With winter slowly closing in, it’s only a matter of time before the cold bite of the season graces the shores of the Thames. Whilst ice skating has cold ground, it’s an event which is sure to thaw your heart, especially in London where there are so many beautiful venues which use it as an activity to choose from. Whether you’re a seasoned ice skating veteran or you’re looking for a beginner’s guide to the sport, there’s always beautiful places to carve some shapes up, whether on season or off season. So where are the best places to find great ice skating rinks in the city?
Ice and Bowl in Queens
Based in West London, you can link up two of the most fun past times in an American style retro diner. As one of the first ice rinks to open its doors in London, you know that they’ll always keep their look fresh and innovative. The 87-year-old building is known for being one of the classiest and only places where you can skate all year round. What’s more you can buy delicious cocktails and sample French cider, making it a must for any guest at Bayswater London Hotels.
Somerset House becomes a riverside marvel during the winter months, especially with its beautiful courtyard ice rink, serving beverages both hot and cold as well as playing host to amazing DJ’s and events throughout the winter months. With beautiful and atmospheric lighting, an incredible history as well as plenty of exhibits and galleries throughout the building itself, there’ll be plenty to keep you occupied at Somerset House.
Winter on the Green
Winter on the Green is a three-day festival which is bound to have you in the festival spirit. The festival promises its very own Santa’s grotto, 3750 square foot ice rink which is both covered and heated, meaning that it’s suitable for all weather conditions and for children as well. On top of this there is children’s entertainment and plenty of street food, making this one of the most family friendly Christmas time ice rinks in London.
Natural History Museum
The Natural History museum is already a place of wonder, and the idea of adding an ice rink into the South Kensington area just adds to the excitement. With the Natural History museum in the background this ice rink has a fairy tale atmosphere which means that once you’re tired out by the amazing ice rink, you can go and check out the dinosaur skeletons in the incredible Natural History Museum. Nearby you’ll also find the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Science Museum, making this one of the best placed ice rinks for guests of hotels near Bayswater to explore the best tourist hot spots that London can offer.
Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park
One of the most famous London parks brings one of the most anticipated London attractions every winter. With an atmosphere like no other, the Winter Wonderland brings Hyde Park to captivating life with its street food markets, bars and of course, it’s stellar ice rink.