19 Dec Skating around the Christmas Tree
‘Tis the season to get skating! Get some skates on, grab the kids and have a go on one of London’s iconic ice-rinks. To make your life easy we’ve compiled all the ice-rinks throughout London where you can glide, slip and slide with the kids. Want more festive fun? Follow us on Instagram for the latest recommendations.
Skate beneath the skyscrapers for 18 magical weeks (the longest duration for a pop-up ice rink in London) AND this year they have a roof in place which they promise to light up with ‘the shimmering lights of our giant mirror ball’ which means the great British weather won’t spoil the fun. There is also an off-piste bar for those wanting to spectate (or warmup after a skating session). Skate aids are available.
When: 22 October – 25 February 2023
Where: Canada Square
How much: £19.95 for adults and £14.95 for kids. More info and bookings here.
Hampton Court Palace
Spectacular historical location, festive refreshments and lots of Christmas cheer for West Londoners. The Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink is the perfect spot to take little people ice skating, unwind with friends or go on a romantic date. Skate aids are available and can be pre booked so there’s a guarantee you will doing more gliding than slipping!
When: 7 November 2022 – 8 January 2023
Where: Hampton Court Palace
How much: £18.70 for adults and £14.20 for kids. More info and bookings here.
From the team who brought you the Natural History Museum Ice Rink (which is no more) comes the only riverside ice skating rink in London. The whole area will be buzzing in the festive spirit with live entertainment, vintage funfair rides and a variety of food stalls and cabins. Skate aids are available.
When: 11 November – 8 January 2023
Where: Battersea Power Station
How much: £12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. They also have a toddler and parent ticket for £11.50 which also includes a hot drink. More info and bookings here.
Think festive London and Skate at Somerset House comes to mind. As well as the iconic rink you can expect delicious food and drinks, chalet style gourmet dining and lots more. Plus, Somerset House is making skating more inclusive with a skate school for kids, chillout sessions and wheelchair user skate sessions. Skate aids are availabel on a first come first served basis.
When: 16 November 2022 – 15 January 2023
Where: Somerset House
How much: £15 for adults and £8.50 for kids more info and bookings here.
Queen’s House Greenwich
Skate in the center of an iconic UNESCO World Heritage site with spectacular views of the London skyline and the backdrop of the Queen’s House. One of our favourites in London. There are skate aids available too as well as refreshment trucks on site (and you have the whole of Greenwich to explore before or after your skating session.)
When: 17 November 2022- 8 January 2023
Where: Queens House Greenwich
How much: from £16 per adult and £10 for a child. More info and bookings here.
Bluewater Ice Rink
Offering plenty of fun for guests of all ages, the Ice Rink will be running quiet sessions, as well as parent and toddler sessions for budding skaters. Penguin and seal skating aids will be available for little ones as well as bob skates to help guests stay steady on the ice.
When: 17 November 2022 – 1 January 2023
How much: £14.50 for adults and £12.50 for children. £17 for adult and toddler tickets during off-peak hours. More info and bookings here.
Winter Wonderland Hyde Park
Is it even Christmas in London without a visit to Winter Wonderland? It’s the perfect place for a winter skate in the heart of London and this year they’ve teamed up with Lidl to bring us all the Christmas cheer. Set under a canopy of twinkly lights and built around the iconic Victorian bandstand, a perfect way to get in the festive mood. Skate aids are available.
When: 18 November 2022 – 2 January 2023
Where: Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park
How much: From £10.50 for adults and £7.50 for kids
Christmas Wonderland Lakeside
Plenty of rides (join Santa in a balloon ride, have a go on the carousels or get dizzy on the snow done walzer!). There will be food options galore and drinks for young and old to be enjoyed in this winter wonderland. The Ice Skating rink promises to be a great way to get the kids moving and there are skate aids and affordable prices for off-peak days!
When: 18 November 2022 – 2 January 2023
Where: Lakeside Christmas Wonderland
How much: from £8.50 for adults and 7.50 for kids. More info and bookings here.
Winter Festival Brent Cross
There’s a whole Winter Festival at Brent Cross and they are hosting one of London’s largest real Ice Rinks so families and their little people across London can enjoy a whole festive day out. Skate aids are free and available on a first come first served basis.
When: 26 November 2022 – 3 January 2023
Where: Brent Cross
How much: Adults £17 and children £15 more info and bookings here.