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Guide to London’s open-air and pop-up ice rinks this winter 2017

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Break the ice on a rink (and hopefully no bones!)

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.

  • 26 October – 7 January 2018Natural 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.

  • 2 November – 14 January 2018 : Skylight London

London’s highest ice rink surface on top of Tobacco Dock’s car park. Features alfresco and covered bars, fondue and ice hockey slap shot. Under 18s allowed until 6pm. Free entry to Skylight. Skating tickets: £10 (45 minutes). Skylight, Tobacco Quay, Pennington Street entrance, Wapping, E1CW 2SF. Nearest station: Shadwell or Wapping. For booking, visit the Skylight London website. For Metro Girl’s review, click here.

  • 4 November – 24 February 2018 : Ice Rink Canary Wharf

Skate over ice 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.

  • 15 November – 14 January 2018Skate 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). Tickets start from £8.90. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA. Nearest station: Temple. To book, visit the Somerset House website.  Read the rest of this entry

Celebrate sporting ineptitude at the Chap Olympiad

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A day of good old-fashioned fun at The Chap Olympiad

We’re not all the athletic types so winning may not be a frequent word in our vocabulary. However, if that sounds like you, then the Chap Olympiad could be right up your street. Returning for the 13th year is a day of old-fashioned fun taking place in one of Bloomsbury’s leafy Georgian squares.

On Saturday 15 July 2017, Britain’s most eccentric sporting event takes over Bedford Square Gardens with live music, food, cocktails and frolics. The Chap Olympiad ‘rewards panache rather than sporting prowess’ with the focus on effort and enthusiasm rather than talent.

The games for the 2017 tournament are:

Not Playing Tennis: Players seated in armchairs, play a game of tennis without getting up.  The tennis ball is suspended on a wire strung between two hat stands.
Tea Pursuit: Contestants in pairs chase each other on bicycles, one with a teacup, and one with a teapot. The tea must be poured into the cup and the fullest cup of tea wins overall.
Well Dressage: Two contestants, each mounted on a hobbyhorse, make a display of elegance and panache around the track in a freestyle manner. They are awarded points by lady judges with number cards.
Umbrella Jousting: Two contestants, armed only with brollies and briefcases, must go at one another on bicycles and attempt to knock each other off.

Guests are invited to dress in their finest dapper, vintage style. For those who don’t fancy taking part in the games, you’re welcome to grab a deckchair and sip a G’n’T while being entertained by the sporting ineptitude. The Chap Olympiad is produced by bars and events group Bourne & Hollingsworth (The Blitz Party, Dark Circus and Cocktails In The City), with the games organised by The Chap Magazine.

  • The Chap Olympiad takes place on Saturday 15 July 2017 from 12pm until dusk. At Bedford Square Gardens, Bloomsbury, WC1B. Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road or Goodge Street. Tickets: £25. Visit the Bourne and Hollingsworth website or call 0203 174 1156.

For a guide to what else is on in London in July, click here.

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Guide to open air ice rinks in London this winter 2016

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Take to the ice at the Natural History Museum rink

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.

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Whole lotta history: Skate in the dry moat of the Tower Of London

  • 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.  Read the rest of this entry

Summer of sport: Where to watch Euro 2016, Wimbledon and Rio Olympics outdoors on the big screen

For the 2018 guide, click here.

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Watch Wimbledon and the Rio Olympics on the big screen during the London Bridge City Summer Festival

This summer we have three big sporting tournaments to captivate the nation. The UEFA European football championships (10 June – 10 July), Wimbledon (27 June – 10 July) and the Rio De Janeiro Olympics (5 to 21 August). For those unable to get a ticket to one of the events, why not soak up the sporting atmosphere with an alfresco screening? Plenty of venues are hosting big screens around town, with plenty of food and drink on offer too to keep you fuelled.

  • 10 June – 10 July : Euros @ Bar & Co

Watch the Euros on the deck of a floating bar while enjoying views over the Thames. With a late license until 3am if you fancy a party afterwards. The football will be screened on TVs both inside and out on deck. Tickets: £12. Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, WC2R 2PN. Nearest station: Temple. For booking, visit the Bar & Co website.

