got plenty more Christmas events in London
London has a few Christmas ice skating rinks that are worth visiting
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans