Where to go ice skating in London this Christmas

October 22, 2021Amy Hughes0

Ice skating in London is back in full force this year, from the biggest rinks (Winter Wonderland) to the one that’s open the longest (Canary Wharf, until Feb 2022!). Get your skates on, you don’t want to miss these…


Natural History Museum
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After 16 years, the Natural History Museum’s iconic ice rink returns to provide festive joy for the final time. Set against the backdrop of the Waterhouse building, the Ice Rink is one of the most magical places to be this winter. Frost-covered trees, fairy lights and the smell of mulled wine in the air: perfection. Find out more.


Somerset House
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Somerset House’s ice rink is one of the most iconic every season. Skate around the grand neoclassical courtyard on this huge, 900-square-metre outdoor rink, with a 40-foot Christmas tree sat primed and ready for maximum Insta potential. Skate Lates are a real draw, too. DJs like Mia Lily, Mal, Chloe English, Heléna Star and collective Girls Don’t Sync take to the rinkside decks for huge open-air parties. Find out more.


Hampton Court Palace
© Historic Royal Palaces 2021

A flurry of frozen is coming to Henry VIII’s former residence from 13 November with the return of Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink. Glide under the stars in a beautiful, open-air ice rink, offering amazing views of the historic Tudor palace. Once your skating session is over, take a seat at the Ice Rink Café & Bar and enjoy a festive mince pie or share a hearty food platter. Get your skates on – only open until 9 January 2022. Find out more.


Queen’s House
© Royal Museums Greenwich

Skate in the shadow of England’s finest piece of seventeenth-century Palladian architecture created for a fairytale queen. The Queen’s House ice rink is one of London’s most captivatingly beautiful. The dramatically landscaped Unesco World Heritage Site is picture-perfect and always looks dazzling. Find out more.


Canary Wharf
© Ice Rink Canary Wharf

Almost in complete contrast to the regal surroundings of Queen’s House, the ice rink in Canary Wharf’s Canada Square Park sits amongst the skyscrapers. Filling the district with frosty fun once again, the 1,200-square-metre covered rink is open for a mega 18 weeks until 22 February 2022. So there’s plenty of time for you to enjoy ice skating beneath twinkling lights. Looking for aprés-skate fun? Get cosy in Off Piste, the new Alpine-themed bar which offers excellent views of the rink. Find out more.


Alexandra Palace


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The ice rink at Alexandra Palace is a year-round attraction visited by hundreds of thousands of skaters every year. From first-timers all the way up to seasoned pros and national champions, it’s perfect for all abilities. Combine your skate with Fireworks Night fun on 6 November, as the Fireworks Festival takes over Ally Pally. [Please note that the rink will be closed on:
6, 14 &15 November, 6-8 December (4pm–5pm session only), 11 & 12 December.]


Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
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Arguably the home of Christmas in London, of course there has to be an ice rink at Winter Wonderland! As well as a Christmas market, German-style beer hall and cosy Christmas film area, it also boasts the biggest outdoor ice rink in the UK, which surrounds a Victorian bandstand and is illuminated with more than 100,000 twinkly lights. Find out more.


Skylight Tobacco Dock


From 5 November, Europe’s only real rooftop ice rink will return to Skylight Tobacco Dock for the first time since 2019. It’s time to lace up your skates and spin against limitless skies. Skate for 45 minutes (£12pp). You can only book on the day, and a reservation for a table or one of the magical igloos is highly recommended. Find out more.


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