Ice skating in London winter 2016

London's gifted with a number of great ice rinks during the winter. Several long-standing ice skating rinks have shut in recent years, such as Greenwich and Kew Gardens.

We also publish a guide to ice skating in New York City.

While some London rinks have closed, there are still a great number available this winter. Here they are:

Eyeskate at London Eye

Eyeskate @ London Eye

Situated in Jubilee Gardens under the London Eye, you can skate right on the Southbank. And when you're done, there are quite a few other attractions nearby.

Open from late November to early January. Tickets and prices are not yet online, but they'll be available from the London Eye website (see below). Tickets are cheaper if prebooked. Open from 10 am to 9 pm.

Photo by Lima Pix on flickr

Address, booking, and phone

London Eye
South Bank
London
SE1 7PB

Tickets and information: Eyeskate website

Hampton Court ice rink

Hampton Court Palace ice rink at night

Located in the most extravagant palace grounds of any London skating ice rink, Hampton Court's rink is a little out of the way but a fantastic place to be during the season. Open from November to early January, and you buy tickets through Ticketmaster or at the site. The rink has a cloakroom and skate rental.

If you're not skating, or just want to spend more time at Hampton Court, and you should, the Frost Fayre café will let you warm up and get some coffee and cake before or after your skating session.

Open from 5 November 2016 to 8 January 2017. Adult peak times tickets are £13.50. Open from 10 am to 10 pm.

Photo by Visit Britain on flickr

Address, booking, and phone

Hampton Court Palace
East Molesey
Surrey
KT8 9AU
England

Tickets and information: Hampton Court website

Natural History Museum ice rink

Ice rink at the Natural History Museum, London

The first of the 2016 season's outdoor ice rinks opens in the National History Museum's gardens, running from the last weekend of October to early January.

Alongside the 1,000 square meter rink is a smaller "junior" rink and nearby there are several food stands, offering good organice and free-range food. Observers can enjoy a glass of mulled wine in the two-tier viewing area, café and bar. The fantastic museum will give you hours of educational entertainment once you're done with skating too.

The ice rink is open from 27 October to 8 January 2017.

Prices are from £12.65 for adults and children from £8.80. Opening hours are 10 am to 10 pm on weekdays, and 8.45 am to 10 pm on weekends.

Address, booking, and phone

Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
South Kensington
London
SW7 5BD

Tickets and information on the website.

Alexandra Palace Ice Rink

The Alexandra Palace Ice Rink

Reopened in the 2011 season after a £2.3 million refurbishment, the Alexandra Palace Ice Rink has taken North London's skaters for a slippery festivity season since. The ice rink is open year round, and offers skating lessons, hockey lessons, fun skating sessions, and even disco skating nights. You'll be able to hire this venue privately as well, and if you're all worn out skating, relax in the cozy café.

There are special events throughout the year called Ice Nation, one example is the Halloween skating party. And, it's a great opportunity to take in the astounding architecture of the Palace as well.

Ticket prices are £9.50 for adults at peak times, but check the site for your desired times as some ticket prices are lower. Admission for spectators is charged at £1.50, but on Friday and Saturday evenings, everyone pays the full admission cost. Skate hire is included in the ticket prices.

Address, booking, and phone

Alexandra Palace Ice Rink
Alexandra Palace Way
London
N22 7AY

Phone: +44 20 8365 4386

Tickets and information on the website.

Somerset House ice rink

The Skate at Somerset House Ice Rink

Probably the most well known, this skating rink takes over the central part of Somerset House from mid November to late January every winter. The rink is open from 10am to 10pm, and certain nights, like New Year's Eve, there are special sessions with champagne and fireworks!

This year, the Somerset House Ice Rink is holding lunch time ice skating workout sessions called Big Ice Dance. Late night sessions, from 8pm, are Club Nights, and will cost £17 per person to skate accompanied by a DJ and disco lights.

This season, the ice rink is open from 17 November 2016 - 15 January 2017. Tickets are from £7.50 for adults. Special events and evenings such as New Year's Eve cost more.

Photo by Razlan on flickr.

Address, booking, and phone

Somerset House
The Strand
Covent Garden
London
WC2R 1LA

Telephone: +44 (0)844 847 1520
Tickets and information: Somerset House website

Tower of London ice rink

The Somerset House Ice Rink

Set in the dry moat of the fantastic Tower of London, just outside the walls. This rink is surrounded by history and quite easy to reach from anywhere in Central London. The Tower's skating rink is open from about mid-November through the second week of January each winter.

