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Queen’s House Ice Rink
Photograph: Queen’s House Ice Rink

Ice skating in London

Get your skates on at the best ice-skating rinks in the capital

By Time Out London Things To Do

Ice skating rinks are now closed from Dec 20, while London is under Tier 4 restrictions. 

Don’t listen to the hearsay. Christmas is not cancelled. Okay, Winter Wonderland is. But there will still be Christmas lights, there will still be seasonal music played two months too early, and there will be skating, damn it, even if it’s on a sparsely populated, socially distanced rink. 

London might be in Tier 3, but there are still covid-safe ice rinks open in the capital. Whether you can pirouette like Michelle Kwan or just slip around like Bambi, there’s a rink for everyone in London. We might have to book well in advance, but we can’t be stopped – skaters gonna skate! 

The best ice-skating rinks in London

1. 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 that’s a big tick for social distancing. 


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