Nothing feels quite as Christmassy as open-air ice-skating in the heart of a city twinkling with fairy lights and festooned with ribbons and bows. These are some of London’s top outdoor ice rinks.

Ice-skating at Somerset House

Ice-skating in the grand 18th century Edmond J. Safra Fountain courtyard at Somerset House is just one of several options for anyone who feels comfortable on two blades. Choose from day sessions or cool club nights when top international DJ’s take to the stage, and enjoy rink-side snacks and drinks.

Skate in the City

At Canary Wharf, the cheese fondue and hot buttered rum is as much an attraction as the ice-skating.  One of London’s largest, the rink is open 7 days a week, set amongst the towers of Canary Wharf.

Central London ice rinks

Sashay around a rink set in the moat of London’s 1000-year old at the Tower of London or at Hampton Court Palace where Henry VIII’s magnificent royal palace is the backdrop.

This ice rink at the Winter Wonderland is one of the largest in the country. Away from the rink, there are also Christmas markets, fairground rides and some great food and drink stalls.

Family-friendly outdoor ice rinks include the Natural History Museum, where there is a smaller rink for children; and at Westfield, Shepherd’s Bush, where penguin and seal-shaped stabilisers are at hand to help keep younger visitors upright.