Ice skating in London

Glide gracefully, or otherwise, around the capital's fine and frosty selection of ice rinks
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You can glide around London all year round, but from the very first note of the very first Christmas song, the city's halls get well and truly decked out with winter wonder. Pop-up rinks appear outside iconic landmarks, like Somerset House, Hampton Court Palace and the Natural History Museum, while lights twinkle on every street and Christmas markets start mulling wine.

Christmas celebrations aren’t ever truly complete until you’ve laughed at your mates falling over, so here’s a round-up of London’s best ice rinks to enjoy some merry antics this year. If you can’t wait until winter (or you want to get some practice in) some of the city’s rinks are open all year round too. Whether you’re a total pro, a little bit wobbly or have hold onto the rink for dear life, it’s time to get your skates on.  

We'll be updating this page with Christmas ice rinks for 2018 as soon as they are announced.

The best ice skating rinks in London

Alexandra Palace Fireworks
Things to do, Ice skating

Alexandra Palace Ice Rink

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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, parties and even weekend ice discos. 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.

Sport and fitness

Lee Valley Ice Centre

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The kids parties are a big hit at this modern, well-maintained and comparatively warm ice rink. Other plus points are the fact that it’s never too busy, and the ice rink is a good size. Skating lessons are also offered.

Bars and pubs

Queens Skate Dine Bowl

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Queens Skate Dine Bowl has been around since the 1930s, and now boasts a fancy new look with a slick ice-skating rink, 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. Plus, it's one of the only places in London where you can also do curling and go-karting on ice.

Venue says Welcome to London, this summer is going be too hot or rainy 'n' grey! So come bowl, ice skate, curl, ice-go-kart or check out MEATliquor.

Streatham Ice Arena 2015

Streatham Ice Arena

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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.

Winter Wonderland ice rink 2014
Things to do, Markets and fairs

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

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Winter Wonderland's ice rink, the biggest outdoor rink in the UK, surrounds the Victorian bandstand and is illuminated with more than 100,000 lights. There's no minimum age for skaters, but under-12s must be accompanied by someone 16 or over and the smallest skates for hire are children's size 9 (adult skates go up to size 13).

Skate at Somerset House, ice rink
Things to do, Ice skating

Skate at Somerset House

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Get your skates on. Somerset House's grand 18th-century courtyard is the stunning setting for an ice rink again this winter. No matter how unimpressive your skating skills a trip to this 900-square-metre outdoor rink will be the very definition of festive fun. And if it's anything like last year, there'll be loads of tempting extras too: from champagne, mulled wine and winter dining, to live music, dj's and club night collaborations.

Restaurants, Pan-Asian


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Just around the corner from Bond Street station on James Street, Cocochan is a pan-Asian restaurant offering up exotic blends of Thai, Chinese, Japanese and...

Venue says Did you try our brand new tasting menu?