Ice skating in London winter 2013

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. That does however leave quite a number of options all over London, so here they are:

Natural History Museum ice rink

Ice rink at the Natural History Museum, London

The first of the 2013 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 31 October 2013 – 5 January 2014.

Prices are £13.50 for adult peak times. 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

Tickets and information on the website.

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. 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.

Ticket prices are £9.80 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
N22 7AY

Phone: +44 20 8365 4386

Tickets and information on the website.

Somerset House ice rink

Ice skating at Somerset HouseProbably 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 14 November 2013 - 5 January 2014. Tickets are from £7.50 to £14 for adults.

Address, booking, and phone

Somerset House
The Strand
Covent Garden

Telephone: +44 (0)870 166 0423
Tickets and information: Somerset House website

Tower of London ice rink

Tower of London ice rink skatersSet 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 every day 10 am to 10 pm. This season's dates are 15th November 2012 to 5th January 2014. Peak tickets are £13.50 for adults, and off-peak tickets are £11.50. Peak hours are all weekend, and evenings after 5pm. Childrens tickets are £9.50/£9.

Address, booking, and phone

Tower of London
The City

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

Hyde Park Olympic Winter Games 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 year, the ice rink is brand new 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 £10.50 to £14.50 per hour for adults and £8.50 to £9.50 for children.

Season dates are 22 November 2013 to 5 January 2014, 10 am to 10 pm.

Address, booking, and phone

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

Tickets and information: Winter Wonderland website

Broadgate ice rink

Skating the circular ice rink at BroadgateThe Broadgate Ice Rink is a 22 metre wide circular outdoor ice rink in the heart of the City, surrounded by bars and cafes. Perfect for a lunch-time skating sessions for City workers and any tourist and 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 Februaryl.

The rink is one of the cheaper, with £12.50 entry prices in the winter 2013 season (up from just £9 last year). However, skate hire is now included whereas it cost £2 last year. There are no lockers either, so don't bring any valuables that won't fit in your jacket pockets!

Open from 4 Nov 2013 to 17 Feb 2014.

Address, booking, and phone

Broadgate Circle
The City

Tickets and information: Broadgate website

Queens ice skating and bowling

Queens ice skating rink in LondonIf 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.

Address, booking, and phone

17 Queensway
W2 4QP

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

Canary Wharf ice rink

Canary Wharf ice rink in LondonYou can skate in the shadow of the Docklands landmark or have a warming drink in the new rinkside Celsius Bar. 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 are £13.50 for adults. Kids up to 13 years old skate for £9. The season begins mid-November and closes mid-February. Skate hire is included in the session prices.

Season dates are 26 October 2013 to 16 February 2014, closed on Christmas Day.

Address, booking, and phone

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

Tickets and information: Canary Wharf ice rink website

Lee Valley Ice Centre

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 £9.70 for an adult in 2013, including skate hire. Childrens prices are £5.20 under 5 years, and £8.70 under 16 years old.

Address, booking, and phone

Lee Valley Ice Centre
Lea Bridge Road
E10 7QL

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

Sobell Leisure Centre, Islington

Sobell Leisure Centre has a 20 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 used to be some of the cheapest ice skating in London, but right now the pricing isn't available though the rink is still there. Give them a ring if interested.

Address, booking, and phone

Hornsey Road
N7 7NY

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

Eyeskate at 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 27 November 2013 to 5 January 2014. Adult tickets are from £9.45 if bought online. Open from 10 am to 9 pm.

Address, booking, and phone

London Eye
South Bank

Tickets and information: Eyeskate website

Hampton Court ice rink

Hampton Court Ice RinkLocated 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 late 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 30 November 2013 to 12 January 2014. Adult peak times tickets are £13, children £9.50. Open from 10 am to 10 pm.

Address, booking, and phone

Hampton Court Palace
East Molesey

Tickets and information: Hampton Court ice rink website

Royal Windsor ice rink

Streatham Ice Arena skating rinkGetting 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 early December 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 13 December 2013 to 6 January 2014. Opening hours are 10 am to 10 pm. Adult tickets are £11 for a peak hours session, £9 off-peak. Childrens tickets are £9/£7.

Address, booking, and phone

Alexandra Park
Barry Avenue

Tickets and information: Royal Windsor ice rink website

Westfield Ice Rink

2012 sees the second year for the 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 21 November 2013 to 5 January 2014. Opening hours vary over the season, but the earliest start is 9.15 am and latest close is 11 pm. Adult peak sessions are £11.50, childrens are £6.50 when booked online.

Address, booking, and phone

Westfield Shopping Centre
Ariel Way
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
SE10 9LW

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Last updated by Jack on 25 January, 2015 in Travel.

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