Tis the season for skating: here are our top ice rings in London this winter
Yep, it’s time to bust out your best axels, loops or flips, and glide to where we can all be dancing on ice this winter.
Somerset House with Moët & Chandon
Dates : until 15th Jan
Address : Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Transport: Tube: Temple/Charing Cross/Covent Garden
Price: From £11 plus booking fee
Opening Times: from 09:30am
Skate around the grand neoclassical courtyard on this huge 900-square-metre outdoor rink, with a magnificent 40ft Christmas tree right in the middle. Providing the perfect picture moments. With contemporary music and a must have gift selections from Hotel Chocolat plus yummy food and drink. What’s more, Chalet Suisse by Jimmy Garcia are also returning for delicious post ice skating dining. There are also skating lessons with Skate School and ultimate nightlife sets from trailblazing DJs on rink-side decks at Skate Lates with UNIQLO.
Hampton Court Palace London Ice Ring
Dates: until 8th Jan
Address: East Molesey Surrey London KT8 9AU
Transport: Rail: Hampton Court
Price: £17.50, £13 child
Opening hours: 10am-8.45pm
Enjoy spectacular skating in Henry VIII’s historic home, with this beautiful Tudor palace as your backdrop. The ring is a wapping 1,040 square metres. It’s very family friendly, with little penguin and dolphin skate aids available for children. There are plenty of winter warmers available – mulled wine, hot chocolates and festive treats. Plus, if you book a group experience, there is a discount off your booking.
Battersea Power Station’s brand new Ice Ring – Glide
Dates: until 8th Jan
Address: Footpath beneath Grosvenor Bridge SW8 4NN
Transport: Rail: Battersea Park
Price: From £7.20
Opening Times : 10 am -9pm
This is probably the coolest ice ring by far! Located at the site of one of London’s most iconic buildings. There is a spectacular 30ft Christmas tree in the centre, the perfect location for that epic festive selfie. After your skate, enjoy live entertainment, hop on a vintage funfair ride, or chill out with a mulled wine in a cosy Igloos or their swanky bar – The Glass House, and plus you can sample local food vendors.
Alexandra Palace Ice Ring
Dates : indoor Ice Ring open all year round, but the Festive Skate session: 28 Nov – 8 Jan
Address: Alexandra Palace Way N22 7AY
Transport: Tube: Wood Green; Bus: W3 bus; Rail: Alexandra Palace
Opening Time: 11:30 – 17:30pm (times vary, check the website)
You can book Christmas skate sessions or Christmas Club de Fromage Discos and enjoy whizzing around the rink to your favourite Christmas tunes, followed by a mulled wine, Baileys hot chocolate, and mince pie in their festive East Court Café.
The Queen’s House Ice Ring
Dates: until 8th Jan
Address: Romney Road Greenwich London SE10 9NF
Transport: Tube: Cutty Sark DLR
Price: £16, child £10
Opening hours:10am to 9pm
This magnificent ice ring is set in the UNESCO World Heritage spot, in the grounds of The Royal Museums Greenwich. The rink is surrounded by iconic architecture, with views of Greenwich Park to the south and the glittering lights of Canary Wharf to the north, providing a backdrop of some of the best views in London. This definitely offers the most fairy tale of settings.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland – Lidl on Ice
Dates: 18 Nov – 02 Jan
Address: London W2 4RU
Transport:Tube: Marble Arch
Price: Free, £5 or £7.50
Opening hours: 10am-10pm
Set around the charming Victorian bandstand in Hyde Park. For the 2nd year running, Hyde Park ice ring will be sponsored by Lidl and they are providing their award winning pigs in blankets with a festive sauce of your choice for just £3! All proceeds that are made will be donated to Lidl’s charity partner Neighbourly. Enjoy the Lidl Lift! Make sure you download the Lidl Plus app before arriving to experience their heated undercover viewing platform, giving you a vantage point over the ice rink
There is no minimum age for skaters, under-12s must be accompanied by someone 16 or over and the smallest skates for hire are children’s size 9 (adult skates go up to size 13). You can use your own skates as long as they’re not speed skates. Wheelchair users are welcome on the ice. There are also ice guides who can look after groups of up to 15 skaters at a time (for an additional charge). There will be the usual highlights at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland : Santa’s grotto, fairground rides, a Christmas market, themed bars with real fires and the Bar Ice – where even your drinking glass is made of ice.
