Events: Christmas at Somerset House and Hampton Court Palace

Choose your palace: festive events to enjoy at Somerset House and Hampton Court.

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Skate on the fabulous courtyard ice rink at Somerset House — then treat yourself to a cocktail, Welsh rarebit or hot chocolate from Fortnum & Mason as the West Wing becomes the famous Piccadilly store’s pop-up Christmas arcade.

At Hampton Court, stock up on seasonal specialities and pick up great tips for Christmas dinner this weekend at the BBC Good Food Festival Fayre, then try out the palace’s atmospheric ice rink which has been decked out with a beautiful tree.

After Christmas, a feast fit for the court of Queen Elizabeth I will be laid out in the palace’s Great Hall, with food, music and dancing typical of Good Queen Bess’s era (daily, December 27 to January 3). Tickets £19.30, or £9.70 for under-16s.

Now until January 3 at Somerset House and Hampton Court Palace.

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