Hampton Court's 1040sq metre ice-rink is positioned on one side of the long drive that runs up to the front of Henry VIII's Tudor palace. You'll get a great view of the front as you whizz around the ice, and if you book an evening session you'll be able to see the 500-year-old palace all lit up as you skate under the evening stars.
It's a toss up between this rink and the one at Somerset House as having the best backdrop (if truth be told, we think the one at Somerset House just shades it), but if you want to visit Hampton Court during the day then this is a fantastic way to spend the evening.
When it's finally time for a sit-down you can enjoy watching everyone whizz around the rink whilst enjoying a mug of piping hot chocolate in the little cafe alongside the rink.
Craig’s review of Hampton Court Palace – “If you grew up within ten miles of Hampton Court Palace then this place was your educational day out. This is how they'd teach you some British history. They'd cram fifty kids into a big bus and then make you troop around the grounds for two hours counting up the Tudor chimneys (because every single chimney is different, you see -- and if you came here ten thousand ti… 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.
Skate! — Christmas ice rink at Somerset House – 14 Nov 2018 to 13 Jan 2019 – Somerset House has got the prettiest rink in London, with a huge Christmas tree and festive shopping arcade
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 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.
Festive Fayre at Hampton Court Palace – 7 to 9 Dec 2018 – Hampton Court's Festive Fayre will have food and drink stalls, cookery demonstrations, and carol singing by the bandstand
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.
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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