Guide to open air ice rinks in London this winter 2016/2017
It’s that time of year again. With the temperatures dropping and the lights a twinkling, it’s no surprise many people want to take to the ice. As usual, there are a host of pop-up, open air rinks on around town. Many are accompanied by other wintry activities and festive food and drink offerings. Here’s a guide to open-air and pop-up ice skating in London this winter season.
- 27 October – 8 January 2017 : Natural History Museum Ice Rink
A 1,000 square metre rink in the gardens of the Natural History Museum in South Kensington. Opening hours vary. Session times last 1 hour. Adults from £12.65, Children 12 and under from £8.80. Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BD. Nearest station: South Kensington. To book, visit the Natural History Museum website.
- 4 November – 25 February 2017 : Luminocity – Ice Rink Canary Wharf
Skate over ice filled with 8km of LED lights in the middle of the soaring skyscrapers of Canary Wharf. Non-skaters can watch the action from the bar or street food stalls. Session times last 1 hour. Opening times vary. Adults £9.95-£16.95, Children £9.95-£10.95. Canada Square Park, E14 5AB. Nearest station: Canary Wharf. To book, visit the Ice Rink Canary Wharf website.
- 14 November – 2 February 2017 : Broadgate Ice
Temporary ice rink at Broadgate Circle in the City of London is open for over three months. There is also a rinkside bar and street food stalls. Open 10am-10pm. Session times last 1 hour. Adults £13.50, Children £9.50. Broadgate Ice Rink, Exchange Square, Broadgate, EC2A 2BQ. Nearest station: Liverpool Street. For more information, visit Broadgate’s website.
- 16 November – 3 January 2017 : Tower Of London Ice Rink
Skate on a rink in the moat of the Tower of London. After a skate, visit the Eis Haus Ice Experience, an immersive ice bar where you can drink out of glasses made of ice. 11am-10pm. Tickets: Adults £13.50, Children under 12: £9.50. Tower Of London (off Lower Thames Street or Tower Hill), EC3N 4AB. Nearest station: Tower Hill. To book, visit the Tower Of London Ice Rink website.
- 17 November – 15 January 2017 : Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason
One of the original pop-up ice rinks located in the courtyard of Somerset House. As well as general skating, they also host club nights on ice and skate lessons. Session times last 1 hour and are from 10am until 10.30pm (later for club nights and New Year’s Eve). Adults from £14.65 (inc booking fee) and Children from £8.90. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA. Nearest station: Temple. To book, visit the Somerset House website.
- 18 November – 2 January 2017 : Ice Rink @ Winter Wonderland
A pop-up ice rink at the annual Winter Wonderland in the south east corner of Hyde Park. Session times last 1 hour. 10am-10pm. Adults £14.50-£15.50, Children up to 12 £9.50-£10.50. Hyde Park, Westminster, W2 2UH. Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch or Knightsbridge. To book, visit the Winter Wonderland website. For a sneak peek, check out Metro Girl’s blog posting on Winter Wonderland.
- 18 November – 2 January 2017 : Wembley Park Ice Rink
Ice skate in the grounds of Wembley Park outside the London Designer outlet. There will also be a frosty snow shower every hour, a 9m high Christmas tree and a special Santa post box. Open 11am-9pm. Tickets: Adults: £12.50, Children £9.50. Shoppers who spend over £50 or more at LDO can receive two free tickets to the rink. London Designer Outlet, Wembley Park Boulevard, Wembley, HA9 0PA. Nearest station: Wembley Stadium or Wembley Park. For more information, visit the Wembley website.
- 24 November – 8 January 2017 : Westfield London Ice Rink
In between shopping, enjoy a spot of skating in the atrium at Westfield London in Shepherd’s Bush. Will also host live music and DJs. Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-6pm. Adults: £10.50-£14, Children: £8.50. Westfield London, Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 7GF. Nearest station: Wood Lane or Shepherd’s Bush. To book, visit the Westfield website.
- 25 November – 8 January 2017 : Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink
Skate in front of King Henry VIII’s favourite London residence. The Ice Bar & Café will also feature a selection of festive food and drinks. Session times last 1 hour. First sessions start at 10am, last sessions start at 9pm. Adults £11.50 (off-peak) £13 (peak), Children £9 (off-peak) £9.50 (peak). Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU. Nearest station: Hampton Court (36 minutes from Waterloo). To book, visit the Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink website.
- 3 December – 8 January 2017 : JW3 Ice Rink
Pop-up ice rink at the Piazza at JW3, the London Jewish Cultural Centre. Also including café serving mulled wine, hot drinks, etc. Adults: £12, Children £7.50. JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, Hampstead, NW3 6ET. Nearest station: Finchley Road and Frognal or West Hampstead. To book, visit the JW3 website.
And if you fancy ice skating any other times, these rinks are open all year round…
- Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, N22 7AY. Nearest station: Alexandra Palace.
- Streatham Ice Rink, 390 Streatham High Road, Streatham, SW16 6HX. Nearest station: Streatham.
- Lea Valley Ice Centre, Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, E10 7QL. Nearest station: Lea Bridge.
- Queens Ice And Bowl, 17 Queensway, Bayswater, W2 4QP. Nearest station: Queensway.
For a guide to what’s on in London in January, click here.
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Posted on 9 Nov 2016, in Activities, Families, London, Nightlife, Sport, Tourist Attractions and tagged Christmas, December 2016, ice rink, ice skating, January 2017, London, November 2016, Pop up, What's On Guide. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.