There’s something for everyone at the Natural History Museum Ice Rink this Christmas. Whether out for a romantic date or a family outing every single person leaves the Ice Rink with memories that can last a lifetime. With more than 1000 square meters of ice and over 75,000 fairy lights lacing the trees above, it guarantees one of the best festive atmospheres in London.
Entertainment is available for visitors of all ages: a fairground carousel, a junior rink for younger skaters and delicious festive-themed refreshments in the Café Bar. Offering sumptuous food, warming drinks and creative cocktails, families can feast on delicious treats, and couples can cosy up with a hot chocolate on the open-air balcony overlooking the Ice Rink.
Not to forget the museum itself, a day in the Natural History Museum is arguably the best museum experience in the world. With free entry, countless fossils and life-size replicas of dinosaurs including the majestic T-Rex.
Why not take a pleasant stroll from the museum, through Green Park and Knightsbridge, a great way to take in some of London’s most prestigious areas. After a crisp walk, come back and relax in DUKES Champagne Bar, featured in Made in Chelsea, to carry on the festive celebrations in style.
This year, Kew Gardens’ annual seasonal makeover is not one to be missed. Take a stroll through the illuminated gardens as they are transformed with a series of lighting installations created by prestigious artists from all across the UK. As twilight falls and the magic begins, take in the enchanted gardens and beautiful winter landscape as you explore all that Kew has to offer. An enjoyable stroll through the gardens should take around one hour and 15 minutes.
Once you’ve explored the enchanted gardens, it’s time to get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy one of the many festive family attractions. Take a ride on the charming Victorian carousel and other vintage fairground rides, or visit the boutique Christmas market which promises foodie treats and festive music for all. There’s something for old and young alike and you can even visit Santa’s Grotto and meet the man himself. Kew Gardens promises to be a magical visit this Christmas and offers fun for all of the family.
The winter trails at Kew Gardens will take place from 4.30-10.00pm on a range of different dates between 28th November – 4th January. Visit http://www.kew.org/ for more details. Why not make the day really special and treat a loved one to festive afternoon tea at Dukes Hotel before whizzing on to Kew Gardens for the winter trails? Accompanied by a glass of champagne, it’s the perfect toast to the happiest season of all!
Winter Wonderland returns to London’s Hyde Park this winter, transforming the vast park into a festive fairyland.
This free event offers a range of fun, festive activities for the whole family, including an illuminated ice rink, magical Santa’s grotto and a plethora of fairground rides. Visitor’s favourites include the Christmas market with a traditional Bavarian theme running through its cafés and bars as well as the undercover restaurant, Spiegel Saloon.
One of the main attractions of this year’s Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is the Magical Ice Kingdom which will be returning with its breath-taking ice sculptures. The Kingdom is the largest of its kind in the UK, and was created exclusively for the Winter Wonderland. Zippos’ evening circus spectacle Cirque Berserk pushes the boundaries of traditional circus entertainment with a death-defying knife throwing act, and daring high wire performance. The Winter Wonderland starts on the 22nd November and runs until the 5th January. Booking in advance may be required for some of the attractions and events, so check out www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com for more information.
After embracing the winter weather in Hyde Park, why not come and warm up at DUKES London in our gorgeous PJ champagne lounge, which serves the finest Perrier Jouet champagne and champagne cocktails, or treat the family to an overnight stay at reduced rates in one of our Luxury Suites?