A glorious backdrop and special events help make a trip to this outdoor rink one of the capital’s most festive outings. Now in its twentieth year, the arrival of the ice rink in Somerset House’s grand eighteenth-century courtyard is something of a festive institution. The 900-square-metre outdoor rink returns to the spot from November 13 to January 12, and is a great way to spend the day no matter how impressive your skating skills are. Plus, once you’ve enjoyed your time on the ice, there are plenty of tempting extra to sink your teeth into (literally) too: the Fortnum’s Lodge offers winter classics like raclette, cheese fondue, smoked salmon and mince pies alongside champagne and mulled wine; and Skate Lates will feature top-notch DJs and music nights. The Christmas Arcade will bring posh shopping from Fortnum & Mason. Tickets are already available.
From 13th November to 12th January at Somerset House