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Best 5 places to go ice skating in London in winter 2020

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

Plan ahead and discover some of the top things to do after lockdown in London from 2 December, including attractions, tours, theatre and Christmas activities.

Take a look at the latest official coronavirus guidelines for London. 

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. 

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

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

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

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. 

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

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