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10 Places for Ice Skating in London

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This post lists 10 top places where you can (normally) go ice skating in London, including prices, hours, and a description of each rink.

Many of the rinks below open before the holiday season, as early as mid-October. Others stay open beyond the New Year.

Be sure to see our full guide Christmas in London, which includes other festive activities!


1. Hampton Court Palace

Another rink settled in a historic location is the ice rink here at Hampton Court Palace.

Guests can take to the ice right outside King Henry VIII’s front door! On the banks of the River Thames, it is truly a magical place to skate.

  • Dates: November 19th 2021 to 2nd January, 2022, excluding Christmas Day
  • Times: 1st session starts from 10 AM, last one starts from 8 PM, each session last for 45 minutes.
  • Prices: (vary by date/time)
    • Family from £46.00 to £52.00+ £1.20 booking fee
    • Adult/ teen from £16.00 to £19.00+ £1.20 booking fee
    • Child aged 10-12 from £11.50 to £14.00+ £1.20 booking fee
    • Child under 10 from £11.50 to £14.00+ £1.20 booking fee
  • Purchase tickets here.
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2. QUEENS Skate Dine Bowl

This historic ice skating rink opened in 1930!

Originally known as QUEENS Ice Club, this indoor rink is centrally located in Queensway in London, and better still, it is opened YEAR-ROUND!

As the name reveals, you can also bowl here as well as dine and drink. There is ice curling, ice karting, and a retro arcade games room.

  • Dates: Year-round
  • Times: Ice skating sessions run throughout the day with breaks for other ice activities. Check their website before you visit.
  • Prices:
    • WEEKDAYS
      • Prebookings: from £11.95 for over 12s • £10.50 for under 12s
      • Walk-ins: from £12.95 for over 12s • £11.95 for under 12s
    • WEEKEND
      • Prebookings: from £12.95 for over 12s • £12.95 for under 12s
      • Walk-ins: from £13.00 for over 12s • £12.95 for under 12s
    • MON & TUES MADNESS
      • Every Monday & Tuesday: (not half-terms, X-mas & Easter school holidays) ICE SKATE for just £7 per person, available all day for all ages

TIP: London Pass holders receive a free session of ice-skating. See more about the London Pass from our post on London Tourist Passes.


3. Skylight Rooftop Ice Rink

Skylight Rooftop Ice Rink

Skylight is Europe's only real ice rooftop ice-rink! The rink is open seasonally, though you can go to Skylight year-round to take in the incredible views of the city skyline.

It is FREE to enter Skylight but if you want to participate in activities there is a charge.

Ice Skating

  • Dates: Unconfirmed for 2021.
  • Hours: Unconfirmed for 2021.
  • Tickets: Unconfirmed for 2021.

NOTE: As of October 2021, Skylight Rooftop Ice Rink has not yet confirmed any dates for the holiday season.


4. Tower of London Ice Rink

Located in the moat of the world-famous Tower of London, visitors skate in the shadow of London’s oldest fortress!

There is also a small bar serving mulled wine and Baileys to keep you warm.

  • Dates: Cancelled for 2021-2022

TIP: Find out about how to visit the Tower of London and how to get discounts on tickets.


5. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Ice Rink

Winter Wonderland is a Christmas market, an amusement park, and an ice skating rink. It's got it all in one easy to reach location, Hyde Park.

Winter Wonderland and the rink is decorated with hundreds of glittering Christmas lights.

At the market, you can find crafts, food, hot chocolate and mulled wine, fantastic rides, and even a circus!

  • Dates: 19th Nov 2021 – 3rd Jan 2022
  • Time: 10 AM to 9 PM, each session last 50 minutes.
  • Prices: General admission £5 plus

Off-Peak Prices

  • Adult: £10.50
  • Child: £7.50
  • Family: £30.00
  • Concession: £9.50
  • Ice Guide: £35.00

Standard Prices

  • Adult: £14.50
  • Child: £9.50
  • Family: £38.00
  • Concession: £13.50
  • Ice Guide: £35.00

Peak Prices

  • Adult: £15.50
  • Child: £10.50
  • Family: £42.00
  • Concession: £14.50
  • Ice Guide: £35.00

6. Somerset House Ice Rink

Set in the courtyard of a stunning 17th-century building, and under the twinkling lights of gigantic Christmas trees, this ice rink is a must-see.

There are concerts in the evenings, as well as treats like chocolate truffles and champagne!

  • Dates: 17 Nov 2021 – 16 Jan 2022
  • Timings: 10 AM to 10 PM, each session last 45 minutes. Timings vary w/ date.
  • Prices: 
    • Adult - tickets from £11.00
    • Child - tickets start from £8.50. A child must be 12 years or under and must be accompanied by an adult on the ice.

A 10% family discount will be automatically applied to orders for groups of four (where there are two adults and two children aged 12 and under, or one adult and three children aged 12 and under).


7. The Rink at the Natural History Museum

Skate under the beautiful Victorian frontage of the Museum, listening to Christmas music, with the option to grab a bite to eat and some hot drinks at the café bar.

  • Dates: 22 October 2021 - 16 January 2022, Closed 25 December
  • Timings: 11.00-22.00 daily (times may vary)
  • Prices:
    • Adult - £15.95
    • Child (Aged 12 and Under) - £10.45 each
    • Family Ticket (Buy in 4s) - £10.73 each
  • Purchase tickets here.

TIP: The Natural History Museum is one of many free museums in London. Why not combine your ice-skating excursion with a visit to the museum?


8. Canary Wharf Rink

  • Dates: OPEN UNTIL 26TH FEBRUARY 2022
  • Timings: Vary with days and dates.
  • Pricing:
    • Adult/Teen 13 years and over - £17.95
    • Children (aged 4-12 years) - £11.95
    • Family: 2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children - £49.50

9. Queen's House Ice Rink

Enjoy unbeatable views of the River Thames and Greenwich Royal Park as you weave (or wobble) your way around the rink.

Queen's House Ice Rink
  • Dates: 18 November 2021 – Sunday 9 January 2022.
  • Pricing: Adults from £15 | Children from £8.50
  • Timings: 11 AM – 8 PM, may vary with date.

10. Alexandra Palace

Alexandra Palace is an iconic London Landmark, host to concerts, events, and exhibitions, with 196 acres of parkland, and an international-sized Ice Rink.

  • Dates: Daily, except for a few holidays.
  • Timings: 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM (timings vary with days)
  • Pricings: 

Weekday Prices

  • Adults: £9.00
  • Junior (5-15): £8.00
  • Under 5: £6.00
  • Concession: £7.50
  • Family: £32.40

Weekend & School Holiday Prices

  • Adults: £9.50
  • Junior (5-15): £8.50
  • Under 5: £6.50
  • Concession: £8.00
  • Family: £34.40

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An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.
Updated: April 7th, 2022
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