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 returned in 2021 after last appearing in 2021, and will be gracing the big smoke once more this winter, from this weekend (October 22). 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 25. 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, there’s even a brand new platform on the ice where live music and DJS will take to the rink on Wednesdays through the season, and other events including a curling championships and festive happenings going on all the way through the winter period.
And, as with all good Christmas entertainment in London, there’s a conveniently located watering hole close by; The Offpiste Bar 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 22 – February 25 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.