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. There are rink-side snacks and drinks from the Fortnum & Mason alpine lodge and a Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade for gift buying. There are more of the Skate Late DJ sessions and, for the first time, a Skate all-nighter on 7 December.

Central London ice rinks

Sashay around a rink set in the moat of London’s 1000-year old at the Tower of London (16 November to 15 January) or at Hampton Court Palace (22 November to 5 January) where Henry VIII’s magnificent royal palace is the backdrop.

The ice rink at the Winter Wonderland (21 November 2019 to 5 January 2020) 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. You can even create your own ice sculpture at the Ice Sculpting workshops!

Family-friendly outdoor ice rinks also include the fairly-lit wonderland rink at the Natural History Museum (open until 12 January 2020). Skate at Europe’s only rooftop ice rink at Skylight London and enjoy cosy igloos, cool bars and, of course, some of the best views across London.