Ice skate inside one of London’s most iconic buildings.
We’ve reached the dreaded time of the year when most of the wintery pop-ups have popped down, and that includes the seasonal skate rinks (although Canary Wharf’s is open until February 16). But why should this prevent you from following your dreams of becoming a figure skater, or boogying at the Saturday night Ice Disco?
The ice rink at Alexandra Palace is open all year round, with a number of chilled out and advanced sessions each day. There are also opportunities to learn how to skate properly – instead of clutching onto the side and occasionally venturing a metre out and announcing that you’ve “finally got it!!!!”, presumably. Courses start at £60 for a five week course.
Saturday night sees the ice rink turn into a dance floor, with funky lighting and chart hits mixed by Ally Pally’s resident DJ. The Ice Disco takes place every Saturday from 8:30 to 11pm, and there’s also a monthly appearance from legendary London DJs Club de Fromage. Stay up to date.
A number of ice hockey teams and clubs play at Alexandra Palace, including the Haringey Huskies who are currently mid-season. You can book to watch their home fixtures over on the Ally Pally website or, if you’re interested in joining a club and learning to play, check out the London Devils, the Westminster Statesmen or the London Rangers.
There’s a lovely little café on site, offering all sorts of hot and cold snacks. It’s open Monday to Friday, 10am–6pm, and Saturday to Sunday, 8pm–10pm.
NB: Please note that the ice rink will be closed from January 21 until January 26, reopening on January 27. The following skate sessions are also cancelled: Sunday 20th: 20:30-23:00 (chill-out session) Sunday 27th January 10:30-11:30am (patch skate session).