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Tower of London Christmas ice rink a festive setting fit for Hollywood

No Christmas rom-com is complete without the obligatory ice rink scene; two lovebirds tumbling into each other's arms to the backing sound of an acoustic cover.

Well, if it's a festive setting fit for Hollywood they're after, Richard Curtis and co need look no further than the Tower of London.

Tumbles and falls are part of the fun
Tumbles and falls are part of the fun

Because in the shadow of one of the UK's most iconic landmarks is the ideal place to enjoy a spin on the ice this Christmas.

A new rink has opened for the holiday season and I went with my family for 45 fun-filled minutes of twists, turns and the odd fall or 12.

Torvill and Dean we most certainly weren't, but the experience is more about soaking up the feelgood atmosphere.

Your fingers may be numb, but the operators pull out all the stops to make you feel warm inside, with illuminated snowflakes dancing on the medieval walls to the sound of festive hits.

The ice rink sits in the shadow of the Tower of London
The ice rink sits in the shadow of the Tower of London

Smiles and laughs - and the odd grimace - are abundant, and my two children say they enjoyed every minute - even the many spent on their knees.

But don't fret if you have little ones who are especially shaky on the ice, because there are penguin skating aids which can be hired at a small cost to keep them upright.

You can warm up afterwards with a hot drink at the attraction's well-stocked cafe, or indulge in something a little stronger from the bar.

A range of tasty treats - including mince pies, obviously - is also on offer.

The rink is open every day until January 5, excluding Christmas Day.

Enjoying the ice - and surprisingly on his feet
Enjoying the ice - and surprisingly on his feet

Book a session between 11am and 9pm on weekdays, and from 10am at weekends. Skating starts at 10am during the week from December 19.

Tickets are £15 for adults, £10.50 for children (aged 3-12), and £45 for a family of four.

For details and to book tickets, go to www.toweroflondonicerink.co.uk.

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