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 begin to pop up in November – the locations listed below host some of the top ice-skating rinks in London! Some London ice rinks have been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, while details for some locations are yet to be announced.
When twirling on the ice this Christmas, you can expect to find special safety measures in place, from staggered skate times to reduced capacity on the ice. If you're donning your skates, make sure to enjoy London safely by following the guidelines and social distancing measures at each location.
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-skating 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. 5 Dec-17 Jan
Skylight London ice rink
Skate in style at Skylight London's ice rink, which you can find nestled on the ground floor of Tobacco Dock this year. Besides sweeping views of London’s riverside, find heated après skate bars serving cocktails, warming drinks and tasty street food, as well as cosy igloos providing the perfect place for a post-skating break. 3 Dec-3 Jan
Queen's House ice rink
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. Nov-Feb TBC
Alexandra Palace ice-skating rink
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 and Westfield London last year, and the Somerset House and the Natural History Museum ice rinks aren't returning in 2020, though there are always plenty of festive activities to enjoy in these locations.