One of our favourite winter activities is getting back onto the ice and retesting our skating skills. Whether your technique is graceful and swanlike or more ‘just hold on for dear life’, it’s always a great way to spend an afternoon or evening with your nearest and dearest. Luckily, in London, we’re not short of places to visit. We’ve got a list of our top five ice rinks that we think you’ll love as much as we do!
Image: Tower of London Ice Rink
Tower of London Ice Rink
London, EC3N 4AB
17th November 2017 – 2nd January 2018
9am – 10pm
For a spectacular winter attraction, head to the Tower of London Ice Rink, known as London’s most dramatic ice rink for being set within one of London’s most historical landmarks. Skate in what is now a dry moat, around London’s ancient fortress.
You’ll be able to warm up with hot food hosted by The Pie Man of Chelsea Green and some excellent winter warmers at the bar. We happen to know that they will be serving mulled wine, delicious rum punches, a selection of champagne, prosecco AND the best hot chocolate. You might not want to go back on the ice afterwards!
All of the above comes complete with a sensational rink-side view of the River Thames, perfect after an afternoon or evening on the ice with family and friends.
Keep an eye out on their website as The Tower of London Ice Rink has plenty of surprises in store…
Image: Alexandra Palace
Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY
Open all year
Get your groove on with parties on ice at the Alexandra Palace Ice Rink. Ice skating isn’t just for winter so, if you just can’t get enough, you’ll be happy to know that this rink is open all year round. You’ll be a pro in no time, plus if you want to improve your skills you can sign up to private lessons.
For the winter season, there are even more reasons to visit. There will be Snow White on Ice on the 9th, 10th and 11th December, performed by the Alexandra Palace amateur productions. Arrive early to enjoy their food village of festive snacks, mulled wine, Winter Pimms, candy floss and more beforehand. Get your tickets from £12 here.
Our personal fave, the CluClub De Fromage returns with their Christmas special on the 16th December – with the best tunes to dance to on the ice!
Canary Wharf Ice Rink
London, E14 5AH
November 2017 – February 2018
This November, the spectacular outdoor ice rink at Canary Wharf, one of London’s largest, will be back once again for 16 magical weeks of ice skating.
The popular skate path breaking off from the rink will be returning as well, leading you through a canopy of twinkling trees. This sounds like the perfect festive date to make us feel like we’re in one of those Christmas movies we love! But don’t be put off at the thought of all the young couples, this is great for family outings too and there’s a dedicated children’s rink to prove it.
If you’re not one for skating, there’s plenty to eat, drink and do at Canary Wharf. Get the perfect spectators spot at the winter-themed rink-side bar, or choose from the array of restaurants, bars, and shops nearby.
Expect a few new surprises on the agenda this season with exciting new activities – we’ll give you a hint, we’ve heard there will be some winter sports you can get involved in! Keep an eye out on their website.
Image: Skylight London
Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, E1W 2SF
November 2017 – January 2018
Looking for a not so costly way to have some fun over the winter season? Hang out at the Skylight, the latest rooftop playground in Tobacco Dock for free! That’s right, entry to this cool hotspot will cost you nothing.
This was the place to be over summer with its bowls and croquet lawns, and now it has had a festive makeover with London’s first rooftop ice rink!
Here you’ll be able to try your hand at ice hockey shooting, sample street food and fondue, and enjoy a festive cocktail with friends while overlooking the city skyline. The perfect winter venue.
Image: Somerset House
Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
15 November 2017 – 14 January 2018
We’ve saved the best for last – in our opinion! Somerset House never fails to please, and its courtyard certainly makes for one of the most beautiful backdrops. But that’s not the only reason why we love it, there are lots of extra trimmings too!
The Fortnum’s Lodge offers champagne, mulled wine and winter dining featuring winter classics such as raclette, cheese fondue, smoked salmon and mince pies. As always, Somerset House will be hosting Skate Lates which will feature Peckham-based radio station Balamii, Field Day founders Eat Your Own Ears and Supa Dupa Fly.The Skate Lounge is also available, without requiring a ticket, for those who aren’t up for the skating but like to go for the atmosphere.
Book your tickets from £7.50 here.
Where will you be getting your skate on in London this winter? Let us know in the comments below!