Ice skating is one of my favourite Christmas activities; there’s just something wonderfully romantic, festive, and fun about it. There are so many incredible options in London when it comes to ice skating, some with great extras like disco nights, sports or themed sessions. So I’ve put together a list the best ice rinks this winter – and if anyone knows of any others that are worth a skate this Christmas I’d be grateful for comments!
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland ~ 23rd November – 5th January
Once Winter Wonderland – London’s most magical Christmas explosion – takes over Hyde Park, guests can enjoy a beautiful outdoor ice rink. Set around the illuminated Victorian bandstand, with a Christmas tree at it’s centre, under the cover of a web of twinkling lights – this really is ice skating at it’s best. Tickets start at £10.50 per adult, booking in advance is highly recommended.
Somerset House ~ 14th November – 5th January
Set in the impressive surroundings of this 18th century palace, the outdoor rink at Somerset is overlooked by a huge Christmas tree decked out in red ribbons. After a skating session, guests can enjoy the next door Christmas Arcade and pick out a few hand-made gifts. The rink also offers several club nights and discos, as well as a Skate School and rink side Skate Lounge. Tickets start at £7.50 per adult.
Tower of London ~ 16th November – 5th January
Set in the dry moat and overlooked by the dramatic Tower of London, again beautifully illuminated after dark, this may be the most impressive of London’s outdoor ice rinks. As well as a rink-side bar and cafe, the Tower of London Ice Rink also offers ice guides for hire for those unsure of themselves on the ice. Tickets start at £11.50 per adult.
Hampton Court Palace ~ 30th November – 12th January
Another royal setting, this time beneath the grandeur of Henry VIII’s palace, which is illuminated after nightfall to provide a truly fairytale setting for skaters. The Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink also offers skating lessons for children and a rink-side bar and café, serving winter drinks and festive treats. Tickets start at £11.50 per adult.
Natural History Museum ~ 31st October – 5th January
A 950m2 ice rink with a beautifully lit Christmas tree at it’s centre, and the stunning Natural History Museum as it’s backdrop, this is a beautiful place to skate. The rink-side bar offers wintery treats like mulled wine and hot chocolate, with great views of the ice. Tickets start at £11.50 per adult.
Eyeskate ~ 27th November – 5th January
Canary Wharf ~ 26th October – 16th February
The Canary Wharf ice rink is set in Canada Square Park, surrounded by soaring towers and the fantastic nearby complex of shops, bars and restaurants. Tickets start at £13.50 per adult.
Broadgate ~ 4th November – 27th February
The only ice rink in the square mile, this small, circular rink is nestled behind Liverpool Street Station. One of London’s only ‘turn up and skate’ rink, where online booking isn’t required, Broadgate Circle also offers skating lessons, and regular ‘Broomball’ nights. Prices start at £12.50 per adult.
Westfield London ~ 21st November – 5th January
The only indoor rink on the list, the temporary ice rink on Westfield London’s Atrium is made with real ice and visits can be combined with a trip to Santa’s Grotto to make it extra Christmassy. The rink offers themed sessions with Christmas characters, as well as live music and DJ nights. Tickets start at £7 per adult.