In addition to the plenty of ice rinks that operate throughout the year, London offers a few seasonal venues that run only around Christmas time. One of the best places is the Somerset House, especially popular among couples. Its 18th-century stunning Edmond J. Safra Fountain courtyard is the perfect backdrop to London’s most scenic ice rink. Visitors can skate there during day or night with special holiday music lifting their spirits. Fortnum’s Lodge with its relaxing atmosphere offers great après-skate drinks and snacks. Ice Skating at Somerset House is available from mid-November to mid-January.
Many people also visit the central Eyeskate rink right in the heart of London on the banks of the Thames. Those who prefer modern cityscapes and fewer crowds are invited to the Canary Wharf ice rink in the towering buildings of Canada Square Park. The Winter Wonderland's Ski Zillertal ice rink in Hyde Park and its nearby carousels are ideal for families. The Tower of London ice rink and Natural History Museum ice rink are also spectacular as well. Finally, you can take a train to the Hampton Court and skate on a rink within the famous royal castle. London's seasonal ice rinks are typically open from mid-November to early January.