Get your skates on in London

December 4th 2017
By: Melanie Hollidge
Get your skates on in London

The fantastic thing about living in or around Chigwell is that you have the village at your doorstep and the world at your feet. At any time of year all the delights of London are readily available and at this time of year the must do activity is a spot of skating. As one old saying goes, Christmas is a time to strap a pair of bladed boots to your feet and hurtle along a hunk of frozen water until you feel like you're alive.
From Somerset House to Hampton Court Palace, London has some of the best places to go ice skating this festive season.  Somerset House is 'London's ice-cool destination', so they say. By day, it's all ear muffs and bobble hats as families skate around, but by night there’s a selection of club nights. One hosted by Green Man Festival, independent radio station Soho Radio and international DJ Goldierocks.
The other big ones are the Natural History Museum and the rink even hosts a number of sessions for wheelchair users throughout the season and youngsters can brush up on their skate skills at the Penguin Skate Club. And of course Hyde Park Winter Wonderland with the UK's largest open-air ice rink and London's largest German-style Christmas market. Here's hoping they have the biggest pretzels on sale. Live entertainment at the Winter Wonderland includes The Sooty Christmas Show, The Nutcracker on Ice and Zippo Christmas Circus. Until Mon 2 Jan 2017
Don’t forget Broadgate Ice Rink is on until February, nestled in Exchange Square, and there's a rink side bar and street food hub for a post-skate treat. Further away is Hampton Court all red Tudor bricks but with a solid view of the Thames but is not open for as long into January.