Christmas at Skylight Tobacco Dock
Dates: 1 Dec 20222 Feb 2023
Address : Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane, London, E1W 2SF
Opening hours: Thu-Sun: 12pm to 11pm
Europe’s only rooftop ice ring. Glide against this epic skyline. Skate rentals are provided but skate skills will be all on you. If it’s your first time, they have safety penguins ready to the rescue! After your skate session, snuggle up in their cosy blankets, and head to their heated après-skate bars & sip on some mulled wine and tuck into their delicious alpine themed street food menu for an unforgettable winter experience. You can prebook igloos and huts for a fee.
Canary Wharf Ice Ring
Dates: until 25th Feb
Address: Canada Square Park. London, E14 5AH
Transport: Tube: Canary Wharf
Price: £19.95, £14.95 child
Opening hours: 10am-10pm
Skate beneath Canary Wharf’s twinkling skyline and treat yourself to one of London’s most captivating winter experiences as Ice Rink Canary Wharf returns. There is a covered canopy, so rain or shine, nothing can disrupt your festive fun. Then swish over to Off Piste, the area’s new Alpine-themed bar, whose rink-side location boasts the best views of those skating on the rink. With a variety of drinks and lite bites on offer to cater to all tastes.
JW3 Ice Ring
Dates : 4 December 2022-2 January 2023
Address: Jewish Community Centre, 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3 6ET
Transport: Tube: Finchley Road
Price: £13, £8 child
Opening hours: 10am-7pm
West Hampstead’s Jewish arts, culture and community centre has a 200m2 outdoor ice ring, that comes complete with glimmering lights, vibrant music and an electric atmosphere. Whether you want to practise your double lutz or just your double klutz, skate, enjoy North West London’s favourite pop-up ice rink at JW3. You can pre book helpful penguin stabilisers or banana toboggans for less confident little ones to have fun on. . It’s also the only London ice rink open on Christmas Day.
Brent Cross Winter Festival
Dates: 26th Nov -2nd Jan
Address: Brent Cross, London NW4 3EP
Price: From £3
Opening hours: 12pm-9pm Mon-Sun during holidays, during term time 4pm-9pm Mon-Fri, and 12pm-9pm Sat and Sun.
The Winter Festival at Brent Cross is a treat for all the family. Featuring a giant observation wheel, a host of exciting rides and attractions, amazing food outlets and one of London’s largest ice rings. The best bit is, the ice ring is indoors,so there is no chance you will slide or be blown away in bad weather.
Queen’s Skate Dine Bowl
Dates: All year round
Address: 17 Queensway, London. W2 4QP
Transport: Tube: Queensway/Bayswater
Opening hours: 10am-5pm closed Christmas Day, back open Boxing day
This Ice ring, bowling alley and arcade has been around for 90 years, but recently had a mega makeover. MEATliquor & QUEENS proudly present The SIN BIN, the UK’s first rink-side skate up bar. MEAT & Liquor served daily. Available for private hire & a little karaoke too! With lights and music, there is a real party feel. On Wednesdays and Saturdays they also have curling.
The Ice Rink at Winter Village, Westfield London
Date: 8 Nov to 08 Jan
Address: 1081 Ariel Way, London W12 7GF
Transport: Wood Lane (Circle & Hammersmith & City Line) / White City (Central Line)
Opening hours : 10:00 – 22:00 (last skate 21:00)
Price: Adult/Teen : £15.50 – £18.50, Children : £11.00 – £13.50, family ticket: £45.00 – £54.00, Skate Aid: £5.
Discover a magical winter wonderland where you can skate under the stars at the Ice Rink at Winter Village, Westfield London. Take a trip to the Winter Village after for a hot drink and a sweet treat. It’s the perfect Christmas day out for all ages. And you can pop into the shops for some last minute christmas presents or essentials.
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