1. Somerset House

Skate in the stunning courtyard by day or visit after dark when they host club nights with music from top international DJs. Relax après-skate at Fortnum’s Lodge or the Skate Lounge and shop at the pop up Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade.

Somerset House Trust, South Building, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA, until January 15, 2017. Details: 020 7845 4600

Harrow Times: Alexandra Park and Palace

2. Alexandra Palace

It may be there all year round but that doesn’t mean it should be forgotten at Christmas. There are plenty of other things to do around Ally Pally, such segways, boating, a bar and kitchen and farmers market on Sundays.

Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY. Details: 020 8365 2121

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3. Wembley Park

Based at Wembley Park, novices and experts alike have the chance to skate next to the iconic arch of Wembley Stadium and SSE Arena. There will be a fabulously frosty snow shower every hour, a glimmering nine metre high Christmas tree, plus a special Santa Post Box where you can post your Christmas wishes for the chance to win fantastic festive prizes.  

Wembley, HA9 0RX, until January 2, 2017. Details: londondesigneroutlet.com

4. JW3

North West London’s winter ice rink, in the Piazza at JW3 promises fun for everyone, whether you’re a complete newbie or you know your Double Lutz from your Triple Salchow. As well as the skating area, Zest café is open to all visitors and you can visit the Dare 2b pop up shop for your winter accessories. 

JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, West Hampstead, London, NW3 6ET, until January 8, 2017. Details: 020 7433 8988

Harrow Times: The Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park

5. Winter Wonderand

The largest open air ice rink in the UK, set around Hyde Park’s Victorian bandstand under a canopy of sparkling lights. Enjoy the afternoon sun as it glistens on the ice with live music from the bandstand provides a backdrop to your skate throughout the day, or soak up the romantic atmosphere at twilight, or skate after dark under the stars.

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London, W2, until January 2, 2017. Details: hydeparkwinterwonderland.com