  • 10 June – 21 August : The Big Screen @ Bluebird

Bluebird on the King’s Road will be hosting screenings of Euro 2016, Wimbledon and the Rio Olympic Games on a giant outdoor screen in their sunny courtyard. You can watch the action while sipping champagne or Pimms from the bar or eating from the café menu. Bluebird, 350 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UU. Nearest stations: Fulham Broadway, South Kensington or Sloane Square. For more information, visit the Bluebird website.

  • 10 June – 18 September : Screenings @ Pop Fields

Watch a host of sport, including Euro 2016, Wimbledon, Tour de France, Rio Olympics and Paralympics and US Open Tennis on the big screen in Pop Fields, the outdoor space next to Pop Brixton, where you can buy food and drink from local vendors. Free entry. Pop Fields, 49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton, SW9 8PQ. Nearest station: Brixton. For more information, visit the Pop Brixton website.

  • 27 June – 1 July : Wimbledon @ The Northbank Summer Festival

Watch the earlier Wimbledon matches on the big screen near the Thames during the month-long Northbank Summer Festival. There will also be live music and food markets. 11am-7.30pm. Free. Victoria Embankment Gardens (off Villiers Street), Westminster, WC2N 6NS. Nearest station: Embankment or Charing Cross. For more information, visit The Northbank London website.

  • 27 June – 10 July : Wimbledon @ Hammersmith Summer Festival

Watch the action from Wimbledon as part of the Hammersmith London Summer Festival. The action will be beamed live on to a big screen in Lyric Square while deckchairs will be provided. 12-8pm daily. Free. Lyric Square, Hammersmith, W6 0ED. Nearest station: Hammersmith. For more information, visit the Hammersmith London website.

  • 27 June – 10 July : Great British Summer

Sit in deck chairs to watch screenings of Wimbledon tennis at three venues across the capital. All open daily during the tournament from 12-10pm. Free. For more information, visit the Great British Summer website.

– One New Change, 6th floor roof terrace (Cheapside, EC4M 9AF. Nearest station: St Pauls)

– Cardinal Place, 1st floor roof terrace (Victoria Street, Victoria, SW1E 5JD. Nearest station: Victoria)

– New Street Square (located off Fleet Street, Holborn, EC4A. Nearest station: Chancery Lane or City Thameslink). Read the rest of this entry

Guide to open air ice rinks in London this winter 2015

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Get your skates on at one of London’s ice rinks this winter

The Christmas period seems to be hurtling towards us at full speed, which means the capital is getting a festive makeover. One of the most popular winter activities is visiting some of London’s open air ice rinks. Many rinks have lessons and penguin aids for those less confident balancing on the blades. As well as the rink, many of the venues offer pop-up cafes and Christmas markets so you can warm up after a swirl – or fall – on the ice. Here’s a guide to London’s rinks this winter.

  • 29 October – 3 January 2016 : Natural History Museum Swarovski 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 £15.95, Children 12 and under from £11. Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BD. Nearest tube: South Kensington. To book, visit the Natural History Museum website.

  • 31 October – 27 February 2016 : Ice Rink Canary Wharf

Skate in the middle of the soaring skyscrapers on Canary Wharf and surrounded by shops. Non-skaters can watch the action from a heated viewing terrace. Session times last 1 hour. Opening times vary. Adults £14.95, Children £9.95. Canada Square, E14 5AB. Nearest tube Canary Wharf. To book, visit the Ice Rink Canary Wharf website.

