Where to get your skates on this year
Round up of your nearest ice rinks
CHRISTMAS is officially on the way and what better to do during the festive season than to wrap up in your favourite woollies, get your skates on and spend an hour trying not to fall over on an ice rink?
There are loads of ice skating venues around west London to visit, from iconic locations to rinks inside winter wonderland venues, so there is no excuse to not try the activity this winter.
So pick one of these great venues and enjoy a good skating session.
You can always warm up afterwards with a delicious hot chocolate!
WEMBLEY PARK Enjoy spectacular ice skating next to the iconic Wembley Stadium and London Designer Outlet.
Open to everyone from beginners to experts, this sparkling ice rink is perfect for anyone in the Wembley area to try. When: Friday November 18 to Monday January 2, 2017 Where: Wembley Park, Wembley Park Boulevard, Wembley HA9 0QL Cost: Tickets cost £12.50 for adults, £9.50 for concessions, £7.50 for children aged 3-12 years
THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM Set against the stunning backdrop of the Natural History Museum, this ice rink is surrounded by gorgeous trees and twinkling fairy lights.
Why not visit the museum, enjoy an ice skating session, then warm up with a delicious hot chocolate? When: Until Sunday January 8, 2017 Where: The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 5BD Cost: Tickets cost from £12.65 for adults, from £8.80 for children
SOMERSET HOUSE Enjoy a winter’s day out skating in Somerset House’s courtyard, before heading to a fun ‘aprèsskate’ at their Fortnum’s Lodge or Skate Lounge complete with delicious food and drink. When: Thursday November 17 to Sunday January 15 Where: Somerset House, The Strand, Westminster WC2R 1LA Cost: Tickets cost from £7.50
HAMPTON COURT PALACE Held in the grounds of the historic Hampton Court Palace, this ice rink is a must visit for history lovers.
Why not see if you can spot a spooky ghost while you’re skating around? When: Friday November 25 to Sunday January 8 Where: Hampton Court Palace, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU Cost: Early bird tickets cost from £12.15 for adults
WINTER WONDERLAND HYDE PARK Winter Wonderland Hyde Park will host an ice rink as part of its festive activities – why not go skating, then enjoy a big wheel, tasty food, a winter grotto or a fun show? When: Friday November 18 to Monday January 2, 2017 Where: Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London W2 2UH Cost: Tickets cost from £14.50 for adults, from £13.50 for concessions and from £9.50 for children
WESTFIELD LONDON Head to this indoor ice rink in Westfield Shopping Centre and enjoy twinkling Christmas lights, live music and DJs as you skate. When: Thursday November 24 to Sunday January 8 2017 Where: Westfield London, Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush W12 7GF Cost: From £10.50 for adults