An enchanting outdoor ice rink that's sure to charm visitors of all ages.
The Natural History Museum is home to London’s most enchanting ice rink, thanks to the beautiful backdrop of Alfred Waterhouse's buildings, a row of trees dripping in fairy lights and a majestic Christmas tree in the middle of the ice. It's become a London Christmas classic. This year, the rink will provide the usual festive fun on its perimeter:Benugo are in charge of the indoor Café Bar and viewing balcony is open to all and overlooks the ice. See the website for wheelchair-user sessions. Booking is recommended.
Get a sneak peek of this year's rink in our video below.
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|Venue name:||Natural History Museum||Contact:|
|Opening hours:||Daily 10am-5.50pm (last admission 5.30pm)|
|Transport:||Tube: South Kensington|
|Price:||From £12.65, £8.80 children|
|Event phone:||0844 847 1576|
Average User Rating
4.4 / 5
- 5 star:57
- 4 star:33
- 3 star:9
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:1
What are you waiting for? Get your skates on and head for some, eh, skating! In a beautiful setting with the backdrop of the towering museum, a spin on this rink is a sure fire way to get into the Christmas spirit pronto. The massive tree in the middle makes it pretty festive and good to grab hold off when you’re heading for the ice.
The whole thing is memorable and magical...make sure you head upstairs after for some mulled wine to people watch everyone else becoming bambi on ice.
One star missing for the lack of xmas music and mini bottleneck occurring at every lap for putting a selfie camera in a corner of the rink?
Wow, skating at The Natural History Museum.
What's not to like ?
This is an unmissable experience.
50 minutes on the ice skating ( or staggering ) to pretty cheesy but totally appropriate tunes is just a treat.
I am now feeling festive and its only November 2nd
The clement weather is playing havoc with the ice, which for the novice skater, means you'll be clinging on to the edge as it makes for much more difficult skating!
Despite the rink having significant surface water it didn't dampen the fun.
A few tips
- Bring some cash for stashing your valuables - £2 per item.
- Don't fall over - you'll get soaked as my wife found out.
- Get there early - Especially if you've got kids, it takes a while to get the uncomfortable boots on and park your buggy etc.
- We arrived about 20 minutes before our session and that wasn't long enough. which meant we ate in to our 50 minute time slot.
- If your children are novices, they provide penguins for balance - They only have a limited number, so get to the front of the queue - Also, they cost £5 but definitely worthwhile.
- Get a slot when it's dark outside, it's so much more picturesque.
- Food is really reasonable up in the bar - About £6-8 for a main. The Proscecco isn't. £32 a pop! Ouch.
Write a review...Whilst the location is lovely, the amount of people allowed on the ice rink at one given time is just far too many!
Also, the ice rink was literally a swimming pool with no suitable means of removing the water between sessions. Not what you'd expect for £15 for 50 minutes.
The penguins definitely help if you havent skated before, or well. The time slot access is good cause i dont think i could cope with loads of people on the ice!
The trees with fairy-lights transform the place into a magical venue when the sun sets. I went with my sister and we both had a great time once I overcame my fear of ice skating. The staff were friendly and unlike other reviewers I found there was plenty of room on the ice rink to skate or hold onto the side if you were a little scared like me! (I did go on a weekday evening so maybe avoid the weekend if it gets crowded.) A fun activity for the family but also a really romantic idea for a date.
I'm sure if you like ice skating then this is probably really fun, but I find the idea of sliding around on the coldest hardest slippiest thing in the world in an enclosed space full of sharp blades to a soundtrack of modern pop anthems a little bit distressing. plus you can only go round in a circle, and look I know that isn't limited to just this ice skating rink but it'd be good if someone came up with one where you could go round different things eg through different zones, maybe some history themed stuff, that would be good. Anyway, it probably just wasn't for me. Also I got blisters off the shoes.
This is a magical setting with all the fairy lights, the Xmas tree and the Natural History museum lit-up in the background. It's much better priced (especially for a family) compared to Somerset House and the cafe is beautiful. Really cosy with lots of comfortable chairs and snuggle sofas and more fairy lights, where you can enjoy mulled wine afterwards :-) on the down side, it felt like the whole of London was on the rink too and you couldn't properly skate...I would still recommend it though as it's simply stunning :-)
This was an amazing night! The setting is beautiful and there was a lovely atmosphere. The staff were extremely accommodating. My friends and I had an amazing time! I would definitely recommend this for anyone!