Where In London Would I Take My Visiting Friends - Christmas Ice Skating!

December 11, 2017

When the Christmas lights twinkle above Regent Street, you know it is the beginning of a magical time in London. Glittering trees, carol singers, pop-up ice skating rinks and Christmas markets… the city becomes so alive and festive. There are simply no other cities and times that are more magical than the run up to Christmas in London.


Among the many festive activities during this time of the year, one of the most popular things that Londoners like to do is to go outdoor ice skating! The weather in London is usually not cold enough to create any natural ice skating rinks but there are many pop up ice skating rinks to come to rescue. These pop ups are usually set up next to or right in the middle of famous landmarks which are beautifully decorated with Christmas themes. Not to mention, what a romantic date it makes and an exciting family event for the little ones.


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Among the others, the Natural History Museum, Canary Wharf & Sommerset House are some of the most popular pop-up ice skating rinks.


For visiting friends travelling with young children, I would take them to the Natural History Museum ice skating rink in South Kensington. It is situated between museums and surrounded by beautifully decorated Christmas trees. Parents can take the kids to visit the Natural History Museum or the Science Museum before or after the ice skating session. If skating with the kids is not an option, parents can sign up their kids with the Penguin Skate Club, which offers lessons to children aged four to eight. After the museums and ice skating session (usually lasting an hour, each session starts on the hour, click here to read more), it is only a short stroll to the famous Harrods for some shopping/window shopping or food at their newly renovated food hall. 


Tip: book an early morning ice skating slot as it can get quite crowded in the afternoon. 


For visiting friends travelling without children, I would take them to the Somerset House ice skating rink in central London. This is a bigger ice skating rink than Natural History Museum which also has a great atmosphere and very romantic for a night skate!

Where: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD

When: 26 Oct 17 – 07 Jan 18

Price: from £8.80

Website: Click here for more information


Where: Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA

When: 15 Nov 17 – 14 Jan 18

Price: from £7.50

Website: Click here for more information


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Hello! I'm Mavis, a London-based lifestyle blogger who love to share ideas and tips on styling, travel, beauty, wellbeing & life in London.