Open 9am–5.30pm Tue–Sat; 10am–5.30pm Sun–Mon.

This season's dates are November 16, 2016 to January 3, 2017.

Peak tickets are from £13.50 for adults. Peak hours are all weekend, and evenings after 5pm.

Photo by Yvonne on flickr.

Address, booking, and phone

Tower of London
The City
London
EC3N 4AB

Telephone: +44 20 8241 9818
Tickets and information: Tower of London website

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland ice rink

The Winter Wonderland Ice Rink

There's an ice skating rink set up in the popular Winter Wonderland fun fair in Hyde Park during the end of November until early January. The rink is surrounded by the other attractions of the Winter Wonderland, including food stalls, a ferris wheel and other rides, and plenty of Londoners enjoying the Christmas period. This is London's and England's largest ice rink and surrounds the grand Victorian band stand for its 1,600m2, the largest in the UK.

The Winter Wonderland is free entry, but there's a charge for ice skating of £9.50 to £15.50 per hour for adults and £7.50 to £10.50 for children.

Season dates are 18 Nov 2016 to 2 Jan 2017, 10 am to 10 pm with last skating session starting at 9 pm.

Photo by Garry Knight on flickr

Address, booking, and phone

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park
Tube to Green Park or Hyde Park Corner

Tickets and information: Winter Wonderland website

Wembley Park ice rink at London Designer Outlets

Ice skating at Wembley Park

Skate under the Wembley Stadium arch this winter at the nearby Wembley Designer Outlets ice rink. A great choice for visitors to northwest London, or those able to catch the skating slots during offpeak as it's seriously cheap ice skating during the weekdays.

The ice rink at Wembley Designer Outlets is open from 18 November 2016 to 2 January 2017. Peak prices are £12.50, but offpeak is as little as £5, making Wembley a great deal for ice skating in London this winter. Open 11 am to last session starting 8 pm. Closing at 6 pm on Christmas Eve / Boxing Day / New Year’s Eve / New Year’s Day.

Address, booking, and phone

Ice Skate London Designer Outlet
Empire Way
London
HA9 0FD

Tickets and information: Ice Skate at LDO website

 

Broadgate ice rink

Ice skating at Broadgate Ice Rink

The Broadgate Ice Rink used to be located at Broadgate Circus, right at the heart of the City, surrounded by bars and cafes. In 2014 it moved to the nearby Exchange Square, and got more room to skate. Perfect for a lunch-time skating sessions for City workers and any tourist or Londoner that happens to be in the City of London. Open from mid-November, this ice skating rink doesn't close up shop until the middle of February.

The rink is one of the cheaper, with £13 entry prices in the winter 2015 season and children skate from £9. Prices for 2016 are not yet released.

Skate hire is included in the price. There are no lockers at Broadgate ice rink, so don't bring any valuables that won't fit in your jacket pockets!

Open from mid-November 2016 to end of February 2017.

Address, booking, and phone

Broadgate Ice Rink
Exchange Square
London
EC2A 2BQ

Booking can be done on phone +44 (0) 845 653 1424

Tickets and information: Broadgate website

Queens Ice and Bowl

Skating at Queens Ice and Bowl

Note that Queen's is currently closed and will open later in 2016 after refurbishment.

If you're looking at learning how to ice skate, try Queens' classes for adults or kids. Queens is open year round from 10am to 11pm, and in addition to ice skating and classes, has a number of ten pin bowling lanes at some of the best prices in London - £7 per game. The venue also has a bar and a restaurant if you're hungry after spending time on skates.

During the weekends, there's more of a party atmosphere with a DJ playing songs for the people skating.

Queens ice skating rink is open 10am - 6:45pm every day and 8pm to 10:45pm and a session costs £10.50 for adults, £10 for children, plus £2 for skate hire.

Photo by Jonanamary on flickr

Address, booking, and phone

Queens
17 Queensway
London
W2 4QP

Telephone: 020 7229 0172
Tickets and information: Queens Ice and Bowl website

Canary Wharf ice rink

Ice rink and bar at Canary Wharf

You can skate in the shadow of the Docklands landmark or have a warming drink or food at the pop-up bar. This is the only ice rink we know of where you can skate off onto a separate path under trees dressed in fairy lights!

Skating lessons are also available. The Canary Wharf ice rink is open Mondays through Saturdays 9.45am-11pm, Sundays 9.45am-7.30pm (last admission is one hour before closing).

