Set within the Tower's fortress battlements, with Tower Bridge but a stone's throw away, the outdoor rink welcomes skaters from 16th November until 5th January, closing only on Christmas Day.
Hourly sessions from 10am to 10pm cost between £9 and £13.50, with family tickets offered for between £36 and £38, depending on the day your choose to skate (it's more expensive around Christmas and New Year). Detailed information on times and tickets can be found on the event's website here.
Skates are provided starting from children's size 8, though you can take your own if you wish. Try to arrive around 20 minutes before your skating session begins to get your skates sorted.
If you're a bit unsteady on your feet or your group's trying skating for the very first time, you can hire an Ice Guide for £32 per one-hour session. Guides are expert skaters who can look after groups of up to 15 people.
If you'd rather sit on the sidelines than get your skates on, simply relax at the Ice Bar & Cafe, which provides a great view of the ice rink. The bar/cafe offers a decent selection of drinks – including hot chocolate, tea, coffee, and, of course, mulled wine – as well as a range of festive snacks.
The organisers strongly advise you book in advance, though it is possible to turn up on the day – subject to ticket availability, of course.
If outdoor skating in London is something you still haven't got around to trying, don't miss out this year. Evening sessions are particularly magical, with the grounds of the Tower all lit up, though not surprisingly this is the most popular time of day as well....so be sure to book early.