It wouldn’t be winter in London without a visit (or two or three or more!) to one of the fun pop up ice rinks set in some of the city’s most iconic spots. Take a spin on the ice at the Tower of London, enjoy a romantic skate at the London Eye or head to the UK’s largest ice rink at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. This year London welcomes a brand new ice rink with Ice Skating at Bluebird in Chelsea. With ice skating a popular winter activity for Londoners and visitors, we highly recommend booking your tickets or timed sessions in advance online. Read on to find out all the best spots to go ice skating this winter in London!
Ice Rink Canary Wharf
26 October 2013 to 16 February 2014
The first ice rink to kick off this year’s ice skating season in London, the Canary Wharf Ice Rink is also the longest running this winter. Open for 16 weeks from the end of October to just past Valentine’s Day next year, there’s plenty of time to get over to Canary Wharf to experience this huge and fun ice rink. Set amidst the soaring buildings of Canada Square, this is the perfect time of year to check out one of London’s hip and lively shopping areas. Take a spin along the skate path (even longer this year than last year!) under the twinkling fairy lights in this romantic yet strikingly urban London setting.
Find out more about the Canary Wharf Ice Rink.
Natural History Museum Ice Rink
31 October 2013 to 5 January 2014
Set against the backdrop of the stunning Natural History Museum in South Kensington, this is one of our favourite London ice rinks. The setting is magical with over 76,000 fairy lights and 1,000 square metres of skating space. A winter Café Bar to warm up, a junior rink for beginners and a cheery carousel make this a fun choice for the whole family! Cozy up with your loved one with a warm and festive drink after taking a twirl around the ice rink. Perfect for a bit of holiday fun while enjoying a break from museum going in South Kensington!
Find out more about the Natural History Museum Ice Rink.
The Bluebird Chelsea Ice Rink
11 November 2013 to 5 January 2014
Ice skating fans and Chelsea lovers are thrilled this year with the opening of the new pop up ice rink at the lovely Bluebird Chelsea Restaurant. Great food, a glamourous ice rink and a festive atmosphere all surrounded by the fabulous shopping of Chelsea … what’s not to love? Take a break from shopping along King’s Road to warm up with a festive drink or meal before hitting the ice for a twirl in one of London’s most stylish settings.
Find out more about the Bluebird Skating Rink.
14 November 2013 to 5 January 2014
Called “The coolest rink of all” by The Sunday Times, Londoners and visitors alike love the Skate ice rink at Somerset House. With a stunning setting and great location right off the Strand, the Skate ice rink is a hub of winter fun in London. Take a spin around with the family during the day or head to one of the Club Nights for a hip setting and live soundtrack spun by top DJs. Enjoy shopping at The Christmas Arcade, a stunning pop up shopping spot featuring the best of British brands and creations by independent artisans. There’s a Skate School for anyone looking to build more confidence on the ice, and little ones can learn to take a spin around the rink with ever so cute Penguin Club.
Find out more about Skate at Somerset House.
Tower of London
16 November 2013 to 5 January 2014
One of the most spectacular settings for ice skating in London, the Tower of London ice rink is located right in the moat of one of the city’s most important landmarks. Take a spin around the ice rink under the iconic battlements and crenelated towers before or after your visit to the Tower of London this winter. There’s also an Ice Bar & Café serving up warming winter drinks and festive treats. Due to the popularity and fantastic historic setting, this is one ice rink you’ll want to be sure to book your tickets in advance to avoid long waits. The rink is open all day and into the night and is beautifully lit after dark!
Find out more about the Ice Skating at the Tower of London.
Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park
22 November 2013 to 5 January 2014
For winter fun for the whole family, head to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park! Once again Winter Wonderland will be home to the UK’s largest ice rink. The little ones will enjoy the rides, ice sculptures in the Magical Ice Kingdom, Christmas Circus and Santa Land. Take a ride around the Giant Observation Wheel for a view overlooking Hyde Park and top off the holiday fun with a stroll through the Christmas Market complete with festive drinks, snacks and food vendors. You might need a spin around the ice rink after sampling all the tempting treats!
Find out more about Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.
London Eye Ice Rink
27 November 2013 to 5 January 2014
Since its opening on the banks of the Thames in 2000, the London Eye has become one of London’s iconic sights. If you haven’t taken a “flight” on the London Eye yet, it’s a fabulous way to enjoy views overlooking London and the Thames. Then head over to the nearby ice rink to try your hand at “Eyeskating” against the backdrop of the London Eye. It’s a magical setting at night with fairy lights and the glowing lights of the London Eye. Tickets for the timed skating sessions are sold online, and we suggest booking your tickets in advance for ice skating at the London Eye.
Find out more about Eyeskating at the London Eye.
Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink
30 November 2013 to 12 January 2014
The ice rink at Hampton Court Palace is a magical setting for ice skating during the holiday season. This year the ice rink is open until January 12, a little later than most of the ice rinks in central London except the rink at Canary Wharf. Hampton Court Palace is an easy 30 minute train tide from London’s Waterloo station via the South West train line. Take a trip outside of London to see Hampton Court Palace, once the royal residence of King Henry VIII, and after your visit take a spin around the ice rink with the beautiful Palace in the background. It’s especially lovely at night!
Find out more about the Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink.
(Image Credits: Eyeskate images courtesy the EDF Energy London Eye, Canary Wharf Ice Rink by Gabrielle Ludlow, Westfield Ice Rink courtesy Westfield London, Winter Wonderland Ice Rink by Donna Rutherford, Hampton Court Ice Rink courtesy Historic Royal Palaces.)