Lets not skate around the subject– its a bit grinch-like of you to not already have a skating date in the diary. To ensure that your yule tide is not on thin ice, seek holiday cheer with a skating session at these outdoor ice rinks in London.
Skating in the City: The Best Outdoor Ice Rinks in London
Get in on the return of Skate at Somerset House with Fortnum & Mason, the final word on London’s winter destination for stylish skating, festive shopping and gourmet food and drink. A new series of Skate Lates features contemporary music scene stars including Total Refreshment Centre, Five Miles and Balamii. 14 November – 13 January
Ice skate at the Tower of London and you don’t just get to do it with the city’s most iconic historical landmark as a backdrop – you’re actually in it. As you glide around the 1040m² rink, take in the magic and ambience of the castle beside the Thames. The Tower of London Ice Rink gets an extra helping of stunning in the evenings with lights set against the castle wall. 23 November – 6 January 2019
Book your skate session online to guarantee your place or buy your tickets from the box office when you arrive. You may have to wait for your turn on the ice if you haven’t booked your session in advance, especially during peak times. The Café Bar has a bird’s-eye view of the rink and is open daily until the Ice Rink closes. Even if you are not skating, pop up for a drink and a slice of cake. 25 October – 6 January 2019
Skylight has transformed into the perfect winter oasis. Have a go on the roof-top ice rink while looking out over the skyline. If you aren’t a fan of the cold, there will be delicious cocktails, mulled wine, cheese and street food from Raclette Brothers and YIRO available – reason enough to brace it. Skylight will also be playing host to some of the best DJs in London for one-off parties and events. Thursday & Friday 5pm – 11pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am – 11pm. November – January
Skate against a backdrop of one of the greatest palaces on earth – Henry VIII’s historic home, Hampton Court Palace. The open-air ice rink is some of the very best festive fun. Be transported to one of the country’s most scenic skating settings, with spectacular views of the Thames-side Tudor palace. 23 November – 6 January 2019
The UK’s largest open air ice rink just got bigger! Grab your skates and get on the ice, set around Hyde Park’s Victorian bandstand under a canopy of sparkling lights. There’s no way more apt to kick of the winter season than with festive skating, open from 10:00am – 10:00pm daily. Stretch out and practice your skating during a crisp, early morning skate, enjoy the afternoon sun as it glistens on the ice, soak up the romantic atmosphere at twilight, or skate after dark under the stars. 22 November – 6 January 2019
Winterland’s open air ice rink is 600 metres square, constructed from real ice. Open Tuesday to Sunday and open to all abilities. If gliding across Clapham Common doesn’t appeal, then why not enjoy a winter warmer in the neighbouring cafe, where you can check out all the action in comfort. There are lockers (£2) and penguin skate aids available (£5 each) for kids on a first-come, first-served basis. 15 November – 23 December
Glide above the crowds of Oxford Street shoppers at John Lewis’ skyline skating rooftop. Replace your G&T in the hot sun with a hot G&T and enjoy warming pies from MYPIE, who have conjured up a range of festive pies for the occasion. If it gets chilly up there, retreat to one of the roof’s bookable hideaways and snuggle under a fluffy blanket. 20 October – 6 January
Get your skates on, Ice Rink Canary Wharf has returned to Canada Square Park for 15 magical weeks of ice skating beneath the twinkling lights. Open seven days a week, it’s the perfect place to enjoy one of London’s most loved winter traditions. Stay close to the action at the rink-side bar, or choose from the array of restaurants, bars, and shops surrounding the ice rink. And it’s not just during Christmas that you can take a spin on the ice, Ice Rink Canary Wharf opens seven days a week from November 2018 through to February 2019.
Television Centre, the former home of the BBC in London’s White City, is to host an Ice Rink in its iconic forecourt this winter season, for the first time. Set alongside a dazzling 20 ft Christmas tree, the Television Centre Ice Rink is set to welcome friends and family of all ages from Monday 10th December – Thursday 20th December 2018.