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, and the locations listed below host some of the top ice-skating rinks in London. Check back later for confirmed details of the best London ice-skating rinks for 2023.
Winter Wonderland Ice Rink
Get your skates on at the biggest outdoor ice rink in the UK at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Glide around a Victorian bandstand, beneath a canopy of fairy lights, and enjoy the sounds of a live band on Winter Wonderland’s ice rink. Afterwards, explore the bustling Christmas markets, enjoy the fairground and tuck into seasonal food. 17 Nov-1 Jan
Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink
Drop by Hampton Court Palace for a quick spin on the ice or make a day of it after exploring the former home of King Henry VIII. The Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink is set against the palace's spectacular Tudor facade, which lights up with beautiful colours as darkness falls. After skating, quench your thirst with a warming drink at the ice rink’s bar. 17 Nov-7 Jan
Kingdom of Winter Ice Rink
Introducing the ultimate winter wonderland experience: the indoor ice rink at the Kingdom of Winter at the ExCeL London. Picture yourself gliding on the ice, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of snow-draped landscapes. There is plenty of fun to have after your session, from an immersive trail to fairground rides and festive snacks. 8 Dec-7 Jan
Westfield ice rink at the Winter Village
At the centre of one of Europe's largest shopping centres, enjoy the festive season at Westfield London and its Winter Village. After your shopping spree, strap on a pair of skates and join your friends on one of the capital's largest ice rinks, complete with spectacular illuminations. Other activities taking place in Westfield Square include Christmas choirs, bowling with elves, and a chance to meet Santa! 10 Nov- 7 Jan
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 with Alpine winter favourites and its Raclette cheese bar extravaganza at Chalet Suisse, or sip on a cocktail or two at theSkate Lounge. 15 Nov-14 Jan
Queen's House Ice Rink
Skate in the gorgeous surrounds of a Unesco World Heritage Site with a trip to south London's picturesque Queen's House Ice Rink in Greenwich. Glide along the ice like a royal, before treating yourself to a well-deserved winter warmer, while admiring the views over the river Thames and the sparkling lights of Canary Wharf. 23 Nov-7 Jan
ICE at Kensington Palace
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 stays open until the end of February, far longer than most other winter London ice rinks. Once your session has ended, head to the rink-side bar for a drink, get competitive on the ice and play a game of curling or check out the many buzzing restaurants and bars nearby. Dates to be confirmed
Skylight London Ice Rink
Skate in style at Skylight Ice Rink on Europe's first rooftop skating rink of Tobacco Dock. Besides sweeping views of London’s riverside and frosty fun, enjoy après-skate bars serving cocktails, delicious mulled wine and tasty alpine food, as well as cosy igloos providing the perfect place for a post-skating break. Dates to be confirmed
Battersea Power Station Glide Ice Rink
London's first and only riverside ice rink is at the iconic Battersea Power Station. A magnificent open-air rink, Glide is made up of three interconnected rinks with a spectacular Christmas tree as its centrepiece for an extra festive touch. Off the ice, skaters can enjoy vintage-style fairground rides, live entertainment and fun photo booths. Afterwards, venture inside the Battersea Power Station and its wide array of shops and dining options, or for the more adventurous, head up to Lift 109 for 360-degree views. 10 Nov-7 Jan
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:
Grab a pair of skates and hit Queens, central London’s only year-round ice rink.
Get your skates on and enjoy Ally Pally's year-round ice-skating rink, set inside the iconic London landmark.
Lee Valley Ice Centre
Two olympic sized ice rinks have re-opened in East London at the Lee Valley Ice Centre, the perfect occasion to get your skates out. Join public skating sessions or get the family together during one of the disco on ice sessions.