In the Victorian era it was a common sight to see people ice skating on the Thames during the winter months and though the river no longer freezes over there are some different options available for those who want to enjoy skating outdoors.

Somerset House

Somerset House has a winter wonderland created for people to enjoy in the charming 18th Century courtyard. The skating rink lets everyone from beginners to experts enjoy an afternoon or evening moving around the ice and enjoying the beauty of their surroundings. However skating on your own is never fun but with an escort you can enjoy company and the fun of the ice, but you need to remember to wrap up warm.

Hampton Court

A slightly more expensive ice rink option is the rink that has been set up at Hampton Court Palace. You can skate to your hearts content in the grandeur of the palace. There are also rinks at the Natural History Museum, the London Eye, Canary Wharf and Westfield London.

Lapland in London

If you would rather spend your time wandering around Santa’s winter wonderlands there are several in London that you can visit where you can meet reindeer at the ZSL London Zoo, take a sleigh ride with huskies at the WWT London Wetland Centre as well as meet with the reindeer or take a trip down the Paddington Trail.

Seasonal Cheer at the Geffrye Museum

Over the Christmas period there is the option for people to see how Christmas has been celebrated over the last 400 years in the middle-class homes of England in the latest exhibition at the Geffrye Museum. This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy a sedate Christmas experience with the perfect company of an escort without having to brave the cold of the ice or the risk of injury.