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Blow out (and about) // Get your skates on: Where to ice-skate in London

‘Tis the season for a spot of ice-skating, so unleash your inner Jayne Torvill and head to one of the pop-up ice-skating rinks in London. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to INSTAGRAM THE BEJEESUS OUT OF IT ALL.

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Somerset House

The obvious one, non? And for that very reason, advance booking is a must. However, it’s worth it, for the champagne and chocolate bar alone – plus the club nights with live DJ sets are real fun, too. Sponsored this year by Coach.

Opening times: 14th November-5th January, 10am to 9.15pm with late skates on selected nights
Ice price: Around £7.50 plus booking fee.
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Natural History Museum

Dinosaurs and ice-skates? What more could you want? OK, the rink’s outside the museum, but it’s still essentially Dinosaurs on Ice. Yes?

Opening times: Vary throughout the festive season (until 5th January 2014), with late nights on 21, 27 and 28 December (9am-10pm), and you can even skate until midnight on New Year’s Eve.
Ice price: adults £13.50 / £11.50, children £9 / £8,  family £38 / £31.
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Canary Wharf

Appaz this one is bigger than both Somerset House and the Natural History Museum and has an onsite bar so you can blame your lousy skating on the booze. Slick city skatin’, right here.

Opening times: Mon-Fri 10.30am-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun and bank holidays 10am-10pm. Runs until Feb 16th 2014
Ice price: Adults £13.50, children £9, concessions £11, family £37.50.
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Tower of London

Never mind ‘awf with their heads’; it could be your fingers, if someone swiftly skates over them. We recommend a skating sesh by night, to fully enjoy the sights, followed by a mulled wine in the bar. WELL ROMANTIC INNIT.

Opening times: 16 November-5 January, 10am-9pm
Ice price: adults £13.50 / £11.50, children £9.50 / £9, concessions £12.50 / £11, family £38 / £36.
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Westfield Shepherd’s Bush

Sadly, you can’t skate your way around the shopping mall (that would be IMMENSE), but this ritzy rink is at least indoor, so the rain can’t, er, rain on your parade. Look out for the Christmas jumper nights for a chance to show-off your nifty knits (if not your skating skillz).

Opening times: Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-6pm until 5th January 2014
Ice price: adults £11.50 / £7, children £6.50 / £5, student £8 / £6.50, family £32.50 / £28.50 all plus booking fee.
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Winter Wonderland

Hyde Park’s infamous Christmas fair has a magical ice-rink built  around the Victorian bandstand, just like olden times. But you GOTTA book this bastard up well in advance to stand a chance of setting foot on ice, right?

Opening times: 22 November-5 January, 10am-9pm
Ice price: adults £14.50 / £10.50, children £9.50 / £8.50, concession £13.50 / £9.50, family £38 / £34.
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Ever wanted to skate underneath the London Eye? Well, now you can. Just don’t lean over and lose your coat in the Thames like Luther.

Opening times: 27 November-5 January
Ice price: adults from £10.50, children from £7.50, family from £20.50 with 10% discount for online bookings.
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A new location for the Broadwick rink this year, on Exchange Square, which as you’d imagine is in Suit Central by Liverpool Street. However being in East London, it’s well hipster and that, with their Bar BBQ on Ice serving smokin’ snacks and craft beer.

Opening times: 10am-10pm daily until 27th February 2014
Ice price: adults £12.50, children £8.50, concessions £10, family £33.50.
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Permanent rinks

Alexandra Palace

Ally Pally. The people’s palace. Where the people, they skate!

Queen’s Ice and Bowl at Bayswater

We cannot confirm if the bowling is on ice. Soz.

Lee Valley Ice Centre

Where they train for Dancing on Ice. Snazzy.

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