Ice skating in London

Glide with the greatest of ease around the capital's outdoor ice rinks this winter



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Whether you dance on ice like Christopher Dean or simply scramble around like Bambi, the capital's outdoor ice rinks are some of the most magical locations you'll see all season. With fairy lights and Christmas trees set to the backdrop of London's stunning institutions, a trip to an ice rink is a must-do for the views alone. Keep an eye on this page for the latest London ice rink info for winter 2014.

Get your skates on: London's outdoor ice rinks

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

  • Free

Hyde Park gets glammed up once again with its sparkly, annual Christmassy additions. The central London park will be kitted out with rides and attractions, including a Giant Observation Wheel and two circuses – 'Christmas Circus' and 'Cirque Berserk' – from the family-friendly Zippos Circus. Plus Winter Wonderland's ice rink, which is the biggest outdoor rink in the UK, surrounds the Victorian bandstand and is illuminated with more than 100,000 lights.

  1. Hyde Park
  2. Fri Nov 21 - Sun Jan 4
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Skate at Somerset House

The grand eighteenth-century courtyard at Somerset House is a truly stunning location for a session on the ice this winter, and no matter how impressive your skating skills a trip to this 900-metre-square outdoor rink will look the very picture of festive fun in the photos. The Fortnum's Lodge will offer champagne, afternoon tea and even private dining; Club Nights will feature; and Glad Tidings Tuesdays offer a seriously merry evening of traditional Christmas entertainment and treats.

  1. Somerset House Strand, WC2R 1LA
  2. Tue Nov 11 - Sun Jan 11
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Westfield London Ice Rink

The atrium of the Shepherd's Bush shopping mecca will be transformed into a very festive place to slide around in again for 2014, with the return of their 160-capacity indoor ice rink. Family entertainment, themed sessions, DJs and live performances will keep skaters distracted from their instability, and younger visitors can hire penguin- and seal-shaped stabilisers (£5) to keep them upright. Sessions are an hour long with 40 minutes on the ice, but off peak bumper sessions are available if you think your feet can take longer. 

  1. Westfield London Ariel Way, W12 7SL
  2. Thu Nov 20 - Sat Jan 3
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Nazeela Azarpira
Nazeela Azarpira

I want to put my birthday as ice skating I was going to invite 10 people