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Slip Slidin’ Away: Where to ice skate in London

Slip Slidin’ Away: Where to ice skate in London


Ice Skating in London

What’s more wintry than a spin on skates? Outdoor ice rinks pop up all over London in November, with family friendly extras like skating lessons, cosy cafes and skate aids to help kids get around the rink (and save your back!). Wherever you are in London there’s an ice skating spot near you.

The Queen’s House Ice Rink

Where: Romney Road, Greenwich SE10 9NF
Featuring: One of the newest rinks in London, it opened in 2019. Located within a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the beautiful Royal Museums Greenwich. Offers striking views of the River Thames and Greenwich Royal Park as you skate.
When: Until 9 Jan, excluding Christmas Day
Cost: Under 16 ticket from £8.50; adult from £15
More info: website

Ice Rink Canary Wharf

Where: Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AB.
Featuring: Covered outdoor ice rink, skate in all weather with Canary Wharf lit up around you, heated winter bar overlooking the rink. Skate aids available to hire 30 min prior to session.
When: Until 26 February
Cost: 13 years and over – £17.95, 4-12 years – £11.95, Family – £49.50
More info: website 

Winter Festival at Brent Cross Ice Rink

Where: Brent Cross Shopping Centre, London, NW4 3FP
Featuring: Enjoy rides, attractions and food at the festival then take to the ice on this large outdoor rink. Skate aids (seals/penguins/polar bears) available to hire on a first come, first served basis.
When: Until 3 January
Cost: Adults – £17, Child (12 – 16 yrs) £15. Prices include entry to Winter Festival.
More info: website



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Somerset House Skate

Where: Strand, WC2R 1LA
Featuring: outdoor skating around Somerset House’s gorgeous courtyard, Alpine restaurant, Skate Lounge by Moët & Chandon, Hotel Chocolat’s hot chocolates and childrens’ workshops, skate school, the Skate Lounge, Skate Lates music nights
When: Open until 16 Jan, excluding Christmas Day
Cost: Adult tickets from £11; Children 12 and under tickets start from £8.50; 10% families discount applied to groups of four (two adults and two children, or one adult and three children)
More info: website

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Ice Rink

Where: Winter Wonderland site in Hyde Park, W2 2UH
Featuring: The UK’s largerst outdoor ice rink! Open-air ice rink with live music from the Victorian bandstand, penguin skate airdes, Ice Guides, plus the rest of what’s on at Winter Wonderland
When: Open until 3 Jan, excluding Christmas Day
Cost: from £7.50 child; £10.50 adult; £30 family ticket
More info: website

 JW3 Ice Rink

Where: 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3 6ET
Featuring: Outdoor skating, penguin aids and banana taboggans available to pre-book
When: 5 Dec – 2 Jan
Cost: £812child (under 15); £17 adult
More info: website


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Natural History Museum Ice Rink

Where: Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD
Featuring: The last year  this iconic skating rink will be here! Outdoor skating with the lovely museum as your backdrop, café/bar, Disco Decades and Acoustic music evening sessions, Penguin Skate Club lessons
When: Open until 12 Jan, excluding Christmas Day
Cost: Adults from £12.65; children from £8.80; families from £39.60
More info: website

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

Where: East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU
Featuring: Outdoor skating in front of the historic home of Henry VIII, ice rink café & bar with kids’ menu, peguin skate aids, skating parties
When: Until 9 Jan, excluding Christmas Day
Cost: Adult/Teen 13 years and over from £16-19; Children 3-12 years old from £11.50-14; family ticket from £46
More info: website


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Where: Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street Entrance, Wapping, London E1W 2SF
Featuring: London’s only real rooftop ice rink, bookable Skylight huts and heated Igloos, food, mulled wine, DJs (kids welcome before 6pm)
When: Open until 18 Jan
Cost: £15 for 45 minutes, pay on arrival, can’t be booked in advance
More info: website

Alexandra Palace Ice Rink

Where: Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY
Featuring: indoor all-weather skating, ice skating classes, Ice Café, ice disco on Saturday nights, birthday parties
When: open year round, check website for holiday closures
Cost: from £6-8 child; from £9.50 adult; £32 family ticket
More info: website 

*Post updated 24 November 2021

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