London gets icy this winter

Every year, many famous venues across London are transformed by the presence of ice skating rings as people get in the mood for the festive season.

Perhaps the most popular rink is at London's Somerset House. The 900-metre square rink will open on November 16th and is ideally located for those staying at central London hotels this winter.

As well as the chance to take skating lessons, there are also late-night skating nights being held throughout November and December. Tickets for a one-hour session on the ice start at £12.50 for adults and £7.50 for children, and can be booked online in advance or purchased from the Somerset House box office.

Another ice rink alternative can be found at London's Canary Wharf. Opening on November 3rd, the rink has been redesigned for the 2012 season and will also feature the first skate path in London.

Sessions can be booked in one-hour slots and include the hire of skates. Adult tickets, for those aged over 13, are priced at £12.50 and children cost £8.50. There is also a family ticket costing £32, which covers two adults and two children or one adult with three children.

The rink is in the heart of Canary Wharf and the can be reached via the Jubilee Line, the DLR of the Tames Clipper boat service.

For those preferring not to skate, there is a rink side bar selling a whole range of winter warming drinks for spectators.  Canary Wharf also has more than 200 shops, bars and restaurants, so there is plenty to do while the rest of the family enjoy their time on the ice.

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