The time has come to strap on a pair blade-laced shoes and dance upon frozen water. That's right, ice rink season is firmly upon us. Whether you're latching on to a loved one as you claw your way around the rink 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, these 7 fun London ice rinks cater to one and to all.
(2020: 3rd December - 3rd January)
There are ice rinks in the city, and then there's Skylight. A gorgeous Quayside spot, littered in fairy lights, this Tobacco Dock treat doesn't just promise the best in chilled skating and views, head on down and get familiar with the best in fondue, indulge in hot toddy and get to know the Wapping area this winter.
Hailed as the prettiest rink in town, it's no wonder that the soft glow of fairy lights upon ice has secured The Natural History Museum one of London's top outdoor ice skating spots. Set alongside the historical building itself amongst the glittering trees, this is the ultimate romantic option for winter gliding in the city. We, however, do not recommend getting down on one knee, you have nice trousers on and it's kinda cold. Find out more here.
Tower Of London
(OPEN 2020: November 20th - Jan 3rd 2021)
Torture, towers and retribution; let's be honest, they're not the first three things you think of when it comes to ice skating in London, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy them all. Set alongside the infamous Tower of London and hailed as one of the best spots to skate free, this ice rink is not only one of the biggest in the city, you can enjoy being loomed over by one of the most historic buildings in the UK. Find out more here.
(NOT OPEN 2020)
Whether you love or hate the festive bustle to be found at London's Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, there's no mulling over of opinions when it comes to their ice rink, it's simply too pretty. Whether you're slidding on skates during the day or dazzling with your ability to be pushed backwards on skates by friends come the night, this charming rink is littered by lights, and can be followed be festive grog, Alpine halls and more. Find out more here.
Skate at Somerset House
(2020: To Be Confirmed)
The events roster at Somerset House is an enviable one, with art exhibitions and outdoor cinema screenings come the summer, but we're sticklers for their cold snap of a skate. Returning once more with their Skate at Somerset House series, not only is the rink surrounded by festive trees and joined by the illumination of the building itself, there's plenty of room to mull over new moves, hold hands and tepidly race around the rink. Find out more here.
(OPEN 2020: Social Distancing In Place)
A quirky venue in London with winter fun all wrapped up? Look no further than QUEENS. Not only is their year long ice rink open to the public from January through to December, they're home to a whole manner of fun events (including your chance to learn how to curl), all set alongside rink bar: The Sin Bin. Once you're done on the ice? Don't miss their bowling alleys, arcade zone and pool tables.
Alexandra Palace Ice Rink
(OPEN 2020: October 1st Onwards)
Iconic ice skating in London? You'll find it at Ally Pally. Open for skaters this 2020 with social distancing and reduced visitor numbers in place (safety first, y'all), you'll still be able to get your on-ice kicks at this notorious Grade II listed venue as they open to the skate-hungry from October 1st onwards.
Done with rinks? Check out our recommendations for fun things to do this winter in London.