Tower of London Ice Rink

Things to do, Ice skating
4 out of 5 stars
(14user reviews)
 (Adam Sorenson)
Adam Sorenson

Time Out says

Fancy whizzing around one of London’s most famous landmarks? Located in the dry moat, the Tower of London ice rink offers a grand historical setting for seasonal skating sessions, along with views of London's ancient fortress and the river Thames. There will be food and drink on the sidelines for tired skaters as well as those who just prefer to watch the fun. Special events will also be announced closer to the time. Booking is recommended. Find out more here

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4 out of 5 stars

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Avoid this rink and use a reputable one. They were not sweeping away excess water or resurfacing the ice. There was enough water on top of the ice for a child to drown in! Previous years have been great but this year stay well clear - others have managed to still offer a fantastic skating experience in this mild weather but not here!


A figure skater I will not be, I enjoyed the Tower of London Ice Rink nonetheless. With absolutely no skating experience I can’t comment on the quality of the ice, or the rink. However I will say the staff on the ice were overwhelmingly nice (and more than willing to lend a much needed hand). Although I spent my time desperately trying not to fall, the scenery made it a lot more enjoyable. We booked through an external ticket provided online and saved £3 off the official price.


Of all the ice rink around London, skating at the Tower of London is probably the most dramatic of all. Yes, it's beautiful to skate amidst the grand surroundings of Somerset House, yes it's nice to skate under the glittering lights at Winter Wonderland, but there are not many ice rinks that let you skate in the grounds of the 1,000-year-old fort. The Tower of London gives you that.

It may have a bloody history, but with Christmas tunes blaring from the speaker, blue hues projected along the pretty enormous (certainly the biggest ice rink I've seen), the Tower is welcoming and family-friendly place to skate. Afterward skating to your heart's content there's a  big and warm bar to refuel and refresh including copious amounts of hot mulled wine and cider. 

Needless to say, it's one of the best (and dramatic!) ice rinks in London. It's easy to get to and you can even arrive by river if you're really having a full-blown London experience.  Come in the evening when it's dark for the full magical experience. 


I had a great time ice skating here and went with a friend who is a figure skater. We were allowed to take photos on the ice with our phones and staff helped us. All of the staff were friendly from the bag drop to skate hire and return. This ice rink is bigger than most and when I went on a Sunday afternoon it wasn't that busy so for those of us that want to skate faster you could on the inside whilst the kids and those more like bambi on ice could feel safe on the outer circle. The backdrop of the Tower of London, the Thames and the shard made for one iconic experience. It's actually pretty phenomenal that you are iceskating in the moat. The cafe afterwards was a great little place to sit. I will go back, not a bad price and a decent time on the ice!


I think this is now one of my favourite rinks to date. The backdrop of the Tower of London was just stunning, and there was really fun music and lighting which really added to the festive feel and ambience of the evening. We were able to get really cheap tickets on the daily deal site Wowcher, so I would highly recommend. Also small bags could be stored for free alongside shoes, which I thought was a really great added bonus!


My first skate experience in London, it was such a special and magical night. I highly recommend it, it's very cool to be ice-skating by The Tower of London.


With ice rinks popping up all over the city at this time of year it's hard to pick one, but we managed to find cheap tickets for this one on GroupOn, do only had to pay £10.50 each including skate hire. It was a little disorganised when we came to book our slot, the staff were really friendly and helpful (both on site and on the phone), but seemed a little in the dark when it came to the processes. Despite the poor reviews, I found the rink to be well maintained and really good, it wasn't over crowded and it was a lovely setting having the illuminated tower in the background. It potentially lacks some of the atmosphere of some of the other rinks, but it is good value for money and the staff were so lovely that we really enjoyed ourselves. It's nice to check out this end of the city too as it's not somewhere I would typically visit.


