Whether you’re as cool as ice or a bit of a Bambi, London has some of the greatest, largest and most beautiful spots for you to test the (frozen) water.
1. Natural History Museum
Dates for your diary: 27th October – 8th January 2017
If you’re seriously eager to jump on the wintery icey bandwagon, you can skate with history behind you (both physically and metaphorically) from as early as October 27.
2. Canary Wharf Ice Rink
Dates for your diary: 4th November – 25th February 2017
This one is a cracking ice rink (sorry, inappropriate adjective). Luminocity will be jazzing up the rink with over 8km of LED colour-changing lights underneath the ice. And it’s USP (aside from the colour-changing underground LED lights)? It’s covered with a clear roof so you can skate without having to panic about the unpredictable weather!
3. Tower of London
Dates for your diary: 16th November – 3rd January 2017
Could there be a more iconic backdrop than the Tower of London? (The answer is no). Have a skate in the historical moat and finish off with a trip to the Ice Bar, where literally everything is made of ice. Gloves are recommended…
4. Broadgate Ice Rink
Dates for your diary: 14th November – 2nd February 2017
…or should we say Broadskate (their pun not ours, unfortunately). London’s longest running outdoor ice rink, situated right in the heart of the city, plans to be especially magical this winter, with everything from rink-side street food from a rotation of London’s best traders, and festive cody offerings from Broadgate Circle’s many surrounding restaurants and bars. Once you get off the ice you can warm up and chill out in complete festive merriment.
5. SKATE at Somerset House
Dates for your diary: 17th November – 15th January 2017
Somerset House is the perfect place to get your skates on this winter. Not only can you glide (or wobble) around in the beautiful courtyard during the day, but you can also skate the night away at one of their club nights in the evening, where they’ll have top international DJs playing top international tunes. Better still, they’ve teamed up with Fortnum and Mason which means you can pair a bit of ice-skating with champagne, wine, hot chocolate or cheese fondue. Could it get any better than that?
6. Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park
Dates for your diary: 18th November – 2nd January 2017
The rink at Hyde Park is the largest open-air ice rink in the UK, and it’s set around a Victorian bandstand which will have live music to soundtrack your skate. Besides the skating, Winter Wonderland is a great place to explore: have a mooch around the Christmas markets, enjoy a delicious hot chocolate or ride a thrilling festive rollercoaster!
7. Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink
Dates for your diary: 25th November – 8th January 2017
Hampton Court Palace is a truly historical location for a skate — it’s the place where Henry VIII entertained his many wives! Enjoy a post-skate afternoon tea or watch as the palace is transformed into a stunning vision of colour when the sun goes down. It’s a majestic and magical spot to get you in the festive mood!