The Best Ice Skating London Has to Offer
As the nights draw in and the festive cheer starts to spread, ice skating is one of the must do activities for many Londoners. Here’s a round up of some of the best outdoor rinks on offer;
Somerset House Ice Rink
Set in the stunning courtyard of Somerset House, this is an excellent choice for ice skating in the capital. Chose from regular skate sessions, or evening club night skates hosted by some of the best international clubs and festivals, and for the first time this year there’s a night in collaboration with the London Jazz festival. Fortnum and Masons have an on site lodge where you can head for post skating wine and fondue. Adults from £8.85.
Ice Rink Canary Wharf
Open from the 31st October until the end of February, Canary Wharf is one of the largest rinks in London. It’s also got London’s only skate path which allows skaters to follow a trail between fairy-lit trees. If you want to learn from the pros Robert Burgerman, coach from Dancing on Ice, and team are available for private lessons. One hour adult skating session £14.95.
Natural History Museum Ice Skating
Set next to the famous Natural History Museum the Swarovski Ice rink is open until the 3rd January. Most spectacular after dark, why not combine your skate with a late afternoon museum visit. There’ll be acoustic sessions on certain nights from November, and for those little ones new to skating the Penguin Skate Club will be the perfect place to hone your skills. Adults from £12.65
Broadgate Ice Rink
Located conveniently close to Liverpool Street Station and the ever popular Spitalfields Market, Broadgate Ice Rink is another great choice for skating in London. This year they’ve got an onsite pop up bar and restaurant where you’ll be able to warm up after your time on the ice with cheese or chocolate fondue, or for those wanting something a little stronger try their alcoholic hot chocolate. Adult tickets are £13.
Located behind the London Eye, you’ll get stunning views if you chose to skate at Eye Skate this winter. You can opt for packages which include a trip on the London Eye combined with your skate pass. Or simply enjoy the skating, on the bigger than ever before ice rink. Adult tickets from just £9.45.
Tower of London
Enjoy the historic surroundings as you skate next to the Tower of London, the views really our breathtaking. Warm up in bar with festive food and drink. Open from the 20th November through to 3rd January, tickets start at £12 for adults.
Hyde Park’s annual festive playground, Winter Wonderland hosts an ice rink set around the Victorian bandstand. A beautiful location with plenty of twinkling lights as the night draws in. Adult sessions from £14.50.
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Natalie De Luca is a life long Londoner and editor of the South London Blog. Started in 2012 out of a desire to explore new places and share these discoveries for others to enjoy. The South London Blog was awarded the 'Highly Commended' prize at 2014's UK Blog Awards.