  • 14 November – 3 January 2016 : Eyeskate @ London Eye

Skate in a raised rink in the park shadowed by the London Eye as part of their Frostival. Open daily from 10am until 9pm. Session times last 45 minutes . Tickets start from £9.45. London Eye, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, Southbank, SE1 7PB. Nearest station: Waterloo, Westminster or Embankment. To book, visit the London Eye website. For Metro Girl’s post on the Frostival, click here

  • 16 November – 25 February 2016 : Broadgate Ice

Temporary ice rink at Broadgate Circle in the City of London is open for over three months. This year’s rink will be accompanied by a pop-up Alpine Bar, where you can warm up and enjoy a Choc-tail and cheese or chocolate fondue. Open 10am-10pm. Session times last 1 hour. Adults £13, Children £9. Broadgate Ice Rink, Exchange Square EC2A 2BQ. Nearest tube: Liverpool Street. For more information, visit Broadgate’s website.

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In the courtyard: Skate at Somerset House on The Strand

  • 18 November – 10 January 2016 : 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 and Children start from £8.85. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA. Nearest tube: Temple. To book, visit the Somerset House website.

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Jolly good old-fashioned fun at Britain’s most eccentric sporting event The Chap Olympiad

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Hold on to your (bowler) hats! Find out what Umbrella jousting is at the Chap Olympiad
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To many of us, the chance of winning something in a sporting event seems rather far-fetched. How many of us would love to win the London Marathon, but the lure of another pint of cider and a five-course tasting menu at the new pop-up is just too powerful?

Well, for those lacking in athletic ability, The Chap Olympiad could be right up your street. Returning to London on 11 July, Britain’s most eccentric sporting event will celebrate ‘sporting ineptitude and immaculate trouser creases’. Hosted by The Chap magazine and Bourne & Hollingsworth (famous for Prohibition, The Blitz Party and 90s: The Playback Party), the day will feature sporting events, live music, side shows and traditional British food and drinks… all while dressed in dapper, vintage style.

The events for the 2015 tournament include:

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Jolly good fun! Guests are encouraged to dress in vintage costune

Gentlemen’s Club Golf: contestants must hit a bowler hat into a large fishing net using a walking stick.
Swooning: one for the ladies. A line of chaps faces a line of chapettes, and the chaps have to induce the ladies to swoon through any means possible.
Tea Pursuit: contestants cycle around the track transferring a cup of tea from one rider to the next. The winning team will be decided by the measure of tea remaining in the cup.
Not Playing Tennis: gents or ladies seated in armchairs play a game of tennis without getting up. The tennis ball is suspended on a wire strung between two hat stands.
Bread Basketball: 12 contestants are invited to dine at a table in the middle of the track. A team of servants at each end of the table engage in playing basketball with the bread and the breadbasket, across the table, while the dinner guests try to get served.
Moustache Wrestling: two contestants must pluck a single hair from their opponent’s lip weasel. If the whole moustache comes off, the opponent is immediately disqualified for twirling under false pretences.
Briefcase Phalanx: a line of ten chaps and chapettes, dressed for the office and clutching briefcases and handbags, creates a phalanx. Lone contestants must charge at them and try to break through to the secretary on the other side.
Bakewell Battles: contestants fight it out armed only with silver cake slices and Bakewell tarts.
The Pipeathlon: six contestants complete a 10-yard course using three disciplines – pipe smoking, cycling and being carried by their servants.
Umbrella Jousting: two contestants, armed only with brollies and briefcases, must go at one another on bicycles and attempt to knock each other off.

When you’re not trying your hand at the events, guests will be entertained by big bands, quartets, pianists and cabaret singers, as well as radio plays, country fair side-shows and lawn games. Bourne & Hollingsworth will be providing their classic cocktails, as well as beer, wine and soft drinks, while lunch and supper will be served for hungry guests. Ticket holders will be encouraged to come in period dress and immerse themselves in a rather more gentlemanly and ladylike way to live.

  • The Chap Olympiad takes place on Saturday 11th July 2015 at Bedford Square Gardens, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3ES. Nearest station: Goodge Street. From 12pm until dusk, games begin at 1pm. Tickets: £25 (sold in advance via Ticketporte or tel: 020 7636 8228). For more information, visit the Chap magazine website or Bourne & Hollingsworth.

For a guide to what else is on in London this month,  click here.

