London’s Top 5 Ice Rinks

Even though it is possible to find ice rinks in London throughout the year, it is in November and December when they become one of the most popular attractions in the capital. Whether you can dance on ice professionally or you look like Bambi learning to walk, fun is guaranteed!

1. Somerset House Ice Rink (18 Nov – 10 Jan): Eternally elegant Somerset House provides one of the most grown-up ice-skating experiences available in the capital. Its “Club Night” sessions are soundtracked by special guests from EFG London Jazz Festival. Tickets here.

2. Eyeskate (14 Nov – 3 Jan): Positioned directly beside the London Eye and facing the Thames, this is one of the best-located rinks in the city and the troupes of wrapped-up tourists strolling along the adjacent South Bank mean it’s popular throughout the week. Special tickets include a ride on the London Eye.

3. Natural History Museum Ice Rink (29 Oct – 3 Jan): Skating at the iconic South Kensington museum under the glow of 76,000 twinkling fairy lights feels very festive. There’s a junior rink for younger visitors and those not tempted onto the ice can hop on the carousel. Tickets online.

4. Canary Wharf Ice Rink (31 Oct – 27 Feb): The best option for those who prefer to avoid the crowds in Central London, skaters can glide across the 1100-metre-square rink, down a dram in the rinkside bar or just watch the action from the viewing gallery. There’s also a glittering skate path through trees lit by fairy lights. Click here for tickets.

5. Tower of London Ice Rink (20 Nov – 3 Jan): Feel the cold tingle of London’s crisp winter air, listen to the music, and take in the incomparable surroundings as you glide (gracefully or not so) around the rink in the moat of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

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