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Christmas 2016: The best west London ice rinks to visit during the festive season

There are many different ice rinks and ice-skating venues to visit this Christmas, many of which are right on your doorstep!

Christmas is officially on the way, and what better to do during the festive season than to wrap up in your favourite woollies, get your skates on and spend an hour trying not to fall over on an ice rink?

There are loads of ice skating venues around west London to visit, from iconic locations to rinks inside winter wonderland venues, so there's no excuse to not try the activity this winter.

So pick one of these great venues and enjoy a good skating session... You can always warm up afterwards with a delicious hot chocolate!

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Wembley Park

Enjoy spectacular ice skating next to the iconic Wembley Stadium and London Designer Outlet.

Open to everyone from beginners to experts, this sparkling ice rink is perfect for anyone in the Wembley area to try!

When: Friday November 18 to Monday January 2, 2017

Where: Wembley Park, Wembley Park Boulevard, Wembley, HA9 0QL

Cost: Tickets cost £12.50 for adults, £9.50 for concessions, £7.50 for children aged 3-12 years

The Natural History Museum

Set against the stunning backdrop of the Natural History Museum, this ice rink is surrounded by gorgeous trees and twinkling fairy lights.

Why not visit the museum, enjoy an ice skating session, then warm up with a delicious hot chocolate?

When: Thursday October 27 to Sunday January 8, 2017

Where: The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BD

Cost: Tickets cost from £12.65 for adults, from £8.80 for children

Ice skating at the Natural History Museum(Image: Stephen Frak)

Somerset House

Enjoy a winter day out skating in Somerset House's courtyard, before heading to a fun 'après-skate' at their Fortnum's Lodge or Skate Lounge complete with delicious food and drink.

When: Thursday November 17 to Sunday January 15

Where: Somerset House, The Strand, Westminster, WC2R 1LA

Cost: Tickets cost from £7.50

Hampton Court Palace

Held in the grounds of the historic Hampton Court Palace, this ice rink is a must-visit for history lovers... Why not see if you can spot a spooky ghost while you're skating around?

When: Friday November 25 to Sunday January 8

Where: Hampton Court Palace, Molesey, East Molesey, KT8 9AU

Cost: Early bird tickets cost from £12.15 for adults

Hampton Court Palace at Christmas

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park will host an ice rink as part of its festive activities; why not go skating, then enjoy a big wheel, tasty food, a winter grotto or a fun show?

Find out everything you need to know about Winter Wonderland Hyde Park here.

When: Friday November 18 to Monday January 2, 2017

Where: Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH

Cost: Tickets cost from £14.50 for adults, from £13.50 for concessions and from £9.50 for children

Westfield London

Head to this indoor ice rink in Westfield Shopping Centre and enjoy twinkling Christmas lights, live music and DJs as you skate!

When: Thursday November 24 to Sunday January 8

Where: Westfield London, Ariel Way, Shepherd's Bush, W12 7GF

Cost: From £10.50 for adults

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