1. SOMERSET HOUSE

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Probably one of the world's most iconic ice rinks, alongside New York's Rockerfeller Center, is London's Somerset House. This year the rink is returning from the 18th November to 10th January 2016, teaming up with Fortnum & Mason to create a chilly festive extravaganza. Alongside the traditional skating, visitors can head to the pop-up F&M Christmas Arcade for festive gifts, fine teas and confectionary. The Fortnum's Lodge will also be open for breakfast until late, serving up everything from Welsh rarebits to Dorset crab blinis. Head to the 'Botanical Bar' for a delicious selection of cocktails, as well as the unapologetically indulgent Chocolossus Hot Chocolate, sprinkled with marshmallows and available to be made 'merrier' with a shot of brandy, vodka or rum. 

Out on the ice, visitors can 'skate 'til late' at Club Nights where DJs from Ministry of Sound, Island Records and more will provide the soundtrack to your skating. Less experienced skaters can also take advantage of Skate School to build their confidence - available for single lessons and courses with accredited NISA instructors for all ages and abilities. 

Tickets from £7.50, free entry to the site, arcade, lodge and skate lounge. Click here to book.

2. NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

You'd be hard pressed to find a setting more grand than the courtyard of the Natural History Museum. This year the rink is teaming up with Swarovski from now until January 3rd, offering over 130,000 visitors the chance to skate in view of one of London's most beautiful buildings. A 40ft Christmas tree in the center fo the rink will be sparkling with crystal ornaments and 80,000 twinkling fairy lights to get you in the festive mood. A Swarovski shop is also on hand to sort out any last minute present buying, as well as new cafe bar and balcony where visitors can watch the action from above. If you've got little ones in tow, head down on a weekday in November when the ice rink will hold special sessions for parents and toddlers, with complimentary drinks for both adults and children in the cafe afterwards. 

Tickets start at £8.88 for children, ranging up to £12.65 for adults and £39.68 for families. Click here to purchase yours.

3.  HAMPTON COURT PALACE

Once home to Henry VIII, Hampton Court Palace's famous Tudor façade now provides the backdrop to the venue's annual ice rink, running from the 20th of November to the 3rd of January. Skaters can enjoy views of the building's magnificent red-brick exterior, as well as the banks of the River Thames, followed by festive snacks and warming drinks in the ice bar and café. 

Tickets are on sale now, ranging from £8 from children (aged 3-7 years) to £11.50 for an adult. Concessions are available for students and over 60's with ID. Click here to book.

4. EYESKATE AT THE COCA-COLA LONDON EYE

Running from the 14th of November to the 3rd of January, The Coca-Cola London Eye will once again be reviving its popular Christmas 'Frostival,' this year boasting the biggest ever ice rink in the history of the event. Alongside the skating, a whole range of delicious winter cocktails, produced exclusively by The Cocktail Trading Company, will be on offer at the Cocktail Capsule. The hugely popular London Eye Champagne Experience will also be returning, offering the chance to toast the festive season with views of the London skyline. 

Tickets are available to book now, with a special kids go free offer available for those booking before the 30th of November. Adult tickets start at £9.45 while kids go for £6.75. Click here for more info.

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