The time has come to strap on a pair of bladed shoes and dance on frozen water. That's right, ice rink season is firmly upon us. Whether you're latching onto a loved one as you claw your way around the barriers or hurling yourself into a pirouette at the dismay of a group of friends (who thought you were a banker and a banker only), we've found the 7 best places to go ice skating in London this winter that cater to all.
Skylight Tobacco Dock
Open from 10th of November to 1st of January
Ever wanted to try ice skating on a rooftop? Now's your chance. Skylight Tobacco Dock is back for 2023 with pop-up igloos, bookable chalets and plenty of steaming hot refreshments to enjoy after showing off your skills. Better yet, this sprawling space boasts amazing views of the city, so there's absolutely no way you can visit without taking a few pictures for the 'Gram.
If you're on the hunt for indoor ice skating in London, look no further than QUEENS. Not only is the rink open to the public from January through to December, but it's also home to a whole manner of fun events (including your chance to learn how to curl). Once you're done skidding around, don't miss out on the bowling alleys, arcade zone and pool tables. Worked up an appetite? Devour top scran from MEATliquor.
Open from 10th of November to the 7th of January
From the brains behind the Natural History Museum Ice Rink and Winter Wonderland comes something spectacular at Battersea Power Station. Aptly named Glide, this sprawling location at the Grade II-listed site will showcase riverside views and a beaut 30ft Christmas tree. But when you need a break? Simply check out the festive Ferris wheel, live entertainment and bucketload of tasty food.
Skate At Somerset House
Open from the 15th of November to the 14th of January
The events roster at Somerset House is an enviable one, with art exhibitions and outdoor cinema screenings come the summer - but we're serious sticklers for its winter offering. Returning with its Skate at Somerset House series, not only is the rink neighboured by a twinkling 40ft tree, joined by an atmospheric illumination of the building, but there's also DJs and gourmet dining, plus a sexy Skate Lounge by Whispering Angel.
Open 17th of November to the 1st of January
Whether you love or hate the festive bustle found at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, there's no mulling over of opinions when it comes to its ice skating rink in London; it's simply too pretty. Whether you're sliding like Bambi or dazzling with your ability to be pushed backwards by friends, this charming space is glittering with lights and can be followed by a couple of quaffs in the Bavarian village.
Alexandra Palace Ice Rink
There's no doubt that Alexandra Palace is a bit of an icon, especially come wintertime. Open for skaters of all levels, from first-timers cutting their teeth to seasoned pros, its rink is ideal for ice skating in London this 2023. Whizz about while listening to Christmas tunes, then warm your cockles through in the Grade II-listed venue with a mulled wine or Baileys hot chocolate.
The Queen's House Ice Rink
Open 23rd of November to the 7th of January
If you fancy a bit of ice skating in London's Greenwich, this magical open-air space has got you well and truly covered. Nestled in the neighbourhood's UNESCO World Heritage site and surrounded by beaut architecture, The Queen's House Ice Rink is nothing short of spectacular. And if you need something to warm you up after? Benugo Cafe is slinging out hot drinks and seasonal eats.