10 Places for Ice Skating in London

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


10 PLACES TO GO ICE SKATING IN LONDON

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: December 5, 2020, to January 15, 2021, excluding Christmas Day
  • Times: Skating sessions start on the hour and last for 45 minutes. Opening and closing times vary by date.
  • Prices: (vary by date/time)
    • Adult – Off-Peak £15 /Peak £16.50 (+ £1.20 booking fee per ticket)
    • Child – Off-Peak £10.50 /Peak £16.50 (+ £1.20 booking fee per ticket)
    • 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:  £12.00 for over 12s,  £11.00 for under 12s
  • £2.50 skate rental 
  • Family Skate Pass:  £44 for 2 adults & 2 kids. Skate hire is included
  • Monday Madness: Half Price skating, is 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: The 2019-2020 dates are October 31, 2019- January 25, 2020.
  • Hours: Sat + Sun 12:00 – 23:00 and starting November 15, Thurs-Fri 17:00 – 23:00
  • Tickets: £12 per person available at the venue only. You cannot book in advance.

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 2020-2021

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: Cancelled for 2020-2021

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: Cancelled for 2020-2021

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: Cancelled for 2020-2021
  • Times: Open 10.00-22.00 (times vary)
  • Prices: £12.65 for adults / £8.80 for children under 12)
  • 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

NOTE: This rink is taking a break for the 2021-2022 season. But they will be back!


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

 

  • 5th December 2020 – 24th January 2021
  • 10:00 – 20:00 Every Day (except Christmas Day)
  • Adult £14.50 – £17.00 / Child £7.35 – £9.00 / Student or Under 25 – £9.00 – £12.00

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.

 

  • 5th November until TBC
  • Schedule TBC
  • Adult £9.50 / Junior (Under 16) £8.50 / Under 5s £6.50 / Concession £8.00

 


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