Focus On: London’s top ice rinks
You might well be skating on ice quicker than Torvill and Dean as it’s that time of year again when the capital’s ice rinks open up.
With a real chill in the air and the cold snap set to return in London (sigh) again next week, there is always a bit of dancing on ice to cheer you up.
With less than 50 days to Christmas and the rink season in full swing, which are the coolest sites to head to in the next few months?
Canary Wharf ice rink – Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AH.
Forget Samantha and Carrie, this is all about Snow in the City! Why not get your winter woolies on and head down to the Square Mile for some fun on the ice.
The Canary Wharf ice rink is surrounded by the sheer beauty of Canada Square Park and is particularly sparse on weekends when you can practice those triple salkos!
In addition to this, check out an array of food and drink stalls with plenty of festive cheer to boot. It is running until February the 16th. Prices are £13.50 for adults and £9.50 for kids. Nearest tube is Canary Wharf.
Eyeskate – EDF Energy London Eye, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB.
A real eye opener, this venue is a must for anyone wanting to visit the Thames. Set against the stunning backdrop of the London Eye and moments from the water’s edge, it is one of the most popular rinks across the city.
On the other hand, this new rink has only been christened recently in the heart of Old London Town and is already popular with a host of tourists.
You can have the chance to take advantage of a discount package where you can combine both a trip on the bubble inspired Eye alongside a 45 minute trip on the ice.
Prices are £10.50 for adults and £7.50 for the little ones. Eyeskate runs between November 27th and January 5th. Closest tube is Waterloo.
Natural History Museum ice rink – Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD.
Thanks to its wonderful setting, the Natural History Museum ice rink is the ideal place to enjoy a twirl or two. Drawing in thousands of tourists not to mention locals every year, there is a special section just for children.
But if you have had your fill on the 900 plus square metre rink then the attractions close by will keep you entertained such as the Science Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum.
Better still, all permanent exhibitions are completely free. It is running until January 5th with adults priced at £13.50 and under-13s at £9. The closest tube is South Kensington.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland – Westminster, London, W2 2UH.
Once again, Hyde Park is set to open its wintry doors for an annual Christmas spectacular. There will be rides as well as the famous Giant Observation Wheel.
This particular ice rink is considered to be the largest throughout the UK and is illuminated with around 100,000 twinkling lights. Entry for adults is between £10.50 – £14.50 and £8.50 – £9.50 for children. The closest tube is Hyde Park Corner.
So what are you waiting for. Isn’t it time you got your skates on.
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