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London ice-skating rinks open for winter 2021

It is that time of year again when all the festive ice rinks throughout London open. To make life easy we’ve compiled all the ice-rinks throughout London where you can glide, slip and slide with the kids. So get your skates on, grab the kids and have a go!

Winter is in the air which means ice rinks are opening up throughout the city and it is your chance to get dancing on ice in iconic locations throughout the capital for winter 2021. Follow us on Insta for more London adventures.

Natural History Museum

Milo at the Natural History Museum ice-rink

This is going to be your last chance to visit this picture perfect ice rink at the Natural History Museum as it will be transformed into a biodiversity garden from 2022. The atmosphere is very festive with a large Christmas Tree in the centre and they have an adult and toddler ticket on weekdays before 2pm for £11.50 where you can also get a free hot chocolate. Skate aids are available and cost an extra £5.
When: Friday 22 October – 16 January 2022
Where: South Kensington
How much: from £11.50 for an adult and toddler. More info and bookings here.

Canary Wharf Ice Rink

Skate beneath the skyscrapers in Canary Wharf at this pop-up ice-rink where you can expect plenty of twinkling lights, a traditional alpine theme and plenty of places to shop and dine in style. Skating aids are available but cost an extra £5er.
When: 23 October 2021 – 6 February 2022
Where: Canada Square
How much: £11 for children and £17 for adults more info and booking here.

Skylight at Tobacco Dock

Skate with a glorious view as Skylight’s sunny terraces will be transformed into an Autumnal haven of warm igloo-bubbles, designed to keep out the cold and keep people safe as they enjoy the stunning views and unique atmosphere of this hugely popular rooftop destination venue. Expect socially isolated igloos where groups of six can enjoy mulled wine or hot chocolate before or after skate sessions.
When: from 11 November
Where: Tobacco Dock
How much: Ice skating can only be booked on the day and you need to have an Igloo reservation. More info via their website here.

Hampton Court Palace

Spectacular views, festive refreshments and lots of Christmas cheer. 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 prebooked so there’s a guarantee you will doing more gliding than slipping!
When: 13 November 2021 – 9 January 2022
Where: Hampton Court Palace
How much: £11.50 for children and £16 for adults and teens. More info and booking here.

Somerset House

Perhaps the epitome of festive fun, Somerset House returns with an ice-rink and series of events that is fit for all. From skating lessons with Skate School, to the ultimate nightlife sets from trailblazing DJs on rink-side decks at Skate Lates with UNIQLO, there is something for everyone across the Skate season. Get jolly and treat yourself with a glass of bubbly from the new partner of this iconic rink; Moet and Chandon or enjoy some gourmet dining in the pop-up alpine restaurant. Yum
When: 17 November 2021 – 16 January 2022
Where: Strand
How much: Adult tickets from £11 more info and booking here.

Queen’s House Greenwich

S6026 Marketing Photoshoot of the Queen’s House Ice Rink, located on the North Lawns

At the Queen’s House ice rink, young Londoners and their families will have the opportunity to skate in the surrounds of a UNESCO World Heritage site. An unforgettable experience to share with your little Londoners, friends or family.
When: 18 November 2021 – 19 January 2022
Where: Greenwich
How much: Prices for a skating session including skate hire start from £8.50 for a child and £15.00 for an adult.  Skate aids are available to hire for children. For more information, FAQs and to buy tickets, visit www.rmg.co.uk/skate 

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: 18 November 2021 – 2 January 2022
Where: Bluewater Shopping Centre
How much: £12.50 for children and £14.50 for adults more info and booking here.

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 2021 – 3 January 2022
Where: Lakeside Shopping Centre
How much: from £7.50 for adults and £6.50 for children on off-peak days. More info and booking via their website 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. 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: 19 November 2021 – 3 January 2022
Where: Hyde Park
How much: Children are £7.50 and adults are £10.50 more info and booking 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: 27 November 2021 – 3rd January 2022
Where: Brent Cross
How much: Child £15 and adults £17 more info and booking here.

As well as the pop-up rinks throughout the capital here are some of our permanent favourites.

Alexandra Palace

Ally Pally is always really festive around Christmas time. It’s perfect for friends, families, a bit of fitness or a day out. Skating has even been described as the closest you can get to the feeling of flying, without leaving the ground!
When: Open daily with weekday sessions from 11am until 17:30pm and weekend sessions from 11am until 18pm
How much: Adults £9 and children under five £6 more info and booking here.

Queens Ice Rink

Queens Skate Dine and Bowl, which houses an ice skating rink, a bowling alley and the only West London outpost of MeatLiquor. It is really close to Hyde Park so you can make a day of your visit by taking a wander through Hyde Park followed by an afternoon of ice skating. If you like, you can then have dinner and a game or two of bowling. Gloves and face masks must be worn at all times when skating
When: Open daily with various sessions available.
How much: £11.95 for over 12s, £10.50 for under 12s and  £2.75 skate hire. More info and booking here. They also have other offers throughout the week for skate and bowl. More info here.

Lee Valley

Lee Valley Ice Centre is open and running children’s and adults lessons as well 60minute long skate sessions. Skates and skate aids available for hire. Enjoy a glide to pumping tunes and perfect your pirouettes. 
When: Open daily with various sessions available.
How much: £10 for an adult and child slot which includes skate hire.

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