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Natural History Museum Ice Rink
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Ice skating in London

Get your skates on at the capital’s best ice rinks

Sarah Cohen
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Time Out London editors
Sarah Cohen

Our skating wings were clipped last year, with even the outdoor rinks having to close prematurely. The good news is, most of London’s best ice-skating rinks are back in full force for the 2021-22 season. Winter Wonderland’s is the biggest; Canary Wharf’s is open for the longest period (18 sweet weeks!); Somerset House’s is the most fabulous; and the Natural History Museum’s will be the most missed when it closes FOREVER come January. Take your pick, lace up your boots and get swishing.

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The best ice-skating rinks in London

  • Bars and pubs
  • Queensway

This ice rink, bowling alley and arcade has been around since the 1930s, and this winter will be offering curling sessions as well as skating. There are two cafés and an on-site Meat Liquor there too. If you can, save your visit for a Monday or Tuesday (outside of school holidays), when you can skate or bowl for just £7 per person

Streatham Ice Arena
  • Attractions
  • Streatham

Streatham’s rink was first opened in the area in 1931, where it stood for 80 years before getting a much-needed renovation in 2013. Both pros and novices of all ages can use the rink, with classes in skating and ice hockey also available. It’s part of the Better leisure centre group, so you’ll need to download the app to pre-book a public skating session. Okay, it’s not exactly Christmassy but it is Olympic-sized (that’s 60m by 30m), so plenty of room for everyone.


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