7 Best Ice Skating Experiences in London 2013

A cold winter chill hangs in the air, December is right around the corner, and glittering ice skating rinks have popped up all around the city. It’s time to bundle up and lace your skates and head out to one of the many festive rinks in London this year. Grab a friend, the family, or a date and come enjoy a holiday skating experience at one of the ice rinks we’ve picked out.

Natural History Museum
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Ice skating on the grounds of the Natural History Museum.

Natural History Museum

With 1000-square metres of ice, the Natural History Museum Ice Rink is sure to be a big hit with all ages. Enjoy the colourful lighting decorating the museum and rink while you slide around the ice with everyone else. If you don’t want to have a go, the rink includes a Cafe Bar and a carousel to keep you busy and warm.

Open until 5 January

Times: Weekdays 10am-9pm, weekends 9am-9pm

Prices: Adults: £13.50 peak, £11.50 off peak
Children (12 and under): £9.00 peak, £8 off peak
Family: £38.00 peak, £31.00 off peak

Flickr - Gabludlow A thoroughly urban ice skate. Surrounded by sky scrapers at Canary Wharf!
Flickr – Gabludlow
A thoroughly urban ice skate. Surrounded by sky scrapers at Canary Wharf!

Canary Wharf    

Surrounded by twinkling buildings and Christmas lights, the Canary Wharf Ice Rink is definitely one of the most unique rinks in town. Enjoy the atmosphere of the 1100-square metre rink or venture onto the skate path which leads you under trees magical lit with fairy lights. The rink also houses a bar with an outdoor viewing terrace so you can watch the folks glide past you below while you warm up with a holiday drink.

Open until 16 February

Times: Weekdays 10:30am-11pm, Saturdays 10am-10:45pm, Sundays 10am-9:45pm
Times vary throughout the season so be sure to check the site

Prices: Adults: £13.50
Children (12 and under): £9.00
Family: £36.50

Flickr - JasonParis Ice skating at Westfield Shopping Centre
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Ice skating at Westfield Shopping Centre

Westfield

Skate in style at Westfield’s indoor ice rink. Decorated with hundreds of radiant lights and set amidst the hustle and bustle of Christmas shoppers, Westfield’s ice rink is one of the warmer places to glide this winter. This year, the rink’s calendar includes a number of themed events like family days, Christmas jumper sessions, and DJ evenings. Westfield ensures that their rink provides activities everyone can enjoy and even offers group discounts, so check out this rink and maybe even knock out some shopping while you’re there.

Open until 5 January

Times: Weekdays and Saturdays: 10am-10pm, Sundays 10am-6pm

Prices: Adults: £13.50 peak, £8.50 off peak
Children (12 and under): £8.50 peak, £6.50 off peak
Family: £36.50 peak, £32.00 off peak

Flickr - Visentico/Sento Skaters enjoy the ice over at the Tower of London ice rink.
Flickr – Visentico/Sento
Skaters enjoy the ice over at the Tower of London ice rink.

Tower of London

What better way to enjoy the rich history of London than to skate in one of the oldest fortresses still standing? The Tower of London ice rink is located in the moat and surrounded by the beautiful fortress battlements. With the illuminated Tower as a backdrop at night, this rink really transforms into a truly magical experience. Don’t miss an unforgettable experience, skating in one of London’s most famous icons.

Open until 5 January

Times: Daily: 10am-10pm

Prices: Adults: £13.50 peak, £9.50 off peak
Children: (15 and under): £9.50 peak, £9.00 off peak
Family: £38 peak, £36 off peak

Flickr - Garryknight Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park never fails to delight.
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Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park never fails to delight.

Hyde Park

One of the city’s most popular winter activities, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland includes a fabulous ice skating rink that can be enjoyed by all. The rink surrounds the park’s Victorian bandstand and overhead hangs 100,000 sparkling lights. Lace up your shoes and immerse yourself and your mates in this magical Christmas wonderland experience. When your session is up, head out to explore the other many attractions featured in Winter Wonderland.

Open until 5 January

Times: Daily: 10am-10pm

Prices: Adults: £14.50 peak, £10.50 off peak
Children (12 and under): £9.50 peak, £8.50 off peak
Family: £38.00 peak, £34.00 off peak

london eye ice skating
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Ice skate along the South Bank in the shadow of the London Eye

London Eye

Skate under the shadow of one of London’s most prominent landmarks, the London Eye. Sitting right next to the Thames, Eyeskate is illuminated by the hundreds of dazzling lights strung over the rink.  Be sure to wave at the London Eye guests as you skate past the colourful wheel.

Open until 5 January

Times: Daily: 10am-9pm

Prices: Adults: £10.50
Children (15 and under): £7.50
Family: £32.40