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.
Take a turn on the ice, skating around the main 1300 sq m rink or gliding gracefully through the serene skate path. Back by popular demand, the path leads you on a new route this year underneath the park's enchanting canopy of trees.
If you want to eat, drink and shop all in one go, Canary Wharf is the spot. Stay close to the action at the rink-side bar, or choose from the array of restaurants, bars, and shops surrounding the ice rink. And it's not just during Christmas that you can take a spin on the ice, Ice Rink Canary Wharf opens seven days a week from November 2017 through to February 2018.
To get there from the Americana: take the Jubilee Line southbound to Canary Wharf - about 15 minutes
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.
Once again the moat of the Tower of London will freeze over this Christmas as ice skating returns for a fun packed, family season.
Come and experience the fun and exhilaration of skating outdoors within the grounds of Her Majesty's Fortress.
Overlooking the rink, Café Ice will be offering a seasonal selection of 'winter warmers' including mulled wine and hot chocolate for those wanting to relax after their skate or watch others take to the ice.
For a spectacular Christmas experience go skating at Hampton Court Palace. The ice rink is located on the banks of the River Thames with the truly splendid backdrop of Hampton Court Palace .
The Ice café alongside the rink will be serving warming drinks and festive snacks for those wanting to take it easy and relax after their skate or to watch family, friends and colleagues
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