Tower of London Ice Rink

Things to do , Ice skating Tower of London , Tower Hill Until Tuesday January 3 2017
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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. This year, round off a skate with a visit to the Tower's temporary 'ice bar', literally serving drinks in ice. Wheelchairs are welcome on the ice except during the last session of the day. Online booking is advised.

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Venue name: Tower of London
Contact:
Address: Tower Hill
London
EC3N 4AB
Opening hours: 9am–5.30pm Tue–Sat; 10am–5.30pm Sun–Mon
Transport: Tube: Tower Hill; DLR: Tower Gateway
Price: £13.50
Event phone: 020 8241 9818
Event website: http://www.toweroflondonicerink.co.uk/

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Graeme L
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Avoid this rink and use a reputable one. They were not sweeping away excess water or resurfacing the ice. There was enough water on top of the ice for a child to drown in! Previous years have been great but this year stay well clear - others have managed to still offer a fantastic skating experience in this mild weather but not here!

Kat
tastemaker

I finally got to test out my ice skating lessons at a delightful Christmas outdoor ice rink. I started lessons in January so yes I was ready to show my friends my lovely backwards crossovers which took me 3 months to master!

We opted for Tower of London it's around £14 which includes skate hire but you can take your own skates if you want. The session is 45 minutes long.

The rink itself is an average size and the time we went had around 25 people on the rink so not too busy. The ice is good quality but obviously felt different to what I am used to. I saw them smooth over the ice now & again which prevented the annoying holes you can get. Ignore previous years reviews as I didn't see any surface water and I did see them smoothing out the ice after our session.

The setting is beautiful, the Tower of London is all lit up and it really is a magical feeling skating around outdoors in the dark looking at the Tower. I was adamant I saw a man with a bow & arrow but alas I think it was just a statue!

The rink has a nice little cafe/bar which was really cute and Christmassy, worth a little tipple after the well deserved exercise you just did.

The rink is great for all levels and suitable for kids so what are you waiting for go gliding!

Ros A
Tastemaker

I'm quite surprised that this has been getting negative reviews over the Winter as my experience there around the same time (the week before Christmas) was actually rather good. Yes it was a swelteringly hot day for December, which meant the ice inevitably melted a bit and it was a bit wet. However - for the majority of folk who aren't wannabe Torvil and Dean - it worked just fine. The rink isn't huge but we had a lovely time being grossly over-confident and flying around (quite literally, at points). The staff were super friendly (even the lady doing the bag drop and the guys giving out the shoes). 


The setting is gorgeous - the tower of london on one side and the shard glowing on the other. It's instagrammable, to say the least (slightly hating myself for using that phrase right now). 


To be honest we had a great time, the only thing that irked me was the booking process online which was a) difficult to find and b) difficult to book. That said, it was actually one of the cheapest (half the price of Somerset House) so I don't begrudge this too much. 

Emma F

Don't be fooled by the star rating I've given this. I can't give it zero or better still minus 5. This is an awful ice skating rink. The ice was melting there was a lot of surface water in fact you'd be better of wearing a wetsuit than a pair of ice skate. Very disappointing. Don't waste your money there are much better rinks in London

Filip B

Worst ice rink I`ve visited in years. As mentioned below they are not sweeping away the water and its more of a lake than ice rink. But the real bad surprise came when we were told that we are not allowed to take pictures. We have an annual tradition to go ice skating around Christmas and do one picture each year that we collect in a special album. Well, not this time, unless you pay £8 for an official photo from the photographers there. Staff, who was extremely rude, justified that with safety as if someone knocks me down while taking a picture, my mobile will break its glass and they will have to close the ice rink because of that. Well my question is then what happens if someone bumps into the photographer and his lenses break, and also what about the people skating with their glassed on. Clearly a racket to sell their own photos rather than any safety whatsoever. If they care about safety they will not let the rink melt with an inch of water on top. As I mentioned to staff I will probably not be visiting them again, they replied "That is OK". Well yep, I wont. Somerset house ice rink staff not only were happy for pics to be taken but were kind enough to offer that they take the pics of us with our mobile. Will be sticking to that one in future. Anyone who thinks of going to tower of London - AVOID AT ANY COST. Worst spent money so far this year.

bext45
Tastemaker

This ice rink provides you with a stunning backdrop - the Tower of London on one side and the River Thames and its south bank landscape on another (think Shard etc). The rink is a good size and when we went it was quiet due to being quite early on in the season. Staff were friendly but think they have quite a bit to lock down in terms of logistics before the hoards arrive. The one negative comment is you are very much on public display whilst you're skating. The Tower of London is a very popular tourist spot so you are likely to gawped at and photographed by tourists. Not too much of an issue unless you feel self conscious and nervous about skating in the first place. Some festive music and a Christmas tree would have been a nice touch and added to the experience. After finishing your session there is a great cafe/bar to warm yourself up in with a hot chocolate or a mulled wine. 

David Richard

Excellent skating surface, great value with helpful staff/customer services. A great day out... Mulled wine after to warm up is a must!