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Enjoy ice rinks in London this Winter

The festive season is upon us and London’s stunning outdoor rinks are appearing.  Thousands of people, Londoners and visitors alike, take to the ice and enjoy skating amid some of the most stunning architecture and historic buildings in the world.  This is London at play! So, where are the best rinks to visit?

  1. Just a short tube ride from Regency House Hotel London is Hyde Park which is an irresistible draw.  The massive expanse of this royal park takes on a new vista as a large section becomes a Winter Wonderland.  At the heart of the Winter Wonderland is the largest temporary outdoor ice rink in the country. Set around a pretty Victorian bandstand, the 1,600 sq metre rink is adorned by over 100,000 lights.  You can even try ice dancing to live music.  Afterwards take in a birds eye view of the skaters from the top of the giant Ferris Wheel. There are numerous fairground rides, an atmospheric carousel and even regular circus performances.  Do some Christmas shopping at the pretty market, take the children to see Santa Claus in his grotto and have some festive food and drink.
  2. The National History Museum ice rink in Kensington is one of the most popular locations in London.  A massive rink, it is set outside the imposing Gothic building and surrounded by 80,000 twinkling lights.  One of the nicest things about this ice rink, is that children can skate in safety away from the adults on a special adjacent rink and gain confidence on their skates before attempting to enter the main rink. 
  3. Somerset House in the Strand is an irresistible draw for anyone wanting to skate in style.  This site attracts thousands of skaters every day.  Set in a beautiful courtyard surrounded by the incredible facades of this historic mansion, it has an almost fairy tale atmosphere.  You can even enjoy a champagne bar, or take in an elegant afternoon tea as part of the skating experience.  For something more lively, there are regular club nights offering skating to music by DJ’s from Rough Trade Records. Thankfully, there are many bed and breakfast near Covent Garden where you can drop your luggage off, relax, then ride the tube to the nearest point of interest.
  4. The Tower of London never fails to impress. This is, after all, one of the most iconic buildings in the world.  A royal palace, and still custodian of the Crown Jewels; it is a castle full of stories about prisoners never seen again, royal princes who disappeared, executions of Tudor queens and mysterious legends. The Ice Rink is set in the dry moat which partially surrounds the ramparts of this iconic building, allowing you to skate right up close to the walls.  You may even see the extremely photogenic Yeomen of the Guard taking a turn around the ice!  Afterwards enjoy an ice cold drink in an ice glass at the ice bar.
  5. Lastly but by no means least, head over to Canary Wharf for the dramatic Luminocity.  This is a very contemporary rink surrounded by countless high rise office buildings.  What gives it the extra flair and pzzaz for a skating session is the remarkable art installation.  Over 8 km of LED lights have been set into the ice resulting in a steady progression of more than 16 million different colours shining through the ice each session!

So, what are you waiting for? Time to make plans!  Make a true experience by booking into any of the Hotels near Oxford Street that would ease your travel heck.

 

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