Most stunning family ice rinks in London this Christmas

For family ice skatingin London, take your pick from breathtaking locations including Somerset House, Hampton Court, Hyde Park and more...

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  • Skate at Somerset House

    The beautiful courtyard at Somerset House will be home to an ice rink from 11 November 2014 to 11 January 2015.

    The main ice rink can get very busy, but there's a small, separate training rink available for children. Here, children can experience ice skating for the first time with the help of a push-along penguin to keep them steady. There are toilets at the rink, changing rooms, a mandatory cloakroom (which costs £1) and a cafe for those who prefer to just soak up the atmosphere.

    Tickets are available now and cost £16.05 for adults and £8.80 for children.

    Visit the Somerset House website

  • Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

    The magical outdoor ice rink at Hampton Court Palace in Surrey is a perfect location for families. As the magnificent palace and home of King Henry VIII, Hampton Court will give your family a taste of history while they skate.

    The ice rink is open from 21 November 2014 to 4 January 2015. Each timetabled session lasts for 1 hour. The prices vary between £11.50 to £13 for an adult and £8 to £9.50 for a child depending on whether you visit in peak time. 

    It's worth noting all slots from 22nd December until the rink's closing date will be charged as peak sessions. There are still plenty of tickets available, but they do sell out quickly, so book early to avoid missing out.

    Visit the Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink website

    Photo: Daniel Newman
  • Natural History Museum Ice Rink

    The rink at the famous Natural History Museum is open from 31 October 2014 to 4 January 2015. The twinkling lights in the trees and unique surroundings make it a fun, atmospheric experience. It's all very Christmassy – but this does draw big crowds!

    Skate sessions last 50 minutes and families should arrive 40 minutes prior to their booked time slot, to allow for skate fitting. Skate hire is free and the skate sizes go from child size 7 to adult size 15. You're not allowed to bring bags onto the ice rink (except for backpacks), so the Natural History Museum has provided a cloakroom - but it costs £2 per item, so stuff everything into one bag if you can.

    Tickets cost around £15.40 for an adult and £10 for a child under 12. Tickets for families of 4 cost just under £43. Penguin skate aids are available on a first come first served basis, costing £5 per session to be paid in advance.. They also have a cafe, which is free to enter. Tickets are available for purchase now.

    Visit the National History Museum website

  • Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

    Surrounded by all the Christmassy glory of the Wonderland, the ice-skating facilities at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland are always incredibly popular, so it's worth booking early. The Wonderland is open from 21 November 2014 to 4 January 2015, excluding Christmas Day. The rink itself is open from 10am to 10pm. 

    Each session lasts one hour and families should arrive 20 minutes before their scheduled time slot. There's a cloakroom available for £1 per person and a professional photographer ready to take a family snap for you, as you aren't allowed to take your camera on the ice. If you've got your own ice skates, you can bring them along, though hire is free.

    It's free entry into the park and the ice rink spectator areas. Ticket prices vary dependent on if you visit during a peak period, but peak tickets cost £14.50 for adults and £9.50 for children under 12. Family tickets cost £38. Off peak ticket prices apply on 24t-27 November and 2 January. If you visit on any of these dates, you'll definitely save a few £££s. You can hire an exclusive Ice Guide for your session, which will set you back £35. 

    Tickets are available now.

    Visit the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland website

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  • Canary Wharf

    The towering skyline of Canary Wharf makes a stunning backdrop to one of the largest outdoor rinks in the capital. Featuring London’s only skate path, you can follow the passage through fairy-lit trees around Canada Square Park’s iconic ‘Big Blue’ sculpture by British designer Ron Arad.

    When you're done ice skating, make sure you leave enough time to check out the Christmas Market – a 2 minute walk from the ice rink entrance – where wooden chalets are filled with festive food, drinks and handicrafts.

    Tickets cost £14.50 for adults and £9.50 for children aged 4 to 13. Skate aids are available for a £5 charge. The rink is open from 1 November 2014 all the way through to 28 February 2015.

    Visit the Canary Wharf website