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Use our guide to discover the best outdoor ice rinks in London this winter

© Natural History Museum Ice Rink

Time Out's guide to where to go for ice skating in London. Find out which are the best outdoor ice rinks to visit this winter, whether you're looking for somewhere that's ridiculously festive, heart-warmingly romantic, or just good, solid fun.

Outdoor ice rinks in London

  • Natural History Museum Ice Rink

    Nov 2-Jan 6 2013, Natural History Museum

    Alfred Waterhouse's stunning Natural History Museum once again provides the backdrop for this 1,000-metre-square outdoor ice rink, which for the first time this year features a Christmas tree at its centre.
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  • Skate at Somerset House

    Nov 16-Jan 6 2013, Somerset House

    Once again, the grand eighteenth-century courtyard at Somerset House provides this 900-metre-square ice rink with one of the most impressive skating backdrops in town.
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  • Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

    Nov 23-Jan 6 2013, Hyde Park

    Hyde Park goes all Christmassy with the sparkly additions of rides and attractions including a Giant Observation Wheel and two circuses.
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  • Canary Wharf Ice Rink

    Nov 3-Jan 13 2013, Canada Square Park

    Redesigned for 2012, the Canary Wharf Ice Rink enjoys a spot surrounded by soaring towers and boasts a skate path that leads skaters through trees decorated with lights.
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  • Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

    Dec 1-Jan 13 2013, Hampton Court Palace

    Hampton Court Palace ice rink celebrates its tenth anniversary with a 900-square-metre rink, with space for 250 skaters, set in front of Henry VIII's picturesque old pad.
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  • Tower of London Ice Rink

    Nov 17-Jan 6 2013, Tower of London

    Located in the dry moat, the Tower of London ice rink offers a grand historical setting for seasonal skating sessions, along with views of London's ancient fortress.
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  • Eyeskate

    Nov 17-Jan 6 2013, London Eye

    The open-air Eyeskate rink is situated in Jubilee Gardens, in the shadow of the London Eye. You don't need to book a flight on the Eye in order to skate but various packages are on offer for those who wish to do so.
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  • Broadgate Ice Rink

    Nov 16-Feb 24 2013, Broadgate Circle

    It may not offer the biggest skate in town but this small, circular rink nestled behind Liverpool Street Station allows visitors to turn up and skate without booking.
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  • Outdoor Ice Skating at Westfield Stratford City

    Nov 22-Jan 6 2013, Westfield Stratford City

    The ice rink at Europe's largest urban shopping centre is open-air and offers views of the Olympic Park. Sessions on the ice last 45 minutes.
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