Set against the backdrop of Hintze Hall, the Ice Rink is one of the most magical places to be this winter. Experience the thrill of skating surrounded by fairy lights nestled in frost-covered trees, with the smell of mulled wine and toasted marshmallows in the air.
Whether you can dance on ice like Torvill and Dean, or your skating moves are more akin to Bambi, a visit to the Museum’s Ice Rink is a must this festive season. Soak up the atmosphere from our new Café Bar and balcony The Café Bar has a bird's-eye view of the rink and is open daily until the Ice Rink closes. Non-skaters are welcome.
Ice-skating at Somerset House is London's favourite winter treat. Each year, over a quarter of a million visitors come to skate or to watch friends and family skate against the romantic backdrop of the 18th century courtyard. As darkness falls, with music, flaming torches and atmospheric lighting, the grand 18th century setting and the glittering Tiffany Tree are the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening.
To get there from the Americana; take the Bakerloo Line southbound to Charing Cross and take the exit signed as The Strand. You can either walk down the Strand to Aldwych or take any of the buses. Somerset House is by the river on the east side of Waterloo Bridge.
London lights up for the festive season and as well as openair ice skating we have "all the fun of the fair" at the Winter Wonderland. This is now an established event in Hyde Park, near to Hyde Park Corner, over Christmas Holiday period
To get there from the Americana; turn left when you leave the hotel and walk to the first traffic light. Turn left and walk down Melcombe Street and cross Baker Street at the crossinging. From the first bus stop on your left take the bus no. 13 and get off on Park Lane and the Hilton Hotel. Hyde Park is on the other side of Park Lane and there is an underpass by the bus stop to get you there safely.
The Harrods Winter Sale officially begins on Boxing Day and with huge discounts - sometimes up to 75 per cent off - hopeful customers are not ashamed to queue overnight to snap up the first bargains. This year credit crunched yet savvy shoppers will wait until after the day after Christmas to get their gifts at bargain prices. Around 250,000 shoppers typically make it through the hallowed Harrods doors on the first day alone and there are some serious discounts to be had on an impressive range of goods. Just be prepared to struggle with the huge, bargain hungry crowds.
Holiday Opening Hours
Boxing Day (First day of the Winter Sale) 10 am - 8pm
Friday - Saturday 28th December 10 am to 8pm
Sunday 29th December 11.30am* - 6pm
New Year's Eve 10am - 7pm
New Year's Day 12pm - 8pm
*browsing only between 11.30am and 12 noon
he Washington Wizards take on the New York Knicks at The O2 in London on 17th January 2019.