Now that the long nights are upon us and the Christmas lights are starting to twinkle all across our Instagram feeds, London’s diving into the festive spirit catering to all of us that agree that this is indeed the most wonderful time of the year. If there’s one aspect of winter that the capital really delivers a wide selection of ice skating rinks. From pop-ups to winter wonderland fixtures, we’ve collated them all so you don’t have to.
Nearest Tube: Wapping
Opening Hours: Thurs/Fri 17:00 – 23:00; Sat/Sun 12:00 – 23:00
Ticket Price: £10
Overlooking the city in all its shining glory, this magnificent rooftop rink is accompanied by igloos and huts that will give you the complete winter experience. Regular DJ nights will have the most skilled spinning those pirouettes, while the rest of us watch in amazement, huddled over a glass of mulled wine or two!. For some Dutch courage, we recommend frequent breaks at the snug bar on level 9. Visit the website .
Skate at Somerset House
Nearest Tube: Temple/Embankment
Opening Hours: Daily, 10am-10.15pm
Ticket Price: £8.50-11.00
A recurring entry on this list, Skate at Somerset House remains one of the more picturesque nights out the capital has to offer. From DJ nights to tastings curated by the adjacent Fortnum & Mason instalment, this spot is not one to miss. After a session of gliding through one of London’s most impressive courtyards, don’t forget the lavish selection of winter goodies in the Christmas Arcade to be picked up for all those loved ones at home. This year brings a little extra with decorations inspired by ‘Good Grief, Charlie Brown! Celebrating Snoopy and the Enduring Power of Peanuts’, Somerset House’s current exhibition. Count us in!
Ice Rink Canary Wharf
Canada Square Park
Nearest Tube: Canary Wharf
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs 12.15pm – 9.45pm, Fri 10.45am-10.45pm, Sat-Sun 9am-10.30pm
Ticket Price: £9.95-16.95
We know, we know, the financial district isn’t exactly synonymous with traditional winter fun. However, the bonanza of fairy and LED lights that is Ice Rink Canary Wharf aims to prove all those naysayers wrong. The large rink packs some of that NYC Upper West Side magic, with the light of all the city’s skyscrapers, making skaters forget they’re in the capital for the little while. The team behind it are doing their best to make your visit a memorable one, even going to the extreme lengths of adding in a giant LED screen that constantly shows a rolling Instagram feed. We’ll see you on the big screen!
The Tower of London Ice Rink
St Katharine’s & Wapping
Nearest Tube: Tower Hill
Opening Hours: 11am-9pm
Ticket Price: £12.50-14.50
Definitely the most historical entry on our list, The Tower of London Ice Rink combines the mystery of bygone ages with a romantic touch of fairy-lit skating. Snowflake projections promise to make the medieval walls a little less intimidating and remind visitors of the great opportunity to throw in some casual sightseeing. If you still require convincing that the wondrous castle walls are the backdrop for you, we recommend heading to the ice bar to enjoy one of the most scenic mulled wines you can have in the capital. No wonder they call it the city’s most dramatic ice rink!
Elephant and Castle Ice Rink
Nearest Tube: Elephant and Castle
Opening Dates: 29 November – 6 January 2019
Another fixture for our South Londoners is the Elephant and Castle Ice Rink which promises to be the complete winter package. With bumper cars on ice on one side and an ice skating rink on the other, the event makes for a strong contender as our prime skating spot. Expect delicious street food stalls, festive drinks and live DJs to get the party started!
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