London is blessed with an abundance of spectacular ice rinks, and with the Canary Wharf variation we have a beautiful space to glide around in the heart of London’s financial hub. The Canary Wharf Ice Rink is London’s longest running seasonal ice rink, and will be gracing the big smoke once more this winter, from this weekend (October 21). Even better, it’s open until the end of February!
The thrill of pirouetting across a London ice rink is pretty incomparable, but there’s always been one thing that sets the Canary Wharf ice rink apart from the rest: its longevity. Whereas many a rink turns to water come early January, this one will keep the ice skating fun going all the way through until February 24. That’s a proper staggering eighteen weeks of shenanigans on the ice, the longest season around these parts.
Rain, wind, and snow (you never know, it could happen) won’t stop the skating here, as the Canary Wharf ice rink is housed beneath a roof lit with 1000 sparkling fairy lights that provide the perfect backdrop to those artfully posed selfies of you and the squad. This year, skaters can enjoy themed sessions throughout the season including a Halloween Spectacular and 80’s, 90’s and Soul Classics nights to boogie to as you glide over the ice.
And, as with all good Christmas entertainment in London, there’s a conveniently located watering hole and DJ rink-side; The Grandstand Bar has been decked out to look like an alpine-themed retreat and offers winter warmers and festive favourites, whilst commanding beautiful views of the rink. Alternatively, the impressive full arsenal of Canary Wharf’s bars and restaurants surround the rink, so you’re never far from a bite to eat or a cocktail to sip.
You’ll find the ice rink in the heart of Canary Wharf’s Canada Square Park, beneath the glittering steel and glass of One Canada Square. It’s available for private hire, with children’s parties and team building days all suggested options to sprinkle a little winter magic over your gatherings. Teachers from local schools can also get in touch to arrange a learn-to-skate session for school kids, free of charge, which is a really lovely initiative.
Pop down between October 21 – February 24 to enjoy this magical ice skating experience. You can find out more from the Canary Wharf website, but tickets are expected to disappear pretty quickly, so get your skates on!
Also published on Medium.