With the celebrations of bonfire night officially over, we can finally start looking forward to the next big celebration on the calendar – Christmas. And with less than 40 days left until the big day itself, it’s time to start looking forward to all the festive activities that London has to offer.
One of the activities at the top of many people’s festive bucket lists is outdoor ice skating. Whether you’re a shuffler, glider or somewhere in-between, ice skating may not always be easy, but it’s certainly fun – especially when it’s done with friends and family.
And with loads of brilliant ice-skating rinks popping up across the capital, there are plenty of places to choose from. Here, you’ll find a list of the best ones on offer in London this festive season, so have a quick scroll and get the festivities underway.
Queen’s House Ice Rink
Potentially the most beautiful skating option in the city, this ice rink is situated in front of the Queen’s House, a UNESCO world heritage site in Greenwich, south London. With a large rink to enjoy and a Benugo catering stall offering a range of winter warmers, the Queen’s House Ice Rink is the perfect skating spot for people looking for a more refined, romantic experience.
Dates: 18 November 2021 – 9 January 2022.
Prices: Adults from £15 and children from £8.50.
The Natural History Museum Ice Rink
Now open for its final year, this ice rink set in front of the Natural History Museum’s majestic Waterhouse building is a seasonal treat for all the family to enjoy. The adjacent Cafe Bar offers a wide range of drinks and meals to warm you up after you’re finished.
Dates: 22 October 2021 – 16 January 2022.
Prices: Adults from £12.65 and children from £8.80. Ticket prices vary depending on the day/time of your skating session.
Europe’s only rooftop ice rink is returning to London once again this Christmas at Skylight Rooftop, giving skaters an incredible view over London’s skyline. While this rink may not be as big as some of the others on offer, visitors will be able to enjoy a range of cocktails under the heated pergola next to the rink. Plus, because tickets don’t need to be booked in advance, you can simply rock up and get started.
Dates: opens 5 November 2021.
Prices: Skating tickets are available to buy exclusively onsite for £15 for 45 minutes.
Skate at Somerset House
One of the most iconic ice skating rinks in London is back for 2021, this time in partnership with Moët & Chandon. Accompanied by a 40ft Christmas tree, a range of delicious food and drink and contemporary music, Somerset House’s rink offers something for everyone.
Dates: 17 November 2021 – 16 January 2022.
Prices: Adults from £11 and children from £8.50.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Ice Rink
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is the place to be in London during the festive season, so a trip to its famous ice-skating rink is the icing on the cake. Claiming the title of “the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink,” the fairy-light-clad rink is the perfect place to enjoy some time on the ice this winter.
Dates: 19 November 2021 – 3 January 2022.
Prices: Adults from £10.50, children from £7.50, concessions from £9.50 and families from £30.
Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink
Images: Joshua Atkins/Royal Museums Greenwich/Fanatic/Natural History Museum/Stephanie Wolff/Skylight Rooftop/Somerset House/IMG Press