Prices start at £14.50 for adults. Kids up to 13 years old skate for £10.50. Family tickets are available too. The season begins early November and closes near the end of February. Skate hire is included in the session prices.

Season dates are 4 Nov 2016 to 25 Feb 2017, closed on Christmas Day.

Address, booking, and phone

Canary Wharf ice rink
Canada Square Park
Canary Wharf
E14 5AH

Tickets and information: Canary Wharf ice rink website

Lee Valley Ice Centre

Lee Valley Ice Centre skating rink

The Ice Centre is the Centre of Excellence for the South of England and has a 56m by 26m ice pad that provides ice skating for all levels and abilities, from beginners to international competitors. The Centre has public sessions 7 days a week at various times and a learn to skate programme which operates 6 days a week for children and adults. When you're not skating, there's the Ice House Café to relax in.

There is a full stocked ice shop selling all skating equipment.

The center is open 7 days a week, and prices are £10 for an adult in 2016, including skate hire. Children's prices are £6 under 5 years, and £9 under 16 years old.

Address, booking, and phone

Lee Valley Ice Centre
Lea Bridge Road
Leyton,
London,
E10 7QL

Telephone: +44 (0)20 8533 3154
Booking and information: Lee Valley Ice Centre website

Sobell Leisure Centre, Islington

Indoor ice skating

Sobell Leisure Centre has a 32 meter indoor ice rink with sound and vision. Skate hire is included and refreshments are available. Bring the family along for a fun experience on ice.

The center is open year round, and they offer public skating sessions each day of the week. This is the cheapest ice skating in London, with non-member prices just £6.35.

Photo by George Beinhart on flickr

Address, booking, and phone

Sobell Leisure Centre
Hornsey Road
London
N7 7NY

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7609 2166
Information: Sobell Leisure Centre website

Windsor on Ice

Royal Windsor ice skaters

Getting out of London a little, but just an half an hour on the train, you can both visit the royal village of Windsor and get some skating time in. Take the train from either Paddington or Waterloo train stations to reach either of Windsor's stations.

This rink is open from late November to early January, so you'll need to make a fast decision about what date you want to skate here.

The ice rink café sells warming hot chocolates, mulled wine and festive snacks. It's also set in the grounds of Windsor Castle, which you can visit on a guided tour if you want to spend some more time. Windsor also has plenty of good shopping, so this is a good daytrip from London.

The skating season here is 26 November 2016 until 2 January 2017. Opening hours are 10 am to 9 pm, except Christmas Day.

Adult tickets are £12.50 for an hours session, childrens tickets are £10.50. Though there's a current 2 for 1 offer.

Photo by Rachel Andrew on flickr

Address, booking, and phone

Alexandra Park
Barry Avenue
Windsor
Berkshire
SL4 5JA

Tickets and information: Windsor on Ice website

Westfield Ice Rink

Skating at Westfield London

2016 sees the 6th year for the very popular Westfield London Indoor Ice Rink. This Christmas, Westfield London will be cooler than ever as an ice rink takes over the Atrium. The rink is made with real ice and it's indoors so you don’t have to worry about the weather! There's tons of food available right at the skating rink, as well as the very long strip of all-year-round restaurants along the side of the mall.

This season is 23 November 2016 to 8 January 2017. Opening hours vary over the season, but the earliest start is 9.15 am and latest close is 11 pm.


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Prices are £12 for adults and £10 for children.

Address, booking, and phone

Westfield Shopping Centre
Ariel Way
London
W12 7GF

Tickets and information: Westfield Ice Rink

Greenwich ice rink

The ice rink by Greenwich's Old Royal Naval CollegeGreenwich's magnificent Old Royal Naval College is the setting for an outdoor ice rink from early December to mid-January. The rink is set in the beautiful grounds of the college, in summer this is one of the most pleasant places you can find in London, right next to Greenwich Park, the oldest park in London. A skating session here is perfect to combine with a visit to the Greenwich Market as well, one of the oldest and most charming markets in London. Greenwich itself is designated a World Heritage Site, so take a walk around and take in English history at some of its best.

The Greenwich Ice Rink seems to be closed permanently, as it hasn't opened since 2010.

Address, booking, and phone

Old Royal Naval College
Romney Road Greenwich
London
SE10 9LW

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Last updated by Jack on 31 October, 2016 in Travel.

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