The time has come to strap on a pair of bladed shoes and dance upon 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 ice rinks in London that cater to all.
Open 30th of October to the 30th of December
Ever wanted to try ice skating on a rooftop? Now's your chance. Skylight is back for 2022 with pop-up igloos, bookable chalets and plenty of steaming hot refreshments to enjoy after showing off your skills. Better yet, this sprawling space at Tobacco Dock 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 ice skating in London that's indoors, 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.
Christmas On The Green
Open from the 1st of December to the 3rd of January 2023
Over in Beckenham, something very magical is about to happen; Christmas on the Green. Don your cosiest winter gear then grab your mates or dates and venture over to this festive wonderland. You can expect an eye-catching ice rink, complete with gorge lighting, alongside lots of independent market stalls. But that's not all, as there will also be fun fair rides and special surprises throughout the month.
Opening times TBC
Flaunting elevated views of London's skyline, Bar Elba is undoubtedly one of the city's favourite drinking spots. And what great news then, that this year it's going to have an ice rink too? When you're not slipping and sliding, get stuck into the delightful cocktail selection and top-notch live music lineup, all while cosied up on the heated, covered rooftop terrace.
Glide At Battersea Power Station
Open from 11th of November to the 8th 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 new opening 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 a bucketload of tasty food options.
Skate At Somerset House
Open from the 16th of November to the 15th 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 cocktails from Moët & Chandon.
Open 18th of November 2022 to the 2nd 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
Open from the 28th of November to the 8th of January
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 2022. 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.
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