Nothing says merrymaking like holiday activities near a place of imprisonment, torture and execution.
Standing guard over the city for more than 900 years, the Tower of London on the north bank of the Thames has also become a place for skaters.
Part of its moat has been frozen and converted into an ice rink, and Londoners and tourists alike have wrapped up in scarves and mittens to take to the ice.
If you get chilled, the Ice Bar and café is on hand for snacks and warming drinks, including mulled wine or hot chocolate. You can skate to your heart’s content through Jan. 4.