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12 Places for Ice Skating in London

Updated: November 26, 2023
 By Margaret

This post lists 12 top places where you can (normally) go ice skating in London.

We include prices, hours, and a description of each rink.

Many of the ice 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 to Christmas in London, which includes other festive activities!


1. 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: Nov 15th, 2023 - Jan 14th, 2024
  • Timings: To be announced
  • Prices: To be announced

It will also feature an exclusive selection of decorations personally curated by Moët & Chandon.

The rink is situated at Somerset House on the Strand.

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).

Dining:

Gourmet dining is making a comeback at Chalet Suisse by Jimmy Garcia, offering a delightful dining experience after ice-skating at the temporary Alpine restaurant located in the West Wing of Somerset House.

Additionally, visitors can savor delightful beverages and cocktails at the Skate Lounge by Whispering Angel, making for a luxurious treat off the ice.

For more information, click here.


2. QUEENS Skate Dine Bowl

This historic Queens 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 open 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: £12.75 for over 12s • £11.25 for under 12s
    • WEEKEND: from £13.75 for over 12s • £13.75 for under 12s
    • OFFER DAYS: Mondays and Tuesdays for £8 for all

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

Dining:

In collaboration with MEATliquor, you can enjoy not just burgers but a wide range of cocktails, craft beer, fried chicken, vegan options, and a kids menu.

For more details, click here.

Special Events: Queens has 2 special events on the offerings, a 12-lane Bowling booth and Curling.


3. Skylight Rooftop Ice Rink

Skylight is Europe's only real ice rooftop 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: 2023 dates to be determined
  • Hours: 2023 dates to be determined
  • Tickets: 2023 dates to be determined

Dining:

Skylight has wonderful indoor and outdoor seating options where you can enjoy cocktails, and amazing food alongside a live DJ.

For complete details or to book. click here.

Games: Along with amazing food, you can also enjoy Croquet, Pétanque, and Table tennis games with your friends and families.


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 2023-2024

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 are decorated with hundreds of glittering Christmas lights.

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

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland features a colossal observation wheel, a Santa’s Grotto, and a large indoor ice rink suitable for skaters of all skill levels.

The nearest station to reach here is Hyde Park Corner.

  • Dates: 17th Nov 2023 – 1st Jan 2024
  • Time: 10 AM to 10 PM.
  • Prices: General admission £15 plus

Off-Peak Prices

  • Adult: £11.50
  • Child: £8.50
  • Family: £34.00
  • Concession: £10.50
  • Ice Guide: £35.00

Standard Prices

  • Adult: £15.00
  • Child: £10.00
  • Family: £40.00
  • Concession: £14.00
  • Ice Guide: £35.00

Peak Prices

  • Adult: £16.50
  • Child: £11.50
  • Family: £46.00
  • Concession: £15.50
  • Ice Guide: £35.00

Food and Dining:

Whether you like a formal dining experience, a quick snack while on the go, or indulging in some holiday drinks, Winter Wonderland offers a diverse range of options to cater to all tastes.

To learn about all their food and dining options, click here.

Special Events: Not just ice skating, Hyde Park offers a plethora of other activities like roller coaster rides, games, shows, music, shopping, and other thrilling activities.

To know about all of them, click here.


6. Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

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 17th, 2023 to 7th January, 2024, excluding Christmas Day
  • Times: 1st session starts at 10 AM, the last one starts at 8 PM, and each session lasts for 45 minutes.
  • Prices: (vary by date/time)
    • Family from £53.00 to £58.00+ £1.20 booking fee
    • Adult/ teen from £19.00 to £21.00+ £1.20 booking fee

Dining: They have an onsite Cafe and Bar which serve a wide range of savory treats and festive beverages. For more details, click here.


7. Natural History Museum Ice Rink

After hosting ice skating for 16 years, this rink is now permanently closed as the five-acre gardens on which the rink sits will be transformed into a hub for urban wildlife


8. Canary Wharf Rink

Canary Wharf Ice Rink is a popular seasonal ice skating venue located in the heart of London's Canary Wharf.

It offers a picturesque setting with views of the iconic skyscrapers and hosts various winter-themed events and activities for visitors to enjoy during the holiday season.

  • Dates: Oct 21st, 2023 - Feb 24th, 2024
  • Timings:
    • First Session Monday-Wednesday 11:00 AM, Thursday-Sunday 09:00 AM
    • Last Session Monday-Sunday 09:00 PM
    • Each session lasts 45 minutes
  • Pricing:
    • Adult/Teen 13 years and over - £20.95
    • Children (aged 4-12 years) - £15.95

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.

  • Dates: 23rd November 2023 – Sunday 7th January 2024, except Christmas day
  • Pricing: Adult tickets from £17 | Children from £10
  • Timings: 11 AM – 8 PM, may vary with date.

Dining: Benugo café, which is located inside the skate exchange, next to the ice rink offers hot drinks and seasonal food options.


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.

Ally Pally Ice Rink offers a thrilling ice skating experience with picturesque views of Alexandra Palace in London.

Throughout the year, Alexandra Palace's spacious indoor ice arena welcomes visitors for open skating sessions, figure skating lessons, ice hockey practice, children's activities, and private parties.

  • Dates: Daily, except for a few holidays.
  • Timings: 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM (timings vary with days)
  • Pricing: 

Weekday Prices

  • Adults: £9.50
  • Junior (5-15): £8.50
  • Under 5: £6.50
  • Accessible and over 65: £8.00

Weekend & School Holiday Prices

  • Adults: £11
  • Junior (5-15): £10.00
  • Under 5: £8.00
  • Accessible and over 65: £9.00

Events: Alexandra Palace hosts exciting ice hockey games and regular matches with their local team, the Clockwise Haringey Huskies and there are also ice hockey clubs for grown-ups to join. Click here.


11. Glide at Battersea Power Station

Set against the backdrop of one of London's most iconic landmarks, Glide at Battersea Power Station promises to offer the ultimate winter skating experience in the city.

Delight in unparalleled views of the Thames while gliding across three interconnected skating rinks adorned with sparkling lights and a magnificent 30-foot Christmas tree.

It's the ideal spot for capturing that memorable festive selfie.

  • Dates: Nov 10th, 2023 - Jan 7th, 2024, except for Christmas
  • Timings: 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM (timings vary with days)
  • Pricing: Adults from £13.75, Child from £9.35

Dining:

The Battersea Power Station rink boasts a Glass House where you can sit back and enjoy hot chocolate and more while watching the skaters glide or simply gazing at the power station.

Additionally, the Battersea Power station is home to more than 120 shops, bars, cafes, and restaurants where you can definitely find something to relish.


12. Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre

The ice rink at Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre is a well-equipped and spacious facility.

It offers a welcoming environment for ice skaters of all levels, from beginners to advanced.

Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre
By Matt Brown from London, England - Streatham Ice and leisure centre, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=82239436

With regular public skating sessions, figure skating classes, and ice hockey opportunities, it caters to a diverse range of interests.

This Olympic-sized ice rink spanning 60x30 meters, is capable of accommodating more than 900 spectators.

This incredible venue provides a wide range of activities to suit all preferences.

  • Timings: 11:30 AM – 16:45 PM
  • Pricing: Adults £9.78, Child £9.20

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About The Author

Margaret

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. Read More...
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