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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.

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 Christmas in London, which includes other festive activities!

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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: 2022 dates to be determined
  • 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).


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 £12.50 for over 12s • £11.00 for under 12s
      • Walk-ins: from £13.50 for over 12s • £12.00 for under 12s
    • WEEKEND
      • Prebookings: from £13.50 for over 12s • £13.50 for under 12s
      • Walk-ins: from £14.50 for over 12s • £14.50 for under 12s

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 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: 2022 dates to be determined
  • Hours: 2022 dates to be determined
  • Tickets: 2022 dates to be determined

NOTE: As of September 2022, 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 2022-2023

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

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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: 18th Nov 2022 – 2nd Jan 2023
  • Time: 10 AM to 10 PM, each session last 50 minutes.
  • Prices: General admission £14 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. 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 17th 2022 to 8th January, 2023, 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 £49.00 to £57.00+ £1.20 booking fee
    • Adult/ teen from £17.50 to £20.50+ £1.20 booking fee

7. The Rink at the Natural History Museum

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

  • Dates: 22nd Oct 2022 - 25th Feb 2023
  • Timings:
    • First Session Mon-Fri 10:35 AM, Sat-Sun 09:30 AM
    • Last Session Mon-Sun 09:25 PM
    • Each session lasts 50 minutes
  • Pricing:
    • Adult/Teen 13 years and over - £19.95
    • Children (aged 4-12 years) - £12.95

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.

Queen's House Ice Rink
  • Dates: 17 November 2022 – Sunday 8 January 2023, except Christmas day
  • Pricing: Adults from £16 | Children from £10
  • 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: 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM (timings vary with days)
  • Pricings: 

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: £10
  • Junior (5-15): £9.00
  • Under 5: £7.00
  • Accessible and over 65: £8.50

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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: November 25th, 2022
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