Taking to the ice has become a London Christmas tradition. At Hopscotch, we LOVE it. It’s festive, and something the whole family can genuinely all enjoy. And it’s the only time of year you get to say the word zamboni! ZAMBONI! So abandon your shopping, fretting, planning, and panicking, take an afternoon out, and strap on some skates.
There are loads of rinks in London to choose from. Grand and traditional, Somerset House is the godfather of the pop-up skate places, and this year it has a market with traders including Hopscotch favourites Tatty Devine and Hoxton Street Monster Supplies. And don’t forget its skate school. The Natural History Museum‘s ice is equally picturesque, and has the added advantage of a load of massive dinosaurs less than 50m away. Other rinks with traditional views and heritage include the two at Hampton Court, and the Tower of London.
The super-modern city building backdrop at Canary Wharf‘s skate is dramatic, and has a great skate path through fairy-lit trees, and the London Eye’s EyeSkate has spectacular views of the big wheel (and is close to the South Bank’s festive markets). Being somewhat disorganised (and having unpredictable, 2-year-old twins), we’re fans of Broadgate Ice‘s turn-up-and-skate, no booking policy. ZAMBONI!