Where To Go Ice Skating in London This Christmas | Top 5 Ice Rinks
Whether you wish to participate or spectate, the capital has a great selection of outdoor ice rinks. Decorated with Christmas lights and trees, set to the backdrop of some of London's iconic attractions and historic buildings, this certainly is a "must do" on your Christmas list!
Skate at Somerset House
The grand 18th-century courtyard that is home to Somerset House ice rink provides a stunning location for all those "ice skating selfies"! This 900 square metre outdoor rink has a host of extras: Enjoy a late night ice skating session with music by top DJs, playing their sounds under the stars. Lear to skate or perfect your skills with Skate School, and let the little ones have a go on the ice at the Polar Bear Club.
New for 2019 is the museum of Architecture's Gingerbread City, a futuristic city made entirely from gingerbread.
After your session, shop for gifts and festive goodies at Fortnum's Christmas Arcade, and warm up with wintry food and drinks in Fortnum's Lodge or Skate Lounge, home to the Baileys Treat Bar offering indulgent Baileys cocktails and hot drinks.
The Tower of London is the venue for this stunning outdoor ice rink, situated in the dry moat that surrounds this 1,000 year old historic London landmark. Participate in an evening skating session, and see hundreds of snowflake lights illuminate the walls of the castle, and drop by the rink side pop up bar. Further details on the Tower of London website. (16 Nov 2019 - 05 Jan 2020)
Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink
Hyde Park is home to Winter Wonderland, and the biggest outdoor ice skating rink in the country. With live music from the Victorian bandstand, plus the bustling Christmas markets, fairground rides, drink and food stalls, this is a day for the whole family. Check the Winter Wonderland website for further details. (21 Nov 2019 - 05 Jan 2020)
Hampton Court Ice Rink
Why not make a day of it and visit Hampton Court Palace, followed by a spin on the ice rink, which is situated in front of the former home of King Henry VIII. As darkness falls, the rink is lit up, giving it that true Christmas feel! Details on the Hampton Court Ice Rink website. (22 Nov 2019 - 05 Jan 2020)
Natural History Museum Ice Rink
With the back drop of the stunning Natural History Museum, trees decorated with fairy lights, and a central Christmas tree in the middle of the ice, this is a truly magical location. The main skating area is 1,000 metres square, and adjoins a smaller rink for the younger skaters, who are taking their first few glides. Check The Natural History Museum website for further details. (Until 12 Jan 2020).