The summer may be over, but that's no reason to get all depressed, because it's time to start looking forward to winter and all the wonderful goings-on that will be taking place in the capital during the colder months.
As it happens, London is one of the best places in the world to be during the festive period, with the entire city turning into a winter wonderland, and the appearance of several outdoor ice skating rinks at various locations throughout the city really helps to enhance this impression.
This year will see a huge number of rinks pop up at some of London's most iconic venues, with the one outside the Natural History Museum being among the most exciting. With lots of stalls nearby selling food and drink, this is a great place to try out your skating skills, and makes a great addition to a day walking round the museum.
Located in South Kensington, the Natural History Museum is just a stone's throw from the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the ice rink will be in place from October 31st to January 5th.
Hyde Park, meanwhile, is also just a short stroll away, and will once again host its annual Winter Wonderland funfair this year, complete with its very own ice rink. Beginning on November 23rd, this family favourite will provide visitors with the chance to see circus performances as well as browse the Christmas market and take a ride on the big wheel – not to mention get their skates on.
Somerset House is another of London's most iconic landmarks, and will be home to a festive ice skating rink from November 14th to January 5th, while another will also be set up outside the Tower of London, beginning on November 16th.
Wherever you happen to be staying in London, you can be sure there's an ice rink near your hotel this Christmas.