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Ice ice baby! Get your skates on at Ice Skate Vauxhall

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The open-air rink runs at the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens until early January 2015
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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you may have noticed that Vauxhall is one of London’s up and coming areas. Long renowned as a transport hub and for its business parks, SE11 is now gaining attention for its nightlife and restaurants after a huge investment in the area. With its close proximity to the Thames, it’s a wonder it hasn’t happened sooner.

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Get your skates on: An ice sculpture at the Vauxhall launch

This festive season, the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens has been transformed into a mini winter wonderland of sorts with an ice rink, maze of Christmas tress and suitably Christmassy food and drink. Last Friday, we went to the launch of Ice Skate Vauxhall, the first temporary rink to come to the area. The full-sized rink has an atmospheric, urban surrounding of multi-coloured lights, trees and street art. The amount of people on the ice at one time is controlled in 45 minute sessions so you have enough room to skate regardless of your confidence.

For those who aren’t so gung-ho on the skates, there’s plenty to keep you occupied at the sidelines while your friends or family members twirl around the ice. After our Torvill and Dean impressions (ahem), we headed to the pop-up Cabin Bar, which was serving mulled wine and hot cider, perfect for those chilly winter days. During the weekends there will also be an extended street food market.

An added attraction, which is unique to Ice Skate Vauxhall, is the Christmas Tree Maze next door. A labyrinth of lanes separated by fir trees, covers a square kilometre of the Gardens, providing a challenge to find the centre. Overall, the combination of attractions and choice of food and drink mean you could easily spend a few hours here, getting into the festive spirit with family or friends.

  • Ice Skate Vauxhall is open daily from 11am-8/9pm from 21 November until 4 January 2015. Skating tickets: Adults £10.80/£12, Children start from £9.45/£7.65. (Cheaper if booked online in advance). Entrance to the maze is £4.50. Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, Kennington Lane, Vauxhall, SE11 5HL. Nearest tube/train: Vauxhall. For more information, visit Ice Skate Vauxhall website.

For Metro Girl’s guide to what else is on in London this month, click here.

Or for a guide to open air ice rinks in London this season, click here.

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Summer of sport: Where to watch the World Cup and Wimbledon 2014

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Watch the sporting action on a pop-up screen this summer

This summer is a bumper for big sporting events – as well as the annual Wimbledon tournament, we also have the football World Cup and Commonwealth Games taking place. Thanks to geography, finances and boring old work spoiling the fun, most of us won’t get the chance to see the games in person. However, big outdoor screens will be popping up across the capital giving you the chance to watch the sporting action with like-minded fans, providing a lot more atmosphere (and hopefully sunshine) than you would get in your own front room. Here’s a guide to the outdoor big screens in London this summer.

FIFA World Cup Brazil (12 June – 13 July)

Wimbledon (23 June – 6 July)

Commonwealth Games Glasgow (23 July – 3 August)

  • Summer Of Sport @ Broadgate

An outdoor screen in Exchange Square will be broadcasting the World Cup, Wimbledon, Commonwealth Games and other sports between 12 June – 5 September. As well as free screenings, there will also be sporting events you can take part in. Surrounded by bars and restaurants, there are plenty of options for refreshments, with some establishments serving themed menus and hosting outdoor BBQs. Exchange Square, Broadgate, EC2A 2BQ. Nearest tube: Liverpool Street or Shoreditch High Street. For more information, check out the Broadgate website.

  • Summer Of Sport @ Regent’s Place

Outdoor screenings and sport-themed activities at Regent’s Place in the West End, including the World Cup, Ascot, Tour De France, Grand Prix and Wimbledon. Regent’s Place, NW1 3HF. Nearest tube: Warren Street. For more information, visit the Regent’s Place website.

  • Great British Summer @ St Pauls, Victoria, Holborn and St Katherine Docks
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You can’t watch the tennis without strawberries!

