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Where to Ice Skate in London this Winter

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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Published September 8th 2013
Pop-up rinks around the capital

Soon the warmth of sunny summer days will be over and cold winds, grey clouds, and damp will set in. inevitably our bright cheery smiles will disappear with the bright skies, and morose autumn and winter blues will affect everyone.

You know the saying, 'if you can't beat them join them'? The same can be said about the weather. If you can't change it, embrace it. Meet the oncoming chills with an icy reception - ice skating reception that is. Popular tourist sites all around London certainly getting into the spirit of things as they get ready to open up their seasonal pop-up ice rinks.

The Natural History Museum is starting things off on the 31st October with tickets between 8.52-14.85. Close on their heels, Somerset House will open up its rink to the public from the 14th November and is free with the price of admission.

The Tower of London puts away its ball and chain over the festive season, and gets into the Christmas spirit of things. The Tower Moat will become a frozen playground between the 16th November - 5th January, with tickets at 7.50 for children and 10-12 adult.

The baby of the group is the London Eye, which only opened up its first skate rink in 2010. It will be open from the 17th November, although details have not yet been announced.

If you are planning going to Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland over Christmas, be sure to take advantage of their skating rink, which is set around the Victorian bandstand and illuminated by a hundred thousand lights. The fairground will open on the 22nd November and admission is free, but tickets for the ice rink cost up to 14.50.
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Why? Fun for families
When: 31st Oct - 12th Jan
Where: Around London
Cost: Up to 16
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