I finally got to test out my ice skating lessons at a delightful Christmas outdoor ice rink. I started lessons in January so yes I was ready to show my friends my lovely backwards crossovers which took me 3 months to master!

We opted for Tower of London it's around £14 which includes skate hire but you can take your own skates if you want. The session is 45 minutes long.

The rink itself is an average size and the time we went had around 25 people on the rink so not too busy. The ice is good quality but obviously felt different to what I am used to. I saw them smooth over the ice now & again which prevented the annoying holes you can get. Ignore previous years reviews as I didn't see any surface water and I did see them smoothing out the ice after our session.

The setting is beautiful, the Tower of London is all lit up and it really is a magical feeling skating around outdoors in the dark looking at the Tower. I was adamant I saw a man with a bow & arrow but alas I think it was just a statue!

The rink has a nice little cafe/bar which was really cute and Christmassy, worth a little tipple after the well deserved exercise you just did.

The rink is great for all levels and suitable for kids so what are you waiting for go gliding!


I'm quite surprised that this has been getting negative reviews over the Winter as my experience there around the same time (the week before Christmas) was actually rather good. Yes it was a swelteringly hot day for December, which meant the ice inevitably melted a bit and it was a bit wet. However - for the majority of folk who aren't wannabe Torvil and Dean - it worked just fine. The rink isn't huge but we had a lovely time being grossly over-confident and flying around (quite literally, at points). The staff were super friendly (even the lady doing the bag drop and the guys giving out the shoes). 

The setting is gorgeous - the tower of london on one side and the shard glowing on the other. It's instagrammable, to say the least (slightly hating myself for using that phrase right now). 

To be honest we had a great time, the only thing that irked me was the booking process online which was a) difficult to find and b) difficult to book. That said, it was actually one of the cheapest (half the price of Somerset House) so I don't begrudge this too much. 

Don't be fooled by the star rating I've given this. I can't give it zero or better still minus 5. This is an awful ice skating rink. The ice was melting there was a lot of surface water in fact you'd be better of wearing a wetsuit than a pair of ice skate. Very disappointing. Don't waste your money there are much better rinks in London

Worst ice rink I`ve visited in years. As mentioned below they are not sweeping away the water and its more of a lake than ice rink. But the real bad surprise came when we were told that we are not allowed to take pictures. We have an annual tradition to go ice skating around Christmas and do one picture each year that we collect in a special album. Well, not this time, unless you pay £8 for an official photo from the photographers there. Staff, who was extremely rude, justified that with safety as if someone knocks me down while taking a picture, my mobile will break its glass and they will have to close the ice rink because of that. Well my question is then what happens if someone bumps into the photographer and his lenses break, and also what about the people skating with their glassed on. Clearly a racket to sell their own photos rather than any safety whatsoever. If they care about safety they will not let the rink melt with an inch of water on top. As I mentioned to staff I will probably not be visiting them again, they replied "That is OK". Well yep, I wont. Somerset house ice rink staff not only were happy for pics to be taken but were kind enough to offer that they take the pics of us with our mobile. Will be sticking to that one in future. Anyone who thinks of going to tower of London - AVOID AT ANY COST. Worst spent money so far this year.


This ice rink provides you with a stunning backdrop - the Tower of London on one side and the River Thames and its south bank landscape on another (think Shard etc). The rink is a good size and when we went it was quiet due to being quite early on in the season. Staff were friendly but think they have quite a bit to lock down in terms of logistics before the hoards arrive. The one negative comment is you are very much on public display whilst you're skating. The Tower of London is a very popular tourist spot so you are likely to gawped at and photographed by tourists. Not too much of an issue unless you feel self conscious and nervous about skating in the first place. Some festive music and a Christmas tree would have been a nice touch and added to the experience. After finishing your session there is a great cafe/bar to warm yourself up in with a hot chocolate or a mulled wine. 

Excellent skating surface, great value with helpful staff/customer services. A great day out... Mulled wine after to warm up is a must!

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