A spin on the ice is the perfect activity to escape a rainy day or to cool off in the heat. We round up the London ice rinks that are open all year round. Think we've missed a great ice rink? Tell us in the comments below
Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY
All Pally's lofty and recently refurbished indoor skating arena is open year-round for general skating sessions, figure skating classes, ice hockey training, children's sessions and parties. Ccourses for children aged from five to 15 are available on Saturday mornings and early on weekday evenings. Friday and Saturday evenings are Disco Nights, and there's late opening on Sunday too, when more chilled out tunes provide the soundtrack for languid loops around the ice.
Lea Bridge Rd, E10 7QL
The disco nights 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.
Hornsey Rd, N7 7NY
This small ice rink was closed at the time of writing, as contractors tried to solve a major fault with the rink. Check with the centre for details of its reopening date. The rink usually hosts well-attended after-school sessions and six-week courses for children. Anyone over four is welcome; children can have ice-skating birthday parties here too, with all the necessary equipment provided. The leisure centre also offers ice hockey sessions for the over-sixes.
17 Queensway, London, W2 4QP
Beginners and families are well looked after at this ice rink, which holds legendary disco nights on Fridays and Saturdays. Children's lessons cost £65 for a six-week course. Hot Belgian waffles in the café are a big hit with kids. There's also a 12-lane tenpin bowling centre.
386 Streatham High Rd, London, SW16 6HT
Sadly this popular venue is set to close for good on December 18 2011. Despite some bad press, the ice arena – which celebrated its 80 anniversary this year – has been an institution for local ice hockey teams, ice dancers and children, and locals are worried Streatham will ‘be dead’ once it’s gone. It is set to be replaced by the Streatham Hub, which will house a Tesco superstore, a new state of the art ice rink and a 25 lane swimming pool. Click here for info on the last skate.