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Ice Ice Baby: Where to ice skate in London

Where to ice skate in London

By Elisa Freeling

In 1814 you could ice skate on the Thames—and follow up with roast ox and gingerbread and gin. When the river went solid, citizens descended onto the ice and held a spontaneous ‘frost fair’ with pop-up pubs, sledging and lots and lots of drinking. The river hasn’t frozen over in the 200 years since, but you can still get into the festive wintry spirit with some ice skating under the sun (or stars) in London.

You might know about some of the ice rinks that spring up around London for the holiday season, but did you know you can get your skate on well into February? That’s months of mulled wine for you and wet bums for the whole family. The rinks are scattered all round our fair capital, so go on—strap on a pair and get some happy feet this winter with our list of where to ice skate in London this winter:

Broadskate

Where: Exchange Square, Broadgate, Moorgate, EC2
Featuring: outdoor ice rink with street food, mulled wine, ‘skate and dine’ offers, plus events for children
When: until 2 February 2017
Cost: £9.50 under 12/£13.50 adult
More info: www.broadgate.co.uk

Canary Wharf Ice Rink

Where: Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, E14 5AB
Featuring: 8km of LED lights beneath the ice, a clear roof for skating in any weather, a bar and street food
When: until 25 February 2017
Cost: from £10.50 under 12/£14.50 adult (off-peak)
More info: www.icerinkcanarywharf.co.uk

Tower of London Ice Rink

Where: smack in the grounds of the Tower, EC3N 4AB
Featuring: outdoor ice rink with café (and ‘ice bar’, available as a separate booking) and on weekends the ‘Tower Skate Brunch’
When: until 3 January 2017
Cost: £9.50 under 12/£11.50 ages 13 to 15/£13.50 adult
More info: www.toweroflondonicerink.co.uk

Somerset House Skate

Where: Strand, WC2R 1LA
Featuring: outdoor skating around Somerset House’s gorgeous courtyard; Fortnum’s pop-up Christmas Arcade for shopping; and Fortnum’s Lodge and the Skate Lounge for eating and drinking
When: until 15 January 2017
Cost: from £7.50
More info: www.somersethouse.org.uk

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Ice Rink

Where: the northeast corner of the Wonderland site in Hyde Park, W2 2UH
Featuring: open-air ice rink with live music from the Victorian bandstand, plus the myriad other options for shopping/eating/fun-fairing at Winter Wonderland
When: until 2 January 2017
Cost: from £7.50 child/£9.50 adult (off-peak)
More info: hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

LDO Ice Rink

Where: next to London Designer Outlet and Wembley Stadium, HA9 0QL
Featuring: outdoor rink with shops, restaurants and cinema nearby
When: until 2 January 2017
Cost: £7.50 under 12/£9.50 ages 13 to 15/£12.50 adult
More info: iceskateldo.com

JW3 on Ice

Where: 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3 6ET
Featuring: outdoor skating in the piazza at the Jewish cultural centre, with Zest café and pop-up sportswear shop Dare 2b
When: until 8 January 2017
Cost: £7.50 under 12/£12 adult
More info: www.jw3.org.uk

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

Where: Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD
Featuring: outdoor skating with a café/bar and the lovely museum as your backdrop; Thursday evenings are Acoustic Nights; you can also sign up for skating lessons for kids aged 6 to 16 or the Penguin Skate Club for ages 4 to 8
When: until 8 January 2017
Cost: from £8.80 child/£12.65 adult
More info: www.nhm.ac.uk

Skate in Style

Where: Westfield London, White City, W12 7SL
Featuring: indoor skating in the mall; not quite as scenic as some of the other sites, but with the advantage of being weather-proof
When: until 8 January 2017
Cost: from £8.50 child/£10.50 adult (off-peak)
More info: uk.westfield.com/london/entertainment

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

Where: East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU
Featuring: outdoor skating in front of the historic home of Henry VIII, which is lit with vibrantly coloured lights after dark; plus there’s afternoon tea and, on some nights, carol singing
When: until 8 January 2017
Cost: £9.50 under 12/£11.50 13 to 15/£13.50 adult
More info: www.hamptoncourtpalaceicerink.co.uk

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