Ice Skating in London

Our Pick of the Christmas Ice Skating Rinks

As the holiday season draws near, there is no shortage of festive activities to enjoy in the Capital.

London has an impressive selection of outdoor festive ice rinks; here is our pick of the best ice skating in London.

The Natural History Museum, South Kensington

This Christmas, in the foreground of the iconic Natural History Museum building, this impressive 1000 square metre ice rink will be open from 27 October 2016 until 8 January 2017.

Thousands of fairy lights make for a magical skating experience, before a well-earned break in the Café Bar – warm up over a mulled wine, hot chocolate or one of the many festive themed refreshments.

Ice skating at the Natural History Museum

There is also plenty on offer for children, from a junior rink for younger skaters to a beautiful fairground carousel next to the rink.

Somerset House, The Strand

The annual ice skating rink returned to the grand courtyard at Somerset House on 17 November 2016 until 15 January 2017. After dark the rink transforms into an open-air nightclub on selected dates with top DJs playing.

Ice skating at Somerset House

Add a touch of glamour to your evening with several luxury skate extras on offer, including Champagne and Truffles or a Cream Tea in Fortnum’s Lodge.

Skaters can also indulge in a little late night shopping at The Christmas Arcade pop-up version of Fortnum & Mason.

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park

Open from 18 November 2016 until 2 January 2017, the ice skating rink at Winter Wonderland is set around the Victorian bandstand in Hyde Park under a canopy of twinkling fairy lights.

After your session on the ice there is no shortage of festive activities on offer with the Magical Ice Kingdom, Zippos Christmas Circus, Santa land and a giant observation wheel.

Hampton Court Palace

The ice skating rink at Hampton Court Palace is back from 25 November 2016 until 8 January 2017.

Hampton Court Palace Ice Skating

The magnificent Tudor West front of the Palace provides a stunning backdrop for the ice rink, which is illuminated after dark.

Ice Rink, Canary Wharf

The Ice Rink, located in the heart of Canary Wharf, is open from 4 November 2016 until 25 February 2017. This ice skating venue features London’s first skate path, leading skaters under trees twinkling with fairy lights and back to the main ice rink.

Ice Skating at Tower of London

Located in the Tower’s dry moat, the Tower of London ice rink is open from 16 November 2016 until 3 January 2017 offering a grand historical setting for seasonal skating sessions.

Ice Skating at Tower of London

This year, skaters can enjoy a drink in the Eis Haus Ice Experience – a bar made completely of ice – or the Après Bar with views across the Tower.

Broadgate Ice Rink

Broadgate Ice Rink is a great place for festive outings, which opened on 14 November and will run until February.

Broadgate Ice Rink

After the ice-skating has finished, head over to neighbouring Broadgate Circle’s to enjoy the restaurants including Yauatcha City and Jose Pizzaro.

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