You know it’s Christmas when ice rinks start magically appearing across London, many of these in truly magnificent locations. Even if you’re not the strongest skater I’d still highly recommend giving these rinks a whirl, you don’t have to be the next Torvill and Dean to enjoy the spectacular settings. Here are two of our favourites:
Open all day every day until the 5th January, the Somerset House Ice Rink is set in the beautiful courtyard, making for one especially glamorous venue in which to fall on your bum. It’s one of the largest rinks we’ve been on, with plenty of viewing areas and special skating sessions for people of all skill levels.
There’s the after dark ‘Club Nights’, where you’ll get to glide around to live tracks spun by top DJ’s. There’s a penguin club for kids and the opportunity to upgrade your experience with champagne and chocolates. Trendy and family friendly, Somerset House offers something for everyone.
Somerset House also has a fab pop up Shopping Arcade that’s open late on Tuesday nights. If you skate as well as me yet manage to cling feebly onto the edge for the allotted time, you can celebrate still having all your limbs with a treat from the gift shop.
Somerset House is a short walk from Westminster Pier, where our highly popular Showboat and River Lights cruises depart from. With amazing December discounts running on selected dates throughout December you’d be mad to miss out. Check out our festive offers here.
On Showboat ‘dinner and dancing’ becomes a whole new experience. Spoil yourself with spectacular views, a 4-course meal, live performer and a dance floor that doesn’t die down until 11:00pm when the boat docks. If skating has left you in desperate need of a sit down, take the weight of your feet on our River Lights cruise. You’re first greeted with a complimentary glass of fizz and selection of canapés. Sit back and enjoy the stunning views of an illuminated London to an accompaniment of soft jazz and chilled chart music all performed live.
Tower of London
The Tower of London is one of the Capital’s most famous landmarks, whether you’re a tourist or born and bred Londoner, the novelty of skating in its 1000 year old moat is universal. Steeped in history and shrouded in mystery, this fortress is famous for housing the Crown Jewels. The view you’ll have from the moat is equally staggering. Stunning by day or night, why not book a late night skate session – those stories of hauntings are surely all just rumour, right?
Ice at the Tower is open everyday from 10am to 10pm until 5th January.
The Tower of London Ice Rink is just a short walk from Tower Pier. Save money and couple your session on the ice with City Cruises’ all-day, hop-on, hop-off river sightseeing cruise and entrance to the Tower itself.