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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Get your skates on: London's top ice rinks named

14th November 2011

Visitors to central London hotels this winter season may be interested in attending the top five ice skating rinks in the capital as listed by Time Out magazine.

The London tourism experts highlight the best skating attractions the city has to offer, many of which are within the shadow of famous sightseeing destinations.

"It hasn't half come round quick, but London's scenic spots have been well and truly iced up again," explained the publication.

"The rinks are ready and waiting for skater boys and girls to throw some slip 'n' slide seasonal shapes."

Eyeskate, located in the Jubilee Gardens overlooking the illuminated London Eye, opens on November 19th with a performance of the Nutcracker and also features a Skate Off on December 19th.

Famed London museum the Natural History Museum has already unveiled its 1,000-square-metre skating rink, which also boasts a carousel and a bar where people can warm up over hot beverage or mulled wine.

History buffs exploring the grim past of the Tower of London can also stop off for a bit of fun in the rink set within the dry moat of the former-fortress from November 19th through to January 8th.

November 26th will see the opening of ice skating facilities at Hampton Court Palace, a 900-square-metre rink.

Canary Wharf is not only a financial centre in London but it also hosts one of its larger ice rinks, with a nearby bar available for those who just like to watch.

Finally, Broadgate Ice, London's oldest open-air rink, is open until February 12th and opened its 26th year with five Humboldt penguins sliding across the ice.


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