From stunning historic locations to glistening modern surroundings, temporary ice rinks pop up right across London over the festive season. Go ice skating in London on one of these sparkling open-air ice rinks in some of the capital’s most iconic settings.
Although closed on Christmas Day, the London ice skating rinks listed below are all open on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day (24 and 26 December), as well as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day (31 December and 1 January), so you can skate in London right through the festive period.
Somerset House Ice Skating
Glide on one of the most popular ice rinks in London with Skate at Somerset House. Set in the beautiful Edmond J. Safra Fountain courtyard with the famous neoclassical facade as backdrop, this Central London ice rink runs day skating sessions and a programme of cool club nights under the stars, when the rink comes alive with top international DJs. There’s also a rink-side food and drink lodge and a Christmas pop-up shop, courtesy of Fortnum and Mason. 17 Nov-15 Jan Book Now
Natural History Museum Ice Rink
Get your skates on in the east lawn of this iconic museum, transformed for winter with twinkling fairy lights and a magnificent Christmas tree. The ice skating rink at the Natural History Museum opens all day and well into the evening; you can even see in the New Year on the ice, with sessions running until 0.30am on New Year’s Eve. After your session, warm up with hot chocolate or mulled wine in the cosy museum cafe which overlooks the rink. 27 Oct-8 Jan Book now
Hampton Court Ice Rink
Drop by Hampton Court Palace for a quick spin on the ice, or make a day of it with family and friends by exploring the former home of King Henry VIII, before heading out onto the rink. The Hampton Court ice skating rink is located in front of the spectacular Tudor facade, which lights up with beautiful colours as darkness falls. 25 Nov-8 Jan
Ice Skating at the Tower of London
Take a spin on the Tower of London’s ice rink. This gleaming Central London ice skating rink is nestled in the attraction’s famous dry moat with the 1,000-year-old London landmark towering over the ice. Visit the rink for an evening skating session to see hundreds of snowflake lights illuminate the walls of the castle after dark. 16 Nov-3 Jan
Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink
Skate around Hyde Park’s Victorian bandstand to the sounds of a live band in an enchanting festive atmosphere. The biggest open-air ice skating rink in the country, Winter Wonderland’s ice rink in Hyde Park is surrounded by bustling Christmas markets, fairground rides, wintry food and drink stalls and many more festive attractions. Enjoy a day skating session on a crisp winter day, or see the park lit up for Christmas with an evening skate. 18 Nov-2 Jan
Canary Wharf Ice Rink
See the ice light up under your skates with LUMINOCITY, new this year at Ice Rink Canary Wharf. Thousands of colourful LED lights sparkle beneath the ice and all around the rink for a dazzling skating experience set to music. Lined by gleaming modern glass buildings and with a clear roof covering, this ice rink is a great place to enjoy a post-work spin or a quieter ice skating session on weekends whatever the weather. 4 Nov-25 Feb
There is no temporary ice skating rink at the Coca-Cola London Eye this winter, though there are still plenty of festive activities to enjoy around London’s famous observation wheel.