Great British Summer are hosting free screenings of Wimbledon tennis at four venues across the capital. Sit in complimentary deck chairs and watch the action on screens housed in customised retro caravans. Includes the 6th floor roof terrace at One New Change (Cheapside, EC4M 9AF. Nearest tube: St Pauls), 1st floor roof terrace at Cardinal Place (Victoria Street, Victoria, SW1E 5JD. Nearest tube: Victoria), New Street Square (located off Fleet Street, Holborn, EC4A. Nearest station: Chancery Lane or City Thameslink) and Thomas More Square (just east of St Katherines Docks, E1W 1YY. Nearest station: Tower Hill or Wapping). Open daily during the tournament from 12-10pm. For more information, visit the Great British Summer website.

  • Canary Wharf Summer Screen @ Canada Square Park

There will be a free big screen in Canada Square Park broadcasting Royal Ascot, Wimbledon, various Grand Prix and the Commonwealth Games between 19 June until 4 August. Canada Square Park, Docklands, E14. Nearest station: Canary Wharf. For more information, visit the Canary Wharf website.

  • World Cup @ Egg London

Kings Cross nightclub is hosting open air screenings on its new roof terrace and also inside for all England games and select matches. Free entry and Brazilian BBQ and special drinks deals will be on offer. Timings vary. Egg London, 200 York Way, N7 9AX. Nearest station: Caledonian Road, Kings Cross or Camden Road. For more information, visit Egg London website.

  • World Cup Final @ Netil360

The roof terrace at Netil360 in London Fields will be hosting an open-air screening of the World Cup final on 13 July. It’s BYOB, but there will be a service charge. Free to members, £5 to non-members. 4-11pm. Netil360, Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, E8 3RL. Nearest train station: London Fields. For more information, visit the Netil360 website.

  • Wimbledon @ Bluebird

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    It’s Pimms O’Clock

Bluebird in the King’s Road will be hosting screenings of Wimbledon on a giant outdoor screen in their courtyard. You can watch the action while sipping champagne or Pimms from the bar or eating from the café menu, including the BBQ. On the Men’s Finals day, they will be serving a special three course menu created by head chef Robert Izdebski. Bluebird, 350 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UU. Nearest station: Fulham Broadway, South Kensington or Sloane Square. For more information, visit the Bluebird website.

  • Wimbledon & World Cup Final @ The Refinery

The outdoor terrace at The Refinery bar and restaurant will be transformed with deck chairs, white picket fences and big screens to watch Wimbledon and the World Cup Final on 13 July. There will also be film screenings in the evening too. The Refinery, 110 Southwark Street, SE1 oTF. Nearest tube: London Bridge or Southwark. For more information, visit the Refinery website.

  • Wimbledon @ The Scoop

More London presents open air screenings of the games in The Scoop – a concrete amphitheatre near Potters Field Park by the River Thames. Free. Food or drink will be on sale. Cushions available for hire for £1. The Scoop, Queen’s Walk, SE1 2DB. Nearest tube: London Bridge. For more information and listings, visit the More London website.

  • Strawberries & Screen : Wimbledon @ Granary Square

Big screen erected in Granary Square in King’s Cross will screen the tennis. Green & Fortune will be serving Pimms, strawberries and sandwiches. Deckchairs provided. Free. Granary Square, N1C. Nearest tube: King’s Cross St Pancras. For more information, visit the King’s Cross website.

  • Wimbledon @ Lyric Square

Lyric Square in Hammersmith will be hosting open-air free screenings of the tennis during their Summer Festival. Deck chairs provided. Noon-8pm daily. Lyric Square, Hammersmith, W6 0ED. Nearest station: Hammersmith. For more information, visit the Hammersmith London website.

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Guide to open air ice rinks in London this winter 2013

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Get your skates on!

Open-air ice skating has fast become a tradition for many Londoners around Christmas time. This year sees some temporary venues open earlier than ever, with many open for over two months. The activity is incredibly popular so it’s highly recommended that you book tickets in advance. Session lengths and times vary between venues. Of course, all are closed on Christmas Day, with most finishing early on Christmas Eve. Some – such as Somerset House – have club nights so you can try your hand at ice dancing.

  • 31 October – 5 January 2014 : 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 £11.50/£13.50, Children 12 and under £8/£9. Nearest tube: South Kensington. To book, visit the Natural History Museum website.

