Whether your ice skating skills are jaw-droppingly magnificent or utterly non-existent, you'll still find London's ice rinks as enchanting as ever. During the winter months London fills up with pop-up rinks, from festive favourites outside the Natural History Museum, the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace to Skylight’s rooftop rink and Skate at Somerset House. But it's not just during Christmas that you can get your skates on. There are still plenty of icy options on offer year round. Here's a round-up of all the best London ice skating rinks to twirl around on.
Check out the Natural History Museum ice rink from last winter...
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The best ice skating rinks in London
Ally Pally's lofty and indoor skating arena is open year-round for general skating sessions, figure skating classes, ice hockey training, children's sessions and parties. Come Christmas time, though, things get seriously festive and 'The Palace' becomes a major destination for Christmas fun, frolics and languid loops around the ice.
Venue says: “Halloween is upon us! On October 31 we're proudly hosting the official UK Movember launch party with MEATliquor – £10 lunch special!”
Queens Skate Dine Bowl has been around since the 1930s, and now boasts a fancy new look with a slick ice-skating rink, 12 state-of-the-art bowling lanes and west London’s only outpost of the cult-status burger joint MEATliquor. There are also two cafés, and a fun retro games arcade.
Streatham has long been a home of ice and all the fun that comes with it. The rink was first opened here in 1931, where it stood for 80 years before getting a much needed renovation in 2013. Now it is Olympic sized (that's 60x30m) with almost 1,000 seats surrounding it. Both pros and novices of all ages can use the rink, with classes in skating and ice hockey also vailable.
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