An enchanting outdoor ice rink that's sure to charm visitors of all ages.
The truly beautiful backdrop of Alfred Waterhouse's Natural History Museum buildings, a row of trees just dripping in fairy lights and a majestic Christmas tree in the middle of the ice all help to make this London's most enchanting ice-rink. The main area is 1,000 metres square, and adjoins a smaller rink for children needed a gentler space to practice in. The rink is celebrating its twelfth year in 2016, and will provide the usual festive fun on its perimeter: a Café Bar overlooking the ice with live music on Thursdays and a pretty fairground carousel. See the website for wheelchair-user sessions, and note the rink is occasionally closed for private functions. It is also closed on Christmas Day.
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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!
I cant believe I won 2 tickets to the ice skating at natural history museum for opening 'Halloween night'! We wore some Halloween costumes and enjoyed it so much. the scenery was beautiful and really got me into the Christmas spirit - an essential Christmas visit for tourists and locals alike. also the mulled wine and hot chocolate in the bar was to die for! thanks again
It was an amazing experience! I have never ice skated before and i loved it. The atmosphere was great and me and my friend had a great time!
I was so surprised to hear I had won two tickets to the opening night of the Natural History Museum ice rink and what a great night it was. We had lots of fun and a great way to get into the wintery Christmasy spirit. I am already planning my next skating visit. Fab location- magical rink..would definitely recommend!
Great place to go ice skating. Plenty of space on the ice and an amazing backdrop of the Natural History Museum lit up.
I was lucky enough to win two tickets from Timeout for the opening night of the Natural History Museum ice-skating rink. I arrived promptly at 6.50pm and was politely greeted by staff who asked for my name, once they found my name on the guest list I was shown where to collect my skates. Once on the ice me and my dear friend had a lovely time. I am not the best skater in the world so there were a few giggles on my part, but an enjoyable experience nonetheless. The experience really got me excited for Christmas as the ice-skating rink is located directly outside the beautiful Natural History Museum. I had a fantastic time and really appreciate the opportunity from Timeout. I will for sure keep an eye on the Timeout website and twitter account for other exciting opportunities in and around London. Merry Christmas Timeout :) x
I won the tickets from Time Out and absolutely loved it. Me and my friend enjoyed every second of it! Will be coming back.
My first time skating and I didn't stack it once. Am I some sort of ice skating prodigy? Probably. Lots of fun, only gripe however, too many people on the ice, meaning lots of swerving to avoid crashing into people. Like Piccadilly Circus but slippery.
As a Canadian, I was so excited to go skating across the pond and on an opening night, how special! It was a great experience, lovely environment and just a great stress reliever! Highly recommend it :)
Very good, but a bit expensive, in my opinion. ie it in with a visit to the museum and its well worth the cost though!
does anybody know if you go on in session groups? I wanted to go saturday but maybe if the rink is to crowded i can wait till any other day
Beautiful setting and magic atmosphere on the rink at nhm. Really gets you in the mood for Christmas. Great for family and couples :)