A stunning outdoor ice rink and traditional Victorian Christmas Fair is now open at London's Natural History Museum.
With 76,000 Christmas lights in the surrounding trees, the ice rink and its accompanying junior rink make a magical setting, day and night.
A dramatic two-tier viewing area overlooking the ice rink has a café bar serving a winter menu and mulled wine and the Victorian Christmas Fair sells inspirational gifts and decorations.
Groundbreaking portable ice rink
Construction of the Museum's ice rink took two weeks and required 150,000 litres of water to create 13,000m3 of ice. It uses a groundbreaking water-cooled system, which takes heat that is generated in ice chillers to heat the cafe bar and skate hire building. This is the first time this has ever been used on a portable ice rink.
To maintain the rink, 5m3 of snow will be collected every day from the surface of the ice, which will be melted in a specially designed pit using recycled energy from the ice chillers.
The new ice rink is sponsored by Panasonic and will be open until 22 January 2006. Tickets can be bought online following the link below.