The Tower of London opened its ice rink on Thursday 22 November, with a dedicated launch party by international event business Arena.

The festive season got underway with an exclusive performance by the West End Musical Choir, singing a variety of West End and Christmas hits, as well as a selection of seasonal food and drink from the Ice Rink Café Bar and The Pie Man of Chelsea.

James Anderson, commercial director of Arena UK and Europe, said: “This is the third season that we have supplied the ice rink and onsite services at the Tower of London, and we are delighted to be partnering with Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, once again.

“We hope to add even more enchantment to this iconic venue which offers a truly unique skating experience in the heart of the capital.”

After dark, a section of the Tower of London’s ramparts were illuminated with a dancing snowflake projection to create a stunning backdrop to the ice rink. Arena has also collaborated with Historic Royal Palaces on the delivery and operation of another ice rink at Hampton Court Palace.

Overseeing the event was Kate Karagholi, marketing manager for the UK and Europe division of Arena, who said: “We are absolutely thrilled to launch these rinks at two of the most high profile heritage attractions in the UK, which makes the skating experience incredibly memorable for people taking to the ice this season. Visitors can immerse themselves in the history of these treasured locations and soak up the magnificent backdrops.”

The Tower of London Ice Rink is open to the public every day – except Christmas Day – from 23 November until 6 January 2019.