London is certainly blessed with festive ice skating rinks and they don’t get any better than the Tower of London’s offering. You couldn’t ask for a better location, with the imposing medieval fortress behind you and the Thames only a stone’s throw away. The rink is actually located in the Tower’s dry moat, which means skaters can feast their eyes on breathtaking views of the Tower and battlements as they skate.
The Tower of London is best known as a medieval prison – inmates were routinely tortured for their actions or beliefs – and the ice rink seemingly serves the same function today with newcomers in particular facing a tortuous 45 minutes as they struggle to stay upright.
Fortunately, however, these days most visitors to the fortress leave with a smile on their face, regardless of their ability on the ice. It’s the atmosphere that takes the breath away. There is something unspeakably magical about skating around with the imposing Tower as a backdrop.
There’s also something really special about skating on a 1,000-year-old moat. Indeed, the sense of history is all around you and it is difficult to not to be affected by it. It’s certainly not for nothing that they call the Tower “London’s most dramatic rink”.
The usual food and drink options are on offer at the Tower, with the Ice Rink Café & Bar serving hot chocolate, mulled wine, rum punch, Prosecco or for those who really want to indulge themselves – Champagne. If that were not enough, the venue also has it’s own Ice Bar so you can have a really cool Yule!
The Tower of London Ice Rink has a backdrop that’s second to none and with a well stocked bar and an ice bar thrown in, the venue makes the perfect day or evening out.
The organisers of the event advise those who are skating to arrive at least 30 minutes before your session begins.
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