  • 4 November – 27 February 2014 : Broadgate Ice

Temporary ice rink at Broadgate Circle in the City of London is open for nearly four months. Open 10am-10pm. Session times last 1 hour. Adults £12.50, Children £8.50. Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS. Nearest tube: Liverpool Street. For more information, visit Broadgate’s website.

  • 11 November – 5 January 2014 : Bluebird Skating Rink

The courtyard of the Bluebird in the King’s Road will play host to an ice rink this festive season for the first time. Tickets available on the day at £10. Open 1-9pm daily. 350 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5UU. Nearest tube: South Kensington or Sloane Square. For more information, visit the Bluebird website.

  • 14 November – 5 January 2014 : Skate at Somerset House

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 9.15pm (later for club nights and New Year’s Eve). Adults £10.00/£16.00, Children £7.50. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA. Nearest tube: Temple. To book, visit the Somerset House website.

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Gliding: Take to the ice at the Winter Wonderland’s ice rink

  • 16 November – 5 January 2014 : Tower Of London Ice Rink

Skate in the moat of one of the most iconic and historic buildings in the capital. Session times last 1 hour. First sessions start at 10am, last session starts at 9pm. Adults £11.50/£13.50, Children £9/£8.50. Tower Of London (off Lower Thames Street or Tower Hill), EC3N 4AB. Nearest tube Tower Hill. To book, visit the Tower of London Ice Rink website.

  • 21 November – 5 January 2014 : Westfield Ice Rink

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    Whole lotta history: Skate in the dry moat of the Tower Of London

In between shopping, enjoy a spot of skating at Westfield London in Shepherd’s Bush. Will host also host DJ evenings, family days, date nights and student events. Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-6pm. Adults: £7-£11.50 (online), £8.50-£13 (walk up). Children: £5-£6.50 (online), £6.50-£8.50 (walk up). Westfield shopping centre, Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 7GF. Nearest tube: Wood Lane or Shepherd’s Bush. To book, visit the Westfield website.

  • 22 November – 5 January 2014 : 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. First sessions start at 10am, last session starts at 9pm. Adults £10.50/£14.50, Children £8.50/£9.50. Hyde Park, W2 2UH. Nearest tube: Hyde Park Corner, Marble Arch or Knightsbridge. To book, visit the Winter Wonderland website. For a sneak peek, check out MOAMG blog posting on last year’s Winter Wonderland.

  • 26 October – 16 February 2014 : Ice Rink Canary Wharf

In the middle of the soaring skyscrapers on Canary Wharf and surrounded by shops is another pop-up rink. Session times last 1 hour. First session times vary from 9.45am/10.45am ending at 11pm most nights. Adults £13.50, Children £9. Canada Square, E14 5AB. Nearest tube Canary Wharf. To book, visit the Ice Rink Canary Wharf website.

  • 27 November – 9 January 2014 : Eyeskate @ London Eye

A newer addition to the open air ice rinks is the raised rink in the park shadowed by the London Eye. Open daily from 10am until 9pm. Session times last 45 minutes . Adults £10.50 (£9.45 online), Children £7.50 (£6.75 online). London Eye, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB. Nearest tube: Waterloo or Embankment. To book, visit the Eyeskate website.

  • 30 November – 12 January 2014 : Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

Skate in front of King Henry VIII’s favourite London residence. Session times last 1 hour. First sessions start at 10am, last session starts at 9pm. Adults £11.50/£13, Children £9/£9.50. Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU. Nearest train Hampton Court (36 minutes from Waterloo). To book, visit the Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink website.

  • 8 December – 12 January 2014 : JW3

Pop-up ice rink at the Piazza at JW3, the Jewish Community Centre London. Also including café serving mulled wine, hot drinks, etc. Tickets: Adults £10, Children £6 (includes skate hire). JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3 6ET. Nearest station: Finchley Road and Frognal. To book, visit the JW3 website.

And if you fancy ice skating any other times of the year, these rinks are open all year round…

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In the courtyard: Skate at Somerset House on The Strand


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