While there are all year round skating rinks in London, the ice rinks that pop up in the festive season are truly special to enjoy.  These are the best spots to ice skate in London.

These venues are decorated at their festive best, with a buzzing atmosphere of Christmas cheer like no other. There is mulled wine and Christmas delicacies to enjoy at most of the pop-up venues – like the Natural History Museum, Hampton Court Palace and Somerset House.

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Whether you are a seasoned skater or wobbly on skates and have to hold on to the rink, skating in London is a must in the festive season!


Tower of London

How would you like to glide around one of the most iconic attractions in London? The Tower of London ice rink is at a convenient distance from the Montcalm at the Brewery London City Hotel, and one of the most popular ice skating rinks during winter in the city. The rink is within the dry moat and offers a wonderful backdrop of one of the most historic landmarks in London. There are skating lessons as well for beginners with excellent views of the Thames River and the imposing Tower. There are great food and drink options available as well. 


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Somerset House

The ice rink is set amidst the stunning 18th-century backdrop of Somerset House’s courtyard and is one of the most beautiful places to ice skate in London. Whether you plan to get your skates on and whizz across the ice or just visit to enjoy the views and delicious treats and wines, the festive season makes it well worth a visit. Enjoy the best of live music, club nights, DJs spinning tracks and of course bubbly, mulled wine and an assortment of festive treats.


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Hampton Court Palace

Once the royal residence of Henry VIII in the 1600s, Hampton Court Palace offers a fabulous ice skating location to visit. The palace has an outdoor rink with an incredibly beautiful backdrop that looks even more stunning when lit up in the evening. The massive 1,040 sq mt. rink faces the Tudor masterpiece and is along the banks of the River Thames and offers sessions for skaters of all levels. There also are pop-venues to enjoy the best of food and drinks after a sizzling session in the rink. Definitely worth a visit whether you skate or not!


Winter Wonderland

Described as the largest outdoor rink in the nation, the ice rink at Winter Wonderland is brilliantly lit up during Christmas. It encircles the Victorian bandstand and is a popular venue with skaters in the city. While there is no minimum age limit for skaters, kids below 12 need to be accompanied. There are skates on hire at the venue as well.


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Alexandra Palace

Affectionately referred to as All Pally by locals, the indoor ice rink at the palace remains open all through the year. It is popular with ice hockey players, regular skaters, figure skaters, ice-discos on the weekend and training sessions for kids. During Christmas, the rink is at its festive best and popular with locals as well as tourists.


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