9 Magical Ice Skating Rinks For A Perfect Winter Outing
Just imagine how good you’ll look sliding and gliding with the best of them on one of London’s festively fabulous ice skating rinks!
Okay, so if you aren’t a Torvill or Dean, then gliding might be an exaggeration. Nevertheless, London’s finest ice skating rinks are beginning to set up shop, so you can cautiously inch your way alongside the handrails with the best of them! Don’t worry, we can’t pull off a triple Salchow either (maybe next year), so you’ll be in fine company. Anyway, ice skating is more about getting into the festive spirit, and sipping on some hot chocolate whilst you wait for your soggy bottom to dry. Get your skates on ASAP, as these are the best ice skating rinks in 2017.
1. Natural History Museum (26th October – 7th January)
Cromwell Road, Kensington, SW7 5BD. Nearest station: South Kensington. Open most days from 11am – 9pm, adult tickets start from £12.65 and can be booked here.
2. Skate at Somerset House (15th November – 14th January)
Strand, WC2R 1LA. Nearest station: Temple. Open from 8:45am – 22:15 most days, tickets start from £7.50 and can be purchased here.
3. Tower Of London (17th November – 2nd January)
St Katharine’s & Wapping, EC3N 4AB. Nearest station: Tower Hill. Open from 11am – 9pm on weekdays, and from 9am on weekends. Adult tickets start are £14.50, and can be booked here.
4. Canary Wharf (4th November – 24th February)
Hey, bankers love Christmas too, alright? Apparently they love it more than most, because Canary Wharf’s rink will be sticking around for a staggering sixteen weeks! That’s almost a third of a year! To be fair, they’ve got a good thing going on at Canada Square Park, with London’s only skate path making a welcome addition to the main rink. You can steal away for a quiet skate under the trees, which just sounds perfect for a romantic date 😉 Meanwhile, eating, drinking, and shopping are happening on the sidelines of the rink, so you can get back all those calories you burned by sliding around, and maybe a nice scarf too.
Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, E14 5AB. Nearest station: Canary Wharf. Open from 9:45am – 9:45pm Monday to Thursday, with Fridays and weekends differing slightly. Adult tickets start from £9.95, and can be booked here.
5. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland (17th November – 1st January)
You’ll find the Winter Wonderland rink in Hyde Park, W2 2UH. Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner. Open from 10am – 9pm, adult tickets start from £9.50 and can be purchased here.
6. Hampton Court Palace (24th November – 7th January)
This year, the rink is bigger and the stakes are higher. Ok, so that last part isn’t true, but we thought we’d hype it up a little. Not that this rink really needs it, as the sixteenth-century palace makes for a stunning backdrop, particularly when night rolls around. Food comes from The Pie Man, and the bar stocks mulled wine and Duppy Share Rum punches, so you can feast like a royal!
Hampton Court Palace is in East Molesey, KT8 9AU. Nearest station: Hampton Court (National Rail). Open 11am – 9pm most weekdays, and from 9am on weekends. Adult tickets start from £14, book them here.
7. Winterville (23rd November – 1st January)
The hipster cousin of Winter Wonderland is on the move this year, setting up shop in the magical land of Clapham Common. As with the Hyde Park version, the ice skating is just one of Winterville’s many attractions, but at 600 square metres, there’s enough space for everyone. Other attractions include Backyard Cinema, Plonk Golf, and a Spiegeltent, all of which pair very nicely with a session of skating! Get tickets for £10 here.
Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, SW4 9DE. Nearest station: Clapham Common/Clapham South. Open from 12pm – 10pm on weekdays, and from 11am on weekends.
8. Greenwich Winter Time Festival (1st – 31st December)
Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9NN. Nearest station: Cutty Sark. The festival runs in three three hour sessions (morning, afternoon, and evening) between 10:30am and 10pm. Adult tickets to the festival are £15, and adult ice skating tickets are £10 – get them both here.
9. Skylight Rooftop Rink (2nd November – 6th January)
You’ll find Skylight at Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, St Katharine’s & Wapping, E1W 2SF. Nearest station: Shadwell. Open Thursday and Friday 5pm – 11pm, and 12pm – 11pm Saturday and Sunday. Entrance is free.
Speaking of winter rooftop delights, there’s a cracker on Oxford Street – expect gin, cheese, and all the fun of the fair!
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