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Best 7 places to go ice skating in London in winter 2021

Go ice skating in London on one of the capital's most spectacular ice rinks for a magical winter experience.

From stunning historic locations to modern surroundings, check out London's best outdoor ice-skating rinks. Temporary ice rinks pop up in iconic settings throughout the city and are among the top attractions over Christmas and New Year.

Most ice rinks usually begin to pop up in November – the locations listed below host some of the top ice-skating rinks in London. Check back later in the year for confirmed locations opening up across the city.

Natural History Museum ice rink

Skate right in front of one of London’s most iconic museums, as it’s transformed for winter with twinkling fairy lights and a magnificent Christmas tree. The ice-skating rink at the Natural History Museum is one of the top places to visit at Christmas in London. Indulge in hot chocolate or mulled wine in the museum's cosy cafe, while enjoying a bird's eye view of the skaters.

Tower of London ice rink

Head to the Tower of London’s ice rink, one of the top things to do in London at Christmas. This gleaming central London ice-skating rink boasts a unique medieval backdrop. Visit in the evening and you’ll find the castle walls illuminated by hundreds of twinkling lights. Finish your evening with a tasty winter treat at the Ice Rink Cafe Bar.

Somerset House ice rink

Glide along the ice at one of London’s most picture-pretty locations with Skate at Somerset House. Spin around the neoclassical courtyard with its giant Christmas tree during a daytime skating session or make the most of late-night skates, with DJ soundtracks playing under the stars. Afterwards, warm up in the upscale alpine lodge from Fortnum & Mason or browsing for gifts in Fortnum’s Christmas Arcade.

Ice Rink Canary Wharf

Enjoy a magical ice-skating experience under sparkling lights at Ice Rink Canary Wharf. Flanked by some of London’s tallest skyscrapers, the rink usually stays open far later than most London ice rinks. Once your session has ended, head to the rink-side bar for a drink or check out the many buzzing restaurants and bars nearby.

Alexandra Palace ice-skating rink

Plan a fun festive day out at the iconic Alexandra Palace ice rink, where you can get your skates on all-year round. Last year, after you've shown off your best moves on the indoor rink, you could meet the man himself at Santa's Grotto or cosy up to a movie with the Christmas Film Season.

Year-round ice skating

Love ice skating and don't want to wait for winter to go for a spin? Fear not, as these ice rinks are open all year:

Queens

Grab a pair of skates and hit Queens, central London’s only year-round ice rink.

Lee Valley Ice Centre

Take a professional lesson or glide along the international sized ice rink at Lee Valley Ice Centre, open all year.

Alexandra Palace

Get your skates on and enjoy Ally Pally's year-round ice-skating rink, set inside the iconic London landmark.

Map your way around the city’s magical ice rinks by downloading the Visit London App.

There were no temporary ice-skating rinks at the London Eye, Covent Garden and Westfield London last year, though there are always plenty of festive activities to enjoy in these locations. 

Find more top things to do at Christmas in London, from outdoor markets to socially distanced festive shows.

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