Ice Skating in London, IMG Cred: Chris Osburn

Don’t Forget Your Skates!


Have flights to London and like to ice skate? You’re in luck. Tis the season to swish across the ice, and London has an impressive number of venues with seasonal rinks. And the cool thing is that a lot of these rinks are in iconic locations at destinations you’d be glad to visit any time of year whether you want skate there or not. Here’s a list of the best seasonal rinks in town:

Broadgate Ice Rink
Open now until February 12, 2012
Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS
Zip about with a modern, skyscraper backdrop with plenty of great shops, restaurants, bars and transportation links nearby.

Canary Wharf Ice Rink
Open now until February 19, 2012
Canada Square Park, E14 5AH
Stunning views of some of London’s tallest buildings and the Thames and close to Canary Wharf Station and lots of amenities.

Open now until January 6, 2012
London Eye, Southbank, SE1 7PB
A fantastic riverside rink next to one of London’s most stunning structures and most popular destinations.

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink
November 26 to January 8 2012
Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9AU
Skate back in time and take in the grandeur of Henry VIII’s palace on the river.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Open now until January 3, 2012
Hyde Park, Serpentine Road, W2 2UH
London’s most beloved park hosts one of the city’s most popular winter attractions with a gorgeous and spacious rink.

Natural History Museum Ice Rink
Open now until January 8, 2012
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD
Not only is the Natural History Museum a fantastic attraction in its own right, it’s also a brilliant place to skate and admire the ornate beauty of it and the other nearby buildings.

Skate at Somerset House
November 22 to January 22, 2012
Somerset House, The Strand, WC2R 1LA
A classic setting to ice skate at one of London’s most popular seasonal rinks.

Tower of London Ice Rink
Open now until January 8, 2012
Tower of London, Tower Hill, EC3N 4AB
The Tower of London is a must see attraction. Why not enjoy some wintry fun while you’re here?

Westfield London Ice Rink
Open now until January 8, 2012
Westfield London, Ariel Way, W12 7SL
Have a skate and get your Christmas shopping done at one of London’s most popular retail destinations.

Westfield Stratford City Ice Rink

Open now until January 8, 2012
Westfield Stratford City, Great Eastern Road, E20
Europe’s largest urban shopping centre hosts this rink with a view of the London 2012 Olympic Park.


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Photo: Chris Osburn

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