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Ice skating in London

Glide gracefully, or otherwise, around the capital's fine and frosty selection of ice rinks

Skate at Somerset House, ice rink
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By Time Out London Things To Do and Ellie Walker-Arnott |

In the colder months, the city's halls get well and truly decked out with pop-up rinks appearing outside iconic landmarks, but you can glide around London all year round. Here’s a round-up of London’s best ice rinks to enjoy some smooth and slippy antics this year. 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. 


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The best ice skating rinks in London

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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. 

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.

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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.

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